A few weeks ago as I was trolling through Pinterest, or perhaps Flickr (I get lost on both and often can't even remember where I started as I suspect a lot of people do), I discovered a book that sounded interesting. Who knows where I saw it, but I immediately jumped to Amazon and ordered it. It was called, "Quilting by Line and Color" by Yoshinko Jinzenji. Her theory is graphics done with tons of base color, usually white! (Now, why would I buy something that uses tons of white?? Duh! I just had to check out that book!!! You know how I LOVE white!) Well, I wasn't disappointed! There are several projects in the book (some of which are even way past my pay grade that I couldn't even understand.) I especially fell in love with one that I just HAD to make. First, I went out and bought some fabric:
Now, I wasn't necessarily supposed to use decorator fabric, but it was the only stuff I could find fast that had big, bold graphic designs that I could fussy cut smaller. (Bold prints aren't so popular lately, I discovered.) I decided to cut my squares 2 1/2 inches and to make my quilt into a wall hanging. (Duh again since most of my stuff lately turns into wall hangings.) I used 1 inch strips in between my squares so they'd end up at 1/2". I would have loved to have them turn out 1/4", but using the heavy fabric would have made more bulk and since I wanted to straight line quilt at 1/4 inch, the bulk factor was an issue. Here is what it looks like:
I decided to free motion my signature on the front while I was at it. I really like how that worked and will try that again sometime. All in all, I was really pleased with the result and have lots of fabric left in case I want to try this with 3 1/2 inch squares the next time. I bet a baby quilt would look really cool this way for a modern, contemporary mother. I wonder if I know any???
Other than that, I have been doing this:
Why is it that I just gravitate towards circles??? In the past, whenever I've done a circle project (and if you've been a follower for awhile, you know there have been many), I've run around my house looking for cans, pill bottles, tops from markers, etc. to use as templates. DUH!?? Hello!!! (It doesn't take me long??) The other day, it occurred to me that somewhere in the world there were probably stencils for circles, so I hightailed it to my local Michaels and wa-la, right in the art section was the perfect template! The circles range from 2 1/4 " down to 1/16" all for $5.99. Talk about a happy girl! I couldn't wait to get home! I fused some colors and got to work! Come back next time and I'll show you.........I hope you love it as much as I do. Until then........happy sewing!