Friday, November 6, 2015

Making more Blocks Arranging Auditioning...

String blocks on a fabulous orange batik.

Remember the four-patch 12" x 12" blocks I took apart? They're rearranged and back together.

They're calling to me....I just have to figure out what they're trying to say.

More hand quilting done in turquoise embroidery thread.

Adventures in color and design and happy Friday! 
Most of the fabric, from the fat quarter bundle I wanted to use up, has gone into 'liberated' blocks and now I'm shuffling the blocks around and auditioning sashing, border fabrics. The orange batik is very bold and eye catching, but it will need a contrasting 'friend' to enable it to play well and not totally over power the other 'players'. There are certain colors like certain personalities that need a handler.
The theme or score with this quilt is that it's a 'liberated' sampler. The liberated blocks take center stage and sashing and borders have to work with the blocks.

More hand quilting has gone into my Citrus Rose quilt. It's got a heavier cotton batting, making hand quilting more work. I've been using Warm and Natural. I'm going to look around for a lighter cotton batting for other quilts.  Mountain Mist makes a light cotton batting. Do any of you have a preference? What is your favorite batting and why?


  1. If you find that two prints or two areas on a quilt are fighting each other for attention, you can always keep them apart with a plain sashing.
    The turquoise quilting is striking!

    1. Good idea, Queenie. thanks for the input.

  2. It's interesting watching you work out your sampler - you'll know when you get it right! It's cold here in winter (ok, maybe not by US standards but cold enough for me) so I mostly use wool, which is just lovely to stitch - no idea about cotton I'm afraid.

  3. your pieing is always fabulous Janie but my eye is drawn to the glorious fabric backdrop in the first

  4. oh how striking the turqoise thread and hand quilting are. Love that. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  5. As always, I am fascinated by your use of colour (I don't suppose I've mentioned that ever