Friday, 17 October 2014

Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares part 2

Good morning, afternoon or evening where every you are. Here in Devon, south west UK, it is cold, wet and windy - it is enough to drive me round the Bend!!

So here are the next 3 squares in that project.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

Having shown you this motif recently - Getting to the Point - in one of my FMQ Cameos, I realised that I had never  used it in a quilt. Time to remedy that! I love the colour of this square. Colours are very deceptive on line and seen differently on every computer according to the colour card. This is somewhere between aqua marine and the softest of charcoal. It is very delicate and restful.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

I thought I would ring the changes a bit and this week I have used a bobbin to give an idea of scale.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

Quite gentle curves or 'bends' in this square are married to the brightest colour in the piece - Magenta. In truth, it is slightly dulled. This is a trick I use when I want to mix many colours from 3 or 4 dyes and I want all the colours to blend. I make a mix of my pure or starting dyes and then add a small spoon to each colour - so that every colour has just a little bit of every other colour in it. This 'Magenta' therefore has a smidgen of turquoise, slate blue and charcoal in it.

(By the way, I wouldn't recommend this with turquoise or yellow lemon, both of which change colour quite drastically with just a drop of something else in them) 


Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

This is motif I use a lot - but I still haven't got a name for it. I'm thinking something along the lines of All boxed in.

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

And here is the turquoise square - minus all the other colours! This design is fun to do. It takes 3 goes, the central line of circles first, then back on putting in one side and down again putting in the other. This is also one of those fantastic flexible designs that looks good big or small and goes around bends like a dream. It reminds me a bit of planets and their orbits, so I've called it 'The Centre of my World'

Hilary Florence Quilting Workshop - Going Round the Bend in 12 Squares - detail - original free motion quilting edged in hand-dyed fabric

When I was quilting Going to Pieces, it took me a while to get use to quilting strips two and a half inches wide - much wider than I normally do. Well, here I am going to the other extreme!

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence


Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/


16 comments:

  1. I am in love with your style of quilting !!!

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  2. These are all so cool - The Centre of the World is my favourite, I think. The tip about mixing the dyes is such a good idea - I'd never have thought of it.

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  3. As we say here in Texas... holy cow! These motifs are awesome. I love the density the repetition and the originality. Very cool.

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  4. What a brilliant idea to place a bobbin on your work to give a sense of scale. Boy do you work small with your FMQ. I was impressed with your work before. Now I am super impressed.

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  5. Hello Hilary,

    Really effective colours, and the turquoise quilting is so fluid! These quilts are going to be a fascinating collection - I'm looking forward to seeing all the other colours.

    Thank you for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks.

    Love, Muv

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  6. amazing. I am struggling to quilt a straight line and more often than not give up and hand quilt

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  7. Hilary, your quilting never ceases to amaze me! Fabulous!

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  8. Hi Hilary,
    I'm so glad that I have my blog back because that means that I can see other blogs like yours Your work as always is exemplary. The quilting designs are incredible and I love your colors.

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  9. All beautiful but I love the blue one most!

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  10. I love your quilting and designs! Thanks for sharing.But I love the bleu one the most. Must try your style!
    Love from Amsterdam

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  11. Just beautiful. And amazing how tiny--yep the bobbin placed on the photo was a good idea!

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  12. WOW - what fabulous free motion quilting - it's cold and wet in Northumberland in the north east too....

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  13. Such amazing quilting! I can't say that I've ever seen anything like it!

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