Dare to Fly
|Dare to Fly Quilt|
Welcome to my stop on the week long Blog Hop featuring Ink& Arrow Fabrics adorably edgy line called Sweet Rebellion by Felicia Gallo. If you’re not familiar with their fabric be sure to browse. I especially love the huge range in colorway of the Pixies Square Dot blender as a nice alternative to solids.
|The shape of choice|
What if?For my stop on the hop, rather than a "how to " tutorial, I'm going to share about my process and the steps that led to the final Dare to Fly quilt design.
When you're making it up as you go, you can spend a lot of time playing around the the endless possibilities. And because there is no one right answer (in my book at least), it can be quite a game. One that I love to play and you might too.
Placing bits of fabric here and there can give a general idea what it might look like sewn in. Using a mosaic app on your phone is another cheat. Because I try and stay 'in the creative zone" the pictures aren't pretty but rather a tool for decision making.
|dominant secondary pattern|
|Flying in Circles|
I think surrounding the center with the sweetness of the Peonies & Chains print brings it all together and lends a traditional vibe. Inserting a thin inner border of dark pink chain compliments the flowers and extending the horizontal line emphasizes the movement of the dashes.
For the quilting motif, I went for an overall swirl to mimic the chain swirls. My friend let me use her longarm for not only this one but the soon to be blogged about SBAMQG design challenge quilt (Get a Grip) that needed to be entered to our local show immediately. To speed up and eliminate the step of loading individually, I sewed the backs together. A handy trick even if it looks a little odd.
Delightful DetourEasily distracted might be an accurate description of my creative process as well. During the early experimentation stage of the spiky shape I took a detour to sew an art supply pouch as a birthday gift for my son's girlfriend.
Using a vintage zipper and making it extra long to house scissors, brushes or whatever she might want to keep in it. I think there is a certain "vantage point" to the design which I think of when remembering art lessons.
Riding a bike off into the sunset also came to mind. My favorite part is the circle and illusion of the peak through. I didn't fussy place the chain but you get the idea. I cut the "block" in two parts so that it would flip and make the most of the elements that I liked on both sides.
Encore Images and a Fabric GiveawayThere was a break in the storm and I was able to take the finished quilt out for a proper photos shoot - which almost makes up for the poor lighting of the process shots! There was a little wind wrangling and dodging of puddles and mud but it was worth it. posting to Finish it Up Friday
|Sunset Capitola 01.12.2017|
2017 FAL Q1 Linky Party ReminderLast but not least, don't forget to link up your Finish Along 2017 FAL Q1 goals before the linky party closes on the 14th of January at 11pm EST.
You can read all about it in the Finish Along tab above or the blog post here.
L-R top-bottom: Sarah, Leanne, Felicity, Karen (me), Izzy, Ella, Judith, Jess, Nicky, Abigail, Lucy, Rhonda, Marci