If you have read "Jean Creates" past few blog posts ( here and here) you know what I've been up to.
We both have an affinity for Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Phillip Jacobs fabrics. Jean decides we are going to stop petting our fabrics and actually use them. What a mind blowing idea ay?
Jean pre-ships her fabrics and this is what arrived at my house:
Kaffe/Brandon/Jacob fabrics from my stash and had them waiting for Jean's arrival. Mine were all neatly folded in piles...well...until Jean arrived and suggested it would be more fun to toss them all into one big pile and just start. Another mind blowing idea :)
I've never, ever....ever started a project like this one. Talk about excitement/anticipation/and drama (mainly the colors of the fabrics)....way too much fun. How the plan began...it was a book (un-named for sure!) Jean found and thought it would be an awesome way to begin and each of us could add to the others quilt. After a few hours actually using the book the book (definitely not a recommended book) idea was abandoned and we were on our own creating.
I wanted a fabric that would allow a place to rest before seeing more exciting prints....so I went into my stash in search of just the perfect fabric. Initially I hunted through my batiks...nope....then....WOWZERS....I came across a piece of Patsy Thompson hand dyed fabric that was perfect....absolutely perfect in my mind.
Working from intiution is a odd feeling/experience....I've not done that before. I set this block up on the design wall and waited until something came to me for the next border. I knew I didn't want a square quilt so I would have to elongate the block...top and bottom borders to move from a square to a rectangle. Hmmmm.....Incubation Time.....
I saw my Magic Stack N Wack book on my bookshelf...hey...I've never done that...I'm going to make some of those fun kaleidoscopes for my quilt. Might I suggest you actually read the book before "Wacking" into your fabric? I did not cut enough repeats so I ended up with 1/2 kaleidoscopes that I combined for my design.
My block now measures 24 1/2 x 24 1/2. Then it occurred to me....3.5 x 7 = 24.5 PERFECT...I just need seven 3/12 inch somethings to add to each end of the square. I cut up several pieces of white paper that were 3/12 inches wide by various lengths and began drawing different shapes to see what I thought would look good. The one I loved the most I couldn't use because I couldn't figure out how to paper piece it. Jean pointed out that I had only spent a day and a half trying to figure it out and if it were her...she'd move on and choose another block. What an epiphany!
Patsy Thompson Designs but I needed one she didn't have so I ordered from Glorious Color website. I was very pleased and will order from Glorious Color again. (No, I don't get kickbacks from either site)
Jean's progress? Well...here is her quilt: