A View of My Quilt Life

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tahiti Blue

The originally planned layout for the Flying Geese/ Bird in the Air quilt is not going to work.  And that's so okay.



The new layout is much more appealing and balanced.  It has more planned negative space for visual relief from all the movement. New layout on the left - old layout on the right.


I purchased the fabric back in April of 2015, though I am now expanding the color palette.  Except for the background blue - that is the Hoffman 1895 batik, Tahiti #254. 



I started with the block breakdown to figure the cut list.  And started cutting the background pieces - 504 blue pieces, so far, for the bird block!  240 of those pieces are 1.5 inch squares.  Not shown are the 6 thirteen and a half inch blank squares.




So glad that part is behind me but there's plenty more cutting ahead. I still have the Bird in the Air color pieces to cut & then I can start on the Flying Geese units. 



The new layout means the quilt will be larger than I thought the finished quilt was going to be.  I originally purchased two and a half yards of the Tahiti blue and there is a good chance I am going to run short. DRAT!  I've already ordered another hunk and it's on it's way here.  The dye lot will be different, of course, but it should still work. Can't wait for it to get here to see what creative turn this means for the quilt.





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Time Away

From yesterday's post, you can see I ran away to Michigan for some re-charging. 

I had a grand total of two days off work.  At this point, with everything that's been going on there, I was grateful for them.  Of course, I could really use a whole week but that's not possible right now.  Maybe October?  I can hope and we'll have to see.  

As it was, I had to email 93 people to let them know I would be out of the office.  93 people. For two days.  I can assure you I am not that important! 

The weather was perfect - sunny, 70 with low humidity!


I even have some special visitors for my morning cuppa.


Within 15 minutes of arriving at the house, the dining room was converted to sewing studio.


I am finally getting going on the flying geese/bird in the air quilt. Feels good to handle the fabric again!





Monday, August 29, 2016

August Adventure

So this happened,


And lead to this,


And that lead to this.


More on the what happened after that coming next!