Monday, September 26, 2016

Round Elements & Square Trouble

Happily things are moving along!  After my trip to Atlanta Ikea, I came away with a few amazing finds.  All of which I will share at a later date.  Not to be all secretive or anything, I just need to get my ducks in a row first.  And the fact that one of the pieces needs to be assembled first.  

The 'happily' part is I finally started a project, a challenge project!  Afton who blogs @Quilting Mod, threw down the gauntlet and threw out a challenge.  Naturally I jumped in because what the heck...I never have anything going on!  

Here's the skinny:  Afton would supply 12 fat eights of Art Gallery's 'Round Elements' and basically we can make anything!  There are a few other stipulations, but that's the basic low down.  


The fabric is of course divine, it is Art Gallery!  The colors vibrant and oh so pretty!  And until a few days ago, I hadn't a clue what I would make.  The way I seem to work lately is to put it off until the last possible moment.  Dare I say I'm ahead of the game?  It has to be finished by the first week in October and yes, I got this one under control!

I don't want to give away too much, that will have to wait for the 'reveal'.  It sounds so mysterious and monumental!  It isn't!  It's actually selfish on my part.

This project will be centered around my 'Star Thistle' block I recently designed.  Except this will be with smaller blocks, a different layout and another paper pieced block I made for this project. Which is why I say I'm being selfish with this challenge.  I'm exploring!

I printed the templates, color coded the blocks and began to process!  It was really fun, I had an assembly line piecing day!

Coral Perfection, don't you think?  I'm using Kona Snow and three different grey tones.  This one has the darkest grey, which looks black in the picture.  It is not!

Maybe you prefer pink?!  I personally like them both equally!

With some of the block sections pieced, I couldn't resist laying them out.  They remind me of sail boats.  It never occurred to me on previous projects!  Just what I need, another idea!  

As of right now, the top is completely finished and awaiting the quilting phase.  Hopefully, that will happen in the next couple days!  

I'm also working on another project that I thought would be a 'joy' to do!  And it was in the beginning!  If I can make things harder for myself...I will!

Here is a sneak peak.  The squares are 1", which guessed it...they will finish at 1/2"! It's a new technique for me, and it's a design I have been itching to do for years now. Let's just say this became much more than I bargained for!

The pattern for 'Star Thistle' is available in my Craftsy Store!

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  1. Love the design of these fabrics ! I'm looking forward to seeing the reveal ;-)

    1. I can't wait to get both projects finished and share!

  2. I've always been fascinated by the subtle shades of muslin and have wanted to make a quilt using just these fabrics---I see you are well on your way doing something like this! Can't wait for the reveal!

  3. I love round elements. Can't wait to see what you're cooking up.

  4. I love how you jump in with both feet, Jayne, and I look forward to seeing how both projects finish. I'm sure they will be lovely and it will be neat to see what you learn along the way.

  5. I love how your challenge project is coming together, the Round Elements fabric will look great in Thistle's points. Just a little FYI, I finished quilting my block last night. I'm hoping to show it Friday all finished up. Hmm...I'm thinking I have maybe seen a snip of project two on Instagram??

  6. Love the round elements Art Gallery fabrics -- the colors are sublime! Can't wait for the reveal of both of your WIPs. I'm gathering Christmas fabrics for your thistle pattern. Nadine W. in Northern Cali.

  7. Looking forward to the reveal. Those colors and fabrics are beautiful.

  8. You are always up to something! Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

  9. Jayne, next time you are going to Ikea let me know. I just don't like to make that trip by myself and then shop by myself. We could meet there. I have so many things I am dying to get there. They have stopped shipping a cart that I need to match one I have. Glad you had a great trip!

  10. I love those fabrics - I had a couple of blues in a AGF bundle I bought back in February - they are highly treasured. I can't wait to see your reveal!

  11. Can't wait to see it! Mine is ready to bind!

  12. I love kona ash , that's my current White favourite . 1" tiny squares , your eyes must be sore

  13. I love your flair for creativity and procrastination. It's a combo that works well for you. :) I love the round elements fabrics and can't wait to see the finish. The peek that you showed us does look like sailboats but when I looked again, I saw cell phone towers (I didn't see the white on either side of the colored triangles). How odd is that!

  14. You have got me in suspense here. I love the quilting I glimpsed on Instagram. The pointy points and sharp quilting lines are really bold and wonderful.

  15. You are such a temptress! Love those low volume squares--all I can figure is that you have superfine eyesight with all the teeny tinies you make :)

  16. Can't wait to see how it finishes up!


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