Monday, November 5, 2012

Off the Wagon



Jackie hosted a year long Blogger Block of the Month program, of which I was honored to be one of the block "designers."  I love the combination of Kona solids and aboriginals.  Definitely a unique pairing of fabrics for me but very satisfying as well.


I had fun photographing my blocks.


Finding the perfect prop around the house was challenging.


This was my month.  I like it a lot.


Sometimes I struggled with color choice and placement but that was a great exercise in color for me.


Some people use color wheels.  I use what looks good to my eyes.



Sometimes a change in color placement gives you an entirely new look.


I admit after seven months I fell off of the wagon.  I have enough PiPs (projects in progress) and I most likely won't get back to these so I'd like to offer them to anyone interested.

If you would like to have these seven - 8 1/2" blocks

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED!

*Leave me a comment on this post only
*Tell me in your comment -- do you stay in your safety zone when working with colors and fabrics or do you like to step outside the box?
*All comments, US and International, welcome
*This will be a quick giveaway -- I'll announce the winner on Wednesday

~Piecefully, Stephanie

30 comments:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

I try to mix it up with colors altho i do find that the blues and greens and purples are dominant. A lot of my fabric has been given to me and so I have used whatever has come my way.

Your color choices with these blocks is super. Earth colors delight me so I tend also into the browns and more autumn like colors. I have a pack of ten FQs of some really neat ethnic prints that would fit with these nicely and make a good sized throw.

At any rate they are lovely and I think you did a great job. Someone will have fun putting them into a piece.

Sheila said...

i have just done day one of a two day workshop with the fabulous Kathy Doherty of Material Obsession.... i have forgotten where my comfort zone was

onlymehere said...

I'd like to stay safe but since most of my quilts are gifts for my kids getting married I go by the fabric they want. When my new daughter-in-law shook it up with the colors on her's I found that I liked the new colors and decided to venture out on my own quilts. The last one I did was a bright for my sewing room wall. It's still at the quilter's but I love it! For the rest of the house I still prefer the maroons, blues, and browns which is pretty amazing since my favorite color is peach!

jayne said...

I am a lover of taupe and subdued colors. My love - nothing jumps at you but it is amazing to look at! These are wonderful blocks...so "right up my ally". Will handle with love! Jayne

jayne said...

I love taupe and subdued colors! My success-nothing special jumps at you but overall it is easy to look at! These are "right up my ally". I will treat them with love and join them to create a beauty! Jayne

Nedra said...

I need to finish the last month, and then I am ready to place mine in the quilt. I did 2 on most of the months, so not sure how it will all work out. Your blocks are lovely, and I'm sure will go to a very grateful recipient. Thanks for being one of the designers :)

Kathryn said...

I haven't yet tried Aboriginal prints, so I'd love to win the ones you've made. I swore I'd never use 1930's prints, but tried them and found I like the cheerfulness. I never liked orange, but after making quilts for granddaughters who love orange, it's now a favorite of mine also, for a punch of color. It's good to take a leap now and then.

Char said...

I try to use everything. I don't really have a comfort zone. I will use anything which is why I love scrap quilts especially string quilts. I don't have any Aboriginal prints but I have been eyeing them. I'd planned on doing this BOM but never got started.

Karen said...

I stay in my comfort zone most of the time. Our Guild has yearly challenges and I participate in them as they force me to get out of my zone.

Needled Mom said...

Those blocks are beautiful. I have to say that I love to step out of my comfort zone in fabrics and construction. I always surprise myself when I end up loving it.

Lee D said...

I think I have used most colours in the quilts I have made. I thought I had all the colours of the rainbow in my stash until a friends daughter wants a quilt with coral and lime green. Guess what no coral in my stash. It is a tricky colour to define. I think a trip to the quilt shop is in order!

Simone de Klerk said...

I love the color scheme of the blocks, and just looking at them, I would say I would love to have them.
But no, just like you, it would become a PIP and just now I am really starting to work on getting some off the table (o:
I am trying to be a 'step out of the box' person. Much more fun and adventurous. But it can feel nice to be safe again sometimes!

Annemariesquilt said...

Yes I did fall of too but I have not given up just yet ;-))
The reason why I fell of is because all my block did not measure 8 1/2 " . some was as small as 8" and it was very frustrating ..

