Wednesday, 29 May 2013

One of my favourite places...

... is The Village Haberdashery.  Fabric, zippers, thread, wool - Annie's shop has it all and this includes a huge variety of fabulous classes!

Picture source: Village Haberdashery

I attended the Modern Quilting Sampler class with Katy Jones (aka I'm a Ginger Monkey) and had so much fun!  I chose a multicoloured Jay McCarrol's Centre city fabric and paired it with some dark grey Kona for my triangles.  Half square triangles give you THOUSANDS [ok, this may be a slight exaggeration] of possibilities for different layouts.  I must say I spent HOURS playing deciding on which way to sew my blocks.  Here are just a few of my possible layouts:


After a few sketches of how I envisioned my HST blocks to look as a quilt, I went for a + style quilt.  But once I laid it out I just wasn't convinced.  So I went with Plan B, then Plan C and then a few Twitter pics later, I decided to put it away for the night.

With fresh eyes I went back to my sketches and decided that I needed to go with one of my original ideas.  I managed to sew these two borders onto the sides on Sunday.  I am still waiting for more inspiration to strike on how to make it bigger - another plain border?  Another border but of small squares?  Or plus signs like on the Marcelle Medallion quilt?  Decisions decisions!!

My newest WiP - I need to make it bigger! 

I will be showing my newest WiP to the gang at the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Sunday and no doubt I will have an ear full from Pennie about changing my layout from the + to this but I am ready to give her a bucket load of excuses reasons why I changed it!!!!  Go easy on me Pennie :)

The size at the moment is 43" x 43" which looks nice hung on my living room wall but I don't need a wall hanging.  I am aiming for a nice throw-size quilt.  Suggestions on a postcard please [or in the comments section!] what you would do to make it bigger. 


Thank you to Annie and to Katy for a great class!
Linking to WiP Wednesday.

14 comments:

moira said...

dare I say....flying geese? LOVE the jay mccarroll so much

Gertie Pye said...

I love your layout! The borders really bring out the colours in your HSTs. Beautiful work Amy, can't wait to see it in all its glory on Sunday x

Sarah Lou said...

Looks great, very modern! I think that the solid borders work really well :D

wombatquilts.com said...

Love all the layouts. I got some great ideas... thanks.

wombatquilts.com said...

Love all the layouts. I got some great ideas... thanks.

MetroQuilter said...

Love seeing all your layouts, must try this.

Pippa Parsons said...

Ohhhh pinwheels maybe or flying geese,I'm taking Camille's crafty course and the HSTs are fun :)

Pennie said...

Well, it may surprise you to hear I love it!! My advice would be more plain borders, in the paler colours from the print - something like the pale peachy cream, or even something like the background it's on for your photo, and then end in the dark grey. Would that make it big enough? Glad you found a layout you like :-).

Charlotte said...

I love it too - it makes the HSTs the star of the show :-)

Kelly said...

I love it too - which makes three of the mouthiest guilders in favour ;-)

Jo Jo said...

What about another border of smaller HSTs? Or a part solid part HST border so it looks like it's missing a few HSTs in places? Whatever you do it will be great.

Diane Gilmore said...

You need to lead the eye outwards so a border of more HSTs or flying geese. Bet you are now groaning but it will be worth it!!! Di x

pennydog said...

I think more HSTS, making little peaks around the edge like prairie points would do, but pieced. Looking good!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love it! How about a border of equilateral triangles?