I just have to face it, I’m a new project junkie. I love the thrill the glimmer of a quilt idea brings, the pops of what-if ideas, and then the excited hunt through my fabric stash for possibilities. Sometimes I even do sketches.
Right now I’m in the throes of two color heavy designs. By that I mean they’re all about the color; the designs themselves are pretty simple.
“Moon Rise” has been nudging my mind since the night I saw a full moon slide in and out of clouds. At first I planned to incorporate bare tree branches and all sorts of tricky shading and overlays. After I slapped a yard of black gradient fabric up on the wall and pinned strips of mottled black hand dyes (thank you, Vicki Welsh) on top I decided that simple might be a better way to go. Then I saw this pattern by RaNae Merrill called Beyond Horizons and decided to try something similar.
“Subtle Points” grew out of a personal challenge to use colors that are on my “do not call” list. Some hand dyes on old linens and silk and a half yard of McKenna Ryan fabric set the color scheme. More grays from Vicki Welsh (it seems I bought a lot of gray) along with a Kaffe Fassett shot cotton that was advertised as chartreuse (it isn’t) will provide contrast of some sort at the edges.
I dropped the blue fabric on the lower right, fused my silk to knit interfacing and started cutting triangles. The idea came from a pattern called Pyramid Scheme in the December/January 2013 Quilt Magazine, but I changed the triangle size and color scheme. Also, the magazine’s quilt has a more regular light/dark block setting than I plan.
Next I started sewing on the outer edge strips that will finish at one inch. The triangles themselves should finish at 5 inches. Right now everything’s up on the wall in the rough order in which the triangles were pieced.
I look forward to lots of fun playing with this arrangement.