Raw Gemstones

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Once again I have allowed silence to overtake this space. So much time has gone by since my last post and so much has been going on, it’s hard to think of a beginning to start from. It is fall once again and I happily welcome the cool breeze and falling leaves. This summer has been a dry scorcher and I am happy to have some change in the air.

 

I have two new projects to share that I am so happy to have completed. To finish a project, especially a large one like a quilt, is so satisfying. It feels amazing to create and to finish. To truly see a vision manifest itself through hard work, planning, and meticulous attention to detail. Every detail matters, all of the time.

The first one I would like to share is my Raw Gemstones Quilt that I started months ago now by randomly sewing together my scraps from my scrap basket. Starting with some bright triangle shapes, framing them, letting them grow, and then surrounding them in a random scrappy sea of low volume fabrics. This was a fun a freeing attempt at creation that I enjoyed. I just made shapes randomly with no real focus or intent, other than to have some geometric gemlike shapes. I trimmed the 9 blocks up to a 20 inch square and sashed them with low volume fabrics from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection. I love the modern feel of this fabric line and how the fabric exudes a feeling of texture through what looks like artist’s sketch marks. I created a final border by using a mix of bright geometric fabrics priced at 45 degree angles to give some bright interest. I then inserted a tiny strip border in a bright contrasting geometric fabric to provide a tiny detail that packs a punch. The binding features a bright teal geometric fabric with greens and pinks. I love making thick bindings on the front of my quilts. I feel this makes them more unique and gives a substantial border around the whole piece that really grounds the whole quilt. Here are some photos:

 

The second quilt I would like to share, I will create a separate post for because it is so much more complicated and detailed. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my process!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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