Friday, June 29, 2012

Sour Punch Continued...

Fired up to create! 

This stack of fabrics was sitting on my cutting table waiting for a turn to play. There was no plan for a quilt when I bought them, I just knew I had to have them. It happens.

Sunny yellows, sour greens, cool grays and a touch of black

I received Liberated String Quilts by Gwen Marston in a recent guild swap. They had me at Gwen! It's packed with inspiration and I started to get an itchy cutting finger just bringing it home. Sometimes you have to start something when the mood strikes. 

Liberated String Quilts by Gwen Marston

I pulled even more yellow, green and gray fabric from my stash. The more variety the better! I wanted to try a herringbone - string quilt. Gwen has a great version in her book called Chevron String Bars. She recommends cutting and placing your pieces in a paper bag for a random look. Try it, it's liberating!

Sour Punch Mood board in action!
Strings on the worktable

Last night I couldn't stop piecing. I kept going and going; picking up two sets of strips and running them through my sewing machine. The repetitive almost mindless sewing was just what this busy Mama needed.

Since I didn't plan it out ahead of time I wasn't sure what it was going to look like put together. I was so excited to see these gorgeous patchwork rows emerge from the back of my machine.

I still have a long way to go, but for me, right now, this is just right.

Happy summer,


  1. Lookin good! Can't wait to see more.

  2. Great fabric combos! Loved the stack before I scrolled down to see the Shades of Grey incorporated. Bonus! Have fun!!

  3. Looks great so far! Love all those fabrics together ;)

  4. i love the little pops of yellow against all the greys :)

  5. The Chevron String bars are perfect for the stack - such refreshing colors. Looks like it's all falling into place.

  6. sounds like fun... love the colors you're working with

  7. Lovely! It's going to be fantastic!

  8. This looks fantastic Leigh! I think Gwen Marston is brilliant, too.

  9. Pretty pretty! Love your color choices!

  10. Randomness? You? Bold! Pretty.

  11. Oooohhhh! I LOVE!!! the fabrics are awesome and I love the "randomness" of the strips you've done so far! I tend to "over plan" sometimes. The paper bag idea is a good one I will have to use in the future!

    Pinning for future inspiration!

  12. What??? You didn't! You're growing. First the "-ish" and now the random... I'm so proud!

    I love the color scheme... it looks like your piecing so far has a higher percentage of grey versus your original fabric pull. What a great idea. It really makes the yellows and greens pop.

    I have plans to work on some herringbone this weekend, myself. Did you cut the ends of your pieces at 45° to start with, or did you cut them straight and trim them after you pieced them?

  13. MAN!!! What I wouldn't give to get a copy of that book. It is out of print, hard to find, and expensive if folks have one for sale. Treasure it!



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