After I got home from my trip I haven’t had much sewing time at all. Work work is coming in fast and furious, plus in the middle of it all, a big design review date is fast approaching for my fabric designer side of me, so I’ve been working on some new collections to send in.
I started this quilt in Montana with Bea’s help, she showed me her method of making wonky log cabin blocks, which are really cool and fun to make.
She also let me raid her amazing scrap bins to supplement the meager supplies I brought, so I have her to thank for the awesome range of fabrics in this quilt top!
I also kept all the pretty scrap trimmings that were still usable in size and sewed them all together into one big “sawdust” block (no pic of final block yet), as Cathy says, to put on the back.
I just need to sandwich this one up and finish it, maybe over the weekend….!
Once that was all done, my Chillingsworth skeleton panel was burning a hole in my brain so I got started on devising a plan for him.
I decided to do a wonky, shabby, medallion style quilt with him in the centre (or maybe off centre- hmm I like that idea!) and do wonky rows around him, first with a row of wonky flying geese. And, I was proud of myself because I learned how to sew them together using angled seams and they still line up vertically, using this book, which I love and if you’ve ever wondered or struggled where to start with making wonky or improv style quilts, it’s a great one, Liberated Quiltmaking 2 by Gwen Marston. (As in I actually read and followed directions rather than looking at pictures and making it up myself lol!).
I bought a bunch of fabrics while I was away, intentionally and not intentionally, that all seems to work really well with him. It’s not specifically Hallowe’en designs, more like shabby grungey textures and prints and a few assorted others that all work, plus a bunch of different colours of Essex and other linens, so I’m just going full on mix and match and scrap happy with him. Perfect for Hallowe’en I think!
And that’s where I’ve gotten so far!