Friday, May 13, 2016

Pineapple, Photo #3, and Rejected Blocks

 I'm getting close to the end of making blocks.  Oh dear - there is my Mom's afghan  in the photo that she made for me about 50 years ago!!!  I haven't changed colors yet! 

A few of the blocks were getting too dark, due to the dark centers of the "O" block so I started using more tans, mustards and rusts.  Then I had a few pinks that didn't seem to go - I took off the too-pink corners and replaced with darker strips, but left a few in, just for orneriness!  Rows are 7 x 9, so I'm getting there.  DH will be happy when the "design floor" is usable again.  I'm guessing I'll border it in something very light, like the blocks.

(Tip: If a person used a light center in the "x" blocks, this entire quilt would be much lighter. )

Below are 4 traditional blocks I started with, trying to figure what I wanted, but that center beige was not attractive with the clear pinks and blues.  The block scrappiness was OK, not what I was planning, so these didn't make the grade.  Sometimes we quilters have to play a while before we figure out what we want.  ( hmmm - I could applique a different color to cover up the beige and work them into a pillow ... ) 

Note - if you have not made this design, be aware that where the corners meet is where you get a LOT of visual design!  The pineapple quilt above ended up with spool-like motifs, due to the alternate "O" block. 
 DH dared me to take his photo - he smiled but had recently endured a tooth extraction.  That's the first smile I saw all day.  Better than the swollen cheek he had a few days ago.  He's recovering just fine. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Another Pineapple Version, Photo 2

Between getting groceries, working on P.T. at Wellness Center, helping DH after dental surgery today, pick up prescription,  I threw these additional blocks together.  27 done, need 63.  I'm really liking it!

(Note - no cooking, no dishes, no walks, no shower, no cleaning, etc.  Hey, this ole gal deserved to choose her vices! )

I already have ideas for the leftovers!  Oh dear - when will I have enuf? 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Another Pineapple Version

This one is truly scrappy, in my favorite colors, I call "foresty".  There are 2 different blocks, called "X" and "O".  I'm aiming for 63 blocks, 7 x 9.  Blocks are 8 inches finished, and strips are cut 1.5.  I used the maker's ruler, especially made for pineapple quilts. 

Hmmmm - this one looks a lot like another one, finished a few months ago.  I'm really LIKING these!!!  I found the DVD on Annie's Craft Catalog, and the designer is a lady engineer, Gyleen Fitzgerald.  I believe a person can sign up for her on-line class, but I chose the DVD. 

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The "good" - I've a few more rows made - I have always loved this design  It is so simple, yet gives the visual illusion if the rows are arranged correctly!  This is called Pinwheels and 4-Patches.  There are many versions from many places.  I think this is the 5th I've made.  Great stash user.  IMHO, my choice of fabrics worked best then the colors were of similar value.  However, every single time I make a blanket statement as if I know what I'm talking about, someone shows me a quilt that is totally opposite what I had just suggested, and the new version is stunning!!!

The "bad", after 10 inches of heavy wet snow.  They WERE beautiful!!!

 Snow gone already, but tulips are fairly bedraggled
 A mess of poppies - unaffected by snow ... they grow so thick, few weeks can get thru.

For weeks we've been watching a dove nest, then a chick, right over the front porch, watching it from in the living room.  this morning -- uuhhhh, those white things?? not snow, not all dandelions - this is the "Ugly" ..... feathers.  ...not a good sign.  

Another not good sign - this is the fledgling - looking for cover?   

 The "Ugly" .. that's a hawk right in the front yard - I never saw one so close, so aggressive - it was not even scared of me.  I don't know what kind it is - not a big bird.  The robins and other doves were hollering and making a big commotion, trying to scare it away. 
I always thought when I saw a pile of feathers in the yard, it was signs of a cat's attack.  Not so.  Sorry about that, cats.  

I did what I could and moved the fledgling to another branch - I could not reach the nest. 

More of the "Ugly" ... in the end, the chick disappeared.  8-(     Everyone's gotta eat.   8-(

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chadron Quilt Show

I took photos of my favorites - Below is my friend Carol, with her stunning Pineapple Quilt.  She won 2nd place in her category.  It's in batiks, -- and absolutely beautiful.  Of particular interest is the border which was made of "O" pineapple blocks that originally, were to be included in the center of the quilt.  Carol decided to cut them in quarters and make a border of them.  We are all amazed at how the border turned out!  It undulates around the quilt perfectly, even at the corners! 

This belongs to Lari, another friend - the stars are so warm and cozy, made even better by Carol's (above) quilting.  This is another addition to my stack of future quilts I want to make. 

 The theme of the show was "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend."  This was a scrap quilt that was unusual -- I LOVED it's unusualness!  Wonderful use of her scraps, and made differently than I've made.

Here's a close-up of the simple block. 

Here is another similar scrappy string quilt  - I LOVE it as well!  The background on this one is pale blue.  It may have been made by the same person - not sure. 

I brought 2 quilts, neither of which deserved attention, but I wanted to add them to the mix.  We never know when a quilt will inspire the next person.  
This was a lovely 3-day show - with demos, Trunk Show, and Vendors.  Chadron is a small college town in the Nebraska Panhandle- they always have a very nice show. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I just love looking at it!

This is "My Log Cabin in the Forest" .... reminding me of when I lived near Smoky Mountains, and rode my bike thru Cades Cove, loving the trees, hills, vines and leaves, and enjoying views of old cabins, some with falling down fences around them, foliage climbing up and thru the rails.  Do you see the "fence" around the log cabin buildings? 

I was airing it out before taking it to a Quilt Show, and remembered how much I LOVE looking at it over the deck rail.  This quilt is square, about 86" x 86".