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,
-A

16 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  9. Pretty pretty! Love your color choices!

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  10. Randomness? You? Bold! Pretty.

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  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!

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  12. Oooh, loving where this is going!

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  13. 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?

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  14. 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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