Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Contemplating Backgrounds

How much time do you spend contemplating the background fabric for your projects? 
Setting the stage for showing off your designs and quilting, 
the background can become a major player in your quilt.

I auditioned many backgrounds for my project. 
Should I go dark? 
Dark is always dramatic.

What about a totally white background? 
That would certainly show off my quilting.

 What about a neutral?
  A neutral grey, certainly not my first choice, became my best choice. 
Another instance that proves to me that I shouldn't be shortsighted 
and try even the "wrong" fabrics. 

This blue/grey batik shows off my design fabrics without competing with them. 
It seems to suit better than the stark contrast of a black or white fabric.

But, now I am questioning...
Is it a bit too boring?
Should I do something to make this background become a bit more interesting?

I pieced together strips of similar fabrics and 
placed them over my batik.
Will this up the look of my background
without becoming overpowering?

Should I cut my background and 
insert the pieced sections?

Time for a bit of contemplating..........

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another Day in the Land of Rickrack

Although I enjoyed the time spent soothing my softer side, 
I'm again back to the world of bright  and bold.

Picking fun colors from my rickrack box, 
I went on a stash search and found fabrics that will liven up this project. 

After cutting the melon shapes,
it was fun choosing the rickrack to add to the curved edge.

So many choices and interesting color combinations.
Should I match or contrast?

I pressed the under the curved edge of the melon and with it half of the rickrack.
The "rickracked" edges were then stitched to the background strips.

After laying out a few blocks, 
my heart sings
 as my day is joyfully filled with color and pattern.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Yes, I Want to Sew But.....

Yes, I want to sew but, 
I have walked into a magical world and I am enchanted.

I am pulled in by the brilliance of the colors.

Were they really hiding there all summer covered by a mask of green?

Yes, I would love to attempt to duplicate this beauty in an artwork
 but I can't draw myself away from this feast for my eyes.

I do have ideas to share with you. 
Believe me, I tried.

 But until the leaves fall, the ground turns brown and the skies are gray, 
each day will be an ongoing struggle to face my sewing machine.

Today, may you soak up the beauty 
and rejoice in the world God created.

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Obsession Continues

My Softer Side
©2014 Sharon V. Rotz

Yes, my rickrack box is not empty 
and I am dreaming up more projects to incorporate my bountiful supply.

Feeling my softer side, 
(usually I pick the brightest fabrics)
I've selected a collection of delicate pinks and greens for this quilt.

The blocks are very traditional quarter square triangle blocks made up on a variety of pink prints. These blocks are set off by a sashing of a soft green stripe. 
On the two-part sashing, the rickrack shines as it outlines the melon shapes.

To make the rickrack trimmed shapes, 
I cut the half melon and stitched the rickrack on the outer edge of the right side of the fabric.

The seam allowance was pressed to the back along with the outer half of the rickrack. This left a finished edge that was easy to appliqué to the sashing by stitching in the ditch 
(the line formed by the folded fabric edge and the rickrack).

A melon shape was appliquéd to each sashing half-strip.

 The two sashing strips were then stitched together and added between the blocks. 

Now that my softer side was had a go, 
my bright side wants to give it a try. 

Will I hold back
 or will the next project be knock your socks off bright? 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

ZigZagging All Over

String Breeze
Sharon V. Rotz

As you can see I am on a Rick rack roll. 
There are so many places that I've found to incorporate it into my work.

From Flower edges

  to flower stems

to tucking it into the binding edge.

The pattern for "String Breeze" is 
available here.

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