For the Love of Solids ~ A Work in Progress

FTLOS Blocks

I’ve started work on my first item for the For the Love of Solids Flickr swap. After spending some time studying my secret partner’s inspiration mosaic, I decided to embrace the improvisational, liberated sewing technique. I made these blocks using just my rotary cutter and no ruler. This photo shows the blues more accurately:

For the Love of Solids Blocks

Part of the swap involves posting work in progress photos and getting feedback from your partner (without them knowing it’s their project). I’m now trying to decide on whether or not my partner would like blocks pieced directly together or maybe off centered in some sashing… We shall see!



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    January 27, 2012

    Love these! I’m kind of thinking no sashing, but obviously your good judgment & it’ll be great either way!!

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    January 27, 2012

    I LOVE these colors, and the improv piecing! Those slight curves look great, you have one lucky partner!

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    January 27, 2012

    Oh, those are so pretty! I’m thinking I need to rethink my pattern for the solids swap and go with something more improv.

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    January 27, 2012

    A work of art in progress you mean – this is fantastic 🙂

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    January 27, 2012

    Sure is looking fun!

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    January 27, 2012

    These blocks are great. Isn’t ir freeing to put the ruler away? I think smashing, too.

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    January 27, 2012

    Sashing, not smashing

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    January 27, 2012

    Love love love these!

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    Kristy Daum

    January 27, 2012

    Love the colors and love the Improv…good job embracing something new.

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    cinzia allocca

    January 27, 2012

    These are just fabulous!! I love the colors and the wavy-ness of your lines!

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    Darcy Childress

    January 27, 2012

    These are awesome! I think they’d be great either way, you have a wonderful eye for design so your partner totally lucked out and will be thrilled with whatever you decide 🙂

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    January 27, 2012

    Ooh, very cool

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    January 27, 2012

    So pretty!
    Your partner is lucky!

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    January 27, 2012

    So cool. This is fabulous!

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    January 27, 2012

    This is very Gee’s Bend looking! I dig. My two cents: no sashing. It’ll break up the mojo. 🙂

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    January 27, 2012

    Okay, I’ve rethought: can you do sashing that’s not even? I like the layout of the blocks in the second shot and it would be cool if the sashing was like that. ?? Like if the whole piece ended up wavy.

    Interested to see what you decide to do and how it turns out. It’ll be cool!

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    January 27, 2012

    I think sashing, but unequal. More on one side than the other in some blocks…sometimes the color would be all over to the left and others it would be more central.

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    January 27, 2012

    wish I was your partner. Love those blocks.

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    alli b

    January 27, 2012

    I absolutely love these – and i’m in the swap with my fingers crossed that you’re my partner 🙂

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    January 27, 2012

    I hope I’m your partner – so fabulous!

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    January 27, 2012

    These are wonderful. I wish I was your partner!

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    January 27, 2012

    Fabulous colors and improv piecing. Beautiful.

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    January 28, 2012

    I voted no sashing even though I have no skin in this game (not in the swap this round). I will say I adore the blues with the pop of red – those were the colours my partner used for my gorgeous mini quilt last round!

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    January 28, 2012

    I love them!!!

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    January 28, 2012

    very pretty! i love the motion the blocks have also.

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    January 28, 2012

    my suggestion is to set each at a wonky angle in a solid background, then when you sew them together the bacground s blend together.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    January 30, 2012

    Those are really lovely. Improv is just magical sometimes.

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    January 30, 2012

    Hi! I love those bright colours and stripes! x Teje

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    January 30, 2012

    I just love these blocks. I wish I’d joined in for round two of this swap; the first time around was so much fun!


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