Saturday, November 17, 2018

Regatta :: Setting Sail

Once again it's the time of year where I love to dive into the scrap pile!  It's no surprise that I like to keep bits and pieces from previous projects that eventually become a brand new design concepts.  Most of the time I'll make several projects out of one until every remnant is used.  But there are times when I set aside a bounty of pieces and wait for the right mood to come along.  Like this time when it was either use them or part ways.

By the end of the year I always get the itch to stitch random piles of fabric pieces.  It makes me feel good for one thing, but it also makes me feel like I'm getting a fresh start for the new year!  Winter cleaning!

REGATTA
20" x 17"
The beginning was much like most of my quilting, sew pieces together and figure it out as you go.  Maybe it'll work, maybe not.  It didn't matter either way to me and I firmly planted the notion in my mind that if it didn't work out it was no big deal.  

It didn't take long before the vision, the idea, the light bulb moment!  I saw a fleet of tiny sails floating across the midnight sea coming to life!  Regatta was christened!  Unfortunately not with champagne this time!



These pieces have been tucked away in the closet for nearly two years!  In fact, I never shared the quilt made with this fabric!  I should do that!

My daughter Britt, hand dyed a bundle of fabric for me years ago.  I waited until the right project came along before I cut into it, and from that came these scraps.  Tiny snippets that formed the triangles or sails.  All sizes, shapes and colors.  



I have to say I'm in love with that minuscule triangle!  The background fabric is Kona Nightfall and turned out to be the perfect midnight sailing background.  



You know what I'm going to say next.  I don't know how to quilt it!  But again I figured something would come to me and so it did.  



Random widths of organic spikes.  How sure was I?  One thing I rarely am is sure about quilting!  Which color of thread, what design, precise or organic?  All questions that land in my mind every single time.  



I started with one color of thread and figured I could add other colors later if it seemed right.  I used Aurifil Dark Cobalt (2740), Spring Green (1231) and Bright Turquoise (5005).  I ended up adding the accent spikes using matchstick quilting.  Something different and bold.  Good or bad it's set in stone now!



You can see the quilting on the front, but there's nothing like the back to show off the design and colors of quilting.  A rather fun touch and unexpected twist that I love to add on occasion!



I still have a few more scrap piles that I would love to clear out of my closet.  It'll happen in between the holidays, painting and daily life I'm sure!  

I also have a Secret Santa gift to make in the next couple of weeks and it isn't going well at all!  I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas and settling on a plan of attack!

Probably a good many of us have gift projects we need to start and finish!  What is on your project list this time of the year?!


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19 comments :

  1. this is fantastic! love your quilting choices. My list is long and other, unnecessary projects keep sneaking in, LOL

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  2. I love all the randomly sized sails, but the tiniest ones really call out to me. Beautiful way to use up those special scraps!

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    1. Some scrap piles linger longer than others! I was so happy this pile came together and couldn’t be happier with those tiny triangles too!

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  3. This was a brilliant way to use all those scrap triangles. It is beautiful!

    No finishes for me this week - except recovering my ironing board. It is always fun to start the year with a new untattered cover.

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    1. I was just happy to finally use the scraps and clear a space for more next year! Recovering an ironing board is always exciting! I love having a fresh canvas to work with!

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  4. Cool! I love what your quilting did to the triangle top! Really fun.

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  5. That teensy triangle is the best!! I really enjoyed seeing all the "sails" in your quilt, because if we see that many out on the water it means we've accidentally stumbled into the middle of a race. Yikes! :)

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  6. Amazing. I love Nightfall. That was a might tiny triangle...wow.

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  7. Love your regatta. Nice colour blue for the night. I just finished a Christmas quilt for one of my daughters, now I have to finish to second one for the other daughter! It is the Have a Jolly Good Christmas from Sew Fresh Quilts QAL

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  8. Oh my, I love everything about this quilt, but that quilting is just so cool! I knew you'd come up with something amazing :-) Hope you get an inspiration for the Secret Santa gift; it's frustrating when no ideas click. Now I'm going to look at those little triangles in a whole different light. I was just getting adjusted to tossing them (gasp!).

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  9. So creative and beautifully executed. Love it. A piece of ART to be proud of!

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  10. It's always fun to see what you've done with your scraps, look at it up close, and think, "okay, how'd she do that!?" I love the quilting, too - I haven't tried using different thread colors on one quilt yet, but it is always so pretty when you do!

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  11. I wish my little piles of fabric scraps would speak to me in such bole and wonderful ways!! Nicely done.

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  12. Fabulous piece of art. I envy your imagination.

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  13. Love it Jayne: Love those spikes, love those bright triangle sails.

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  14. A great way to use up those tiny pieces, and your quilting is very effective!

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  15. It makes my eyes ache just trying to look at it. Where did it go? Did you blink? Well then it vanished into the seam. I am sure I can never sew a piece that tiny. Kudos to you, again for the inspiration. It is a work of art.

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  16. Awesome! The quilting is just right.

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