Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hidden treasures......

I decided to go through two boxes that are in a half hidden place.  In one of them I found this improv piece that I made about 12 years ago.  The indecision that kept it in a box was how much to trim it down and what shape to leave the edges.  It is a small piece, under 30".  I think I need to finish it now.
Another thing I found was this favorite piece of fabric, put in a safe place so I wouldn't accidentally cut into it without a plan.  It's time to make a plan.
 

29 comments:

Beth said...

that pink is painful to the eyes!!!! and I love the print in the second photo. It looks like graffiti! I can just see it used for the side of a wall/or train element in an art quilt!!!

HollyM said...

Yes, finish it!
I like the fabric but wondering how you'll use it in a quilt. It will be interesting.

Sharon W. said...

I hope your plan does not involve combining the two!!!!!

Linda Swanekamp said...

I never find such great surprises! You never cease to amaze me!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I think i would narrow the right (large) side of the small piece - not with a straight edge ... Then i would decide what comes next.

That bottom print is fabulous - what a glorious find!

JustGail said...

On the pink, why not go improvisational all the way, just trim and keep the curves and bind it for a wall piece?

I haven't been reading long, but did go back and look at every post finally. Your blog's name truly reflects your quilting style now - the use of color that's bold & lively, exuberant! Congratulations on reaching the 3000 post mark, I look forward to reading many more.

Gene Black said...

I have no ideas what to do with either of those so I will be watching to see what YOU do with them.

Maria said...

Actually, the composition on the first piece is great the way it is. Trim the edges just enough so they are even but keep the great curves. Cut off as little as possible. Love the little bit of blue polka dot, too. Definitely a keeper.

Chris said...

I love the improv piece - it's timeless! And the fabric is wonderful! Would be great cut up, so much movement. Have fun!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I wonder what you will do with these pieces and will be watching! had you forgotten about the box with the hidden treasures or had put it aside on purpose?

sally in st. paul said...

The quilt reminds me of the Gee's Bend quilts, although I don't remember a lot of red in their work. I am eager to see the completed project.
Sally in St. Paul

ebwhite said...

That improv piece is wonderful. How about making the left edge on our photo the top (maybe with a bit more pronounced curve) and then add some dangling beads at the bottom (now the right edge in our photo). This will be a wonderful wall hanging.

Candyce Grisham said...

The piece of fabric is beautiful. I love the blue and red. Will watch for what you do - I'm sure it will be great. Love surprises.

Marei said...

That Hoffman print is stunning! Such vibrant color and I love the random feeling of it. And your little improve piece is very cool. Like how you added the strip of purple dotted fabric. I have an improve piece that has almost the same 'outline' and I haven't figured how I want to trim mine either. I'm going to be watching what you do very closely.

Donna~~ said...

You and I have a lot of the same fabrics. I have a piece of that put away too! Will have to look through my "special" drawer soon to see what else I've forgotten. Watching you sew with "my" fabrics is almost as good as doing it myself!

Terri said...

I'd keep the first piece as is... Make it a wall hanging to keep.
The favorite fabric would make a great panel with a narrow border then blocks around it. Love it.
Hugs

Mystic Quilter said...

Wonderfully wild fabric!!

Charlotta said...

I love your improv piece. I actually have some very favorite fabric, which reminds me very mich of it, though my fabric is black, white, and blue. I'm not giving advice, because im sure what you end up doing will be much more exciting than anything I can suggest off the top of my head. I'll look forward to seeing it.
And don't save your favorite fabric for the great garage sale in the sky, as I just read somewhere!

sally in st. paul said...

In looking through my fabrics Today, I found the fabrics I purchased a year ago for your "two for one" pattern. (In my mind I call it
"half the work, twice the fun."
Thanks to your excellent index of postings, I was able to locate the pdf, and am ready to cut. Fortunately, I still love the fabrics I chose.
sally in st. paul

Sue said...

I'm pretty sure I have some of that fabric too - but maybe in another colorway? I'll have to look for it.

JJM said...

Fun finds and of course brilliant color. Will be waiting to see how you will finish the first piece and what you will create with the second one.

JJM

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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donaleen said...

Oh, I like your improv piece. Nice!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Oh, I love it when that happens. Finding things I'd even forgotten about makes me so happy! I like both of your treasures.

judith lockhart said...

I like your improv piece!! Quite nice! I made a quilt with your orange print fabric about 1999. Still like the fabric and quilt! Always nice to see what you are making.

Sheila said...

Love the improve piece. Beautiful stash find. Good for you.

patty a. said...

Love your improv piece.

O'Quilts said...

Wow...a plan..I have never much made plans..Cannot wait to see it.

BTW What did you say I should do with the Christmas Cacti still in the window, no blooms..until frost free?