Saturday, 22 October 2016

gathering up the flock

3 rows of flying geese, tick!
I'm having fun combining colours and pattern with scraps of Liberty, AMH, Basic Grey, C&S
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

improv with a plan

Lots of my latest inspiration comes from on-line pics, you too?
Like a sweet quilt pattern that I downloaded recently, all soft colours & scrappy.

And suddenly I'm busy mixing & matching fabric from my scrap baskets
for a project that was so totally not on my 'to do' list!

and yes, a bit more improv, colourful & informal
but this time, improv with a bit of a plan

Linking up with Lorna over here for show & tell

Sunday, 16 October 2016

it's all trial & error

Improv =  tricky {for me!}
But even though I do struggle, I find I keep drifting back time & time again to give it another go.

I've been working playing a bit more on my 'madness' quilt... I needed to feel happy with things, and as Audrey from quiltyfolk.blogspot points out, I needed to "put the details together in a way that is genuinely YOU."

I decided to simplify things ... more horizontal rows of strings of different widths. Still scrappy. With a little nod to the original inspiration! {see here  and here for earlier details}

and here's what I learnt:
  • There's a serious shortage of dark fabrics in my stash... perfect excuse now to go shopping!
  • I found that repetition helped - whether it's a colour, a particular fabric, or a shape... if I used it once I used it again (thanx Kaja
  • Making up sections was definitely the way to go here, a little organisation amongst the chaos!
  • And taking a b&w photo along the way also helpful - in my case, it quickly showed up an interesting lack of those dark fabrics in my initial attempts and was a great way to check my distribution of values overall. 

An exercise in trial & error for sure, but the end result was pleasing and very liberating!
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
and for October's scraptastic Tuesday here at shecanquilt

Friday, 14 October 2016

friday favourite #6

'shelfie' pic ... more spring colour... Clivia in vintage Russian teapot
What are you loving this weekend?


Monday, 10 October 2016

making madness {a WiP}

What's up on my design wall this week?
scrappy strips + delightful combinations + wild colour = madness!

I'm having a go at making "Madness" a quilt from Kathy's book Adding Layers.
Kathy from materialobsession has such a unique eye for color and for putting prints together, doesn't she?
The 'recipe' for this quilt isn't hard,
you make up sections and if it's too big, trim it, if it's too small, add to it
... what could go wrong?

... well quite a bit for me, as it turned out!
I found myself re-reading Kathy's instructions several times searching for clues
on how I could achieve some sort of balance

It's certainly been a bit of an experiment for me
{and to think, I only started going down this road rabbit hole to use up those old Japanese fabrics!}
And, after a little email chat with Kathy (thank you so much) I had lots more to think about!

All still very much a work in progress, but here's three sections so far...

... lots of strip piecing
... lots of time & thought
... AND lots of fun trying to make mine work too!

Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here

Saturday, 8 October 2016

al fresco

couldn't resist an outdoor photo shoot this morning...

my wisteria has suddenly gone crazy...

it just keeps getting better n' better...

... and just one more!

What are you loving this weekend?
Linking in with 'wandering camera' for the first time here