Thursday, January 27, 2011

Batiks and Bali stars...

Started working on a new BOM quilt from one of my favorite quilt stores. Here is the first month's block... looks like several blocks to me. Anyway, have been wanting to sew a large project with batiks... they are just beautiful, don't you think? I see all those wonderful batiks Wanda shows on her blog: http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/ and I just drool. Of course, I could never decide what to make. Well, I think this BOM project is going to fill the desire of working with batik fabrics. Just glad I am not the one who had to make the decisions on which fabrics to use... am sure I would still be there pondering. 
For a long time I have been intrigued with quilts where the color way changes graduate from a light to dark or brights as it does in Stars Over Bali Skies, but have always felt a bit intimidated by such a complicated pattern. So a BOM is a good way for me to tackle this sort of project. You can find this pattern at Painted Pony 'n Quilts out of Texas: http://www.ppnq.com/.
During all this piecing I have been doing lately, I continue to struggle with 1/4 inch seams or scant 1/4 inch seams. Have been using some tape to mark my seam allowance on the Featherweight but don't like the sticky residue it leaves. Well, looking for different tape that would work, I ran across some magnetic strip tape I had in my craft supplies. A little strip of this works great.... it gives a slight lip for the fabric to butt up against and can be removed and not leave a sticky mess on the machine or fabric. How cool is that!
Thanks for stopping by and think spring!

5 comments:

Anja said...

The block is beautiful, the quilt is going to look fantastic. Love the colours!

TIKA said...

Wonderful!

l.wilks11 said...

Hi Donna glad to see you are back blogging again i missed seeing your lovely work. I love the bright colours you are using in your quilt. I have two old quilts i made several years ago, (you must think i'm ancient, but i'm young at heart).I am using them for throws and they still look good.Thank you for your comment.

Tiziana said...

Good idea! I haven't got a sewing machine, but I'll remember this tip! The project with the batiks is simply fascinating. I't hard to find good batiks here, only few colours and often a bit dull! Ciao Tiziana

Exuberant Color said...

That looks like a good quilt to give you a taste of working with batiks. What I love about them is how crisp the seams press.