Monday, July 8, 2013

do.good, feel.good, all.good

The other month I was pleasantly surprised to see a note from Rachel of Stitched in Color pop up in my inbox.  I'd added my name to the do.Good Stitches waitlist this spring, but honestly had no expectation of getting an invite so soon (especially before the summertime).  Well, life's just full of good surprises that way ;)  Believe Circle members:  glad to be stitching with you on behalf of My Very Own Blanket!

This month, Nicole asked us to make yellow, cream/white + gray blocks using Katy Jones of I'm a Ginger Monkey's "wonky bullseye" design from Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop.

Having been fond of this color scheme for quite some time without ever having pulled coordinating fabrics directly from my stash (shocking!), I welcomed the opportunity to experiment with these smart hues.

Piecing, however, was a different matter entirely.  A few sections turned out quite well, but on the whole these blocks erred a little more on the "wonky" side than the "bullseye" side.  And unfortunately, a last minute decision to douse them in starch wound up highlighting the wrinkly warping rather than taming it.

The blocks shipped out just before the holiday last week.  I'm hoping both Nicole and the quilt's recipient will find their imperfect nature complements (rather than detracts from) Katy's playful design?  {Oh well, fingers crossed!}

Linking up with Lee ;)


  1. Soo pretty! I think the wonkiness makes it even better :D

  2. I think they look awesome! I love the yellow and grey!
    As for the starching... i know right! I did the same thing thinking that it would make it better and man was i wrong!
    I'm sure that regardless of the wonkiness they will be greatly loved! I know that if they were coming my way i'd sure love them :)

  3. What a great organization! I love yellow and gray and it works so well for boys and girls. I'd feel so special getting one of these.

  4. These look awesome! The trick with the starch and curves is that you have to hit the fabrics with it before you start sewing. I learned that one the hard way. But the wonk adds such dimension it would be a shame if it wasn't highlighted a little bit - so call it a win. :-)

  5. Yay for joining do.good Stitches! Lots of fun!

    Love the colour combination - I think your blocks look fab!

  6. I do like the colors and style. One thing I've found is that if I use an old white towel under my block when I iron it i don't get the wrinkles. The seam or seam allowance sinks into the towel and you can iron the main fabric rather than trying to iron the fabric inbetween the bumps of the seams. Does that make sense? It seems, ahem, to stress out the fabric less.

  7. like you, I admire this color scheme although I haven't sewn with it yet. I think your blocks are looking fantastic, don't be so hard on yourself :)

  8. I'm wishing you so much fun with do.good stitches! How great you've been invited much sooner than anticipated. Love the blocks, too. xx


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