Tuesday, December 19, 2017

related WIPs and glamp stitchalot

This quilt was in time out for a few weeks/months (?) because I couldn't get the color break quite right. A few weeks ago I had a friend help me figure it out, so sewing has commenced. I'm pretty excited to see it come together! When sewing the rows together, I pin at each intersection, so it takes awhile. I decided that I'm going to enjoy the process rather than to rush through. (What a concept, right?) You can see an in-progress layout here, if you care to take a peek. This is 1/4 of the quilt top. I'll take any progress I can get. :)
When I was cutting out all 1000+ squares needed for the quilt above, I noticed I had a lot of fabric left that measured at least 2" x 2 1/2". So....I started cutting rectangles into that size. Initially I thought I would pair them with a white background, because that seems to be my default.
However, I decided to challenge myself to break out of my comfort zone and use a black background instead. I have a lot of black scraps in my scrap bin, so it seemed to make sense. I like how the colors POP against the black background. They seem to glow!
I've been using this as a leaders/enders project, which is another thing that is out of my comfort zone, but it's getting easier as I practice it. I'm excited to be putting these scraps to good use. Woohoo!

I wanted to share with you an exciting announcement today, too! On November 8-10, 2018, I will be one of four teachers that will be at Glamp Stitchalot, which is held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I'll be teaching improv string piecing classes. You can find more details here. I'm super excited and I think it will be a lot of fun!

That's it for me today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

13 comments:

Elizabeth said...

LOVE the color pallate of the first quilt! Wow.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Sorry to hear that the transition to the cool-color section of this quilt was giving you trouble! I clicked over and said, "Oh!! I remember this quilt." LOVE the warm-color portion of the quilt!! Have fun with using those scraps, too.

Di~ said...

It looks similar to the quilt on the cover of No Scrap Left Behind! Beauty.

Rike Busch said...

I live the color combinations! Both are looking very nice!
I just finished a top with a black Oakshott background. The colors are sooooo shining on it like little laternes. So nice!
Greetings from Germany
Rike

Katherine White said...

The bottom pieces look like licorice allsorts! Yum!

Lorna McMahon said...

Both of your WIPS are lovely, AmandaJean. I'm actually a little surprised they are both solids projects. No dots? Hahaha! I thought the second project would look good with white sashing between the columns. Congratulations on the GlampStitchALot news! How exciting!

Debbie Darlington said...

Amanda Jean, I was in Ann Arbor, with your coordinating group (can't think of her name...lol!), just this past spring for two purse making classes. I had a great time!
Debbi
ollieami@all.com

Aliceart said...

You don't know how happy it makes me to know you pin at intersections. I do too, but have few friends who do making me the slowest quilter in the group always. I love your work and blog so that was a nice reassuring surprise for me. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Corry said...

I love those little black rectangles!!! They really make each and every color just pop ;) Can't wait to see that one come together!!

JoAnne in southern California said...

Beautiful! Years ago, a teacher suggested making 16 patches or 25 patches and sewing them together. I don’t like sewing long seams, this way is much easier for me. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Katie S. said...

Amanda J, I’ve been following this project and I wanted to know what happens to the squares laid out on the battin* when you’re not working on them— do you just roll up the batting to get it off the floor, and if you do, do the squares stay in place .? Or do you use a spot of glue to secure them? Thanks, Kate

pennylanequilts said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how you solved the color break/change in the quilt in progress. Happy stitching!

Sheila Perl said...

I love Licorice Alsorts so I really love your second quilt, the colours just pop with the black!