Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Aussie Tula Pink Swap

My first problem when creating a quilt is fixing on a single idea. I have no shortage of creative ideas in any sphere; my problem is less one of creativity and one of focused creativity.

So, for instance, I had a dozen ideas of what to do for this mini-quilt, and about all I'd managed was pulling out my box of Tula.

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Yeah, not very helpful, really.

Then, while digging through my pattern books and templates, I found the Marti Michell Hexagon Ruler - and spotted a pattern on the paper instructions that I rather liked. As it turned out, it's called Ring Cycles, but I pretty much just worked it out off the pattern on the label. (I'm really awful at following patterns, but great at working things out myself.)

Except the fabrics I started with didn't work together:

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The raccoons from Acacia (and the associated fabrics) were just too strong for the Salt Water octopus and the Fox Field prints. So I took them out (and will make a mini up for a friend in the US.

Change up the Acacia fabrics for some Fox Field, and BAZINGA!

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Much better!

And then there was the quilting:

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I think I've become a convert to the school of Angela Walter's "quilt it until it's good and dead"...

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As in, really really dead.

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Really really really dead.

Bound and finished - and Smokey gave it the buttstamp of approval! (Admittedly, that is not difficult in this household.)

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It needed some blocking, so I started off steam-blocking it, and then just ended up wetting it and laying it out flat.

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I'm quite happy with it, and if the recipient doesn't like it...I'll be more than happy to take it back off her and make another one!


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