Monday, August 13, 2012

New and Old Projects

DW 8-13-12
This is what is on the wall in my studio. 

On the right are two Funky Chicken blocks.  I had the top one done early in the week and put the second one together on Sunday. 



Funky Chicken 2
I am really having fun dreaming up the colors for these chickens.  They are  fused using as colorful batiks I could find.

I am still 6 months behind in making these “funky chickens” so the fun is going to be going on for quite some time.  And I have several batiks I haven’t even used, yet.





Hearts Desire
And here are the five blocks I made for the Heart’s Desire BOM last year.  I loved making these blocks but they were way beyond my abilities.  So I stopped with just these 5.  And now I am feeling the need to figure out how to make them into a quilt.  So I put them on the wall so I can begin the process of designing. 





003 (3)Sometimes this works as it did with this quilt.  It came from 5 leftover blocks that I didn’t much like.  I put these blocks on the wall three times before a quilt bloomed.  Because of how long it took, I called it “Better Late.”

Other times the blocks wind up back in their box waiting for another day to strut their stuff on my quilting stage: the design wall.

16 comments:

  1. I love your line about UFO's "strutting their stuff"! Love the chickens strutting around in your sewing room!

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  2. wow - I hadn't seen the chickies yet - what fun! You could really put some nice thread work on them! Plus - the title better late is great!

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  3. Too cute -- LOVE your chicken!

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  4. Wow lots going on in your studio. I am in LOVE with the chickens!

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  5. Gari, I especially love your Funky Chickens! I've been saving the blocks but I've not started them yet. Yours look terrific!!! :)

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  6. Chickens & batiks! Can it get any better????

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  7. Love the chickens! The other blocks are just lovely, can't wait to see what goes with them next.

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  8. What cute Funky Chickens Gari! I have the blocks....patterns but haven't made them yet. Your other blocks are beautiful and I know you'll come up with a quilt design to use them in!

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  9. Great chicken. And the Heart's Desire blocks look like painted wall tiles. I'm sure you can figure out a show-case setting for them.

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  10. Cute little chickies!!! What fun.! I love your Better Late quilt. It turned out very nice for blocks that you didn't like!

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  11. Love the bright chickens...reminds me I have some chicken patterns that need using. Love the batiks.

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  12. Heart's Desire would be gorgeous set on point, IMO. But then the last three things I've done have been on point, so maybe it's just me and my habit of tilting my head sideways these days.

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  13. Doesn't look like the Heart's Desire blocks were beyond your abilities at all -- they look great. Hope they turn into something great. Is there enough fabric for an alternate block like an Irish Chain? I have used those to fill out many a quilt. Adorable roosters -- they are all so happy and bright!

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  14. Hi Gari! Nice to see you at BOMs Away. :D This is a great post - I hadn't seen the Funky Chickens before. They're really cool! And judging by how fantastic your "Better Late" turned out (absolutely gorgeous quilt), I'm sure you'll turn your Heart's Desire blocks into something equally wonderful.

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  15. Gari, I like your design wall process for blocks. Love your colorful chickens so far. Let me know if you need some scraps of batiks in a paticular color to fill in a chicken's feathers. Better Late looks really great. I'm sure something will come to mind with your Heart's Desire blocks. Sandi

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