Monday, December 07, 2015

Another Workshop Project

I was gifted with a guild workshop in November, along with the argument that I could pull fabrics from my stash so I couldn't say no. Life has been especially harsh (in case you wondered why I stopped blogging) and my heart wasn't really in it, but I went.

The workshop was taught by Karla Alexander.  Each student chose a project with curves from one of her books or patterns.

A bunch of us choose Electric Fence, the cover quilt from her book, Color Shuffle–clicking the book image will take you to Amazon.

I generally choose technique classes, not those based on making a quilt, so  I went into this one with the idea that I would make a smaller kid-sized version of the project–made from 20 blocks instead of 35–and concentrate on the technique and design ideas shared in the workshop.

When I was choosing fabrics from my stash, it seemed my bright choices were going beyond "electric" and I started to think of this little quilt as Neon Fence.


  Neon Fence - In Progress


Yesterday, as I was (finally) putting the blocks together, I thought about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and wondered if those electric sheep were jumping over neon fences? I'm not sure where that idea came from–I'm really not much of a fan of science fiction–but some jumping sheep may show up in the quilting design when I get there.

First, I need to decide up on borders.

But, for now, they are no longer blocks on the design wall waiting for me to DO something with them ... now it's an in-progress quilt on the design wall waiting for me to finish it up.

In the meantime, while all the fabrics were out ... some of them found their way into a December block for Blocklotto.com.  It's the last of the long rectangles, called Wonky Strips.


You can read more about guidelines and find a link to the pattern here: 


10 comments:

carol fun said...

What a fantastic quilt! Love your fabric selection. I tend to pick those colors too. Glad you went to the workshop. Sometimes we just have to push ourselves, don't we? I'd love to get Karla to do a workshop for my guild... gotta work on that too. Hope things are looking up...take care...keep sewing!

Kaja said...

Sorry that life has been tough. I hope you managed to enjoy your workshop - the piece you have ended up with certainly looks like it was a worthwhile day. I love your electric colours and the way the curvy bits are contained within the black; it's very effective.

Quiltdivajulie said...

So sorry to hear that things have not been so good - sending many hopes they are or will turn around soon. LOVE the neon fence moniker for your WIP.

Linda in Calif. said...

One of the worse things for me when life if rough is that I don't want to sew. I think you did good to go - and to get some much done on this Neon Fence quilt. I do hope you really enjoyed your time there - and that whatever is "rough" in your life works out for the best.

Gretchen said...

Hope things are going better for you. I have been unusually busy lately and am really missing some sewing time. Love your workshop quilt. The colors just sing!

desertskyquilts said...

I had a feeling that's why you weren't blogging. You are still on my prayer list. I hope things go better soon. The quilt will certainly brighten the environment, even if you didn't initially want to go to the workshop. You have good friends! I think sheep are a terrific choice in the quilting!

QuiltSwissy said...

Well, Happy Birthday, girlfriend! Your Neon Fence is wonderful, fun and definitely bright. What a great piece.

MartiDIY said...

I love the bright colors! I'm sorry you've had a rough time; sometimes it seems to me that troubles don't come in threes, but in bucket loads.

Cathy said...

I miss you when you don't blog but I know you have had a rough couple of years. Hope that changes soon!

What a fun quilt!

Wendy said...

sorry to hear life is harsh for you. I know the feeling well. Here's hoping things might turn a corner soon x

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