Monday, 21 April 2014

Monday Morning Progress Week 3

This "low volume" piece is the right shape to be attached to the indigo blue piece. I have not joined them yet because both pieces need to grow and might turn in to separate objects. At the moment I am just having fun playing with shapes, scale and pattern - I still have no firm plan.

The two pieces are exactly the same size but the blue piece has 103 pieces and the low volume only 39 - and took much less time to put together.  The red squares are 2cm x 2cm.  I normally work in inches but the graph paper I used for the paper pieces was metric- you can't buy it in inches any more.

I have been looking at other EPP projects through Life Under Quilt's Monday linky and there are some very impressive projects with pieces in the thousands.  I may have a long way to go!

The comments I had last week were much appreciated - one or two mentioned the contents of the cupboard so here is a view of the top shelf.  The best toys are on the bottom shelf - come back next week to see that!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Manchester Blues

I bought a pack of indigo blue fabrics from the African Fabric Shop, a UK based supplier.  She has some lovely fabrics including batiks, shweshwe and wax prints.

These fabrics were apparently made in Manchester (UK) until the sixties or seventies, after which production moved to South Africa.  I love the gloriously dark indigo colour and the strong geometrics.

They come thick with starch and like cardboard.  Lots of dye comes out when you pre-wash.  Mine are now hanging on the line and will be used to supplement the blues in my EPP project.  I have some blue on my hands and I notice some of it is transferring on to the keyboard, so I think I may give them a second wash just to be on the safe side.

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