I have not forgotten the March challenge for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club! This month just did not sing to me. I have had some larger scraps laying out since March 1…and playing with them. As I understand it from Rossie Hutchinson, this is about learning colors…contrasting, complementary, etc. Also about color values and hues. It is a good lesson and as with all quilting, it still surprises me how much impact there is with using photos. You can see so much that just does not show up when you simply look at something.
I have so much fabric on hand, I was not ready to go buy more, so I decided to play with this using scraps I have. This would help me with the process she is teaching. So, I am posting the final selection (so far) after culling out several pieces. I am still not sure that the “wrong” color, another thing we are supposed to select and the name of this challenge, is what I like. I picked the green…it may not be “wrong” enough for this lesson.
I am not sure these pieces will actually turn into anything this month. I have to just hang with them and see. Purple is not really my color, so I would have to figure out something that works…maybe into the Etsy shop. That little square you see in the foreground…I threw that in at the last minute as a different addition…it has the colors. What do you think?
If I do go any further with this March lesson, I will post an update. What are you working on?
I have posted a couple of times this month about the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club…1st time; 2nd time…and today I will wrap it up.
This is the first piece I completed. I just can’t learn the technique presented, this month being improv piecing, without finishing up with something complete.
So, here I did some random quilting and stretched it over a frame. (The frame was a purchase from the Good Will store, since I like to up-cycle. This one came with an interesting painted canvas, which will work into something else, but that is another post.)
As mentioned in earlier posts about this challenge, once you get the idea, it becomes addicting. That means I did not stop here!
I kept stitching these fabric selections together until I ended up with more pieces. My favorite piece of all is the one that is mostly white…I think it follows the technique the best.
The two little ones, all pieces were stretched over canvas, were cut up from one of the bigger pieces.
Above are little collages of all 4 of them together. Which ones do you like? Quilted or not?
It is fun that they could be displayed on a wall, easels, flat, turned any direction. I think I am pretty happy with the result. I could, however, look into better ways to handle the stretching over canvas or frames…especially the corners!
On to March soon! Remember, Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is only $5 per month and I have already learned two new techniques!
This is my design wall today. Still playing with the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club February Challenge.
Because I am lucky enough to be able to play a lot, I decided to take the little scraps/trimmings that were left from the bigger pieces and see what I came up with by sewing them together.
I might like it the best. This is just fun and addicting!
I am still trying to decide what to do with these creations. I may cut the biggest one on the left up to smaller pieces. I don’t think it really follows the intended challenge. It was much bigger pieces to start with, if you saw my earlier post. I wish I had not cut it up actually!
So, I think I can get rid of these last little pieces now. What do you think?
Do you let pieces hang on your design wall so they can speak to you? I am waiting to hear from mine right now…pillows? stretch over canvas? mini-quilt? wall hanging? Use for one big quilt? Any ideas from you in the quilting blogosphere?
Thanks for reading…happy quilting!
PS…Sorry about the poor lighting on the first pic. It is a bit of a grey day here today.
Update on the earlier post…
This challenge has just seemed very much not intuitive to me, but today I finally started. Thanks goes out to my sew mate, JudeMadeIt, who I have mentioned before. We craft on Tuesdays, so today was the day to get going on this one! She will probably post about her squares. It is so interesting to note how different eyes see different challenges.
At any rate, I am happy to say that once started, it is actually fun and easier than the earlier improvisational pieces I had done…place mats I made to try the concept a while ago…
So, I have started stitching pieces together and placing them on the design wall…
Another interesting thing is the subtle differences even a little shift in placement makes. Can you see the tiny difference above? Be advised, this WILL absolutely be changing before it is done! It is already different on the wall right this minute! So, if you are interested, keep watching. I will post whatever the final result is.
In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying whatever you are working on!
Just downloaded the February installment of the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club! Looks interesting…updates to follow…after I select my modern fabrics.
It is just $5 a month for these inspirational, educational lessons with well-known quilters. Check it out…here.
The January project for My Lucky Quilting Club is finished!
It was a lesson for me in multiple things. The January MLQC lesson was in making and using bias tape. That was a good lesson. Not only did I learn about the process, I learned about the different tools and which brand I like better. I also learned how to stretch the tape, just a bit, to apply it neatly and without too many puckers on the curves.
So, as noted in previous posts, I decided to make a table runner, rather than the 9-block top suggested. Since I am a fairly new quilter, I decided to also try the quilt-as-you-go process. I really enjoyed quilting the individual blocks. I decided to stay with a modern theme and follow the random lines of the tape. Now, joining the squares should be pretty easy. I must need more practice on this. However, by the fourth joint, I did not have to pull any stitches out! Yay!!!
I felt the greys needed some color, so I chose the modern print with blue and green. It does add some pop to it, but do you think it is too much? I am basically happy with the way the runner turned out. It does not match our décor well, but will remain at our house. I am not that happy with the joining of the squares to put it in my Etsy Shop!
I still think the name “Chaos” fits well. What do you think? I have a tough hide and can take (and would appreciate) your input!
Five squares are made…
Except for one little spot…can you find it?…I am happy with these results.
I plan to create a table runner from them and call it “Chaos”!
So, I have joined my friend and “maniacal” crafting buddy, Jude, for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club.
Lesson One is all about bias tape; making it, applying it creatively, and making quilt blocks.
This is a progress report:
I am using grays…a darker solid for the squares and a light gray solid along with two prints for the tape.
As you can see, I am experimenting with two sizes of bias tape. Note: There are multiple bias folding tools out there. My limited experience says get the Clover brand (at JoAnn’s in the quilting department). The other brand I tried did not fold as tightly and was therefore harder to use. However, don’t think that the Clover brand is all honey (sweet)! It is tricky and folding the seams is especially tricky! I really like the look of the narrow (1/4″) tape, but the seams are a bear, if not impossible, as shown above, to fold. I think the next step, sewing them, will be equally difficult.
The MLQC goes all year and if you like quilting and think you might want to learn some techniques, check it out. (Link above) It is not a block-of-the-month club. It does give you a chance to learn from well-known quilters for a fraction of the usual price. It is only $5 per month or $50 per year.
If you join, share what you are doing! We would love to see! Tag your post MLQC so we can follow!