Back into Progress

After a truly hectic month of some big life decisions for the family and nearly a month in the old design bunker getting the final designs for my first two lines with Andover tweaks and pushed and prodded (I so wish I could just share these with you right now but you know the deal…), and making a quick trip to the emergency room that ended up keeping me in bed for a solid week afterwards (darn you HKPP, but on the upside I got the lion’s share of a future line all wrapped up from said bed), I am finally back into the material world making progress on new projects.

(Apparently this past month has also thoroughly renewed my problem with interminable sentences.)

So I think it is about time for me to post a little something; it has been far too long. Hopefully I will be finishing this baby quilt this weekend; I am calling it Wonky Window. This one is 48″ x 48″ but I have dreams of making a queen version of it with the biggest wonky blogs ever!!! The idea of doing 36″ wonky blocks that use 30+ prints each just makes me swoon…

Much more to come soon; March is going to be the month for lots and lots of new projects. So keep your eyes out…

Hugs,
Thomas

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11 Responses to Back into Progress

  1. 1

    That is quite the month! You are well on your way to quilting stardom!

    And love the idea of the big blocks. That’s where I’m headed too.

    • 1.1
      tknauer says:

      I don’t know about stardom; I’ll settle for not being awful…

      And huge blocks are really drawing me these day. Giant blocks and giant applique…

  2. 2
    Kate says:

    Fun! I love how you fussy cut the Patty Young birds for the center of each block – I have been playing around with some of that fabric lately too :)

  3. 3

    Glad you’re back in the saddle somewhat! These blocks really look like windows – with the birds & flowers buzzing all Spring-like outside. I could use some of that out my real window right now.

    • 3.1
      tknauer says:

      I think I am developing an addiction to really big blocks. These are 18″ each, but want to just keep going bigger and bigger. I think I am also falling for wonking the entire quilt. Only wonked this one by about 6 degrees, but think one more in the 15 degree range would be really fun…

      And it is kinda shocking me, but spring colors are really calling to me right now. Not my usual palate, but something about ultravibrant colors really catching my eye right now…

  4. 4
    Martha Heidt says:

    Welcome back! We’ve all missed you!
    Your quilt made me go back and look at pictures of antique four-block quilts. Some of those blocks are really gigantic.
    I like the wonky quilting very much! It really makes the blocks move.

  5. 5
    Kathleen P says:

    See, I could do something like this with my Kaufman FQ pack and stretch it into a whole Queen sized quilt… Not my style, usually: you’re inspiring me to stretch! Go Team Craft Community! (Not my style either, having hidden my ability to sew for much of my teens / 20s!)

    • 5.1
      tknauer says:

      Wonky blocks are so much fun, and so relaxing. Really hard to get them wrong, or at least so it seems to me. Just trust your eye and your color sense and then play. We totally need to find a day to get together without the little ones and just sew and talk and hang out.

      I am also planning to start up a Modern Quilt Guild Chapter here in the Mohawk Valley ‘ere too long. So you are going to be obliged to join…

  6. 6

    I just found your blog and love the detail in your wonky blocks.I have been thinking about giant blocks that take up the whole quilt also!So many quilt ideas so little time.

    • 6.1
      tknauer says:

      Thanks. I am really pleased with this. I really like doing quilts where I rotate the blocks around so that it gets hard to even find the block; my first quilt top was kinda like that: http://www.waycoolkid.com/2011/01/04/a-busy-new-year/. (About to send it off for quilting.)

      But I do lean toward quilts that have no repeated block at all, just all over designs. One of the thinks I like about quilting is that it seems a great medium for adapting a printmaker’s eye in terms of all-over designs…

      Would love to see some of your big blocks…

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