Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Guest Post: Valentina in Cyprus

How very fun to start off our Guest Posts with a call from Cyprus by Valentina.
Spring has been zooming by for me too, but somehow it all came together on the 1st of June. I finally took the plunge and started my Dear Jane.  I had spend the entire month of May agonizing about my colour choices and finally settled on these:

It has become a soft contemporary palette made lively by some Salmon pinks, Cherry reds, Mustards and even some greys.  I have also decided to make my templates from Mylar and stitch the blocks by hand- making my work so much more portable which is essential, as I work around my 5 year olds. 
I am also playing with the idea of having different backgrounds for each row of blocks while keeping some of the Trip around the World aspect of the original.  My plan is that rows A and M will be basically the same, B as L etc. This helps me to keep some order in my mind and will allow me to start sashing my blocks as I finish each row. 
Of course plans change all the time and I am so looking forward to see how working together will influence my work.   And these are the first fruits:
Valentina's mosaic
I don't know about all of you, but I am definitely drooling ... and thinking about some fabrics I have that would play nicely with Valentina's color scheme.  Off to pull them now and see if she'll send me her mailing address as a big thank you for being my first guest blogger ever!
Be sure to stop by Valentina's Corner and check out some of her other projects!

I am finding that she and I have a lot in common and feel like I've found a true kindred spirit.

And by the way ... if you'd like to join us, we'd love to have you be a part of our quilt along!  Linky up your blog here and / or email me your Contemporary Jane story along with some photos of your pile of fabric and some of your blocks, if you've already started.


Sandra Henderson said...

Valentina's quilt will be gorgeous!!!~ She is an amazing woman and now I feel so terrible that I have not started mine! I have no excuse!~ I have the book, rulers, CD thingy for the computer, TONS of fabrics,.... ugh!
I'm glad I found your lovely blog through Valentina's! XO

Mary Ann said...

Oh my goodness!!! Valentina's DJ is going to be just awesome....just like everything else she does!!! Thanks for posting her work!!! All the best from Denmark from an "almost" DJ goddess!!!!