Friday, June 12, 2015

Floating Squares

My sewing time has been limited lately, but this week I carved out a few hours to recharge my batteries and finish up my project for the KCMQG Quilt-Along using Sherri Lynn Wood's new book on liberated piecing.
 Sherri Lynn led a workshop for the KC Modern Guild a few month back and some of us got hooked on her fun methods! We enjoyed ourselves so much so, that we've decided to work through the book, one chapter at a time, and challenge ourselves to make up a project using each of the 10 Scores included in her book. Floating Squares is up first.
Lately, I've been drawn to fabrics by Kaffe Fassett and have managed to accumulate a nice collection. I've decided this QAL was a fine spot to start using the fabrics instead of just collecting them. For the floating squares method, you only need three fabrics. Here are my choices, cut into various square shapes without using a ruler...
Using white as a filler fabric, I began by sewing a couple of squareish shapes together...
...until I had formed a section like this. In the beginning, I had planned to join together several sections made of different fabrics.
But, it just wasn't doing anything for me so I continued on with the aqua, pink and white original choices until I had used up most of the Kaffee print and pink Cherrywood solid. 
Once I squared up the edges, the top measures about 24 inches by 26 inches. Since the fabrics are sometimes not joined on the straight grain, I sewed along the edges to keep everyhing from stretching out of shape. At this point, I'm not certain if I will create a small quilt from my effort or join other "scores" to it to make a larger quilt top. 
There were around eight of us that came to the modern guild meeting last night with our first score ready to reveal. Heres' mine hanging out with friends!
We all agree that making our Floating Squares was a very enjoyable experience!


  1. I love your colour and fabric choices Carla! I am still not convinced that this style of quilting is for me; I fear nothing would lay flat.....

  2. Great looking projects Carla. Kaffe fabrics are growing on me too

  3. I think it's great that you're exploring this technique. All I can see when I look at your unstructured pieces is "more scraps." Your quilt top is lovely, but I just can't see myself doing this. Isn't it great that quilting is versatile? It will be fun to see what you come up with next.

  4. I love the colours.
    I wonder if I could ever be that liberated. Would I cling to my need for squares? It looks like a fun exercise.

  5. I don't know how I didn't comment on this fun post! But now, with a couple Sundays come and gone, just wanted to drop in and say you're missed, and thought of :) I trust you are stitchin right along :)

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