Thursday, April 22, 2010

My creative space... brickwork

I've been into the manual labour this week, laying me some bricks:



Actually, it hasn't been labourious at all. This is the pieced top of the 'scrap management quilt' I mentioned in my creative space a few weeks ago. I'm really excited by the way it has come together and am itching to quilt it down to a backing, add a border and bind. (Yes, in that order... I'll explain when the process happens!)

I wish I could get a better picture, but here's a bit more detail anyway. There are some really fun fabrics in there. Some fabrics make it in over and over again... others only have one small guest appearance.

It has passed inspection from my ultra-critical woolly-headed ruffian William, who has found various pops of boy-themed fabrics.

The man of the house is rather approving too. This is a good thing as I intend the quilt to be our lounge-room lap quilt. I suspect the frequent occurrence of Moda's Authentic In The News newsprint fabric, which has become something of a 'neutral' in the quilt, may have been an accidental stroke of genius on my part. I could see Justin's thought process... Boy that's an ugly quilt... oooh, look, a bit of newspaper print. I love reading the newspaper... If I could I'd sit around all Saturday morning reading the newspaper, but Gina hates how they take over the whole living room. And render me incapable of conversation or parenting for hours on end. Maybe if we have a quilt which camouflages the newspaper, Gina won't notice I'm reading it and avoiding reality... hmmm... "Hey honey I love that quilt!".

What's happening in your creative space today?

47 comments:

  1. I looks amazing Gina - I'm inspired to something with all of my scraps now! Great work! Nic

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  2. Should be "It" not "I" looks amazing ... obviously!

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  3. HI Gina,
    ONe like that is on my 'one day' list. It's turning out fantastic- how are you planning to quilt it?

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  4. Yay! Its beaut! Love to see how it ends up.

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  5. Terrific! You've done a great job with the top & I look forward to sharing the finishings too.

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  6. Bewildered by the next processes (although nothing new for me when it comes to quiltery) but GOBSMACKED and JAW ON THE FLOOR over the gorgeousness of it all.

    Yeah. Nice try, Man of the House.

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  7. Oh Gina I am soooo with you on the newspaper reading Mr's! It does my head in! I ordered mine outside to at least supervise some impromtu painting my gang decided to engage in, only to go racing out there moments later when all sorts of off limits surfaces were being adorned in bright pink vinyl paint! Right under his nose!

    Anyhoo that quilt is bloody spectacular. Very clever to pin it up against the bricks for it's photo shoot too!

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  8. Super quilt Gina. Love all the colours and patterns. Your process seems so organic.
    Wonderful.

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  9. that is so lovely - I like the way you lay your bricks. I am working up to something very similar, one of these days....

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  10. Wow, Gina, what a fun quilt. It looks great!

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  11. Looks great, Gina, very fun. Your family will enjoy it for years to come :)

    J

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  12. LOVE it!

    I bet that put a small hole in your scrap basket...perhaps I could make an enormous quilt to deal with all mine!

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  13. i love that this is scrap management. i wish i could so something that turns out so great with my scraps. (yet another inspirational project idea to put on my ever growing list of ideas)and its such a fabulous quilt! can't wait to see it all finished off!

    oh, and i keep meaning to say - i'm not wearing shoes *grins*

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  14. I like it a lot. It will look great all quilted and bound!

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  15. wow! it's looking great. looks like lots of work too.

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  16. I like the look of that quilt!

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  17. Wow Gina, you make really beautiful things!! And congrats on all the time and work this must've taken!!

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  18. Love it love it love it. It's so random, yet so cohesive - true artist at work there, I say!

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  19. Such pretty bricks they are too! I find it the hardest to try to make a random looking patchwork top. Yours is utterly fabulous!

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  20. Looks great Gina..alot of sewing there. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  21. Wow! That's a really inspiring quilt - fabulous stash buster.

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  22. It looks wonderful- you're so talented with the sewing machine! xo m.

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  23. That's looking amazing. Inspiring me to start collecting more scraps!

    Also, your husband and mine are clearly twins separated at birth. Mine is rendered incapable of doing anything in the presence of newspapers and football on the telly. Sigh.

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  24. oh my goodness! that's just gorgeous! You are very talented Gina!

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  25. Just lovely, Gina. Always fun to pop in here and see what you're up to!

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  26. The quilt looks fab! So does your blog!

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  27. I love it, Gina. I think the newsprint fabric is a brilliant idea... reminds me of how my mum falls asleep under The Age each night. We call it The Age blanket. Perhaps I should make her a real one ;) I have a question though... where do you find the time?!!

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  28. That is insanely awesome.... I was blown away by your yoyo scarf and then you produce this?!?! Love It!

    xo Steph

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  29. I love the thought process, makes perfect man-sense!

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  30. I wonder if chef says/ thinks that about me with the newspaper....hmmm. nice work on the quilt- it is fantastic- see its the next bit where I get lost... I would feel OK ( amybe0 about the brikc work- love yours- but the next bit... well i get scared...

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  31. if it looks like I typed that last comment in the dark I didn't. I wanted to see how many typos I could do in one commnet. Not bad hey?

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  32. I'm impressed by Cath's typos... BUT more impressed by that gorgeous quilt. I've been thinking about a lounge-room quilt too- good way to share the love. OK, am following now- following you to lots more fabulousness. x

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  33. now thats my type of quilt!!! BRILLIANT!

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  34. Now that is one gorgeous quilt top!
    I love the theory of the newsprint too. If I ever make a quilt I'll have to put bits of tractor manuals in it.

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  35. one day I will have a creative space that I can be proud to take a photo of.
    Does a kitchen table full of design magazines count?

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  36. love the quilt ..... & the comment welcome too!!! x

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  37. This quilt is going to be just wonderful, Gina. I love it hung up on the brickwork too! Kx

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  38. wowee wow wow! love it. love everything about it. the colours, the style, the scrap eradication addiction that youll soon have everyone into. On our marks... get set... go

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  39. What a fantastic effort Gina - it looks great! Oh and sometimes we just need to appreciate when they give the right opinion, don't think too much about the why! (although you did make me laugh)

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  40. Hi Gina. I LOVE that quilt top. Inspirational that is. Makes me want to attack my scrap pile right this minute.

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  41. OMG Gina, your quilt is so impressive!!!
    Can't wait to see when it's finished!^0^

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  42. It's coming together wonderfully!! Your critics have good taste :)

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  43. Fantastic quilt Gina! Great idea.

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  44. great big wow gina. love it. there is nothing like a family snuggle rug. i love that it has camouflage benefits for you M.O.T.H
    you have inspired me to get to get to work on my ever expanding scap box

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