Sunday, April 28, 2013

Art Journal and a UFO

While waiting for the fabric I ordered to arrive to back this quilt, I work on my May Art Journal Challenge pages. It seemed logical to me to use flowers for May since my April pages were of rain showers. We certainly had enough rain showers! Hope we have lots of May flowers!
I'm having so much fun with this project. And I love that I'm using fabrics and supplies from my scraps/stash. 
The buttons have been in my 'stuff' for a very long time! The bird is a sticker and I drew the tree branch with fabric markers. I'm pretty happy with it!

 With more time to pass, I got the urge to pull out some stitchery blocks I did SO long ago. In fact, looking back on my blog, I showed peeks of these here and here...way back in 2010! 
When I pulled out the blocks, I had drawings of the possible layout...but it was a little overwhelming to me on how to put together this puzzle. I even found my original drawings of the stitchery patterns I drew. 
I was determined to work on this UFO! 
I thought I would get some Kona Ash for the background and make the pinwheels from bright Kona colors to match the different flowers in the stitcheries.  
So I took a trip to my LQS and found Kona Ash...but I just had to looked through the sale fabrics...and there was Dimples by Andover in a bright pink. Thinking it might just work I grab it but just in case bought some Kona. 
 I auditioned both pieces.

I loved how the pink made the stitchery stand out and added a brightness. So, I started making the pinwheels using this new tool I found at a Quilting Expo I went to a couple of weeks ago. 
This is a unique ruler for squaring up HST! That shaded part running along the diagonal is actually a channel. 
It actually 'locks' in place along your seam. Trim 2 sides, then
rotate your piece and slide the ruler along the diagonal and trim the other sides. Makes a perfect HST!
I really liked using this tool!
After all the pinwheels were together, I started putting the pieces together. 
Here is the flimsy before the borders. 
The inner border is a narrow Kona Snow and the outer border a blue and white stripe from my stash! Sorry, no pictures. It is sandwiched and ready for quilting.  
Wait! Can you spot a mistake? 
I didn't until looking at these pictures. See the pinwheels in the upper right corner with the pink strip on top? They should have been reversed so the pinwheels were along the top and the pink strip framing the stitchery block. Should I rip it out or leave it as it is? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear your opinion.

That's what I've been doing this week. What about you?


  1. I like your pages! Fun flowers. Now to fill it! As for that beautiful quilt. Do not rip out anything. It is perfect! If you must defend it, just call it artistic freedom! It looks amazing with the pink. Beautifully done.

  2. If it were me I would rip it, turn and resew. My eye would draw to the mistake and irk me everytime. But that is just me. The quilt is beautiful.

  3. Oh gosh, what a fun fun calendar pages for May! So much flower stitching! But well worth it. I did notice the bird and wondered what fabric that was! hahaha So I love the sticker bird and drawn/painted branch is fab! Such cute stitched blocks too. I'd redo that section, but you know how I am. It would bother me, but what matters is whether or not it bothers YOU.

  4. The pages are lovely, such fun. The quilt is amazing, I love the free-style of it and it's so bright and cheery. As to whether you rip it out or not - does it bother you? If it does, then rip it out, if not, leave it!


Sweet sentiments