Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Up the River!

The wonderful V at Bumble Beans is hosting a 'Wave Runner' Quilt along that I have joined.

At first I was a little concerned....cutting into my beautiful fabrics with a rotary cutter and NO ruler?...but I am a perfectionist, how can I do that? I watched with much interest as V showed a couple of wave runner quilts she had done, and then posted a video tutorial of how to make these interesting quilts. So with V's faith in me, I set off to search my stash for the fabrics I wanted to use.

I love my Kaffe shot cottons so I had to include some of those, also an Amy Butler solid (the pink one, Amy's solids are simply gorgeous!). I threw in a couple of Kaffe prints and my favourite Anna Maria Horner fabric Zinnia Fortune. Once I got the hang of slicing into my fabrics without my ruler, I was hooked. This method is so releasing and easy and fun!

I love seeing what patterns and shapes come out of this freehand way of cutting strips and sewing them together.


This quilt reminds me of a river....water running over rocks, pebbles and sand so I'm calling it 'Up the River'.

Thanks V for hosting such a fun quiltalong, and for your wonderful tutorials that gave me the courage to start!!! xo

34 comments:

One Flew Over said...

I am SO impressed Cathy! I would be worried that a finger would be sliced off without the ol' ruler!

Janet said...

Wow Cathy, I think that's my favourite so far and the green makes it. I did a class in this technique and it is a lot of fun.

comfortstitching said...

I am seriously intrigued!!I've tried sewing curvy strips before but the results were binned immediately!!

Andi said...

Good for you for working outside your usual square.
It was definitely worth it though!!
Andi :-)

Rebecca said...

Very brave, I am intrested and may have to look into this.
The colours are wonderful and the quilt is looking great.
Hugs Bec

Stephanie said...

Up the River is beautiful. Terrific color combo. It's fun to try new techniques and have such success.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Love your choice of fabrics, fabulous combination. Not sure if I can do wavy either, but might have to give it a go - your quilt is a great inspiration.

Rita

Quilts on Bastings said...

That is turning into a beautiful quilt Cathy. I know what you mean about having to cut straight lines with a ruler - it is quite difficult to just let go.

Seams Sew Together said...

Your quilt is beautiful and the technique sounds intriguing, I'll have to try this one!!

Deb said...

Looks terrific - and finished? What a great technique.

Jackie said...

Cathy, I have been following along with v's posts. I am blown away with your version. It is just gorgeous. Of course, by adding anything Kaffe just makes it extra special! Love it!!

alobsiger said...

What a FUN quilt! Love your fabric combo!

wishes, true and kind said...

I've been very tempted by those waverunner quilts! It's been fun watching all the different quilts put together by the quiltalong -- they are all turning out great! I've been really loving how it looks with all solids, but now you're showing how awesome it looks with prints (well, a combination really). Very pretty, Cathy!

joan

rosa said...

HI!!!!
  Estoy impresionada. QuĂ© trabajos tan bonitos, ¡FELICIDADES! Muy bonito!

Dee said...

What a fun quilt...and no ruler...freeing and absolutely appeals to the rebel in me. Another beautiful quilt and the name is so appropriate!

blessings, friend!

imquilternity said...

It's really quite lovely! You've inspired me (again) to try something I've never done before. I, too, am a perfectionist and just cannot imagine cutting into fabric without a ruler. I'm going to put this on my "to-do" list. THANKS for sharing.

West Michigan Quilter said...

I love your quilt. I'm going to check out the tutorial. Looks like it will be fun.

cathleen said...

Beautiful, Cathy! Impressive because it looks quite difficult to me. Oh and your fabrics! Gorgeous!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

It's gorgeous Cathy! I just love it! I think your use of both prints and solids really gave it that extra something...

Nedra said...

Looks like a lot of fun and a very freeing technique.

izzy inspired said...

This is the first "wave" quilt I have ever seen, and I am in awe!! What freedom you must have felt cutting in such a free form manner.....this is definatly on my list of must try!!

YankeeQuilter said...

I was tempted to use prints in mine but then opted for a solids only...maybe my next one! Love how it came out!

Amelia said...

Oh that look so neat. Off now to have a look at the technique. The colours look great, i just love the fabrics you pull out of your stash!

Sarah said...

Well done Cathy that looks great - love your choice of fabrics as usual :)

Louise said...

Love it Cathy....what wonderful colour choices!

Kathie said...

love that it is just adorable, and looks like you had a lot of fun making it too!
oh wish i could take the leap , collect a pile of solids and go at it!
one of these days!
Kathie

Mama Spark said...

This is so beautiful! How fun to work outside your comfort zone too.

Kelly said...

It looks really good Cathy, Love that green!

Monjet said...

Bedankt voor het delen van uw werk, zijn een bron van inspiratie voor mij.

MissesStitches said...

First visit to your blog--came via Red Pepper Quilts. I love love love this quilt. I've done a little cutting and piecing curvy freehand style, and it really is liberating, isn't it! Gotta bookmark you and follow your quilts.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks amazing Cathy! Love your use of fabrics!

Beth Karese said...

How cool to try something different like that! I like seeing the ideas that V comes up with, and she makes it look so doable. Looks great!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I've too been following along from the sidelines on the Wave runners and yours is awesome! I have to try it!

jaybird said...

i don't know if i'd be able to hack right in with no ruler at first either... but what a beautiful result!!