Monday, August 12, 2013

decisions, decisions -- fabrics for blocks 34, 35, 36, 37

Deciding which fabrics to include in the 100 modern quilt blocks has been fun --- sometimes bewildering --- but always fun.  Taking ideas from Tula Pink's book, but putting my own twist on combinations, has been a true learning experience.  Again I'm leaning on the idea that the fabric colors don't always have to match, they just have to 'go'.  That pushs the OCD into the "WTH am I thinking?" area, but that makes for an exciting mind expanding challenge. 

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Modern blocks 28, 29, 30 and 31

 Block 28 ---
Pulling fabrics from my stash for the "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" by Tula Pink has been a true learning experience.  I'm still leaning on the idea that it doesn't have to matchy-matchy, it just has to 'go' in "let go -- go with the flow -- Go, Baby Go" etc.
 Block 29 --- This block is oriented differently than in Tula's book....going with the flow here.
Block 30 --- It goes... 
 Block 31 --- I'm reminded of a free floating office building when I look at this one.  I love clouds.....
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tula Pink Modern Block 27

I love the smoky, dusky soothing...and the block has only 8 pieces! 
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Tula Pink Modern Block 26

...from Tula Pink's "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" book...block #26.  I've never been much of a 'pink' kind of person.  But I think I'm warming up to it quite a bit now. 
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Tula Pink Modern Block 25

I've been working my way through Tula Pink's "100 Modern Quilt Blocks"....and I'm lovin' it!  I'll post blocks 1-24 a little later.  My precious machine was in the shop for awhile but I'm finally caught up with other quilters who are posting their blocks at    
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Monday, July 22, 2013

conversations with Self

While pulling fabrics from my stash, there are conversations with Self.  They are befuddling to say the least.  Self has a better color eye than I do.  I pull the brownish leafy fabric and I like it.  But Self says "Nope.  Check out pretty dark swirly that you have been FOREVER."  I say "Fine" and think that it will never match.  But deep inside I know that fabrics don't always have to match....they just have to 'go'.  So I pull the dark swirly.  And, you know, Self was right.  I need to listen to Self. 
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Christmas was late...or maybe is early...

 Just after Christmas 2012 I finished this quilt top for granddaughter Alannah.  Late wasn't it???  Or maybe early for Christmas 2013?  Of course there's still quilting to be done.  I've been a real slacker in posting here, but I have been busy stitching.
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Friday, October 12, 2012


 I've been working on this one...trying to decide on block placement.  Right now the blocks are clinging to this huge (120"x120") piece of batting.  Stitching will begin on the columns/rows this weekend.  Racer Dog (bottom left) supervised the layout until it was nap time.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

pumpkins, lemons, lemonade

I don't want to be a blogger who only posts projects that come out as planned.  I believe that pobody is nerfect.  So I'm showing these adjacent quilt blocks.  Notice  My intent was to stipple around the pumpkins so that after washing they would 'poof' up.  I guess it's a case of not seeing the forest for the trees when I began stitching inside the pumpkin outline on the top pumpkin.  So instead of ripping it out, I though I'd continue and let this particular pumpkin be a little know, like real pumpkins in a patch aren't all alike.  I guess you could say I made lemonade out of the lemon/pumpkin square.  Hum-m-m....lemon pumpkin squares sounds like something I might find in my recipe box.  
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Friday, September 7, 2012

pumpkin puffs

I'm doing some small stippling stitches around the pumpkin outline, making them puffy.  Hopefully they'll puff even more after the quilt is washed.  I chose a low loft batting so the finished quilt wouldn't be too heavy for Alannah.  Seven pumpkins are finished with eight to go.  Then I can cut the plaid binding and have the quilt finished soon.  I'm finally getting the hang of free motion quilting on my Janome machine (which I love)!   
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Halloween "Boo" quilt

Blogger is acting up (it might be me), so I haven't posted in a week...but I have been quilting.  Right now I'm working on the Halloween "Boo" quilt for my granddaughter.  She'll be 5 this October and I hope that she grows to like Halloween as much as her Mommy and I do.  I'm using 'stitch in the ditch' as the square outline and later I'll add pumpkins in the center of the orange squares.  I'm still getting used to my Janome machine...I love it more every time I use it.  I actually started pieceing this top last October after I picked up the black and orange "Boo" fabric.  So it has been an UFO for awhile.  Thanks to Leah Day at for nudging me into finishing it.

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's a gorgeous day in Tunnel Hill

It's a gorgeous day in Tunnel Hill!  I decided to take the log cabin quilt for a photo shoot.  My friend, Sandra, helped me drape it over a rustic fence.  It's 115"x115" so it's hard to handle -- at least for me, since I'm barely 5 feet tall.  I managed to climb onto the lower railing to hoist it over the top.  Workers were busy getting the grounds ready for the annual "Battle of Tunnel Hill" Civil War reenactment set for September 8th and 9th.  The 82 acres are lovely with rolling meadows and woods. 
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Summersville quilt idea

I'm sure I'm not the only one who saw the chance to grab colored pencils and visit the little town of "Summersville".  I'm making up little stories as I go...wondering who's driving the bus or the tractor and who lives in the three blue houses.  I'll start cutting into this layer cake soon after I get the Halloween quilt a little further along.  
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Friday, August 17, 2012

life's a circus ... and why I don't grow marigolds

...repairing a 20 year old clown suit for "The Circus Comes to Town" at the Dalton (GA) Senior Center on Tuesday the 21st...

I grew Toesey Cat instead of marigolds...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

place holder...

 While hand stitching the log cabin quilt binding, I had to step away for a few minutes.  When I returned, Bunch was holding my place (taking a nap) after tiring of her quilt inspecting job.  She is a rescue...all of my 4-footed furries are.  I named her Bunch because she's a bunch of fur, a bunch of colors...and a bunch of noise.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

monster log cabin and its binding

 ...starting to stitch the binding on the 115"x115" log cabin quilt...The roll of binding would have worked better if I had done it differently.  I think next time I'll curl it into a plastic bowl, and unroll it from the center outward, like unrolling a skein of yarn...lesson learned for next time.
...stitching along...You may have noticed the phone book on the floor.  I rest my heel on it when using the foot works wonders. 
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

13 strips

It's just past 9:00 pm, and I'm sewing 13 strips together for my log cabin quilt binding.  I wish I knew why I tackled sewing this dark fabric at night (maybe I like a challenge?).   The quilt finished at 115"x115"...and that's a lot of binding, especially since I'll be stitching it by hand.  It's a Christmas present for my daughter and her dear hubby. 
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Monday, August 6, 2012

smells like pickles

 ...pre-washing/shrinking solids to be mingled with a "Summersville" layer cake by Moda...and since I'm using salt/vinegar/water solutions, it smells like I'm making pickles...
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

to be finished...

 The two borders are attached and the Curious Cats twin size quilt top is finished.  The wind was blowing when I snapped this photo, so it appears that the borders are wonky, just like the cats.  The inner border is actually tiny fuchsia polka dots on black.  The outer border is the same print as the purple framing fabric.  I'd like to say it's finished.  However, there is still the quilt sandwich to pin together, the actual quilting and a binding to be stitched.  I'll try not to let it be a UFO...

I used Pat Sloan's "Crooked Cabins" book as inspiration.  This won't be my last crooked cabin quilt.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

cats on parade

 It almost seems like these kittys are parading across my design wall.  Five squares are completed, with framing and tilting.  I want the quilt to seem like it was a "happy little accident" (to quote Bob Ross), but it requires planning to appear haphazard.
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