Friday, August 22, 2014

starts and finishes

These days, I pretty much consider something "finished" when I get the top done... quilting it is a bonus!  So I'm please to report a bonus this week:

This is "Canyon Dance" from a pattern by Tracy Trevethan.  It's Starr hand-dyes and a couple of African prints, all purchased at PIQF a couple of years ago. It's quilted with a spiral that expands gradually from the circular motif in the middle.

And I have a finished top to report -- this one was started up in the mountains a couple of months ago, and I finally got the borders sewn on.  It will probably reside in the flimsy closet until I figure out who gets it...

And finally, a new project that's  actually further along than this, now -- and you can see that I'm all over the map as far as color palettes go in this post!

This one already has a name -- A Squeeze of Lime -- and the blocks have now been sewn into columns.  I've been looking through books that have been on my shelf for a while, and picking out things to try with color combinations I haven't used before, or whatever else strikes my fancy on that particular day.  I have a ton of fabric on the shelves, and it's weighing on my brain -- so I expect there will be a few donation quilts in my near future, just to have fun and clear some physical and mental space...

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Blocks and Tops

It's been a while...

Hubby Al did the sailboat race to Hawaii again -- 3rd time, and he came in 2nd this time! -- and we spent a very "chill" week on Kauai. We played miniature golf at a course that is also a botanical garden, swam a bit, read a LOT, and of course I had to visit my two favorite fabric shops...

While he was gone I actually did very little sewing,  but I did finish up another scrap top:

This is from "Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework", and it's one of Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza patterns -- although I changed the setting around a bit.

I also made some progress on my Tula Pink blocks -- more of these coming soon!

I've been absent from the Block Lotto for a couple of months, but I like the August choice a lot and decided to raid my little box of 5" squares and jump in:

Finally, I saw a little quilt that Kate made recently and found the book she used, online, for about $1.50 so had to have it!   This is a different quilt from the same book -- it's Wonky One-block Quilts by Marlous Carter -- using some random brights from the stash.

Next up: crazy hearts, a binding project, and maybe quilting up a few of the smaller tops that are cluttering up my closet...