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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yes, I've Been Busy .....

I know I've been gone from the blog for a while, but rather than bore you with all the many and various reasons for my absence, how about I just share a couple of quick posts showing some of the Quilty stuff I've been up to?  Would you like that?  Yeah, I thought so *wink* =^..^=


Rosette #1 is complete!  

Since today is the Slow Sunday Stitching party over at Kathy's Quilts, let me start with the first month's Rosette from The New Hexagon - Millefiore BOM designed and presented each month by Katja Marek of Katja's Quilt Shoppe - it finishes at 36" wide!!!!! Although I popped a picture up on Facebook and Instagram to share when I finished it, I just today realized that I never shared it with all of you - bad blogger!!!

I chose to follow Katja's color scheme for this Rosette, using yellows, pinks and oranges - my current color combo crush!  Of course, this is all hand stitched using the EPP method.  You would think it would take ages to stitch all these pieces together, but amazingly it really doesn't.  I just stitch as I watch TV in the evenings and before I know it another round is stitched in place :)

Rosette #2 is well underway .....  some very yummy aquas and lime greens ummmmmmm!  The lime green is not quite such an acid in-your-face color in real life, but it seems to be a color that refuses to show up exactly in my photos.


The very center hexie has been sewn together, but the rest is just in position on the design wall for auditioning.  I believe I'm finished with the fabric choices on this one, although I'm not absolutely sure because I just changed out a fabric yesterday.  I must confess - I've been obsessing over these a teensy bit because they are so fun and have such potential for that WOW! factor :*)  I can spend days just picking out the perfect fabrics for each section.  Here is what my studio can look like after a day of fabric auditions...


Yes, YIKES!!!!

I had a hard time choosing the right fabric for the very center hexagon, just didn't seem to have a really eye-catching motif that was the right size and colors.  So I ended up cutting the template into 6 triangles ....


..... and then fussy cutting motifs to piece together a center design that made me happy ..... I have no doubt that is exactly what Katja would have done too!  Notice that I traced the outlines of the motif onto my template plastic to be sure the pieces are all the same.  The marks will wipe off later so the template can be used again on future rosettes.



I also fussy cut this same fabric to echo the motif further out in these little rosette stars ....


I think of these as fabric vases because they "hold" the wonderful "sprays" that fan out from their center :*)

You probably didn't notice a small difference in the "sprays" on the large picture above - here it is again with red circles to direct you to the areas I mean ....


 .... can you see that one is darker at the outside edges?  I took a black Sharpie Fine Point marker and blacked out the fussy white squigglies because I felt they were too busy.  Now the darker areas give it more definition and allow it to have more visual impact.


I'll be taking this one off the wall probably later today.  I clip each 6" hexie grouping together with wonder clips, like so ....


..... now it's all together for me when it's time to start stitching.  Wonder clips are my new absolutely FAVORITE tool - I use them for everything!

I also take a picture on my phone of how the finished section should look so I can refer back to it quickly and not turn a piece the wrong way.  Don't even ask how I learned this was necessary LOL!!!

Even this is not a correct look at the lime green - closer, but too dark!

Rosettes for March and April are waiting patiently for their turn on the design wall .....


I wouldn't hold my breath though - it may be quite a while yet before they get their turn LOL!!!

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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27 comments:

  1. Your color choices are amazing...gorgeous! Beautiful blocks!

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  2. very pretty fabric and the way you are using it is wonderful

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  3. BLOWN! AWAY! It is just so amazing what one can create with fabric! I love the fact that you share with us what your studio looks like after an audition session! Keepin' it real! And, btw, it is still cleaner than mine would EVER be!

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  4. These blocks are amazing. Thanks for sharing your progress. I haven't tried the fussy cut hexie's yet. I imagine it's just a matter of time.

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  5. Beautiful! So glad you shared - I was thinking about you yesterday and wondering what was keeping you away from blogland. What is your IG name?

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  6. This is such an amazing project! I loved the close up photos that allowed us to learn how you are doing this. I love the look of this but know I do not have the courage for it... yet!

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  7. You just blow me away with these rosettes! You have a fantastic eye for finding just the right fabrics and fussy cuts. I can do more damage with my area with audition fabrics - the little table with the ironing pad caught my eye. I have that little table and just might have to do this to it.

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  8. Wipe away my drool! You have quite the way with fabrics.

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  9. Those turned out gorgeous. Love your color choices.

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  10. Luscious!!! Your rosettes really are a amazing, you must have the patience of Job!
    Pleased to see you back and to see that I'm not the only one to get fabric all over the place!

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  11. Wow oh wow. You'd think by now I'd be used to your amazing talent with choosing colors for your quilts, but I'm not yet. I've been missing you here in the blogosphere ... hope you'll not become a total stranger. I'm resisting Instagram ... 1-I'm trying to limit my time online and 2-I miss the stories behind the pictures. ;-)

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  12. Wow! That second rosette just blew me away! You are so creative!

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  13. I've been away, too, but so nice to see your absolutely amazing blocks and fabric selections!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

    Happy Stitching my friend!!

    Blessings and hugs!

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  14. You definitely have the patience of Job. I am amazed by the colors and fabrics that you are using in your rosettes. Absolutely spectacular. Missed seeing you here, but I knew you were having fun at retreats and other activities.

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  15. Gorgeous rosettes! Lovely colour choices. Sometimes my head hurts thinking about colour, but I have a plan.......

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  16. You definitely have the magic touch creating the WOW factor, Teresa! I am in awe!

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  17. Teresa, I was thinking about your recently and hoped all was well. I'm glad you have been busy with making these GORGEOUS rosettes! My, but you have an eye for these. Your fabric choices make stunning blocks. Looking forward to seeing what you create next.

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  18. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING - but that comes as NO surprise!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope all is well with you - you have been missed!

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  19. Teresa those blocks are so gorgeous! The colors and the pattern are stunning.

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  20. Your attention to detail on these blocks is just amazing! I love seeing each one.

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  21. Ditto what everyone else has said. Mind blowing and gorgeous and ... And, who would have thought to color away a section that bothers one? Excellent. How long does it take you to get one done? I know I would be talking years!

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  22. Love how you are taking the time to fussy cut all the pieces. They are making beautiful patterns in the blocks

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  23. These are lovely blocks! The work you have put into the fussy cutting really makes these blocks shine!

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  24. These are gorgeous! All those fussy cuts looks amazing together. I totally agree that blackening the bright areas helps!

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  25. Sharpies are great tools! I like my wonder clips, too. Hubby bought me 2 more 50 pc sets for Christmas. I'm still telling him Thank You!

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  26. You are absolutely amazing my friend. Every fabric combination is perfect and exactly what I would have chosen to do. These all look so fantastic!

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  27. These Rosettas are amazing! I was just admiring another quilter's finished project of the same style and just drooled over how beautiful they turn out. I'll have to get me some of these clips, I've seen them around and I really think I could benefit from them!

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