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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Disney Mystery Quilt - Block 2


Before presenting the second block of the mystery quilt, let me answer to a very good question about this mystery quilt:
"What colors should we have in our stash?" :)

It's kind of difficult to answer for two reasons: first, I don't want to reveal the mystery yet, and second... well... I don't know exactly :) or better, I am new to these design projects so I cannot estimate the amount of fabric you need... I will learn to do that the more I get familiar with the design/piecing process.

However I can give general comments about the colors and here they are!

Most of the blocks will have either a sky/water background (so different tones of blue) or a "nature" background (green and brown). Some of the blocks have no specific needs for the background color (so I generally choose either neutral or grey... or whatever other color looks nice with the blocks I already have).

Main characters:
The main characters will have the following colors:
- bright blue and white
- pink and purple
- red and yellow
And skin color for all of them.
Elements of the characters will also use browns and greens too.

So to summarize: you will use pretty much all the colors in the rainbow :)

As a final comment: I like to use many different fabrics and with very strong colors. However you don't need to do that (this is why my patterns usually have more neutral tones instead). For example, for the sky of the Tower block I used at least 3-4 different fabrics, all pretty dark, but I could have as easily chosen just one and lighter... but I like the "impressionistic/crazy" look rather than the "realistic/calmer" one :)

If you have any other question, don't hesitate to ask... I may not be able to answer, but I will do my best to find a reasonable answer :)

And now it's time for the second block of the quilt (a very revealing one already :) ) is The Sugar Pot

You can find the pattern in the Free Patterns section.

Have fun, and post a comment below for any question/advice/comment!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Disney Mystery Quilt - Block 1

Here we are! The first block of my Mystery Quilt.

The first block is The Tower

You can find the pattern in the Free Patterns section.

Have fun, and post a comment below for any question/advice/comment!

Completing past projects

Finally I was able to complete the "Battle of the Comforter" project! For more information about what this project was about, see the post The Battle of the Comforter (or Duvet). Here the final result:

I laid the comforter cover (open) on the bed and put on top the comforter (super easy because everything is flat and correctly aligned on the bed)  

It took me maybe 30 seconds to close all the snaps around the comforter... and that's it! everything is nicely aligned on the bed!!

A close up on the corner. I tried two different strategies to avoid the corner of the comforter to sneak in the space between the snaps: either you put the snaps on the corner closer to each other (as shown on the right) or you put a piece of  velcro heat-activated adhesive. I prefer the snaps because velcro makes that section very rigid but if you put short pieces of velcro that may not be a problem (and it is faster than putting snaps on).

Then I saw this very cute pattern of a Amigurumi Coraline doll (pattern here) and I decided to try it (because the author put together a very nice video tutorial and it was pretty easy to follow the different parts). Here is my Curly Coraline :)