Wednesday, August 3, 2016


So, back to the 14 bandannas and brown corduroy skirt for a memory quilt of Erika requested by her friend, Angela, as per part 1: More fabrics have been pulled to be auditioned for suitability-a batik, a purple metallic print, a couple of butterfly prints, a blue for water plus a piece to cut water from for interest, a beige print in case we go to the beach. 

From our messaging on Friday night Erika loved the ocean so that was decided on and with that we need a beach and palm trees, don't we?

Yesterday I played around with some of the bandannas and the folk art sun cut from Erika's brown corduroy skirt. That is the only thing that has been cut so far, till I'm sure how everything will be used. This looks close to the beach scene I have in mind:

The big brown blob is the skirt rolled up just to get the effect, am liking the sun, Angela's suggestion of the light blue bandanna for sky and the water effect from some fussy cutting I did. The sun is half of the piece cut from the skirt [see above photo]. It is folded in half. To create the two quilts, the sun will be cut in half so the 2nd quilt center block will be in reverse. The purple metallic on the left may be the frame around this block or the batik on the top, just trying them out. The center blocks will be about 25"-30" then the quilts built to size by adding the remaining bandannas-one will be queen size and the other a lap quilt.

Now patterns are being created for the palm trees, a beach chair and umbrella. If it were my quilt the tree trunks would just be free hand cut but since it is for someone else the background and other pieces are being finessed and all sizing has to be accurate to get the highest and best use of the bandannas.

It's back to the drawing board, ok, clicking of the mouse to finish the patterns. I'm so not capable of creating as a lot of computer savvy designers. Graph paper is still sometimes my fave design mode but so appreciate being able to search for images to go by. 

I'm going to have to break down and cut into something pretty soon, decisions, decisions.

May the joy of creating be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott


I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format

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