Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Song Quilt WIP: Bunny Block

I’ve been working on a song quilt (formerly called a nursery rhyme quilt) for a long time now.  I’ve made several blocks, and then weeded some out and used them in other projects, and now am left with just the ones that I like together.

I still have a few to go, and one to redo.  It started out without any real color scheme.  I thought I’d just let each song speak to me and make each piece independently.  I liked each block, but I didn’t love it all together, so I pulled out all the blocks that didn’t feel right and will either redo them or put in other songs altogether. This week I'm working on a bunny block.  

I sketched the block onto some graph paper and the used it as a pattern for my fabric version.  I back baste appliquéd the bunny onto the background, which is my favorite method of appliqué.  

As pictured in the sketch, it will have a little song embroidered onto it that Miles and I sing a lot (we learned it at our botanical garden's weekly sing along).  I’d like to remake the block for blackbirds, and I’d like to do a longer song, maybe a poem (I am thinking about "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson).  Then I think I’ll fill in empty spaces with some half square triangles or some kind of liberated piecing to finish the top.  I may do some more embroidery or applique on a border…I like "The Dream Keeper" by Langston Hughes.  This quilt is definitely a work in progress, but I’d like to get it finished before my son is too old to enjoy it.  

Here are a few of the blocks that I have chosen to edit out of the quilt:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Courthouse Steps Finish?

I decided that I didn’t like the look of my courthouse steps blocks when I started to put them together, and it is too much work for me to make them all and decide I don’t like it.  So I turned them into bags.  

I embroidered a word to the top of each bag like I did here, and I used more of the leftover stripes for the backs and handles.  I made a slightly bigger bag than I have before, these measure somewhere around 14” x 19” and I think that is a good size for both kids (who need bigger bags for their art supplies and library books, etc.,) and also for adults.  

I love these bags and would even like to make a few more when I have time, but I’d still like to make an actual courthouse steps quilt.  I love the fabric in these bags, but they weren't translating into a great quilt for me.  It could be all the stripes?  Anyway, I'm going to try it again to see if I can come up with an arrangement I like better.  

I’m linking up with Finish It Up Friday on Crazy Mom Quilts