(Ok, I'm not really a witch, but I probably would have been burned at the stake in 17th century Salem.
I am a big fan of midwifery, pirates, and eating a peck of dirt before you die.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bottled Rainbows!

I've started!
Finally I had some time post-commissions and pre-auction quilt final rush
to start in on Rachel's Bottled Rainbows QAL.
I'm really excited to work on something I know a little bit about and love
but really it's a way in to working on things I vowed I would work on this year
(color, quilt-as-you-go, different applique techniques)
I mean, look how cute! I'm trying pinking the edges instead of straight cutting.
I know it'll change once washed, but I'm hoping the "fray" will be 
a little easier to handle with the pinked edges.
Because I'm lazy and addicted to getting done faster, 
I free-motion around each piece instead of using my walking foot and turning,
and turning, and turning, and ...well you get the idea.
I know this makes for less straight lines, but I've found that
once washed, the stitching nearly disappears.
And I think it helps with the sort of cracked glass look.
This is such a fun project! I get to work on the precision of the color picking,
and improvise at the same time.
I've finished these two, red and violet.  I'm still looking for a couple of perfect colors.
I ordered the fat quarter packet from Whipstitch, made especially for this project,
but I didn't like a few of the colors, too bold and candy-like,
so I'm filling them in from my Kona stash,
and hunting for the rest on my (seemingly) daily pilgrimages to Joann's.

Meanwhile, I leave you with some latest pics of a few of the chucks.
I love them so.
Sunny (sorry, girl, to interrupt your laying)
Happy Spring!

1 comment:

  1. Your blocks are so beautiful! I can't wait to see more!