Friday, August 06, 2010

2012 CQ Quilt Started

I have been a very bad blogger. I started back to work and work way too much. A lot of things have gone by the wayside. I am back working in a Dental Lab. I wish I could make money doing my hobby of CQ! I still teach CQ sometimes. There doesn't seem to be a lot of people doing CQ in Southern CA. My classes seem to fill up pretty good but I don't make enough to support the bills.

I have been wanting to start on a CQ for the 2012 CQ Challenge. I had a false start but my idea was a little to complex and I couldn't seem to get going. I have changed my plan and have actually made some progress.

This is the antique CQ that is my inspiration. I love that the blocks are set on point and I love the embroidery in the middle. It really is a simple CQ but it has a great visual graphic look.

This is my plan. I have fans all around and the blocks are still on point. It is an evolving plan as I have changed it a bit as I have been working on it.

These are the foundation blocks on my design wall. The blocks are 8 1/2 inches unfinished. I was going to do some embroidery on the 5 blocks in the center but have since decided to do CQ on the 4 around the center. I think I will do my initials on the very center block. This may change though!

I selected fabrics and decided to do jewel tone fabrics. I wanted to use natural fibers so most of them are cotton and silk. I also wanted to use modern fabrics so there are a lot of batiks and hand dyes. I have a nice collection of beautiful hand dyed African fabrics that I am using too. I love these. I found a fantastic booth at the Long Beach quilt show in July called Ba Ba Blankets that I found several wonderful, unique fabrics. One of them will be the border fabric of the quilt.
This is my sewing room with the fabrics I have pulled out. What a mess! Isn't my sewing room great! I love it! That is my cutting table that all the fabric is piled on. My Husband bought me a great little TV that fits perfect! All the little quilts around the ceiling are done by friends. It keeps them close to me. Marci and I have a sheep thing going.

I am going to try and post my progress so check back. I will probably not post every day but I will try to be more regular.


DancesWithPitBulls said...

Your sewing room is very similar to mine, but a tad bigger (dangit!) I am trying to decide what coolors I want for the 2012 challenge. I have burgundy/gold/green blocks and teal/gold pieced. I may go a different route all together though. Love your fans!

Rebecca aka crazyquilter59

Thelma said...

Can't wait to see your quilt progress! It's going to be beautiful!

Allison Ann Aller said...

It's a fabulous plan and the fans will be so much fun to do! All those colors on your table mean it is going to be a bright and beautiful quilt.
Glad you've gotten going, Kerry!

Maureen said...

Your 2012 quilt is going to be wonderful. Love the antique inspirational one and your new pattern draft is great.

gocrazywithme said...

Yay! Kerri is posting again! It will be fun to follow your progress on this quilt. I love your ideas so far.

Cathy K said...

Hi Kerri! I’m so glad that you’re starting your CQ for 2012! Like you, I’ve had some false starts, but mine have only been in the “idea” stages, LOL. Your plan is lovely and I can’t wait to see it develop. Hugs, Cathy K

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerri,
Your quilt is going to be beautiful! I'm glad you chose to use "your" colors. Seeing your sewing room makes me wish to be there sewing.

Kerri Murphy said...

Thanks Everyone! I am excited to start this. It is quite a bit bigger than what I usually do. I am hoping to do a lot of layer stitches on it. I love fans for this reason.