Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Not that I am wishing for spring or anything. We have barely had winter & If we skipped spring, I would skip my wedding....
With that said, since Nancy posted about bluebonnets - once of the very few things that I miss about Texas, I decided to post a shot of Washington DC in the spring.
Back to quilting. Last night I trimmed more I Spy Charms... I am getting close to actually cutting from yardage.... I really got into Ami Simms Picture Play Quilts back when it was published several years ago. I even took a class with her on the subject. (I drove for several hours, over 100 miles bright and early in the morning to take it...) I needed novelty prints for the class & She has a way of getting them - similar to makeing swiss cheese - but she has a way of using the "left overs" too. So I traced around the "image finder" and rough cut for several sizes - I was going to make all of those quilts! I trimmed many for the class, but a whole lot more sat un-trimmed until now! Those big enough are becoming Nickels, those not big enough are becoming 3.5 inch squares. (I am almost finished trimming them!)
And I also cut some background strips for the "Not Americana, Americana Quilt." (7x9 layout, mix of red, white, & blue - somehow....)
Which reminded me of an abandoned UFO.... Scrappy blue & yellow (white background) double Irish Chain. I should have had 1 of those colors be the center with the other color on either side, but I didn't Now I am not happy with my results. So I am going to seam rip FOREVER to get the 5 inch squares - so I can trim them down to 3.5 for the Americana quilt.
I have germinal ideas on how to use the rest of the blue & yellow & white bits.....a ton of 4-patches are already made (I just need to release them.) as are quite a few rows of 5 squares - I might do this (scroll down to December 15) with them. We'll see - I still need to find the UFO and seam rip the big squares out....