Monday, 13 July 2009

There's a storm at sea brewing!

Do you ever get an idea in your head and even though you know you really shouldn't you just have to go with it? Well, that's what I did last week. I've started another quilt despite the fact that I have some swap items to finish, a project Linus quilt to complete and a recently started quilt that I've only made four blocks for.
A friend recently borrowed this book and made a gorgeous quilt from it, I've had it for about ten years and haven't used it for a long time. Her quilt inspired me to make a quilt from the book too.



I was drawn to the idea that from Storm At Sea blocks it is possible to get a circular effect using only straight lines. I chose this quilt from the book and although I don't like the fabrics in this particular one I thought I'd like to use this pattern.


This black and white picture shows the effect of the circles more effectively.



I wanted to use some of my hand dyed fabrics but also needed to purchase some fabrics.I chose a rather bright, but in my opinion, beautiful batik for the stars and possibly for the border. So far I've made one block and cut out some more squares. I was too impatient to do all the cutting before I started on the sewing as I wanted to see what a block would look like. Not the most perfect points in the world but I'm not too worried. Eleven more to go now plus all the sashing. There's along way to go before I see how effective the circular illusion that I wish to create is going to be.



I just had to show my little seven year old boy's first go at sewing. They have been doing a project on pirates at school and made felt pirate parrot puppets which they designed themselves. I love the colours he's used and just look at those little legs!



Bye for now, Maria.







13 comments:

wonderwoman said...

your block looks amazing, sooo neat!

x

Stephanie said...

I absolutely love your color choices--very appropriate for a block called Storm at Sea.

Arrggghhh!

blushing rose said...

How darling ... Love it! TTFN ~Marydon

willywagtail said...

Wahoo! What a pirate. Absolutely great sewing.

Sherri said...

Beautiful fabrics--love your choices! Today I made it to the fabric store and picked up some fun fat quarters to send your way...I'll be mailing them tomorrow!

Kris said...

Wow! I just love your son's parrot! He did a great job!

Melanie said...

Congrats to your son/ It's great when children get into crafting.

Lovely pattern choice. Can't wait to see more.

Amanda said...

What lovely colours you've chosen Maria. Your son's wonderful pirate took me right back to my teaching days; I was always bowled over with how children took a basic concept you gave them and made it individual. Bah humbug to those who said you shouldn't give children an example to start from them as it would stifle their creativity.

flossyblossy said...

Fab block and i love your sons' pirate hehe.

Jackie said...

Lovely little legs. Very 'Art Doll'.
The star block is gorgeous and I loved scrolling down your post and seeing the movement.

Simone de Klerk said...

Your fabric choice is once again lovely! And what a great project your son made! You don't see that very often!

lou said...

Hi, it looks like your son is going to take after his mum; he has done a fab job sewing.

Thank you for your lovely comment…love Lou xxx

Indigo Blue said...

The last picture is lovely. you might to see some felt bugs that I did with a primary school on my blog. Their project was on mini beasts. I need to find a good clear book on quilting blocks as I am taking part in a quilting bee with maria Wonderwoman, and I am running out of ideas. This book looks a little too complicated for me but gorgeous non the less.