Sunday, February 28, 2010

This is a quilt that Robin made and that I slurped from her blog. SO simple yet so wonderful in terms of unusual color choices. I must make something like this, only different.
Notice how one of the lime colors appears in each row and gets lighter as the background gets darker.
The other photos on this page are from somewhere I visited online...anyway I think they would be very much more interesting done in hand dyeds. It doesn't have to be difficult to sew to be glorious to see.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My new haircut which I slept on, wearing a hat to keep my head warm all night.
And the new biggest pot that you did not see. I got it at the 153 TJ's. Now I have 6 total

And I thought you might like this from Walmart. $5. They come in red, royal and lime. I got four and sent Dave off to buy one more. Very cheap flexible lightweight flower pots, or whatever.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sharing the Seeds

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The bigger boxes are too long and not wide enough, so they will be returned. The Sterlite ones are PERFECTO. I wish I had more. The old wooden IKEA painted box is exactly the right size, but I had to raise the shelf above it to make it fill heightwise.
I went to Wally's and they had nothing at all. So my guess is that you might be lucky to go to the Gunbarrel Rd. Target and see what is what. If you find more of the Sterlite ones and will buy them for me, I will gladly pay you. I am not unhappy about the $8 ones not fitting. I saved $48 + tax!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wonky squares

So I started playing around today, and I made this block. It's about 6 inches square, but I didn't measure anything or even use a straight edge when I cut. So it's wonky. I was so pleased that I went on and made some more.

Well, this one turned out a bit bigger, of course - since I wasn't measuring. I eventually cut it down, but I was feeling eager and enthusiastic, so I went on.

Eventually I had to stop and eat lunch and get ready for work, but I was so happy with what I'd made. Here they all are together:

I'm using fabric that I already cut up for the birdhouse quilt, which I've quietly shelved for now. All the pre-cut stuff is in warm colors, and I intend to do some wonky sashing in black and white prints with little blocks of cool colors sewn into the strips.
But like it took me no time to sew these together, and I can't wait to get back to work on it again. I'm off on Thursday; I should be able to make a bunch more then.

Now the question is: straight, or on point?

Monday, February 8, 2010

The results. Left to right
The first tower is all hand dyed, including some dyed by other dyers.
Second empty except for some larger pieces of just yardage, for backings or linings, or canvas or duck.
Center shelves are full of my fused fabrics and thread bins
Fourth is hand dyed scraps, or multicolored special editions, or junk dyed yardage for backs, or really large 3 yds pieces of hand dyed 60" wide for presumably large scale quilts. Some are really nice pieces which I forgot I had.
Fifth tower is all prints.
So seven shelves are empty.

One of the shelves has Marimekko fabrics and above that shelf is some really nice stuff from NZ and Japan. The top shelf of the first tower also has some Kona, both hand dyed and commercial.
Here is the big 19 yard roll of  IKEA muslin. I was thinking backing fabric when I bought this but now I think I have waaaaayyyyyyy too much backing fabric, so instead how about dyeing them in 60" squares? Might sell.
The hand dyed blues are heavy on the turquoise and too light on the dark greens and dark purples.  While it looks as tho I have enough reds, all are too light to be rich reds.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

This is where I started and the I rotated the background blocks and added some yellow to brighten it up. Then I turned the camera to make the new composition look on point, which is what I may do tomorrow.  That will make it bigger and I'll have to make big triangles to fill in the space.  

This is what it looks like really.
 And what inspired me. She has done gobs of strip piecing, which I may be doing in the future...we'll see how ambitious I am. So far today I haven't even showered. Piggy Mel
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