Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Design Process

My Mum's house has a home cinema type room. She designed it with a charcoal carpet, and a gorgeous grey, red and black patterned rug. The whole room (sorry I don't have any pics of it) is meant to feel warm and cozy, with the ability to be really dark when you want to watch a movie.

It's a great room. We definitely spend lots of time there when I visit. I would like to make some quilts for her cinema room and really want to co-ordinate them (that's right there may be up to four of them) with the colour scheme in the room, and also with each other.

I've been doing some virtual shopping (I *heart* Hawthorne Threads!) so here is what I've come up with so far:

From Robert Kaufman:

From Studio E

and finally from Alice Kennedy

At this point what I'm imagining is four quilts (one for each chair in the "cinema") all based around geometric designs and heavily featuring Kona Solids (Black, Charcaol, Med Grey, Rich Red, Red and possibly some Snow) and then small(ish) pieces of the feature fabrics to give it some interest. I think that the poppies above might be too much (too big, even in little pieces) but the "mums" are perfect!

Now - if I could only remember how to use my Electric Quilt to design what's in my head....

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Lazy Blogger

So I'm clearly a very lazy blogger. I got back from my Christmas holidays (I went away and had no laptop!) and discovered there were more than 200 items in my google reader! Everyone was so busy over the holidays. I am in awe of you all!

I hardly did any sewing over the Christmas break, but I did take a couple of hours out while I was at Mum's place to lay out all the blocks that I've made so far which meant that I could figure out what blocks I still need to do.
So far I have made 83 of 103 blocks - and that is what they look like together! I'm busily working on filling in the gaps and then I will be nearly finished.

I was also a very lucky girl this christmas (I must have been on Santa's "good quilter" list last year) because I was given two beautiful books for Christmas
City Quilts by Cherri House from my Mum - full of wonderful modern quilts, and lots of fabulous ideas for using solids
Japanese Garden Quilt by Karen Kay Buckley from my sister. It's a gorgeous quilt - it will be a great challenge!

Then when I was on holidays....
I found Kaleidscope from Melly and Me which I've looked at tonnes of times - but just had to have this time! :)

I'll be back soon - I have an idea for a weekly post - but I'll get to that tomorrow :)

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