Wednesday, March 6, 2013

setting goals + seeing green...

Or should I say emerald?  Like many others in the quiltosphere, I've had the color on my mind since discovering a²(w)'s {irresistible} Pantone Quilt Challenge.  And what a challenge this "emerald" color has been (!)  Apparently I missed the memo about emerald being closer to teal than bright green (I suppose I should have paid closer attention during The Wizard of Oz).

My progress so far?  Well... there are two quilts in the works.  And by "in the works" I mean in the very beginning stages...

BUT, I am going to be optimistic about finishing my emerald-tone tartan:

It'll be made from a yet-to-be-finalized combination of these lovely (and freshly laundered!) fabrics:

AND this more traditional quilt comprised of 35 variations of the "Sam's Quilt" block: 

 Using a scrappy assortment of these prints:

As you can see from my pencil+paper sketch and literally cut+paste block, my design process isn't always the most technically savvy.  I do own the whole Adobe suite and love it for certain purposes, but when I get an idea, sometimes I just find technology (ironically) slows me down?  Guess I probably should just break down and buy EQ7 one of these days, but until then I'll keep my notepad and BICs nearby ;)

So, goal setting time!  "To do" list for March:  Piece one top and start/finish the other quilt.  Which is which?  Who knows!  I could wind up with two tops or {gasp} none at all... Yikes!  I guess for March goal purposes I should just say I'll finish at least one of the tops ;)

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes and Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday.  Much thanks to Melissa, Shanna, and Lee for hosting!


  1. It was fun to see the hand-sketched tartan from someone who owns the whole Adobe suite! I have EQ7. Well, let's say it actually lives on my computer. I don't think I've ever opened it up...

  2. Ooo! Those fabrics go so well together. I can't wait to see progress!

  3. The tartan quilt looks like it's going to be amazing!! Love seeing how different people design their quilts. :)

  4. I love this new color trend! Though to me it is sea glass tones, rather than emerald. I love your fabric selection, I think it will be a beautiful quilt!

  5. Thanks for posting on WIP Wednesday :-) Both of these projects look great! The iPad app TouchDraw and Threadbias's new quilt design tool might be good alternatives to EQ7 if you're shopping around!

  6. I love those fabrics. I'm working on a HST quilt with a Kona FQ bundle at the moment that uses a lot of similar colours. :)

    Good luck on your deadline and in the competition!

  7. I like the look of your hand sketched tartan quilt - can't wait to see it in the flesh. I have a pad of squared paper and a tin of my boys colouring pencils at hand, technology baffles me! :o)


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