Cille said...

Oh Stephanie... Your blocks are so beautiful and perfectly balanced. But once off the wagon I know it's hard to get back on.

I admired your color choices right from the beginning. While mine were just 'plain loud' yours were really sophisticated. I learned so much from this QAL - balancing colors and piecing techniques. I definately moved out of my comfort zone with the color scheme by just picking up some more or less random fabrics and taking it from there.

rutigt said...

I would love to win these nice blocks! Thanks for the chance :) I never play it safe when it comes to choosing colour or fabrics. I love to mix all sorts of colours, but at the same time, it must be the right mix!
Gun, Sweden
gun@lapp.se

stitchinpenny said...

I am horrible with color so I take my daughter or husband. I pick all sorts of color combinations, especially blue brights, brights are prominent, but I also love greys, yellows, reds, oranges, greens in any form. I let my husband help with all things brown and neutral.

Barbara said...

LOVE the blocks, Stephanie, but they don't look like you. Since I have LOTS of the aboriginal fabric, from you and Jackie, I think those blocks should come to me.

I love to play outside the box with textures, colors and fabric prints. When I took my first quilting class 4 years ago, I was informed that one never mixes batiks with other fabrics. HAH ! =]

hug to Miss Abby.

em's scrapbag said...

I do a little of both. I like to play with brights in a scrappy feel. But the men in my life don't necessarily go for that so I get to mix it up too.

Maja said...

I think I came almoast that long that you did.
I´m not sure if I will do the rest of the blocks.
One thing is sure yours and mine will not go together!!!
Mine are cute lakehousefabrics in white, blue, pink and light green;-)
Don´t send me your blocks!!!
I´ll make mine as a PIP and show you later;-)
Hug!

Chriss said...

I am so far out of the box that people wonder what my eyesight is like!If it pleases my eye, that's all that counts. Be a pretty sad place if we all did the same thing.

Carrie P. said...

I do a little of both. Most times I stay in my box just because it is what I like and how I decorate. fun photos of your blocks.

Sherri said...

Your blocks are so gorgeous...I have to say...I wish you were finishing this quilt...it would be wonderful to see how you would finish it up!

Since I need to put my own quilt together, please don't enter me in the giveaway...but maybe whoever wins could email you a picture of their finish so you can share it!

LC said...

Fabric selection is the hardest part of quilting for me. So far, I haven't really found anything that makes me uncomfortable to try, but I have found that not everything I try works. It's a subtle thing, and more involved than I ever thought, to pick just the right fabrics to go together. I tend to use a lot of solids, to simplify things, so I guess I really do take a safer route most of the time.

QuiltSwissy said...

I usually sta in a very large and unusual comfort zone.....but every once in a while I will see something and fall in love with a most unusual combination!!

glen

Michele said...

Just wanted to say I do love the blocks, but please don't enter me in the giveaway. I have too many of my own projects going on right now to add blocks too......sigh!

I appreciate your honesty with yourself in giving away a project that you know you won't finish. I should really do the same thing. Inspiring! And certainly those are some blocks that will be loved :-)

Barb said...

Yeah, I tend to stick with colors and combos I'm familiar with. For neutrals I use browns, creams and white. That palette looks dismal, but in reality--it is very striking. My son likes dark reds and his fiance likes greens. The black and greys are a great way to incorporate both favorites without ending up with a Christmas quilt!

annemarie said...

These blocks are beautiful - I am afraid I stay within my comfort zone and need a push to move outside of it. Thanks for the chance to "move outside" of my comfort zone.

Houseelf said...

I know the feeling with WIPs -I have my pedal to the metal to get things done in time at the moment, so please don't include me in the gorgeous draw.

As for colours, I don't have a set pallette. Sometimes a fabric will jump up and down and insist on holding hands with another one. Other times I hold auditions for ages in the craft room until the right ones turn up.

Jane Holbrook said...

Your blocks are so precise and smooth. I love them. They would make a nice little wall hanging or table runner. I'd have to audition the blocks on a setting,which is one of my favorite parts of composing a quilt! I'd LOVE to have the blocks.

When I first started pushing my limits outside the comfort zone, I found my own creative voice. I have become a quilter who prefers to color outside the lines!

PatSloan said...

I love how your blocks turned out! Mine turned out wild and crazy.. LOL!