Wednesday, 13 August 2014

WIP Wednesday

I started a new project this weekend, as part of another skills swap, with a friend of mine from work. She is painting me a picture (or possibly a triptych) in exchange for a quilt, and I'm excited to see what she comes up with. She showed me a few photos of her bedroom which has a pink, red and aqua theme going on, in a fairly eclectic way. For whatever reason, that colour combo screamed vintage to me, so I'm running with it.

We set a deadline to complete our projects by the end of the year, but on Saturday morning I thought I'd just have a quick look through my stash to see what suitable fabrics I had. This block appeared shortly after.

It was quickly joined by 3 others.

And then another four.  And by the end of the day I had the components of 24 blocks made, so my HST blocks are ready for trimming and then to be assembled into churn dash blocks. I'll only use 20 blocks in the finished quilt, but I wanted to make extras so I can determine the layout later.

I really enjoyed getting into my stash of 1930's repro prints, and doing something quite different from my norm.  I'm planning to sash these blocks and add a border, so it will end up quite a traditional looking quilt.  Hopefully I'll have more progress to show you soon!

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  1. Love love a churn dash. These are gorgeous!

  2. I think it is super fun when we get caught up in what we are doing and make so much progress! Great fabric and color combinations here; I look forward to seeing how it all comes together. :)

  3. I make a lot of colorful modern quilts, oh and do the "low volume" thing to,but sometimes it is just really fun to do a traditional quilt like your churn dash, I love it! I found your blog about a month ago and sure have enjoyed reading it!

  4. Churn Dash blocks are always winners. Your quilt for your friend looks like it will be perfect from the description you gave of her bedroom.

  5. I've often wondered where orphan blocks came from; making extra so as to better arrange color could be one source. :-) My approach is to lay the blocks out about 3/4 through, see what I think I need, and cut and sew accordingly. End result pretty much the same without orphans.

    But there is the back for using the extra, so no orphans either way..

  6. churn dash.. an old favourite of mine, any which way, modern or traditional! Just love these red /pink/aqua blocks. Will watch with interest to see what you chose for the sashings! Linda

  7. Beautiful! I agree churn dash blocks are brilliant and I adore 30s repro fabric. It's funny how something vintage can look so strikingly modern at the same time!

  8. Ha ha... Love it when a block takes control and decides when it wants to be made


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