Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Fresh Start





My eyes have been delighting in the waterfall of beautiful fabric strips I've cut ready for my next quilt. Having reached the "big block" stage of my current Peaceful Night EPP quilt I've found myself hankering again for a small, portable hand sewing project.


Photo and quilt by A Happy Dance via Etsy

Looking over my EPP Pinterest board my fancy has been taken by the restful simplicity of the quilt above from Etsy. The long diagonal lines of hand quilting are simple, achievable and add to the tranquility of the quilt. It appears that the hexies are 1" or slightly smaller. I went to my stash to see what colours and fabrics might work for me.




Over the course of a few days I have refined my colour and fabric choices, partly inspired by this house extension which I see on my evening walks.







Fabrics have been washed, ironed and cut into strips 2 3/4" wide - I prefer a seam allowance of more than the traditional 1/4" for EPP.




Having cut all my own papers for Peaceful Night and my last hexie quilt, I decided to search for some ready cut papers this time. On Sunday I came across Koopip's online store in Melbourne. Their quality EPP papers are made in Australia and come with a free, thin cutting template. The store owner, another Karen, offers free shipping Australia wide on all orders. 

Koopip's also stocks a number of other quilting and craft items, including Sewline glue pens and refills. For those who wonder how long the Sewline glue pens last - I glue basted all of the papers for my Peaceful Night quilt with my pre-filled Sewline pen plus the spare refill which comes with the pen on purchase. 

My Koopip's order arrived today - maybe I'll make a start on the weekend.....



Sharing at WIP Wednesday, In The Studio.

36 comments:

Mary said...

Beautiful color selection!

Giga said...

Postawiłaś przed sobą nowe wyzwanie. Masz już piękne w kolorach materiały i działaj dalej. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
Put before him a new challenge. Do you have beautiful colors materials and act on. Yours sincerely.

DeborahGun said...

it is going to be absolutely beautiful - I love your fabric selection and your desire to hand piece and quilt. I love that the most too :-)

diane b said...

Your colours will go great with that design. Can't wait to see how it looks. I admire your talent.

Quilt Musings said...

Your fabric choices are fabulous! And I have to say, your pictures are incredible!! Your blog is lovely :)

snips said...

Such a gorgeous colour palette, so soft and serene. This is going to be lovely!

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

I LOVE those colours! They are so cool & fresh, reminds of the beach. Can hardly wait to see how they all come together. That will be a very beautiful EPP quilt!

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the momma said...

delightful!

SarahZ said...

beautiful photos and marvelous color/fabrics :)

Tonia said...

I could look at those pictures of fabric all day. I love that color combo!

Vicki in MN said...

Gorgeous colors-it will be beautiful!!

Tanyia said...

my favorite color scheme! I love the fabrics, they are so fresh and vibrant!

Stopping by from Lee's hop
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Carla said...

...but why wait for the week end : ) your fabric pull is delicious. Enjoy your stitching
The pinterest quilt is so beautiful too

Patchwork and Play said...

Thanks for the heads up on a Melbourne supplier- just what I need! And it's nice to know how long the glue pens last as I'm working on a hexie project too! I love the colour palette you've chosen Karen! Very refreshing after the heat of Summer! Happy stitching!

geanina said...

very nice colors ...! :)

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful fabric selection! I can see how your inspiration turned into that fabric stack. I look forward to seeing how this will turn out.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

I love your colour choices... so tranquil and beachy! Makes me want to run to my stash and pull similar tones to shake off the winter grey-blues in my neck of the woods!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your colours really are like a waterfall, they will make a beautiful hexi quilt.

Astrid Ka said...

I love the colors!
Greetings from Cologne, Germany!
Astrid

Deborah said...

What a gorgeous picture of fabric! You could frame that and hang it on a wall!! I've been using the same pen for my epp. It does a great job.

Fun60 said...

What a great idea to have the shapes precut. I can tell you have got itchy fingers and just can't wait to get started on this one. Happy sewing.

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

What lovely fabric! Beautiful photographs!

Lisa said...

Those colours are just lovely. What a beauty this will be.

Michelle Bartholomew said...

I love these colors. This is the type of waterfall I would gladly hike to :)

Julie said...

I love your colour selection - perfect for hot summer days, and nice and crisp and vibrant for winter. Can't wait to see the progress on this one.

LynCC said...

Beautiful fabrics - my favorite color scheme. :)

Sarah Lizzie said...

Your new hexie project oozes tranquility, Karen. 'Tis a lovely colour scheme. Your photos are so soothing to the eyes!!

Seeing Each Day said...

Even though I've been 'watching' you make all these quilts over the past few years, I've no idea how you manage to put those colour combinations together. I do know that if it were me I'd have to have you right there beside me picking and choosing. You've taken some lovely photos above and am looking forward to the next stage. I know they're 'just photos' but I always get this feeling of excitement from you in terms of you enjoying the process. Renee

Jen Price said...

Such a beautiful collection of colors!

capitolaquilter said...

A very well refined choice of colors and for sure, precut seems like the way to go. Nice photography on your blog.

riddleandwhimsy said...

Lovely colours you've chosen! Very inspirational :)

Fun to find another Aussie too !

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

oh these colors... so, so pretty. they just made me smile from first sight. it is going to be beautiful!!

Dorothy Adamek said...

Love, love, love the colour choices. That pop of navy just makes it, and anything with dots... well, I'm sold.
Can't wait to see the project in all its stages.
Blessings for a wonderful weekend,
Dotti :)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

i love the blues and greens. And, I like your daughter's hair curly as well. It is fun to be able to go back and forth though.

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

Well, the colors and fabrics looks very promising, Karen. I am curious how it will look when it's ready. Greetings from the Netherlands, Joke

thefisherlady said...

quilting ... each stitch and each colour tells a story of who you are... so delightful the story this tells ~

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