Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sunrise & Sunset

This week's Project Quilting challenge was "A Goose in the Monkey Wrench" where we were challenged to include at least one Monkey Wrench block and one Flying Geese unit in our quilted/finished project--and oh yeah, we had a total of 7 days start to finish!

Auditioning Color Palettes.
I drafted up some block variations in EQ7 that featured 5 Monkey Wrenches and 56 Flying Geese units.  For color palette, I started with a bundle of hand dyed teal fabrics that I tested in EQ7.  And while I liked it, I decided it was too icy for this time of the year.  So then I went to my bundle of Cherrywood fabrics and tried to incorporate some warmer colors.  In the next version, I found the warm colored monkey wrenches to be too overpowering and the dimensional illusion of the flying geese blocks was lost.  Back to the drawing board and I simply inverted the colors and came up with this exciting design.
EQ Color Mock Up to Basted Top Featuring All Cherrywood Fabrics
When it came to quilting, I kept it fairly simple by free motioning loops along each of the grey triangle and blue triangles, and simply outlining the colored triangles to help them to really pop.  
Sunrise & Sunset, Finishes 21"x21"
Here are some more detail shots of the quilted loop de loops.
Loop de Loops on the Front and Back
Original Blocks Designed in EQ7 Translated Into Cherrywood Fabric...Yum!
Online voting will begin Sunday by 12 noon.  Please be sure to visit the Project Quilting Link Up page to see all the beautiful entries, and vote for your favorites--hint hint!  

This week concludes the Project Quilting challenge series 7 and leaves me feeling bittersweet.  I am excited that I managed to not only complete all 6 challenges within the allotted 1 week span, but I also managed to create some really dynamic designs inspired by each week's challenge.  And then again, I am a bit relieved to be done, as the 1 week time frame can be a bit intense.  Many thanks to Kim Lapecek of Persimon Dreams for hosting this fun challenge series.  Here are all 6 of my quilted projects made as part of this series...enjoy!
Project Quilting 7 Series

12 comments:

  1. Stunning! I love your work and now that I have seen some in person I have so much respect to how you've mastered the craft of quilting!

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    1. Thanks Kim--there were certainly some curve ball themes, but they all pushed me in a good way. Thank you so much!

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  2. Your pieces look amazing! This week work is really stunning! Thanks for the sharing your talent!!

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    1. Thanks Alida--I had a lot of fun participating in the challenges and trying new designs. I am glad you enjoyed my sharing pics and process.

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  3. Wow! Dynamic design and wonderful colors! ♥

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    1. Thanks Janie--once I figured out the color palette--it was pretty exciting to see the design shine. Then it was just a lot of straightforward paper piecing...

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  4. Those colors are stunning. You really have a good instinct for design.

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    1. Thanks Janet--I love choosing fabrics/colors--it may be my favorite part of quilting! I am always in search of exciting color combinations to incorporate into future quilts. I am so happy to hear it worked for you!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thought process on color choices...something I need to work on. I have really enjoyed all your designs!

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    1. Awww...thanks Vicki! I really love EQ7 for giving me the opportunity to explore different fabric/color combinations and hopefully identify potential pitfalls well before cutting/stitching any fabric!

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    1. Thanks Irene--they made me happy too! And Cherrywood fabrics are just so lovely!

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