Okay, so if you've seen my WIP list, you know that I don't really need two new projects. Nonetheless, that's what the past week has had in store for me.
Inspired by some pretty purple fabrics, Meg, Jess and I are hosting the just-for-fun Purple Sewing Challenge on Instagram. Since none of my 29 WIPs were primarily purple (and an embarrassingly small number had any purple), naturally, I had to start a new project. I've decided on the Royalty pattern by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation. I'm sizing up the blocks from 12" to 18". Here are my first couple blocks (well, quarters of blocks) with some of my 27 other purple fabrics that will be joining them. I love how quickly these went together. Now to cut out a bunch of fabric!
Want to join us for the challenge? Check out my recent IG post and use the hashtag #purplesewingchallenge when you post your purple projects though March 1st. Start now by sharing your purple stash, scraps or fabric pull.
Yesterday I attended my first quilting class ever, with Rob Appell from Man Sewing. He was in town to speak at our SCVQA guild meeting on Monday and teach his Color Strata class.
I love the bright, vibrant colors in his samples and I wanted to choose something with rich, saturated color. I decided on Christa Watson's Designer Palette Jelly Roll. It had a variety of fabrics in each color family and I'm happy with how it's turned out. I did play with the order of the color so that the two ends wouldn't be green and red, as they are out of the pack. It was so fun to see everyone's different color palette's in class. I look forward to seeing their finishes at upcoming guild meetings. I did 1/6 of the strip piecing and had to cut out early to pick the kids up from school. Here's my first set of strips.
I brought my son along to Monday's meeting so he could meet Rob and see his work. He also got to show and tell his second and third quilts since he hadn't shown them off at a meeting yet. Rob was so impressed with his work, he gave "the short quilter" a shirt.
Before diving into a couple new quilt projects I made a little progress on quilting R's Pattern, the quilt my daughter laid out when she was 2 1/2. 37% quilted.
I'm also trying to make progress on how exactly I'm going to fashion my Emerald City in my Wizard of Oz baby quilt. Preached the fabric. Lots of sketching. No pics to share, since I want to keep it a surprise.
I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday.
Jess @ Quilty Habit
Wow, you have been busy! I can't wait to see more of your purple and class quilts. Looks like you had an awesome time!
My goal is to get the purple all cut out before Feb. 1. I'm going to have to go get more white fabric. I hope to get to sewing more of the color strata strips today. It was a fun day and I was surrounded by other fun quilters, which was great!
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
How awesome that your son had such a fun show and tell of his work. I really like how you rearranged the jelly roll, and it will be fun to watch all the purple-y goodness develop!
Thank you, Yvonne. I look forward to seeing the hashtag fill up with purple. :-)
Wow, what a great experience for G...!! and you!!
Thanks, Bo. It was a fun couple of days! :-)
I used to always say that purple was my favorite color. But then I realized that I NEVER use it in any of my art! So maybe it isn't. But the fabrics you chose look great, and I do like purple...
Thank you, Carrie. I am excited for this one.
Anja @ Anja Quilts
I think the Purple Sewing Challenge is a great idea. I don't have enough purple to play along. I love the colours in Christa Watson's jelly roll.
Do you have any purple? If so, that's enough! :-) I love the spectrum of colors in her jelly roll even though it isn't my regular, go to palette. It's funny though, because looking at each individually, there are some colors in there that I don't like at all, but as a group they play so beautifully together!
Your color strata palette looks awesome--great background fabric--definitely creates a pop!! Can't wait to see it all pieced together! And it was so much fun hanging out with your son at the meeting!! He certainly added a fun factor to the front row!
Yeah, if only that beautiful blue fabric didn't bleed... a ton. Just from handling it I had blue fingertips. It's been pre-washed (more than once) so hopefully I've taken care of the problem. I think this may be the first quilt that I do something special with to set the dye before it's used/washed. I don't know exactly what that something is. I'll be doing some research. :-) Thanks for letting us join you up front. He really enjoyed it. Today he was telling people how funny Rob was. :-)