Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New project!

What a fun week it has been! We spent a day taking care of our littlest grandkiddie E last Friday, and then on Saturday, we took the train to Chicago to party all weekend for grandson C's first birthday. It was a blast! We took the train back on Monday evening through frigid temperatures and snow--it was like riding the Polar Express, but we didn't have the hot chocolate. Now it's finally really winter here--cold and snowy (there was even a snow day for lots of schools yesterday) and the perfect time to quilt. 

Even though we were busy this past week, I did get a good start on my new project: The Use Your Illusion quilt from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. Funny, in my mind I've been calling it Choose Your Illusion, and I just noticed that wasn't right. Oh, well. I am choosing my illusion--I'm doing this quilt in color. (And I just noticed on her blog, that someone else has beaten me to that idea.) I really like the black and white of the original quilt, but the organization I'm making this for would like colorful quilts. 


I had to include my "Muppet" feet--they match the quilt!
I'm doing 6 different modern prints with planned random color placement. My rule for myself is to kind of evenly distribute the colors but sometimes continue a stripe around a corner. All of the fabric (as well as Cheryl's pattern) is from giveaways. I'll include the specific info about the fabric in a later post. To get the size I want, I'm making 3/4 of the pattern (skipping the first two columns of blocks). I hesitated to do that because it changes the overall design, but I think it will look good anyway. Oh, and here's a question for you. I'm going to do meander quilting. What do you think about using Superior King Tut in Cleopatra? It has all of the colors except the yellow. Otherwise, I'll do a white. 

This quilt will be my January project when I'm not doing FMQ on the Big Quilt. I'm kind of working on a deadline, because I promised to send it (and a not-yet-started quilt) in March. So I guess my quilts are making a list for goals for me, even though I usually avoid that practice. 

I'm linking up this week with Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday, Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday, Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social and My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Buttons for all are on the right side of this page. 

Okay, back to work. Have a good week, and if you live anywhere near me, stay warm!

11 comments:

Alison said...

This is going to look stellar in rainbow colors!

Anonymous said...

LOVE it with the colorful prints! As for the thread, I am a big fan of variegated anything, so that would be my vote, but I often feel I am in the minority on that. :D

Bernie Kringel said...

These colors look wonderful. For thread choice, I would probably pick white. There is going to be a great pattern of color and maybe the quilting should be secondary to that. IMHO.... What is the binding going to be? Could you do a scrappy binding?

Anonymous said...

This looks awesome! I liked the original version in black and white but this is really fun. I like the idea of variegated thread.

Sandra Walker said...

First of all, love your muppet (KERMIT!) feet! I have slippers on here too, can you believe it, it is not that warm in Florida... Second, how I love the happy quilt you are making! I bought Cheryl's Outlined Plus pattern--she does great designs!

Shannon said...

Beautiful! Love how your quilt is coming together!

Cheryl said...

I love this version, the quilt is going to look great in multicolors!

Kate said...

The rainbow colors look great. It's going to be a beautiful quilt when you get it done.

the zen quilter said...

It's an amazing design, and I love your take on it.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I like your use of colors...muppet feet and all! This is a very geometrical design. I'm looking forward to watching it evolve....so glad you had grammy time...it's the best!!!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful blocks and design!! Love your footsies!!