I've been working on blocks for the Fat Quarterly Designer challenge - sneak peak now, you won't get to see the finished thing for a few more months ;o) I'm really happy with how it's coming together though.
Rather than focus on what I should be doing (who, me?) I had a bit of an inspirational moment and started my Emerald Quilt Challenge mini quilt a couple of days ago. Pulling fabric for this was really difficult - I have a decent green stash, but nothing anywhere like the Pantone Emerald colour (which I really think is teal anyway - nothing like my idea of emerald) - most of my greens are more yellow based than blue. So I went with my take on emerald - and pulled a stack of prints for it. But they just weren't gelling for me and I didn't have a good range of values (which I really wanted for this one). So as a last resort I had a look at my Oakshotts, and found perfection. I need to find a better way to photograph these - they are far brighter in real life.
I started by taking a very deep breath, and then cutting a stack of triangles (from the Oakshotts, and some light grey prints), and then randomly sewed them into pairs - there really wasn't a concrete plan until I put them up on the design wall and arranged them. And rearranged them. And then slept on it, and came back and decided on the current design after a few days of pondering ;o)
I just need to join the blocks together and decide on a quilting plan (although there are a few ideas floating around in there...) I'm thinking something along these lines for the rest of my colourbox (which has been sitting untouched for a year waiting for inspiration!) I guess my thinking here was emeralds in the literal sense.
So, once I've completely finished the appeal quilts, I'll be going back to this one! I can't wait to get it put together and quilted up :o)
Linking up this week with Lee at Freshly Pieced.