I recently finished up my Toes in the Sand quilt (pattern by Jaybird Quilts). I did this as a Block of the Month (BOM) program through Fat Quarter Shop two years ago.
I find that there is normally a good deal of extra fabric included in BOM programs. And this time around I wanted to try to use up the extra fabric in the back. I decided to do a medallion design. In addition to my leftovers, I purchased a yard of red fabric to break up the abundance of blue.
The medallion was somewhat improve sewn, taking into account how much fabric I had left and if it was yardage or already cut up. A good challenge which did use up almost all the fabric. I struggled quite a bit trying to figure out how to make the medallion twin-sized rather than square. Not sure I was all that successful, but it was a good learning exercise.
I love medallion week with QDAD (to see more medallion designs check out the April 4th photo album)! It’s my second time doing it and I felt a bit more at ease. I think we all love focusing on one design all week – adding a border each day allows us the time to tweak our work.
I thought it would be fun to see the progression.
And the finished design:
I’ve completed my Marsala challenge quilt! You can see my design and fabric pull here, pattern creation part one, and part two.
OH, this quilt! I love that the Marsala fabrics are the center of the design, but the background is just as interesting as the foreground.
I love the binding! In the QDAD group, I’ve seen some designs that use skinny stripes in the binding and I wanted to try it out. I used different widths from scraps so I could also get a feeling for proportion. It turned out wonderfully!
I also experimented a bit with my quilting. I recently purchased “Shape by Shape” by Angela Walters. It’s always inspiring to see her work. The spiro-graph and flower petal motifs are from her book. I wasn’t sure how these curvy shapes would look next to the straight line quilting; and was constantly second-guessing my decision. But seeing it here – so lovely!
I am a big fan of pieced backs. Although, this might not be my best work, it was fun to experiment (and use up some of my scraps).
I think my dissatisfaction comes from the green that I added in. I should have just stuck with the diamonds.
The quilt measures 47 x 47 inches.
My two favorite Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) designs from March:
I find transparency very difficult to do well and this one just worked!
Columns, 15 March QDAD design
I love this second one because it is simple shapes, combined just right.
Peacocks Crossing, 21 March QDAD design
My two least successful designs from March:
I love combining curves with straight lines, but this is just not visually appealing. Maybe I need to extend the dark rectangle to create a plus sign? Or turn the petals so it looks more like a flower?
Crossed Arches, 3 March QDAD design
This last one I tried playing around with proportion and it just doesn’t seem cohesive.
House Divided, 19 March QDAD design
Before I start work next week, I needed to get a few sew-y things accomplished. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed when I walk into my sewing space, lately.
First on my to-do list was finish up this month’s blocks for the Technicolor Galaxy Block of the Month (BOM) by Pile ‘O Fabric.
Thankfully, I love paper-piecing and didn’t put it off, like I did for the bias tape in month 1.
Next up, was getting my Toes in the Sand quilted (Pattern is by Jaybird Quilts). I finished up the top last August (another BOM) and the back, right before we moved in October. After three days of heavy quilting, it was finished.
Bonus, I started on the binding!
Finally, I wanted to finish my Timber quilt top (pattern by Alison Glass). Modern Handcraft is hosting a quilt along and it was wonderful motivation to do this quilt.