Monday, June 30, 2014

Flying Geese by Four Tutorial

Just thought i'd pop in today and share this little tutorial i whipped up. I've been working on what has been temporarily dubbed my brilliant nut bag quilt and the first requirement was 156 geese. So while making the geese i figured i'd take some pics along the way and share how i like to make geese. Four at a time! Enjoy!

And this is the fruit of my labour, 156 of the most glorious geese i've ever made! I think i'm in love folks.

brilliant nut bag quilt

High fives for a fabulous start to my brilliant nut bag quilt, which i'm hoping to rename soon!
xo nicole

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WIP Wednesday - The Insperation Overload Edition

So i'm here today friends seeking some advice, or an opinion or even a bit of direction. You see, i have this glorious stack of Anna Maria Horner fabrics.

That i'm desperate to use, but i think i may have over stimulated myself while looking for ideas.
I'm planning on making a queen size quilt for our bedroom but i can't seem to decide on what pattern. Here's a partial shot of our bedroom.

First of all, sorry for the grainy pic. Second this is a work in progress so no judging. My headboard is going to be stained darker to match a little better and the dresser needs a good sanding and to be re-oiled. That back wall is going to be a gallery wall so please ignore that fact that i have a giant canvas with AMH fabric stapled to it. I needed a quick blast of colour while i decide what is going to go up.

Also, that little caddy at the side of the bed needs to be painted so it doesn't stand out so much. (and yes it is a shower caddy!) But while we're here, check out my awesome bedside rug! It's a terrible picture i know. And i really must do a post on all the wonderful things i received for my birthday, it was in April! My awesome friend Gina made it for me after i mentioned that i was thinking about how perfect the NYB block would be for mat in front of my sink. So she thought she'd save me from another wip and make it for me herself! But when it showed up and i saw how gorgeous it was, there was no way i was going to put it in front of my sink... it could get dirty there! I was thinking on how i could hang it up when Gina emailed me and said that it was made as a mat and i must step on it!! So i put it on my side of the bed where i can enjoy it but at the same time keep it clean! And can we all ignore the fact that i just threw my unfinished gypsy wife quilt on the bed for the photo's. Thanks!

Now what was i talking about... oh yeah, my quilt.
My original plan was to keep it fast and simple. Something like a simple patchwork. But i just can't seem to do simple, at least not for me. So i've come to the conclusion that this isn't going to be a fast quilt. I have my AMH voile + and x quilt that i'm making as our summer quilt so this one is going to be for the colder months. And i'm hoping to back it in the same AMH velveteen that i'm using for "curtains."

Yes the fabric is still just tacked ghetto style up in the window. It would seem that i'm not so great at making decisions. Someday i'll make curtains.

So a velveteen backed queen size AMH quilt, sounds delicious! I've made up an inspiration board if you will of some ideas that i'm loving right now. The sane part of my brain is saying to go with one of the ideas and roll with it. The crazy part of my brain (which is generally the more dominant side!) is trying to fit all the ideas into one quilt. Help Me!

Okay, lots going on here. Let's start in the top left corner. And of course i can't for the life of me remember where the image came from, i'm certain i have it pinned i just can't seem to find it. When i do i'll link the original here. So for quite some time now i've been thinking i'd like to do a patchwork quilt with a scattering of different sizes of star dresdens all over it. But not regular patchwork, i'm thinking more improv style like the image on the bottom left which can be found here. I think there's a great idea here but i'm not sure if it's ideally what i want for this project, and also i'd like to be using this quilt in the fall, this fall. I think all the dresdens may take longer than i would like!

Next the top right and middle images. I've been watching so many people right now fussy cutting and kaleidoscope piecing projects that it's giving me that little itch to give it a try. So how about nice big hexies like the ones on the right and then throwing in some kaleidoscope pieced ones like the center image? I love this idea and it clearly works with AMH's fabrics.

Then there's the geese. How i love this quilt, and there's been a nagging in the back of my quilt brain that wants me to make some geese and get them out of my system. But a whole quilt of geese wouldn't display the AMH fabrics to their best, i'm sure it would be gorgeous but i want to be able to see a lot of the fabric images.

My gypsy wife also is making an appearance because it is the perfect quilt for me. It more clearly says Nicole than anything i've ever made!

So my thoughts are to use the Maya Hayuk painting in the bottom right corner as my starting point.

So here goes, that diagonal stripe of pink would be three strips of geese, the pale bluey grey block on the left side would be filled with big hexies and a few fussy cut kaleidoscope hexies. The striping on the top right corner would all be improv pieced but colour blocked in stripes. And in the bottom right... a giant scrappy star dresden! But not the whole star, i'm thinking just a quarter star, out from the corner.

Too much? Should someone get the white jacket with the super long sleeves? Am i really destined for the nut hatch? Or is this so crazy that it might just work? What do i do?!!!

So today is all about planning and plotting and taking over the world, i mean... crap, i've said too much ;)

High fives for world AMH domination, or at least in my bedroom.
Um yeah, that doesn't sound so great. You guys know what i mean!!

xo nicole

You need to pop on over to Lee's and check out her Cotton and Steel Aviatrix Medallion. Gorgeous!