Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Nothing like a little procrastination for inspiration...

I've been brainstorming for the right project for my partner in the latest round of the Sew Sew Modern swap, hosted over on Flickr, and I'd been hitting a creative wall, a total lack of inspiration. That is, until I came across an idea in my sketchbook that I had early on when I started the Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club last year - a medallion quilt. As soon as I stopped on that page, I knew it was perfect. The drawing was terrible, and totally the wrong color palette for my partner, so I took some time last night and redrew it, and I have to say, I'm really excited to start working on this.

A little idea for my Sew Sew Modern partner...

Now that my Juki has made it home safe and sound, I'm this close to being able to actually get the ball rolling on this one. I'm torn, though...I can't decide whether I should do this one up in all solids, or if I should use prints. I definitely want to use some low-volume prints in the background/gray areas, but I'm not sure about the actual focus fabrics. I think some nice tone-on-tone, small scale prints would be nice, but I'm just torn, I can't decide, so help a girl out - give me your two cents! Maybe that will help me make a decision and start cutting :)

Have a great day! Oh, and I almost forgot - Quilty magazine has a little poll going for their next cover, and one of my quilts happens to be featured on Cover #2 - take a look and take part in their fun poll! Here's a link to the poll in case you want to put your two cents in!

16 comments:

  1. Yay for your machine finally making it home!!

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    1. Yep, I've got the machine, just need the power cord and foot pedal! Looks like they should arrive tomorrow, thank goodness!

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  2. Voted for youir cover!! It was hands down. I'm glad to see that there are still others using the old fashioned way of designing quilt ideas, ie. graph paper and pencils!! It's a delightful design. Can't wait to see it made up!

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    1. While I love designing on the computer, I sure do love sitting down with graph paper and colored pencils sometimes! Thank you :)

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  3. Ooh prints, always prints. :) I like the small tone-on-tone idea though. Solid from a distance and a little something extra up close.

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    1. Oh, I love your description of small scale prints! You're making me lean that direction :)

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  4. You could always make one of each ;)

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  5. Oh, wow! I saw the poll, and voted for your Cover before I knew it was yours! Both are great, I just think your Cover really POPS! And I love POP. :)

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  6. I vote for prints! :D And now I'm going to go vote for your cover. :)
    Glad you got your machine back! I now have my own Juki, and I'm so glad I went with it!

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  7. Glad your machine is back! It's always tough when mine is at the shop. I think that a combo of solids and prints would look fantastic in this design. Maybe use solids for the stars and prints for the borders, or strike that and reverse it. :)

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  8. I think if you are using low volume prints as background,you should use at least some prints in the figure--one-color prints or low-contrast prints. (Now I'll go back and read what others said; I didn't want to be influenced. :-)

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  9. I'm gonna go against the grain and vote for solids (or tone on tones)! I think that when the pieces are tiny enough, prints designs tend to get lost. To me, solids look a lot cleaner when there are lots of small(ish) pieces. I'm off to vote for your cover!

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  10. Love your drawing ~ seems medallion quilts are in right now. PMQG is doing a medallion along this year for it's block of the month and I'm in the Patchwork Society at Modern Domestic ~ we'll be making the Marcelle quilt from Liberty Love.
    My vote ~ low volume with prints!
    Oh, and took the survey and voted #2!

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  11. Love the idea of improv piecing. Just not brave enough to try. Maybe with this book?

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