Monday, February 23, 2015

Playing, visiting, and futzing around

I'm still here - not sure what I've been doing with myself!  Certainly, not posting anything!
 
Below are two unusual purses/totes I bought locally.  I've seen similar at quilt shows but never expected to find them in our local gift shop!  I kept one for myself. 


This is Mary, one of my dear sisters-in-law, retired art teacher, at their home near Denver.  Mountains in the background have only small amounts of snow, not a good thing.

This is me, my engineer brother, and my boatmaking husband during a recent visit, when weather was warm! 

This is my current project, "Lady of Shallotte"  on my Design Floor for tooo long, because I haven't figured how to deal with the corners and the flying geese do not fit properly - lack of planning on my part!  But, I WILL figure something!  This is a large quilt, folded to fit the Design Floor.   I am planning on hand quilting this one.



My Quilt Guild friend Sharon and I will be working on quilt show ribbons again this year.  The theme is SUN, so we are each playing in prep for a July quilt show.  My first effort did not work well - waaaay too fiddly, too many wedges, too fussy, too large, etc.  The ruler worked perfectly but not suitable for this project.  I tried inserting little white "rays" of foldy things, more of "tooooo fussy"! 

Than I tried a  45 degree ruler and cut wedges, but moved the ruler down a bit, still using a 2.5 inch strip.  OK, size is better, just 8 wedges (hard to see), has possibilities.  Of course, using a variety of yellow/gold fabrics would have been better.  Still needs something on the back though, but it's a beginning.  Yes, I dislike the center but ...

Sometimes you just have to play to find answers!

6 comments:

Mama Joan said...

It's hard to judge size, but could you make 4 more of your center blocks and use those in the corners? Maybe with a frame of the border fabric if it's too small?

Lynn Dykstra said...

Simple solution--until I expanded your photograph to see your construction of the last picture, I thought it was two overlapping squares. That would simplify it even more!

Nann said...

I thought the same thing as Mama Joan: use four of the Lady blocks in the corners.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Ummm yummy, I need one of those totes. Love the new quilt. Hope you can find a way to incorporate the corners.

paulette said...

I have never futzed before! Sounds like fun!

Bonnie said...

Hum, you might want to try two squares on top of each other. It might give some dimension. Maybe a button for the center. Or perhaps a silk flower and then button. Have fun futzing.