Monday, February 26, 2007
Skin that is Allergic to the World
Beginning of a Quilt Design
Sometimes I start a quilt with a block. Just a
single block. And then I design the quilt
around and with that block. Quilt design such
as I prefer, very traditional, is pretty simple -
it's usually the colors that "make" a quilt and once
you get past those, the blocks will be seen for what
they are. It doesn't have to be fancy, IMO, it
has to flow together! This past month, our
little local quilt group,
Quilters, handed out a block of the month for us
to make. The block was a simple improved four
husband has a second cousin who is graduating from
high school in May and I had already purchased the
fabric to make her a quilt. Buying the fabric
was a challenge in and of itself! Miss L loves
orange. Her high school colors are purple and
white ... and she's heading off to a popular Texas
college destination that has maroon and white as
their colors! Those three (orange, purple and
maroon) colors are just not something that you'd
usually get to blend together in a quilt!
UNLESS, like me <grin>, you found a fabulous focus
fabric that really brought these colors together!
Additionally, I am not a wasteful person with my
fabric or my time, so decided to begin her quilt
with this BOM square from our quilt group:
had that done, I made 3 more just like it!
Now, I took this first block and created other
blocks for the quilt out of the same concept -- the
on-point square in the center with the focus fabric
on the corners, and the center to be made from just
squares or rectangles - no triangles or curves.
I also figured out that I was going to make a
4-block width x 5-block height for her quilt.
Here's the remaining blocks that I have pieced:
comes the tricky part - putting these all together
in a quilt! Oh, one more thing is that I have
a green dimple fabric to use for the sashing, like
the grass between the flower beds! Now, what
layout to use?
Sunday, February 25, 2007
July, we went to the Oregon Aquarium and turned our
attentive children loose on the water-logged
creatures that reside there. Everyone lived to
tell about it ... at least my creatures did, I'm not
sure how those in Oregon fared after we left!
haven't been able to get this photo and this color
combination out of my mind:
quilt designer in me had to make something
with these colors in it.
sitting here this morning adding another set of
block instructions to one of the quilts that I had
designed last year. Guess what? I
realized I had already made a quilt
with these colors in it!
Chelsea Lane Sampler!
Now I can relegate that little portion of my brain
to something more exciting ... like what to cook for
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Update on the Casa de Harrison
lots going on here at Casa de Harrison, but nothing
really jumps out as that exciting! We are
still awaiting electricity to our land, which may
take another 6 weeks or so. The kids are doing
great in their school, two big girls were listed on
the 2nd Honor Roll. Young manly man doing
fine, some days are better than others ... but, at
least we're not called to school every other day for
disciplinary reasons! The youngest Miss is
learning to read, and BOY is she EXCITED about that!
And BOY does it drive me bonkers when I have to
spell words over and over and over again!
spent this past weekend at my SIL's house, having a
little bit of fun and getting out to boot scoot.
I snuck an opportunity to snap photos of her most
prized possessions (besides her kids and ME, of
course), as she's the Chili Pepper Queen of Texas!