Sunday, September 4, 2016

Stormy seas

On the non-rainbow front, I've been busily piecing bits for my Storm at Sea.  Working with this extremely limited color palette is a weird experience - you know me and my usual riot of color.  Blue/green/teal is a whole different game, whether I set it straight


or on point.


I'm still deciding about that, though usually I'm really leaning to that on point set.
But sooner or later, as I'm chugging out blocks that are remarkably similar, my brain will step out of the room and I end up with something like this.


After a quick waltz with my buddy Jack (the Ripper), and a restitch, I figure it might be a good idea to reach for something completely different.
Luckily I've got a lot of pieces cut for this:


Glitter is a good antidote to blue/green/teal.

And I'm still making piles of hourglasses as my leader/enders.  Keeping a stack of 3.5" squares next to the sewing machine really pays off.


Though given the fact that I'm using 3.5" strips and squares for hourglasses, Glitter, and Storm at Sea, my 3.5" bin is emptying out fast.  I may have to go on a cutting rampage one of these days.  Hopefully my brain will stay in the room while that rotary cutter is flashing...


So with all these scrappy projects going on, I'm linking to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  Come see what everyone is up to this week!


15 comments:

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

You have really made a lot of progress on your Storm at Sea. It is going to be pretty! I am intrigued with those glitter blocks-that one is going to be so colorful. Love seeing all your blocks on Oh Scrap!

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

Your storm at sea will be beautiful but I can see where it would be tedious ; good to have other colors to play with! :)

Libby in TN said...

I vote for on point. The circular element seems more dynamic that way. But either way, it's still one of my favorite quilt designs. Have you seen the ones that have a red heart in them? That would let you add some color ...

Vic in NH said...

You are too funny! Book yourself for stand up at a quilter's retreat. Those glitter blocks look really complex to make and the Storm At Sea is drop dead gorgeous. I vote for the classic straight setting, so as to not distract from the piecing design.

Marly said...

Your storm at sea is a delight; any brighter would have been too stormy. These colours are so calming it is just short of being as calm as a mill pond! Perfect. after all you don't want to be tossing and turning all night!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I really like the Storm At Sea quilt - have always been a blue and green fan! But I do agree that it is fun to have multiple projects in the works, depending on what you are in the mood for!

Sally Trude said...

Your storm at sea doesn't see stormy at all--more like the sea of tranquility. And I'm glad to see you churn through so many projects without having to actually make a churn dash.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I like your Storm at Sea better on point, it looks more stormy. This pattern is on my someday to do list. Love the colors. Blessings, Gretchen villacrestfarm@gmail.com

Scrap and quilts said...

A little trip on the sea during the long weekend, what a wonderful idea! Oops! I got splashed! My t-shirt is now wet. Oh! Wait! Maybe it was just me drooling over your storm at sea, heyheyhey. It's GORGEOUS!! I got a little seasick with the on-point picture. I think I'll go back to shore to enjoy the other projects you are storming at. Wonderful work Gayle. Enjoy! ;^)

Cathy said...

Storm is out of my league so will just admire yours. I think I like the "on point" version best.

One of these days I will attempt Glitter. I'll be content to watch your for now. I love what you've done so far.

Magpie Sue said...

Sometimes I wish I could jump from project to project the way you do. ;- ) I'm having to wait for fabric to be delivered (tomorrow if I'm lucky) before I can move my liberated QAL along and I'm having a hard time shifting gears to work on something else while I wait. Time to cut scraps into patches I guess!

Sue SA said...

Love the on point Storm at sea, gives it a different look, somehow less taxing on the eyes, more calming then stormy! Hourglass leaders and enders, thank you I needed a new block and you have just solved my dilemma!

Ariane said...

Your storm at sea quilt is looking great. Your other blocks are looking great too. I can never work on just one project at a time. I get side track to easily.

Mystic Quilter said...

I could go with the colours of the sea for ever! Glitter is coming along nicely. I have this one marked in the book to try and use up my strips.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your 'S at S' is looking wonderful... I love the little 'pops' of green in amongst all the blues! Do each of the 'glitter' blocks take long to do, they look quite involved!