Well, a quilt bug has hit me. For the first time in a while, I found something that peaked my interest and I jumped on it!! When inspiration/motivation hits, you have to strike while the iron is hot.
The pattern that I bought is one that I have looked at in the past, but thought that it was too advanced for me. You see, even though I have paper pieced (like a champ!) and hand quilted, and mastered binding, and even made an Amy Butler Weekender Bag, this quilt has….curves. Lots of curves. Curves and Applique are my 2 fears. I have bought many a kits that require applique and inevitably, I always end up giving them to Julie. (She does it all!!) They just freak me out.
My Work-In-Progress for this week is this pattern, Metro Rings by Sew Kind of Wonderful and I think it is gorgeous.
I finally decided that this was it. I was buying this pattern and to make it more interesting, I was going to make it out of Tula Pink fabrics. After all, she makes everything more interesting. Well, her fabrics do. I imagine she would too but I haven’t had the starstruck moment of meeting her. Ok, back on topic.
I picked up these 2 Salt Water jelly rolls (2.5″ strips) from Missouri Quilt Co. If these fabrics look familiar, its because they are the same ones that my Hexi’s are being done with. Can you tell that this is my favorite line of hers?? I already have patterns picked out for all of the other Salt Water fabrics that I own (a charm pack (5″squares) and a fat quarter pack and the second jelly roll below) but they may never get cut up. We’ll see. 🙂
So, I got to cutting! After a whirlwind weekend of family and fun, this was a nice relaxing morning. Once all my strips were cut and sorted, I started sewing. This was my first batch of curved pieces:
I took 2 of these and some background fabric (Bella Bleached White) and sewed up my first block.
I used 2 of the same curved strips for this test block. From here out, I am going to make all of the curved sets first so that I can mix and match them in the blocks. Half of my corners will be this pink/coral seashell print and the other half will be a blue print that contrasts nicely.
Believe it or not, I actually can’t wait to continue working on these. No pinning. No hassles with the curves. Sew Kind of Wonderful also has some great video tutorials on how to cut these pieces using her curved ruler and also how to sew the curves. Really took away a lot of the nerves.
And, because I love pictures, I thought I would do 1 more. I don’t have class this summer so in an effort to try to give us back our dining room table, I moved my sewing area to my desk.
Turns out, all it did was give me the ability to now not only use my desk, but also the ENTIRE dining room table. Oh well, I had good intentions! Not sure if it will last but its a nice change anyway. On a side note. I love having the natural light on this desk. Makes sewing feel really different compared to the yellow toned dining room light.
Linking up to Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.