It’s wet and miserable here of late. Lots of rain with a few rare spots of overcast-ness (why yes, I did just type the first word that came to mind, real word or not). The sun is a rare visitor at the moment. So imagine trying to take photos of quilts and WiPs.
I dashed out in a bout of overcast-ness (I like it, I’m going to use it) to nab a quick shot of my current WiP. Oh and it made me forget all about the dreary weather!
.This quilt is the start of a collaboration quilt between Fiona (my favourite bloggy friend at Finding Fifth) and myself. We are participating in Collaborate for a Cause which is being run on Facebook and is all about Aussie handmade businesses getting together to collaborate and make something fantabulously wonderful. That fab item is then up for auction at the end of next month with all proceeds going to the collaborators’ chosen charity. Ours is Angels for the Forgotten who I’ve mentioned before. They help kids in foster care and do such a wonderful job.
Last year there were a gazillion things for girls but boys were a bit left out. So Fiona and I decided to make a snuggly quilt for the boys. Using a mix of eye spy fabrics and some fun dots and stripes, I think this rainbow bit of goodness ought to appeal. At least I hope so!
We are basing it on the Zakka style quilt from the book. Chain piecing makes this a breeze. I had a bit of a production line going on. Only bit I had to remember was to switch directions on the seams when I joined them together. It only took one bowed strip to remind me.
It still needs grey sashing. That’s the next job on the list. Then I’m off the hook. I think I got the easy end of the deal! Fiona is doing the back, quilting and binding (unless she wants to skip binding and go the pillowcase method, I’d be okay with that!). I think I will add a little soft toy to sweeten the deal. An elephant maybe, or a teddy, or an owl. Decisions decisions!
As for other WiP… the big one at the moment is the Red Herring quilt. I got sick of my indecisiveness on the quilting and just sat down and started. Yeah can you imagine? Quilting, with no plan! Perhaps not the wisest but it was rather freeing! I went with basic diagonal lines to echo the paper pieced blocks. I didn’t even measure, I guesstimated the whole way. That’s right, I sew on the wild side.
That worked for me. Until this point. Then I tried to add some chevrons in the white horizontal sashing. Disaster! I hate it. It looks awful and detracts from the happy herrings. I’m not even going to share a photo. So I have quite a bit of unpicking to do – and there’s nothing worse than unpicking quilting is there? That should tell you how much I hate it. So I’ll save it to do while I watch one of my fave tv shows – Offspring. That should make it a bit more interesting.
So fellow quilters, now what do I do about the horizontal sashing? Leave it bare? Plain horizontal lines across? Vertical lines? Other? Help!!
And rather than leave on such a woeful note as discussing unpicking (shudder), here are some chirpy rainbow lorikeets who entertain me from my kitchen window. Aren’t they lovely?