Waiting In The Wings

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Simple Sewing

 So I'm at the computer today writing my blog post, a simple post, a simple project! At least there is a little progress.

My last post I showed a selection of fabrics pulled to make a start on a new quilt, check out here 


My intention was to make a simple bar quilt as seen in a post by Penelope Handmade. I started cutting 2 and 1/2" strips

next step cutting into set lengths along with the raspberry pink fabric

which is pretty overpowering, so how about making the solid strips narrower

looking better but still not happy with the overall effect. The pink strips here would be 1/2" wide finished, the first photo would be 2" finished.  I was dreading ironing lots of seams because my iron is pretty heavy,  a comment from Wanda at Exuberant Color asking if I had a small iron jogged my memory, yes I had - somewhere! 

Found it and decided to give myself a treat, visited the patchwork store and bought one of the wool ironing mats, a good size 14 and 1/2" x 17 and 1/2" and I'm thrilled with it.

Still not happy with the strips I thought the pink might be less overpowering in smaller amounts

and definitely much happier with this look, bring on a 16 patch quilt! A few blocks here below and you can see that the pink is a little tricky to show true in photos, comes up darker in this photo.

Slightly straying from quilting now, at least leaving behind fabric for the moment. Quite some time ago during a trek down to the Sandspit we came across what I think could be an ideal patchwork studio in a stunning setting - have a look at this, could you see yourself here?

You would look out the windows and door onto this

and if you feel like a little exercise how about hopping in a canoe and paddling up the creek!

Oh, as we're on a pink theme with the fabric how about this tulip from a bouquet of flowers received 
Mothers Day, just look at the colour in the centre.

All from me for now, see you all again soon.



loulee said...

That is a very strong pink, so glad you found a way to make it work for you.

Quiltdivajulie said...

How good to see your post this morning AND to have it full of pink. That is indeed a strong but beautiful pink. Oh, yes! I could definitely see that becoming my "place to go" to get away without being isolated - what a view!!!

Julierose said...

That really strong pink--almost raspberry isn't it?--looks good in smaller doses as you've set it in 16 patch block;)))

My 36-patch ones are coming along slowly...I try to set the next one out on my wool mat ready to sew the next day==makes my life easier..
Stay healthy and safe hugs, Julierose

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

It's great to see you back again and playing a little with fabric. Making the decisions as you proceed is part of the fun.

Nancy J said...

I'll take a stay in the bach any day., Love the blocks, the link is deep but sets off the others so well. So good to see you can play and sew a little at a time.

O'Quilts said...

yeah!!! Maureen is back xoxoxo

Ann said...

Thanks for sharing your problem and solution with the pink. Let's meet at the house soon! ;-)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Great solution Maureen, loving the pinks! Will there be a mix of other colours too? Glad you were able to get in some sewing time.

FlourishingPalms said...

It's good to see you "at it" again, and I'm lovin' this simple strippy design. Such a vivid pink with those bright prints... everyone can appreciate how happy this quilt is. So are you opening a quilt shop by the ocean?! :-) Gorgeous views there, for sure.

Kaja said...

Lovely to see your post, Maureen. That "studio" is perfect - wouldn't it be the best spot to quilt in?