Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pojagi Curtain

"I don't know whether I like it, but it is what I meant. "
Well, that may be a bit dramatic of a sentiment, but it is close to how I feel.  This project actually came out right in line with what I had envisioned, but now that it is done, well, maybe my vision was flawed.  I don't know, I have keep mulling this one over for a while.  It is not that I'm unhappy about how it turned out, but rather assessing the choices I made in designing it.  For the size of the piece, I think some of the smaller pieces are too small and the smaller color blocks in particular might be more effective if they were larger.  One consideration I had was that I wanted this to let as much light through as possible, so that led to smaller colored blocks.  The purple one really doesn't look as dark in real life as it photographed.  Still, it is a bit out of character with the other.  But, overall, it is what I imagined and I am pleased I was able to create what I imagined and it was fun.  Ain't that the point?  Now, to work on my design skills.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Just playin'

So, clearly I'm on this solids kick.
I like to go down to the basement and play.  Pick some colors, start sewing, cutting, see where it takes me.  Right now, since I'm trying to figure this whole quilting thing out and find my way or style of doing it, this is a lot of fun for me.  Just messing around without a lot of expectations or some set pattern to work from. I learn better by just doing stuff, so, I'm trying to just do stuff.

There's not really much to say about this quilt. It was play time.  Playing with colors, shapes, quilting, etc.  The over all shape was dictated by the piecing.  It just kinda happened to fall into this general shape, so I trimmed a bit to hopefully improve the balance. I think my favorite part is the 3 lines of colored thread in the quilting.

Pojagi Curtain Sorta Thingy...

I saw these Pojagi style pieces in BooDilly's (Victoria Gertenbach) Flickr stream and they are fantastic.  You should check them out. (When you're done here of course. In fact, look at ALL of her stuff. She does amazing work, one of my favorites.)  So, anyway, they seemed like a great way to try something new and come out with a curtain for my office window.  I had been stumped as to what to do for that window for months.
Since I'm trying to get the hang of this blogging thing and post about works in progress, things I'm trying, heck, post somewhat regularly...
Here are the beginning stages.

 And, yes, still playing with solids.
You'll see the seams are a bit different. She had a tutorial on a couple of seam options posted on her blog. I'm trying the first option and there's certainly a learning curve, well for me at least.  But, I do like the look of it.  I think part of the trouble I'm having has to do with our machine.  It's a cheapy, low line model that just may not be able to be as precise as I want it to be.  Oh well, the machine works great over all, especially for my skill level and needs.

We'll see how this turns out. I held it up against the window pane earlier today and it is shaping up pretty well. I think it'll be neat.
Regardless, check out BooDilly's blog!

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