Beth Markel

Weekend Update…

Posted on March 25, 2017 by Beth Markel

I finished this improve piece this week, and love how it turned out.  When doing improve, some quilters start with what they WANT their quilt to look like, which I have done in the past, and some quilters go in with a completely blank agenda and just use what’s in front of them.  That was me this week!  Since the challenge was to use what we had, I dug out 2 of my stash containers and came up with this.  Looking at my stash bins, I could probably do this, or something similar, about a dozen times over – which I think I might tackle.  The only real choices I made after the 2 elements were done (triangles are old, from a long-ago project & I made the strip string sets from what was in my stash bin) were how to put them together.  After a couple of false starts, or flat-out ugly attempts, I thought I’d tie the colors together using a solid.  Because of the parameters of the challenge, I did have 2 “grout” choices, brown and a dark slate blue, but found yardage at the bottom of one of my stash bins.  The first piece was a large cut of snowy, bright white fabric, which completely washed out the colors of both the strips and the triangles, and the 2nd was what I used, a darkish purple/navy cherrywood.  Love how this turned out!

#2017 Challenge #2, Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

#2017 Challenge #2, Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters


On a 2nd project I’m working on, I’m trying to find the right look/ink/pen that will write on dupioni silk.  Thanks to our SAQA email thread, I’ve gotten a number of suggestions, so will try them today and post my results.  I never thought I would work with silk, perhaps just because I was intimidated by stories I’ve heard about sewing it, but I backed these gorgeous silk colors, and am working with it.  My initial problem was that I wanted to print, or ink-stamp, words on the silk, but everything I tried initially was running/bleeding through the porous silk fibers.

Make something beautiful today!





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