Good Tuesday morning everyone!
It is a beautiful one here in western NY – sunny but still quite crisp, lots of birdsong, new blooms and young leaf buds in trees… One can’t help but smile and breathe deeply. 🙂
We were all given a selection from two of Pat’s new collections, Essentials II and Dare and only request was to make a mini quilt (about 25″ X 25″).
Doesn’t that sound like fun?
Plenty of inspiration for these two collections when you look at those lovely Lookbooks that AGF does so well – you can find Essentials II HERE and Dare, HERE.
So when my set arrived, wheels begun to turn… Here is what I got – awesome, right?
For some reason, the names of two collections kept coming back to me and yes, you guessed it – first came the name, ha ha! Probably weird for most, but sometimes my inspiration and brain work like that…
So the start was “Essential2Dare”! That was going to be the name of my mini!
Naturally, next thing for me was to actually – dare!
To dare doing something that I never did before, something that is outside of my comfort zone, something new.
First dare – I decided to work ONLY with what I was given and with ALL of it. In other worlds, no “one background fabric”, no obsessing if “this one should really go next to this one” … No fear if lots of different fabrics will look too busy – all of these things are my little demons sometimes, you know. I guess it is a scientist in me that has a hard time letting serendipity rule? 🙂
Technical dare this time was to try my beloved gentle curve piecing, but with already PIECED fabrics… Hmmm… Crazy woman. But remember – it’s… Essential2Dare! 🙂
Here is where I started:
Made a strip-set of all colors
Then made a similar one with all the beautiful low volume ones…
Now to layer them and have some free-hand curves cut… Voila!
Yup, just cut into all those lovely strips! Was a bit scary, but I remembered my goal – to dare! 🙂
With some slow sewing and curve-matching, here is what I got:
Two curvy, strip-y lovelies! But I liked them better this way:
This reminded me of another AGF project/blog tour that I did and idea came! (so I guess not everything here was new to me…)
I made some 3D Flying Geese blocks and then did some folding and some fabric inserts… Some trimming and pressing…
At this point I was so engrossed into piecing that I simply didn’t take any photos at all!! So sorry about that, but actually it was just so much fun to just work, work work and loose track of everything… I am sure you know what I mean? 🙂
So, after I came back to reality and remembered to take some photos, here is what I had:
Ta-daah! Top done!
Next dare was to use a color for quilting, color I just LOVE, and not worry about matching it to fabric, it being too contrast-y (therefore revealing all imperfections!!) or any of that…
Just let go and quilt!
My treasured Aurifil collection search selected this one:
Isn’t it just a gorgeous color? It’s. 50wt Aurifil cotton, 5006.
Again, no photos during quilting, but here is the end result!
Oh and look – I have quite a pretty stack left too, so I just might DARE some more!! After all, it IS Essential 2, right?? He he…
Here is a bit more of that morning stroll in the garden, with my mini…
Well, that is it my friends!
Now that I have my life under control a bit more, hope to be back here real soon with more from my sewing room.
Until then, have a lovely days ahead,
GIVEAWAY WINNERS were chosen!!!
for first winner!! And that is:
Congratulations Brenda, you get a fat-eight pack of Dare fabrics!
Congratulations GranChris – you get a fat-eight pack of Essentials II fabrics!!
Thank you ALL again for visiting and leaving me your lovely comments – this was such fun Blog Tour!!
A very special thank you ever-inspiring Pat Bravo for this great opportunity!!