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WIP Wednesday

Thanks to Lee for continuing the link-party that is WIP Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I’ve been super busy these last couple of weeks, so I have quite a bit to share.

First up, our guild, South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, had a challenge starting in January to create a quilt based on an inspiration photo. I decided to use a photo I took while visiting Antelope Canyon in Arizona (do you see the bear?). It’s a beautiful slot canyon, and the light and shadows cause the red rock canyon walls to vary in colors from blues and purples to yellows, oranges and reds. Given the color ranges, I decided to use the Autumn F8 pack from Oakshott, and I used the curved piecing technique that Pam Rocco showed us at our March quilt guild meetup. The quilting is done with a blue grey thread for the shadowed areas, and an orangeish rust red thread for the light areas. I’m so happy with how it turned out! (Full disclosure: there is a couple pieces of Carolina Chambray in there, and it’s bound with a Kaffe Fasset shot cotton).

Inspiration photo and challenge quilt

The oakshotts have an almost iridescent quality to them, and I really love the way this came out. Here are a couple of closeups of this great fabric.

Oakshott close up
Quilting closeup

In other news, I made some asterisk blocks for a quilt my guildmate is making. She asked for asterisks in blue and green. I also made a quick (haha) block that mimics our guild logo for the back!

Asterisk block and logo block

This was a learning experience, in which I learned that I apparently really suck at quilt math when it comes to borders. And diagonals. However, even with the math troubles (my seam ripper is my friend!) I am super happy with my blocks and can’t wait to see the quilt put together! The block on the bottom left is paper pieced from the funky asterisk pattern by sewtakeahike. I want to make a whole bunch of these, they’re so cute and sassy!

Finally, for my real WIP, I want to make another one of these blocks in green and pink. This is my scrappy HST version of the swoon block, and I love the way it looks.

scrappy HST swoon block

I’m thinking of doing a few of these and making a nice couch quilt out of them!

With so many finishes, it’s definitely time to look at starting new projects! Which if I’m honest with myself, is definitely my favorite part.

– Anne

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