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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New shape to play with

A couple of the ladies in the QOV group have the die cutters, one the Go and the other the Studio.  I requested some chisel shapes to play with so Rita cut a batch for me.  I was doodling with the shape and light dark values in a sketch and came up with the block on the left.  If we make the center 4 matching it should give a nice effect.  Then I made a little braided border piece and found that this uses both rights and lefts so the fabric doesn't have to be all stacked face up when cutting like it does for the other one.
Then I flipped the quarters of the block to see what will happen when four blocks come together.  I think this could be very interesting.  You can see we have a wide variety of prints donated to us so they will be really scrappy.



Then I was looking through this book and found a quilt that uses the chisel shape.

The author has a blog that you might enjoy checking out.







It is a neat design and just has to have good separations of values in the lights and darks for the design to show up well.

We had a very good sew in yesterday with lots of ladies showing up to work on the QOV quilts.  I can't show you the tops from my kits because they got put into someone else's pile to go home.  I will be picking them up next week and putting borders on them and I'll show them then.

16 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

I can see a new purchase of the die cutting tool in the future. This would make it fast and accurate. Many options to work with also. Chris

Jackie said...

I have the chisel shape die and have not yet had the opportunity to play with it, but it looks like you have had some fun using it! Very versatile, definitely lots of options.

Gene Black said...

Wanda, I like my Go cutter a lot. I recently got the chisel shape. It seems very versatile. I am have designed some patterns to go with it. I just need to finish writing them.

Pat said...

There have been a lot of discussions on other blogs about the Go. Is it worth the investment?

*karendianne. said...

I really enjoy watching you play with these fabric cuts. It isn't just that it interesting and neat - it's playful. Quite thrilling when you find the right fit! (I should think anyway) hee. :> I really dig Kim's book by the way. Haven't made anything out of it yet though. Hmmm. Why is that? "We can't know everything" as my Dad says.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love the blocks you did with this shape! The second one looks especially interesting to me. I'm anxious to see what you do with them!

Needled Mom said...

That does make up into an interesting pattern. I really like the braided border.

Cathi said...

That chisel shape really intrigues me -- love the effect you're getting! The quilt in the bottom picture is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU wanda!!
Said with a tiny bit of sarcasm - now I have to place another book order-darn! I spent a winter making quilt tops of oneshape tessellating scraps. There are several different settings for this chisel shape ( thanks!now have a name for it)but have never seen the second setting. I spent some time squinting at the pic before I saw the cleaver way to turn the blocks - must go and cut strips.You don't need a die cutter for this - just jelly rolls and a template pasted to your ruler for cutting the angles.
Nina in BC

joann said...

I really enjoy watching you play with the fabrics. I made a quilt using that first block pattern. It was called Picket Fence, and the star in the middle was white. For the two outer pieces, I used a medium and dark of one bright color (different colors for each block). It turned out great, and my daughter received it for Christmas.

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is the book that has the pattern for my Summertime (greens and creams) quilt AND the block pattern for Jester (my black and bright scrappy).

The Calico Cat said...

A couple of the ladies in the QOV group have the die cutters, one the Go and the other the Studio.

O.K., I have heard about the Go. (Damn near every quilty blog was offering one as a give away for a while there - or was that EQ7 - doesn't matter.)

What is "the Studio?"

BTW Love the chisel quilt that you showed in that book. Maybe you could use muslin with scrappy darks - so that it would still be a useable pattern for those scraps.

hetty said...

I just love watching you play with colours and shapes. The quilt in the last picture is interesting. Must go back and study that one.

HollyM said...

I like the top block. It reminds me of a house and circling birds--not in a sinister way.

Kristin L said...

Our guild got permission to use the cover quilt pattern for our annual Opportunity Quilt. It was a teeny bit tricky, but turned out beautiful in indigo, aqua and lime batiks!

Anonymous said...

It is a fun shape to play and I know you will make it 'sing'.

The photo of 'Monkey Business' is intriguing enough to make me check out her blog.

J~MT