Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I'm always inspired by Rossie's blog. She has an academic background & was reviewing quilt books from that perspective - I LOVED those posts.
I like her what to stash post more for the fact that it is not what you are expecting to read in a post of that title. Rather she is honest to her own self.
So I am going to "verbalize" my stash needs.
1. I am a scrappy quilter. In most cases, it is fiscally sound for me to buy a charm pack - even though yardage may be less expensive. (Think about my quilts, so many of them used or could have used 1 piece of this print, 1 piece of that print times 100.)
Seriously, I pieced 7 of these:
As one concrete example of how I like to make scrap quilts.
2. This kind of goes with number 1., but I need to stash low volume (light, low contrast prints) prints. These become scrappy backgrounds.
3. Novelties - mostly on white backgrounds or ones that are light in general. (If you narrow you wants, then you are less inclined to buy too many & it is easier to use them with "red" as an example.)
4. I can't rule out any colors - I pretty much like all of them. & I love how Kona (& other solids) have multiple versions of "red" again as an example.
5. I better write it down because I am drawn to their siren song - Japanese Taupes - especially the woven ones. (I have so many UFO's/WIPS/Dreams with these fabrics & several 100% finished quilts too.)
(I miss that little boy cat.)
Just because I have stated what I "need" that does not absolve me from buying other pieces/sizes. (There are quilt pattern's that require more than 1 small piece of fabric.)
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Have you been to Delaware? What can you do there? Ordinarily I would visit a National Park, but Delaware does not have one. I'm not terribly interested in visiting the beach. If your suggestion is 5 year old friendly that would be a bonus. Just a day trip... (My Geography fan is apparently collecting states.)
Speaking of 5 year old friendly, we are headed back to Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA & Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA in a couple weeks. (As of now - Quilt Show on Friday, Amusement Park on Saturday - we booked one nights stay in a hotel, I would like to visit the Country Kitchen in Intercourse, PA on the way home.)
Not the best photo, but this is my life right now. She hopped up to "see me" but when I reached out to pet her she ran away. So sad, I eventually followed her (as she wanted to begin with) she has a full food bowl & 2 bowls of fresh kitty water. What more could she want? Oh yeah - chicken or beef or fish. Too bad kitty momma is sipping on an iced mocha. :o)
My son is kind of into dinosaurs.
So the Smithsonian's dinosaur exhibit is closed for 5 years. Good thing he likes other things too. The boys left me to rest while they went to the National Mall to the Natural History museum - just in case & to see the ocean exhibit.
I am kind of addicted to Eleanor Burns & I am going to have to blame Carla for this new addiction. I've been watching her TV Shows - they are on her website, on Vimeo, &on Youtube. (& I have invested in a couple rulers & a couple books...)
I have accepted a commission to make a wedding canopy (Chuppah) for a couple in Israel. The center is with a machine embroiderer as I type. There is no way that I could appliqué the quote like on my chuppah.
The commission will be similar but different.
Still thinking about how to use those warm/cool squares... Maybe as Eleanor Burns style flying geese.
Friday, July 11, 2014
As you can see, I have another pile of squares waiting to become half square triangles. Or are they? After the other monster, I'm not really feeling it... (Though I do still want to try to make a spiral.) What would you do with an even number of warm & cool 5 inch squares? (Please don't ask how many I have - the official answer is a lot.)