Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bright Idea

My son has a real fascination (bordering with obsession) with lights, and so when the topic of bright came up for Le Challenge I knew what the subject would have to be.

Bright Idea

So here it is, my first go at a lino cut since school and a bit of fabric paint. Can't say I love it, but the boy sure will. He insisted the wire and plug be added to the design and I'm sure he'll be wearing it all summer long. Now I just need to find an paper piecing pattern so I can make him one i like too!

Linking up to Le Challenge

Le Challenge

Friday, 11 April 2014

Winter Geese

First Foundation Paper Piecing Flying Geese

Thanks to blogloving, I came across circles of flying geese for the first time, with a stunning rainbow cushion from Kelly at Jeliquilts and was inspired to have my first ever go at foundation paper piecing.

Here's my version

... and it turns out I love the foundation paper piecing. None of the accurate cutting needed for pretty much everything else, so the finish is far better than anything I could otherwise hope for.

For fabric I pulled out all the blues, teals and purples I could and aimed to have a gentle move from one tone to the next. I'm happy with all but the bottom right quadrant too - I threw the navy in there to try and move from purple to the light blue check but it doesn't really do it for me. One of those geese has a squirrel  with some lovely red lips which helped, but somehow they got chopped off. Whoops. Whatever colour was really needed wasn't something I owed!

Still, I really enjoyed it and I like the overall result.

As the cushion top is finished I thought I'd link up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts  and also the Paper Piecing Party at Quiet Play. How much would I love to be able to do what these talented quilters!
Paper Piecing Party