Saturday, February 26, 2011

random acts of red

It's red month at the rainbow scrap challenge, and I've waited until pretty much the last minute to get something done -- or at least done to "flimsy" status. I started out by arbitrarily cutting 3-1/2" squares out of all the red scraps that were big enough. Then I started randomly sewing them together until a bigger plan took shape...
And this is how it came out:
The gray sashing is Quilters' Linen, which was in my stash but I hadn't ever used it before. And the outer border was a long strip left over from making a shirt, I think. I think it will get some simple meandering in the 16-patch blocks and some doodles in the sashing and border... one of these days. Ready for the next color now!

By the way -- my new header photo is my starting row for a row robin group project. I hope to have a leafy autumn quilt by the end of the summer.


The swap is done -- "Another Little Quilt Swap 5" -- and I'm so thrilled! The challenge was to make a very small quilt, about the size of a sheet of copy paper. This was my entry. It's my second version of a mosaic quilt, with straighter seams and a few beads added:
Kate posted photos of all the entries, and then we each sent a list of the ones we liked best and she had the onerous job of sorting things out so that everyone would receive a quilt that they wanted. This was on my list, and was actually my favorite out of all of them:

It was made by Wil Opio Oguta in the Netherlands -- I'd been in an ATC swap with her before and always loved what she came up with. I'm so happy to have it on my wall now!

There will be another swap coming up when Kate catches her breath. If you're interested, watch the ALQS blog for updates.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mixtape Saturday

I can't remember if I mentioned that I had won a forest of wonky trees on the December block lott0 -- in any case they've all arrived and today I added a couple of little cabins to fill out the picture. I'm hoping to get these all sewn together on Monday so that I can reclaim the design wall for something else...
This is the February installment of the "Oh My Stars" BOM on Planet Patchwork. Why are blues so difficult to photograph? These look pretty washed out.

Finally, a little knitting -- I made this Fillipi Scarf on the plane on my recent trip to London -- very fast and just one skein of bulky yarn. The pattern tells you to keep going until you have 25 feet of yarn left for the final ruffle and bind-off. Yikes... I ended up finishing with only about 2 inches of yarn leftover to weave in!

I've been slacking off on the UFO and Rainbow Scrap challenges so far this month -- of course there's been that travel time eating up my sewing time... I need to pull out the red scrap bin and see if I can make some progress with it before the end of the month.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Home again

I had the opportunity to spend a day with Kate in London last Sunday at the Victoria & Albert Museum -- one of my very favorite places. We were surprised to find both the fashion exhibit and the textiles rooms closed -- one for refurbishing and the other for mysterious and undisclosed reasons. The upside of this, for me, was the chance to spend time in two areas I'd missed in the past.

The glass area is a little tricky to find; there's only one staircase in one corner of the museum that goes up to the 5th floor. It's worth the climb, though! Here is a very quilty piece for inspiration:
There's a little mezzanine in the glass room that has this beautiful glass railing --
Here's a closer look. It's made of stacks of glass blocks about an inch thick, threaded on a brass dowel.
And some cute little decorative pieces:
Once you've found the glass, it's only a short staircase up to the ceramics; this area has been remodeled recently. My favorite was this display of small bowls and cups.
After lunch in the museum's cafe, we took a walk through Hyde Park and found a few signs of approaching spring, including sprouting daffodils and this pretty blooming witch hazel bush.
Now for more laundry, and maybe some sewing -- it's been more than a week and I'm suffering from withdrawal!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Where am I?

Lost in the throes of jet-lag insomnia in London! More to follow when I wake up...
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