Thursday, July 19, 2007

bloxorz update

Still addicted -- I'm up to level 25 (out of 33); this one seems to be impossible! Apologies to anyone who tried it out after my last post and is now hooked.

Nothing quilty to report today...

Monday, July 16, 2007

another round of rows...

My little online group has started up another row robin series (you may remember my fabulous all-neutral rows from last time... just scroll back a little bit) and it's looking like another interesting year! I found a fun geometric print at the LQS a while back and decided that everyone should make me blocks that were a variation on log cabins -- here's my starting row of 6" blocks:

Lou Ann started with a row that looks like a white picket fence, and asked the group to make flowers for her garden. I made pansies from the Laura Nownes / Diana McClun book "Say it With Quilts" -- these are also 6":

And, I finished the mystery top from the Memorial Day retreat I went to -- here it is:

I couldn't get back far enough to get the whole thing in the frame! It's about 64" square. I'm usually pretty lazy about making pieced borders, but I'm glad I took the time to do it on this one. The medium blue fabric is actually a pansy print, so I guess there's a theme to this post!

I'm gonna leave you with a link for the most addictive computer game I've found in quite a while. It's called Bloxorz, and there are 33 levels. So far I've gotten to 13 and can't seem to progress any further... The cool thing is that you can save the game at whatever level you get so, write down the password, and then go back to the same place the next time you visit! You'll either love it or hate it -- if you love it, don't say I didn't warn you!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Pay it forward

Pay it Forward
I just joined in this fun thing on Andrea's blog -- I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. It's been going around for a while and I finally decided it was time to jump in!

I don't know what the gifts will be yet... but I have a few ideas. The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.So if anyone is interested and wants to join in feel free.

You are The Wheel of Fortune

Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of
intoxication with success

The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. You are lucky in all things that you do and happy with the things that come to you. Be careful that success does not go to your head however. Sometimes luck can change.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Liberals have flags, too!

This quilt is called "Liberals Have Flags Too!" -- the pattern came from an old "Simply Quilts" episode. Happy 4th!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

4-patch revisited

I'm in two mini-groups. A couple of months ago, one group spent a day doing 4-patch stack & whack quilts, and I posted with photos here. Then the other group saw my quilt and decided they had to do a similar project! So, I found this totally cool Alexander Henry fabric when I was in New York last month, at Purl Patchwork. It's called "Jungendstil", which my arty friends told me was an art nouveau movement in Vienna around the time that MacIntosh and Frank Lloyd Wright were active. I've always had a thing about fabric that's black with bright colors, so this just jumped out at me.

Here's what my blocks look like, using the simple stack 4 layers, cut squares, sew 4-patches technique -- sorry for the sloppy picture, but I think they're fabulous! I probably won't sew them together for a while, but I'm thinking about sashing them in gray with red cornerstones... Here are a couple of other examples from our get-together yesterday -- first is from Kuniyo

And this is from Kathy, who use two different colorways of the same fabric:

I think the tropical print came out really well; the two-fabric one seems less successful (or maybe it's just that I don't like the fabric...)

I've spent the day today trying to rearrange my sewing room so that I can actually move around the table that holds my Handiquilter. I had help setting up Max-Throat last Monday and it seems to be working smoothly despite that fact that I'm kinda winging it as far as making all the right adjustments. Now I have no excuse for all those unquilted tops in my closet!