How was your weekend? Relaxing? Productive? Both? I hope you managed to find time for creativity. I have some progress to show you. And some corrections to make. Let’s dive into it, shall we?I started putting pieces together for the Hearts On A String block. And in the process decided that I wanted to knock off the corners of that block I showed you in the last post. So…I did and kept on piecing. Which brings us to a great point–do not be afraid to change things as you go along. If you’re used to following a pattern and never deviating from it, this will seem like a scary thing to do. But I promise you, it’s liberating! Now, that doesn’t mean you aren’t opening yourself up to failure. But it does mean you might find serendipitous “mistakes” turning into exciting discoveries.
This is ready for quilting if I want to make a runner. However, I’m really interested in seeing this as part of a quilt top. For now, I’m going to to let it hang out on the design “wall” and move on. I’ve put together a project sheet for the two blocks needed to make the runner/row/column as shown above. Click here for the pdf.
You’ll see in the pdf that I’ve given you the cut sizes for three blocks (12″, 16″ and 20″). Kaffe’s prints are so full of movement and color, it’s no problem to go big. This isn’t always the case with other designers. It all comes down to scale, color and movement. You’ve all seen quilts that are easy to make but just look “meh!”. Usually, the culprit is small scale prints being used in bigger piece sizes. Sometimes, it’s a lack of variety in color, print and scale between the prints. You can easily go big with the majority of Kaffe prints. (The only two prints I like to keep on a tighter rein are Spots and Aboriginal Dots. And even then…if the situation calls for it, I turn them loose.)Later this week, I’ll show you the beginning of Project #2. Hint, hint. And a post with some of the Market projects I haven’t shown you yet in Denyse Schmidt’s new collection, Stonington. Stay tuned!