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Monday, October 31, 2011

Spicing it up

I've been slow getting to my challenges with this group, but yesterday I got started on Miki's challenge.
I totally didn't get to the card trick challenge, so I decided to combine the two by using only solids and building one block from the previous one.
Here are my fabrics in the spice palette, with some curries and greys and browns.
I'm using Jean Wells as my inspiration.

I decided to make a quilt  9 by 12 inches so I could finish quickly
and then donate the end result to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
I also work best with scraps rather than yardage, so I made some scraps by
putting together this little Amish Bars quilt in the colour palette:

Then I took my leftovers and made a wavy bars with curved strip piecing (above)
They both measure around 9 by 12 inches.

Then I decided to go Gee's Bend and I took all the neutral bits left on my cutting table
(greys, browns, beige, gold)
and sewed them together to make a canvas like this:

I cut 1 inch bias strips of the maroon and started inserting bars in curved cuts
like this

Here's the completed third attempt
And here's all three together:

I've already quilted the first one with freehand feathers and
I'm contemplating quilting designs on the other two.

Thanks Miki for pushing me out of my comfort zone in colours and in process.


  1. I really like these. The curvy stripes are wonderful, and the colors are perfect. Great job.

  2. Love those wavy bars and that pieced background. Very improv! And I am most impressed by anyone who can do freehand feathers!!!

  3. This is an interesting & informative progression ... each one is a beauty ... from the simplicity of the first to the lovely curves of maroon in the third!

  4. Love each of these. the warm and cool colors are amazing together. the red swishing lines are fab, as is the simple bars. well done!


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