Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Challenge of the Rose!

This month's block lotto is a liberated rose.   

Working with this challenge this month brought back memories of when I first really started quilting--circa 1997-98. There was a challenge of making blocks toward the quilter's desire. I wanted to make a small quilt using some of the processes by Jean and Valori Wells in their book, "Through the Garden Gate." I spent hours looking through that book, but being dyslexic and also a new quilter with very few scraps, I needed some help. I could not figure out how to do those blocks.

But, I finished a small quilt and I still bring it out for the summer, pictured upper right.

This challenge of the rose brought back some of that frustration. First, I didn't have many scraps as I had just last month finished over a hundred crumb blocks! But, I had some batik strips and thought I could try.
I learned:
More than three colors works best.
Trimming and "eyeing" the shape works better when squinting and viewing the shape.

Shades would bring out the shapes more, but as I said, I don't have many scraps that would work for this as I try to use them up for charity quilts in order to keep my space cleaned up--(anal I know!).

Pieces bigger than the 2.5 inch strips I had would work better, but if trimmed right, 2.5 inch strips can work.

 I just thought, I'd post a picture of my "try" for this challenge. I think I may start plastic bags for single colors of scraps--and try this again sometime. I'm now out of green, and the pale lavendar, so I can't fix what I've got. (I just barely made it, as is)  But, I finished the challenge!

Not so much liberated as I'd like to be.


Cheri said...

I like your original quilt. Before I read the entry I thought Oh, Kansas Sunflowers...nice

QuiltSue said...

A lot more liberated than I could ever do. I love the sunflower quilt too.