Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Finished Another Purple Square

Here is what it looked like before sewing the scraps of fabric together (Purple Square #3):
Purple Square 3

Here is what it looks like before a border fabric is placed around it. It is 6" x 6". As you can see I had to add a few strips to the bottom of the square and to the middle section to make it large enought to cut down to the 6x6 size. I actually like how horizontal it looks.
Finished Block #2

Project Improv: My Project

Here are some blocks that I have started for my Project Improv personal project. I am using some scraps and left-over yardage from a quilt I am making for some friends (one side, second side started, second side block construction). I will post at a later date some pillow cases I am making to match the quilt too.

Back to improv blocks, I just started grabbing pieces of fabric and laying out individual blocks. Last night I started to sew these three together. I had to improvise a little further with one block because it wasn't large enought to cut down to the 6" square template that I am using. So I just kept adding fabric to the block until it was larger then 6". I will post the sewn versions of these tomorrow sometime.

Purple Square 1
Purple Square 2Purple Square 3

This block has all the purple fabric sewn together and is waiting for the addition of a border. I think I will add the chocolate brown border. It sets off the purple nicely.

First Square on Design Board

I will post the layout of all the blocks as I progress. I am not sure if I want all the background to be brown or intermixed with more purple or white fabric. I will take pictures of my experiments for you all.

I also just hung up a piece of felt on my wall to help with laying out quilts. I LOVE IT. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner. You can see the white felt around the edges of the block in the picture above.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Project Improv: Second Charity Block

Here is my second charity block for the Project Improv log cabin quilts. I didn't make this one as wonky as the first. I also used the same fabric for two side of the block instead of just one (see the inside purple square.

I also wanted to have a definite border around the log cabin part. I was going to use white to outline it again, but it didn't make the light pink fabrics stand out very well. So I opted for dark purple instead. I had to piece the outside border as well since I ran out of the fabric. But I liked it better that way once I finished it.

Here are both of the blocks side by side:

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Project Improv: Orange and Pink Charity Block

Here is my first charity block for the Project Improv log cabin quilts.

I am actually pleased with how this turned out. I had no other plan then to construct it using the log cabin block techniques. I just kept adding pieces until I had one big enough to square off at 12.5" x 12.5". Near the end I had to make some pieces longer to make it down the sides of the block, but I like the interrupted look of the pink and orange pieces near the outer edge. I think I will try more of this technique on my next block.

Here are a couple of shots of my ironing and cutting table full of scraps and piles of fabric. I find that I can think though the process better when I see all the fabric options that I can use.

The tissue paper on top of the pile of fabric is a quick and dirty 12.5" x 12.5" pattern. I used it to test if my block was big enough yet to square off. It was easier to guage which sides I needed to add more rows to when increasing the size of the block to match the final deminsions. It worked out well for me. I hate to have to recount the inches on my cutting board to tell how big something is. I often make mistakes that way by miscounting. Not good ;) I don't have one of those big square cutting guides, so I think this will do for now.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cool Exhibit and Project Improv

I just joined Project Improv over at Tallgrass Praire Studio. We will be stretching our improv quilting skills with log cabin quilt blocks. I am exited to join!

Totoro Forest Project: A Hayao Miyazaki Inspired Exhibition

This is an exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, CA. I just love all the illustrations that are inspired by Miyazaki. The illustrations are being auctioned off to support the Totoro Forest Trust Fund that is trying to save and maintain an urban forest: "The Sayama Forrest is one of the most remarkable urban forests (approximately 8750 acres) in Japan located right outside of Tokyo." (from Totoro Forest Project website) In 1990, Miyazaki helped start the fund.

Miyazaki is part of Studio Ghibli that produced the "My Neighbor Totoro" film. These films have been distributed by Walt Disney Studios here in the U.S. I highly recommend them. The art, story and characters are wonderful. The Studio Ghibli website is in Japanese, but there is also a fan site for English speaking fans.

(Pictures are copyrighted 2008 by the site owners, Tallgrass Praire Studio and Totoro Forest Project All Rights Reserved; as well as the original artists' copyrights that comprise the poster image.)