(Scroll to the end of post to see if you won? :) )
Good Tuesday morning everyone!
It is a beautiful one here in western NY - sunny but still quite crisp, lots of birdsong, new blooms and young leaf buds in trees... One can't help but smile and breathe deeply. :)
It is also a perfect backdrop for my turn on Minis Blog Tour, hosted by ever-inspirational Pat Bravo. It was just so much fun playing, I feel so very fortunate to be included!
We were all given a selection from two of Pat's new collections, Essentials II and Dare and only request was to make a mini quilt (about 25" X 25").
Doesn't that sound like fun?
Plenty of inspiration for these two collections when you look at those lovely Lookbooks that AGF does so well - you can find Essentials II HERE and Dare, HERE.
So when my set arrived, wheels begun to turn... Here is what I got - awesome, right?
For some reason, the names of two collections kept coming back to me and yes, you guessed it - first came the name, ha ha! Probably weird for most, but sometimes my inspiration and brain work like that...
So the start was "Essential2Dare"! That was going to be the name of my mini!
Naturally, next thing for me was to actually - dare!
To dare doing something that I never did before, something that is outside of my comfort zone, something new. First dare - I decided to work ONLY with what I was given and with ALL of it. In other worlds, no "one background fabric", no obsessing if "this one should really go next to this one" ... No fear if lots of different fabrics will look too busy - all of these things are my little demons sometimes, you know. I guess it is a scientist in me that has a hard time letting serendipity rule? :)
Technical dare this time was to try my beloved gentle curve piecing, but with already PIECED fabrics... Hmmm... Crazy woman. But remember - it's... Essential2Dare! :)
Here is where I started:
Made a strip-set of all colors
Then made a similar one with all the beautiful low volume ones...
Now to layer them and have some free-hand curves cut... Voila!
Yup, just cut into all those lovely strips! Was a bit scary, but I remembered my goal - to dare! :)
With some slow sewing and curve-matching, here is what I got:
Two curvy, strip-y lovelies! But I liked them better this way:
I made some 3D Flying Geese blocks and then did some folding and some fabric inserts... Some trimming and pressing...
At this point I was so engrossed into piecing that I simply didn't take any photos at all!! So sorry about that, but actually it was just so much fun to just work, work work and loose track of everything... I am sure you know what I mean? :)
So, after I came back to reality and remembered to take some photos, here is what I had:
Ta-daah! Top done!
Next dare was to use a color for quilting, color I just LOVE, and not worry about matching it to fabric, it being too contrast-y (therefore revealing all imperfections!!) or any of that...
Just let go and quilt!
My treasured Aurifil collection search selected this one:
Isn't it just a gorgeous color? It's. 50wt Aurifil cotton, 5006.
Again, no photos during quilting, but here is the end result!
Then it was time to take my little mini out for a garden stroll and take few more photos...
Forgot to say - backing was another favorite AGF fabric, from Karatina Roccella's Recollection:
And binding was another beauty from Pat Bravo, from Etno - doesn't it look like it belongs here? :)
Oh and look - I have quite a pretty stack left too, so I just might DARE some more!! After all, it IS Essential 2, right?? He he...
Here is a bit more of that morning stroll in the garden, with my mini...
Hey, it even looks good in my vegetable garden, smack in the middle of some baby kale! :)
You know, as I write this, I am realizing how much fun this was! I need to do this some more!
But wait - I think YOU need to do this too!
So guess what? - I, the fabric hoarder extraordinaire, who has lots of these two beautiful fabric collections (and so many more, of course!), I want to share some with you!!
If you want some of my stash (me thinks - a fat eight of Essentials II, or Dare collections, or...both? For two winners? It will be a surprise!! :) ) - go visit all the other lovely blogs (again, the whole list is HERE!), on the tour and then come back and tell me what inspired you the most? Or tell me how do you dare in your creative work? Or both? You have till the end of the Blog Tour, May 13th - go visit them all and come back to let us all know your impressions! I iwll give you a weekend to enjoy it all at your own pace and pick a winner on Monday, May 16th (so you really have till Monday).
Now that I have my life under control a bit more, hope to be back here real soon with more from my sewing room.
Until then, have a lovely days ahead,
GIVEAWAY WINNERS were chosen!!!
Trusty Random Number Generator says....
for first winner!! And that is: BRENDA!!
Congratulations Brenda, you get a fat-eight pack of Dare fabrics!
And for the second winner it says:
And it is GranChris!!!
Congratulations GranChris - you get a fat-eight pack of Essentials II fabrics!! Thank you ALL again for visiting and leaving me your lovely comments - this was such fun Blog Tour!! A very special thank you ever-inspiring Pat Bravo for this great opportunity!!