Thursday, July 5, 2012

Too hot to think?

You may find this surprising, but I'm not a big fan of hot weather . . . . or maybe it's high humidity.  Regardless of which it is, it has a serious impact on my energy level.  But yesterday found me with a deadline to face and a need to sew in spite of my compromised energy level.  I needed to prep for a workshop with a new tool from Marti Michell -- her Multi-size Tessalated Windmill tool. 

So I got out the tool and made a plan for a small sample with one of the middle size blocks that can become a child's quilt for my charity work -- I had given the booklet that comes with it a (quick) read several days ago.  I needed to chose 25 different prints -- no problem -- I have that!

But I'm so hot and sleepy -- I don't want to make that many decisions.  IDEA!!  I could use one print for every other windmill -- that means I only have to pick 12 fabrics.  Half as much work. 

And since it's going to be a child's quilt, I head for the "novelty" print shelf which is the little overstocked and could use some thinning -- the old "two birds, one stone" approach is in gear!  We never seem to have enough "boy" quilts so I think frogs or bugs -- something crawly or slimy!  The perfect piece is jungle critters, bright colors, and there is more than I need!

Next stop is the "bright" drawer -- all the bright colors are in one place so I won't be tearing through stacks of fabric -- just lay my focus print on the floor and start piling on a dozen prints suggested by the colors in the focus fabric. 

The key to using more of the fabric you already own is definitely to make it as accessible as possible.  Have you ever thought that your stash is the best assortment of fabric in the world?  Well, it is personally selected for you by you and you do have good taste, don't you?  But if's it's hard to find the right stuff, you don't have it organized for easy access.  It might be something to redo about your stash!?!

I also needed a "border" print for the piece but I have no big yardage of bright prints -- so when I don't have what I need in one piece, I try an assortment in that color.  The color that catches my eye the most in the focus print is the turquoise, so I eliminated the turquoise from the contrast windmill prints and pull several small pieces for the border.  This is my final assortment.  What do you think?

Of course, once I got the fabric pulled, I got excited about starting and by the time the fireworks started I had half of it pieced . . . . . and there went another 2 yards of the stuff!!  With the backing and borders I finished during the past week, I'm just 3 yards short of the halfway point!!!  It's interesting that the focus print is looking like a background since the print and color contrast of the other fabrics is so strong.

And the tool and the instructions?  Excellent, as always!! I recommend it!! 

P. S.   I thought you might like to meet one of my "supervisors" -- he makes sure I'm not cheating on my fabric calculations!! 

Back to the machine!!

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