Saturday, March 7, 2015
A New Project
I am resolved to finish all my UFOs before tackling a new project but sometimes... exceptions can be made IF there is a good reason and I believe I have a very good reason. My son-in-law will graduate from Duke Divinity School in May and I wanted to make something special for him. I've been planning this for a while and now it's time to get moving.
Inspired by Crooked Cobblestones 4 - Cross (link) by quilt artist Wanda Hanson of Exuberant Color, which is way beyond my meager skills, I thought I could do a smaller wall hanging using batik squares in a colorwash rather than cobblestone blocks. I've admired Wanda's colorwash quilts (link) and drooled over Debbie of Stitchin' Therapy's watercolor quilts (link) as well... so I decided to give it a try.
I don't think a single fabric square is in the same position as it was when I first started laying them out. The project is on the dining room table and I squint my eyes to look at it as I pass by. It's amazing how what looks okay one day, the next... one square just screams to be moved the next.
Debbie (Stitchin' Therapy) has a great tutorial all about designing/making a water color quilt (link), which has all kinds of wonderful tips and advice.
One thing I did today after taking the above photo, is to use my photo editor to change it to black and white so I can study the light-to-dark progression...
I'm still quilting on UFO #2 and will continue to play with the fabric squares until the UFO is finished... hopefully in the next week or two. Then I will start sewing these squares together. I have until the end of April to early May to finish this wall hanging. I even have the wood strip to use in the hanging pocket.
See? I have been planning this project for a while...