Monday, June 22, 2009

Progress in New Directions

I have been playing in EQ6 for a month now, designing different things to make with my 25 FQs of hand-dyes I got last month for my birthday. I have contemplated a variation on a Lone Star as well as a detailed New York Beauty quilt. Both of those got overruled. I'm just not in the mood for the paper piecing right now. I love this idea. The tree in the center is just pictorially - It will really be more "tree-like", with actual leaves in all of the colors. I'm calling this my Tree of Life.
The first border of intertwined pinwheels/stars is immensely tedious. They are small, only 4" square when finished, plus they are a partial seam construction. Some of you may recognize this as the construction from the Colorblocks (the 4SQS5 summer block swap). In theory it is not hard, but the tiny size of these makes it difficult. Here's a look at the first 4. I have nearly 9 done now, and hope to have all 20 by week's end.
I have also nearly completed the smocking on the dress I am making my daughter. It's fairly simple, but I thought that was OK since the fabric is pattern-heavy. I'll begin dress construction soon.



5 comments:

call me crazy said...

Wow, you've been busy! I used to smock when my kids were babies. It is relaxing. Love the star/pinwheel blocks~ that is going to be a great wallhanging! :)

Emma said...

Great quilt design! I leave the smocking to my grandmother - and now she doesn't do it anymore, she buys her great-granddaughters smocked dresses at hideous expense!

floribunda... aka Julie said...

the tree of life is going to be fantastic! I'm going to enjoy seeing the progress...

Kate the Quilter said...

Lovely tree design quilt. I've been considering buying EQ6 for a while. The more I see possibilities like yours the more I want the software!! Please keep us posted on the 'growth of the tree'!! I look forward to seeing more!!

Vicki W said...

That quilt is going to look great!