Friday, April 17, 2009
I love finished projects! This one is so bright and cheery. It took me a very long time to warm up to the Brights. I have long been a lover of the Thimbleberry prints and the darker warm colors. Not sure why it took so long to make the leap to the "bright" side, but I so love the looks of them now!
This is from a class with Karla Alexander. For those who have been lucky enough to take a class with her, you know she is an absolute doll! She was a great instructor, and taught me things I would have never guessed I didn't know about using a rotary cutter. Yes there is something new to be learned around every corner, it seems or should I say "seams"!
This quilt was completely from my stash. I love when that happens. Nothing better than seeing something come out of what's on hand. It's like a freebie quilt, so much better than a "I've got a coupon, and it's burning a hole in my pocket book" quilt! :-)
The book for this beauty is called Stack a New Deck. You start with 9 3/4" squares, stack them, free hand cut them, and yes there is a method to the madness, then shuffle the fabrics and stitch them back together. The first set was scary, to say the least, but by the end, I had no problems taking wild curves on. That is truly when it becomes a blast to sew. This was so much fun and fast, that I immediately had to start another of her quilts in the book. Yep it is pieced and quilted and looks nothing at all like this one. I need to stitch the binding down on that, and I will get it posted. I am really feeling inspired now to try out landscape quilts with the stitched strata, and Ricky Tims Convergence quilts. My mind tells me it's much like the same type of technique. Of course my mind could just be plum crazy!!! hehehe
For those of you interested in "Stack a New Deck" there are about 18 different projects in the book and every one of them is very different. All free hand cut and I promise you, will be more fun than a barrel of monkeys! If you have stash like I do, it's perfect.
So what is more fun than monkeys in a barrel to you?????