So here we go, the design process - done my way ( Think "My Way" lyrics by Frank Sinatra)! I have EQ7. I would not call my skills proficient but I can get around and I can pretty much end with a picture of how I want a quilt to look. I typically end up with a bajillion . . . OK maybe 3-5 different designs and/or color options. I have been admiring quilts with Flying Geese. I have never in my life made one but how hard can it be?? grin I came up with the name of the quilt first. . . I know right? Weird. "Off Course" . . . which is what my sewing sometimes turns out to be. . . Anyway, over the span of several weeks (yes, really it took that long and I was changing it up until yesterday) here are what I decided were the top three contenders:
|This was the first design that popped out of my creative dark side. I played with colors and the like for days. I like it, will likely make this one too but I need to find the 'perfect' fabrics.... Oakshotts?|
|I'm liking this. . . but maybe it needs more. . . hmmm . . .|
|Now this is a design I can get behind and was SOO excited to start sewing and cutting yesterday. . . read on to find out why that didn't happen...|
I start by starching the fabrics.
|The fabric is SOAKED with starch at this point. Dripping wet actually. I like my fabric to be the consistency of construction paper :)|
|I use Niagra starch - I've tried Mary Ellen's Best Press. It is good but honestly, no better than the cheap stuff near as I can tell. . . Saved money = more $ for fabric :)|
|The blues and the grays for the geese.|
|I think this picture shows the gray colors a little better.|
And now for the fiasco. . . glitch. . . air turns blue with words typically used by sailors (do you think sailors get a bad wrap with this old saying?? I'm thinking maybe they do!) I did not have enough of the lighter gray. Bummer. Now what? Cut what I have and buy more yardage? Hmmm. . . Normally, that is exactly what I would have done but I had bought and used most of the Beaujlais bundle before. . . NONE of the colors were the same. I decided not to take the chance, different dye lots and all that. I ordered more of the lighter gray (metal) yesterday. . . and now I wait. . . Don't you just hate it when that happens??? I was all ready to go! Whoa ponies :)
While I wait, I will put the back together for the string quilt. I'll post on that soon. I will also continue with paper piecing. . . can you believe I actually like paper piecing?? I DO!! More posts on that to come too :)
For now, I'm linking this post to Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Kelly over at My Quilt Infatuation for NTT. Hop over to these great linky parties and check out all of the wonderful inspiration! :)
Until next time, keep on quilting!