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This week I didn't get to do any sewing but rather played around with ideas for my creation. This is part of the fun when designing. I use the computer to do this as it is much easier to move things around, add and subtract objects, and adjust or manipulate them without wasting fabric.
Week two of our challenge is all about planning. We'll do a little drawing as well so I hope you are ready. First up, use the painting if need be, to sketch the two elements on paper. Make sure you sketch them on separate pages. I like doing this with software but you can easily do it by hand by printing out the photo and tracing over the print. You might want to crop down to the element first before printing, as I showed in my week one post.
If you missed week one rules for our March Stitch Along, be sure to check back and see the painting that we are going to be using as inspiration. You can find it here >>
I write these challenges not only to give quilters inspiration to get creative in quilt art, but also as a way for me to play around with some creative time of my own. Most often when I create a quilt, big or small, it comes from a thought or some form of inspiration. Nature often sparks something off in my mind, such as a flower or landscape, but other things can too, for example; a certain fabric or group of fabrics.
It is always fun to finish off a challenge and this one is no exception, and as a bonus, I ended up with a new pillowcase. I'd been thinking about doing this for some time so this challenge helped me complete it. I have to admit, it is so much nicer not having those extra length pillowcases!
I had to share Barbara's card this week. This is so cool and creative, and the best thing is, she has gone on to make several more. It is amazing what one can do with "used" items or quilts and blocks we have discarded or not finished.
I had a bit of a stumbling block this week. I really was unsure of what I could do to create this pillowcase. I knew for the stitching that I would need some sort of stabilizer to prevent it from puckering, however being a pillowcase, I did not particularly want to use something too stiff. Of course, usually with washing, it does become softer, however I chose to use a thin layer of batting instead.
Week three for our challenge is to do the stitching. Keep with the Valentine theme and do some creative stitching. A heart can make some very nice designs when stitched or quilted in a continuous line around a seam or border. And if you don't feel comfortable about doing it free-motion, look on your sewing machine, you may have a decorative heart stitch there that can be use. A heart meander is good to play with too. Experiment with it first then add it to your project.
I have to admit that I got off on a bit of a tangent with this challenge. I wasn't sure how to include the hearts with my fabric choices so I started to play around with design ideas. After a lot of playing I came up with several designs and a small cushion to celebrate the birth of my 3rd grandchild, Isabella.
Rules for our February Stitch Along will be pretty straight forward. Remember that "used" or "unfinished" item you have. This week you need to cut it up, but you can cut it up in any fashion you like and put it back together to form the top of your quilt - if you are making a quilt that is. You could always make it into a tote pocket or tray cloth or mug rug even, the choice is yours, as long as you cut that item up in some sort of way.