Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mostly playing with colours

New York Beauty

I made that New York Beauty block today for Michonne in my Always Bee Learning bee. Today I am certainly learning. It took me most of the day, although that is not the block's fault - I am feeling very tired and lazy after a month of crazy work and had to take a nap or two. But, you can see my repair at the top and the repair still needed also at the top. And it is 1/4" too small on two sides so tomorrow the bottom parts must come off and two larger pieces added.

I thought it good to share my challenges lest anyone think I am that good at paper piecing - after all this is a "learning" bee. Oh and I have one more to make tomorrow, I decided that I best call it a day on paper piecing today.

Fabrics for Mod Pop

A couple of weeks ago I rambled on and on about picking colours for the Mod Pop Quilt Along. That stack above is where I am at today. I think that this bundle needs more reds and oranges to warm up the bubble gum pinks. The two blues are Essex Linen, royal blue and aqua. I think I am down to picking between them, or maybe I should use them both, alternating the chains??

Possible colours Mod Pop QAL

I have been trying to decide on my colours for a while now. Another Poseidon bundle fell in my shopping cart after I cut the first one up for the first Mod Pop. So I first thought I could pair it with a bunch of yellows.

Possible colours Mod Pop QAL

Or maybe just with pinks?

Possible colours Mod Pop QAL

Then I took out the lightest pinks and added reds and oranges. And just this blue cotton for the focus?

Possible colours Mod Pop QAL

When I put these in the flickr pool, a lot of people liked the aqua cotton.

Possible colours Mod Pop QAL

Surprisingly I found l loved this one - I am not normally that partial to red and blue. That is the royal blue Essex Linen from the first photo. I really like the idea of using linen with the cottons for this.

Possible colours Mod Pop QAL

I had thought this would be the favourite, the warm colours with snow but the blues are just so much better. So, do you think I should use both blue and aqua linen with the warm colours, imagine more reds and oranges in there too?

I think I will make a sample block or two tomorrow. It is time for me share some tips about piecing this quilt, so playing with the colours a bit more will help me to do that.

Liparis from Oakshot

I did manage to wash the Liparis from Oakshott today. They unravelled just enough to really show off the different coloured threads. Each is woven with black and a bright colour.

Liparis from Oakshott

I am thinking about what to make with these fabrics. These remind me of colours in the night, glimpses of colour reflecting off of puddles and cars and shiny windows, in a beam of a car headlight or  streetlight. Of evenings walking out late in the heart of the city.

Liparis from Oakshott

Look at the colours when you get close. I think these would make stunning evening dresses.

Liparis from Oakshott

I have to share all the photos, they are just so wonderful. I know most of you don't pre-wash, but for these it was sure worth it to see these unravelled edges.

Time for binding

This is likely where I will be tonight. Cuddled under one quilt - the No Primary Colours quilt - while hand sewing the binding on my Echo Stained and catching up on blogs, email and flickr - I am far, far behind. There is one day left in this quarter and I need at least one finish for Rhonda's  Finish A Long. Wish me luck.

I hope you are able to relax a bit this weekend.

Best,

Leanne

18 comments:

  1. Oh!!!! Wonderful inspiration!! Thank you!! I've been dragging my heels with the QAL due to indecisiveness of the focal fabric choice. I love the alternating chain idea. I was afraid of one over powering and the other washsing out. I'm so excited. Off to play with the fabric. Thank you!!!!!
    As for yours... I think the warm colors with yellow chains would be better than the blues.. plus a bit different than your first one.

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  2. Love those Oakshotts so much. I am really tempted to buy them but I have not used my other pile that I bought earlier in the year, yet.

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  3. I am right with you on your colour preferences for the QAL. Love the reds/pinks etc with the blue. And I, like Di, have Oaksott envy. Regarding the pp - thanks for letting me know you aren't perfect. Close, but even you have off days. ;-)

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  4. I’m glad you washed the oakshotts so I can admire the unravelled edges in your photo’s as I never wash my fabrics! My bundle of Lipari’s arrived as well!

    I still love your blues and yellows, they remind me of a sunny day at the beach!

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  5. The good thing about those little fixes on paper piecing is that even though they feel so obvious up close, once they are in a quilt that's finished it's really hard to find them again. I know, I've tried.

    I like the royal blue combo with the reason it. That stood out a mile for me...

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  6. Did the stained get finished? I love those oakshotts, what fantastic colours. And I didn't even noticed the repair you had had to do on your NYB until you pointed it out!

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  7. I'm sorry work has been such a stinker for you. The NY beauty is just gorgeous! Fab piecing. I'd go for the second to last Mod Pop option when you use blues and reds. Love that...but I also like the idea of a few different focus fabrics. That could be really pretty!

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  8. I recognise that NYB! That was my block for the QAL earlier in the year :o) If it helps, I found it easier to use a tiny bit of glue to stick the paper to the outer sections, and left them on there while I sewed the curve, which kept the SA okay.

    I like a mixture of the 3 blues you pulled out, but I'm sure whatever you use will look fab :o)

    Have fun with your liparis when you get to then :o)

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  9. Thanks for adding some gorgeous colour to my day - good luck with all your decisions!

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  10. What a lovely colourful post! I have been eyeing up various Oakshotts for some time and the Liparis just look sensational - like you say, almost like light reflecting off the water. Now I am even more tempted!

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  11. Gorgeous colour combinations - thanks for brightening my day! I really like the photo with the royal blue but I also love the 'two blues' photo...glad I'm not making the decision!!

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  12. Oh I forget what you were saying - I was to engrossed in the lovely pics!

    I know you will make the best choice on the Mod Pop colours, you always do!

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  13. Lots of beautiful colours....wow. That New York beauty is amazing.

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  14. good luck with your finish!! I really enjoyed all of the photos and now I want to wash my Lipari's too! I don't have any strong opinions on the mod pop colour choices, but I look forward to seeing the warm colours in that pattern!

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  15. Some serious fabric eye candy in this post ;-)

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  16. ah! I found my finger scrolling slower and slower. I luv solids and now I'm intrigued by the oakshots. I like the aqua better than the brighter blue. But... lol

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  17. that pile of solids is so beautiful it is almost ponographic! ;) xo

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