Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bitty + Squash

There's nothing quite like a new project.  Choosing colors and fabrics and patchwork designs can be so perfectly delightful when inspiration flows.

 Bright and funky

I started this small project with the intention of going bright.  I'm making a set of placemats for some friends who like fabrics by Allison Glass.  I don't have many of her fabrics at home, but I certainly admire her bold use of color and clean design.  After settling on a basic placemat layout and some patchwork designs, I felt my way towards bright or saturated colors like jade, emerald, lemon, aqua, sapphire and gold.

Bright and funky

At first I pulled fabrics from my stash, which is organized by color, to create a specific working palette.  But as I started cutting and sewing patchwork, I soon found myself rifling through my scrap drawers for already-small bits and pieces.  Soon I had a table full of this and that... as well as an assembly of playful bitty blocks.

It's dangerous leaving this much fabric out as kitty Susan just lives for the chance steal fabric and redecorate the house with random fabric offerings.  This time the full table seemed to work in my favor though, because she kept moving my scraps and leaving my carefully-arranged bitty blocks just so.  Gotcha, Susan!

 Bright and funky

I'm using two different patchwork concepts for the placemats, so they'll coordinate but differ.  My second concept is less playful, more planned.  First I chose fabrics with plenty of value contrast, so the patchwork would really pop.  Then this morning I made a test block.

Bright and funky

You see, I'm resizing the 12” squash blossom block, which I met originally on Jodi's blog, to a 6” finished size.  It's quite a big change!  I've changed some pieces to flying geese or rectangles in order to eliminate seams.  Avoiding extra seams can really improve the final look of a block when you go small.

 Bright and funky

And, check it out!  Success!  Now when this blossom multiplies I'll be ready to set my patchworks into placemats and see how the concept works out in real life.  Endings... not nearly as fresh as beginnings, but they do have their pleasures.  Wish me luck!

15 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Rachel, and so tiny! I am impressed and inspired....

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  2. Looking good - you have some lucky friends. Will you please share your revised mini block with us.

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  3. Great color combo! Looking forward to seeing more!

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  4. Love the color combo in the last picture.

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  5. You are off to a great start. I admire how you Share your creative self with others

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  6. You have a great eye for color... love the combinations!

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  7. So pretty. Hope you show us the finished placemats. Will they all be alike or will they just play well with each other? I'm never happy with just the fabric I get out. I always think I have something better hidden away that I must find!!!

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  8. I agree with you on taking out extra seams if they are not needed - especially on those smaller projects. Love your color combos - enjoy!

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  9. I do so love your colors,fresh and crisp! Enjoy yourself :)

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  10. Aqua and gold. It looks very fancy. I love this block a lot.
    I am just not ready for sewing tiny stuff with my ever increasing presbyopia, but maybe I will try a few. It is a good challenge in patience.
    I am dying to start a new project but I have gotten all OCD with the hillside houses quilt along and I just need to focus and finish. This evening I just piddled around, filled bobbins, and played with my fabric :::snick:::
    Happy week-end coming up.

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  11. Love where this is going. Can't wait to see the final results.

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  12. I agree! But I don't think I've ever been able to put my finger on it like you have - Beginnings are much sweeter than endings!
    And I love squash blossom! Especially teeny, and in those colours! I look very forward to seeing these done. I've never been one for place mats, but squash blossom may just swing me. xx

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  13. Oh, and thank you for the credit! :D

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  14. How lovely, I'd be happy to receive some mats like these x

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