Monday, December 2, 2019

After the Deadlines and Commitments, a Little Sewing for Me

I'm fairly caught up on deadline stuff, so I allowed myself to revisit my Fan Medallion project. This is the one where I'm making blocks using 3 fan blades. Here's the EQ plan.

I started with this fabric pull, fabrics I found at a shop in Pensacola when I was on vacation:

And now I have some blades made in the two priority prints that are driving the palette.


At the recent FQ sale at my LQS, I picked up a few more prints to mix in. I want a very eclectic mix but mostly warm colors. I see possibilities for fussy cutting here.

Originally my plan was to make a couple blocks per month, but I think it will work out better if I make all the blades and distribute them around the medallion layout, then make the blocks. I need 168 blades, but I'll make a few more than that so I have some flexibility in laying them out.

With encouragement from friends, I've decided to use this bold gold print for the background, also from the shop in Pensacola. I have just barely enough to eke out the blocks and borders if I'm careful. No room for errors!!! It will either be successful in a wild and crazy mix, or it'll be a design disaster.

So I've been cutting. I made a template I can use with a rotary cutter by stacking layers of template plastic. And I've been chain piecing.

I'm loving this palette - these are so my colors! And I'm loving the clashy mix of prints, which is usually not me - I'm usually more sedate and controlled.

There's no deadline for this project. I'll take my time and enjoy working on it. But it's kind of addictive and I really want to see how it'll turn out. I won't be able to work on it much this week. I need to get back to the secret sewing for gifts and take care of some other other deadline stuff. But this project is like a magnet pulling me, so I may squeeze in a few more blades as time permits.


Link ups:
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Love Laugh Quilt

7 comments:

  1. Enjoy your leisurely sewing. We should all be making no-deadline projects!

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  2. Definitely your color palette. That one solidy orange blade kinda stands out, tho ... unless you plan to incorporate more solids.

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  3. Great color palette. I'm looking forward to seeing a few finished blocks as it looks like the blades are fairly fat.... unless the background piece is fairly small. Time will tell!

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  4. Quilting for yourself?! SEW delicious!!! (I just might be green with envy.)

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  5. Isn't it great when a project is so compelling that you just want to sneak in more and more time with it? I love your colors and fabrics! And I'm glad you're making a few extra blocks/blades for mixing later. You know what you can always do with a few orphans :)

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  6. Excited to see how that not-plain background fabric plays with the eclectic mix of fabric in your blades. I'm guessing it will create movement and interest without overpowering.

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