Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lost with a giant squid eye!

Must admit, I have felt a bit lost with my quilting recently, lacking some oomph. I look through other people's blogs in the evenings and see all sorts of beautiful, inspiring work and think how boring my quilts are. The two I have made this year were made with love and have gone to appreciative homes, but they just haven't been works of pizaaze. The work I am producing is nothing like the work I would like to be producing. I don't want to make quilts that are works of art, just quilts that are stunning and make you drool. I've been a reader of Sam's blog for awhile, and seeing these photo's the other night of this quilt of her's here and here, just got me thinking about it all. So I mulled over how stricking simplicity and effective colour can be combined, I think sometimes I try and make my quilts too colourful.

So I decided to stick to a few strong colours and have been leaning towards red, white and black lately, so out they came from the stash. There was an edition last year of Patchwork and Quilting that had a similar dot on square type quilt on the front cover and I remeber buying this copy without even opening the plastic to check out the rest of the mag to see if it was worth purchasing! I brought it on the wow factor of the cover alone. So suitably armed with that I set to work.

The background squares are 11.5 inches, so big! I think I used about 2 metres of vizeofix! Each circle has vizeofix (how do you spell that word!? I never know where to put the z or is it a x?!) on the back to hold it in place. When its assembled there is a lot of material underneath that isn't seen so I was a bit sneeky and cut another circle from those layers to keep as if it looks really cool I could make another or rather I was thinking of adding a boarder of smaller circles. The ones below are what I have put aside.

I felt terrible cutting into my precious Prints Charming black snowflake fabric. So new! But hey, its better being sewed into something than just sititng in my stash unseen, right?


I have made up 12 of these blocks, above are just two, its going to be 3 rows of 3. I'm going to do a simple blanket stitch around each circle in a matching thread colour. I have had them hanging on the design wall, I think they look like giant squid eyes! When I showed Daz, he commented that they look like giant bloodshot squid eyes! He did throw a WOW in before that, isn't he fab?!

I'm happy with how its looking so far and hopefully this little project will be the start of a path of pizaaze!

11 comments:

Cass said...

Helen I love it the colour combo is great but then I always love your quilts so probably not an unbiased view

Helen said...

Cass, you are a sweetie, thank you. :)

AJ said...

Cool Helen!!! Looks great!! I too liked that quilt on the cover...DH's comment when I showed him...yuck!! But then he didn't like my fuzzy circle either....He has no taste...!!

Little Munchkins said...

I am pretty sure I have that magazine too.

I think the circles quilt are looking really nice. There is a quilt that I really like in this blog.

http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2008/03/07/sugar-spice/

I am hoping to make that later for Munchkin.

Cascade Lily said...

Wow! Daz is right - this is going to be one amazing quilt! Are you feeling liberated? Love red, white and black :) Keep it coming Helen!

Tracey said...

Soooo creative. Well done Helen. Looks great. I will be keeping an eye on this to see how it comes up!

Samantha said...

Thanks for the shout out :-) These are looking fabulous!! And BTW, you do fabulous work- your rainbow quilts have always made my day!!!!

Leah said...

I am liking the red, black and white combo! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Miss Frugality said...

Definitely Wow!I love that 50's style black and white print.Looking forward to seeing more of this.

Millipede said...

Helen you make wonderful quilts so dont beat yourself up! I do have a really big soft spot for black/red/white combo's so I cant wait to see the squid quilt finished!

Helen said...

Thanks for your comments girls. I'm getting excitied about this one!