Friday, February 10, 2012
Indiana Jones is on the TV and I'm marveling over Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Just a bliss moment! Commercial time--where's the popcorn?!
Last evening I got the hankering to take the Florabunda blocks that I’ve done so far, give them a good pressing and lay them out.
I’m a bit more than half way --- there are currently 37 blocks done out of 72.
The first thing I noticed is that there isn’t a lot of interesting ones yet…
Right now it looks more light than it does dark or vibrant in the yellow department, but when I looked at what fabrics I have still to sew, I saw that I still have a lot of the darker ones to go into the mix yet:
These are pairs of triangles and pairs of strips ready to be chain fed through the machine for the next dozen or so blocks…I was going to sew those last night, but well --- you know how it goes! I was clearing off the cutting table to straighten things up a bit and, before I knew it….I had taken a small pile of scraps that had already been pressed for cutting into bow-tie pieces and instead of herding this pile of already pressed scraps from one section to another, I simply began to cut them….and I ended up with THIS:
Which really isn’t a whole lot of anything at all, but there are about 20 more sets for bow-ties here, all from really unruly “can’t really be worth saving” scraps.
Also on the table was the rest of the Florabunda strip sets, with the wider rectangles ready to be cut into half square triangle units:
These strip sets are even brighter/darker yet, so I’m hoping they will balance out the very light ones that were at the top of the pile and are already sewn. I’m hoping that what I have thrown together will closely resemble the original:
I know that I had “MORE” variety in the value of my background yellows, but at the same time I wanted to clear these out, and several pieces that were 1/4 yard or so are now completely gone thanks to this quilt. I also know that I have many more “light light” ones than the original antique quilt, but in the spirit of “Use It Up” I think it’s going to be great.
This is a quilt I want on my guest room bed Spring through Summer….that is if I can push it to done and get it quilted and bound and ON the bed…I’m planning it for an every day use-it-and-wash-it-and-use it-and-wash-it kind of cheery quilt, much like the circa 1950-1960 one in the above picture was.
I know not everyone loves yellows ---I’ve gotten comments of things like “That is the ugliest color combo I’ve ever seen” ((Thanks to it being so easy to express yourselves anonymously in the blog comments….we speak quickly without thinking of how it is going to come out or come across!)) but I love the 1950s/60s fabrics and how splashy they were ----I make no excuses, I make what I like for the reasons I like them, and it’s going to look great on the bed!
The big florals remind me of the quilter bathrobe that my Grannie used to wear with I stayed with her over the summers as a teenager. It had BIG roses on it, and I loved seeing her padding out of her room in the morning wearing this floral robe and her pink terry slipper-slides.
Original fabrics closer up….wish some of those age spots weren’t there! I love the white-ish paisley at the bottom right! And that one yellow that is almost green!
Emmy Lou giving her approving step-test on the blocks on the floor ----Yep, mom, I think this will do JUST FINE!
I’m back off to the chiropractor again this morning. No adjustment yesterday, just xrays and “tingle” therapy. Today….we’ll go at it again. I’m going to need a few adjustments before things start feeling better. Thought I’d go for a walk yesterday afternoon, but could barely make it to the top of the driveway without hurting so gave up on that idea….And into another day we go!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
There are still openings in both Pineapple Blossom and Scrappy Mountain Majesties ----both of these are FUN and EASY workshops, and you get a lot done IN class. We can even swap fabrics with each other for more variety. You will have a great time!
Ok, I was really embarrassed when I took off my shoes for my evaluation and there was a huge thread ball in the top of my sock!
So what do I do? Grab the camera to document of course! Now you can laugh WITH me!!
Monday showed us such a beautiful February morning! I met with the Annapolis Quilt Guild at the Severna Park Community center..what a great location! LOTS of windows for tons of natural light, and since Mr. Sun decided to shine gloriously all day, it even got a bit roasty-toasty there by the windows. Those who sat in the back row commented that after lunch they were ready to curl up like cats in a sunny spot and take a nap.
Well Why not? We’d been power sewing all morning! This was a Virginia Bound workshop, so we had buckets and boxes and bins of strings flying – and such different color combos!
It made me all that more anxious to dig into more string projects when I got home….have I had a chance to do that yet? NO! Book edits are starting to come back, so I’ve had my nose back into the manuscript sections brainstorming with my editor on how to do what and which would show this best and take up the least amount of space ---we want LESS WORDS and MORE QUILTS. That is not easy for me, I’m a very wordy-girl ---so we are looking for a happy balance of a quilt book that reads like me telling stories, and not just a recipe for how to make what with no personality to it. ((Think this way….we don’t want the Charlie Brown teacher going “whha wahhh whhhaahh” Sew this to this. End of story!
Take a look at what these gals got up to!
I’m off to run errands this morning….different from yesterday ---this morning it’s the chiropractor. That nasty bout of sciatica is just not going away, and I think it’s been aggravated by long hours in the car. My feet hurt from long hours of standing. Turn 50 and begin to fall apart, isn’t this how it goes? How can I be active and keep up going to the gym or even power walking if the back hurts, the legs have nerve pain and the feet are screaming?! >_< So….I’m hoping this appt with this new guy today will get me on the path to being straightened out into MORE freedom for being active, not less.
Happy Thursday, Everyone!