Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blue & Cream Sampler

This one is finished, quilt #189. Just need to sew on the label and find a home for it. Lezley, thanks for your comments. You always encourage me!

Now I have to peel potatoes etc. for Easter feasting with some of our family. This is the most significant holiday for us. We are so glad that Jesus died for us and is now alive!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blue and Cream Sampler

This top is now ready to sandwich and quilt. Of course the quilting part is always a big decision. It will likely be something simple!

The photo was taken in dull light, so the contrasts are sharper than they appear here. Also, the yellow isn't the first thing the eye notices.The blues, whether light or dark, are muted. So are the creams, with the sashing being the very lightest value. 

It is about 61" square. Originally, I'd planned another border, but am happy with this. I'll put a dark blue binding on it.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

12 projects

From my list of 12 projects/ideas for 2016, my hubby picked number 3 for March. Years ago, I'd taught a few people how to make some basic blocks. My samples were blue and cream, all 12.5" square. I went to the storage box expecting to find 4-5 of them (poor memory) and found 17, a nice surprise! 

It took a few tries to arrange them and be satisfied, as there are two of some and one of others. I decided to put sashing between them and yellow squares in the space between sashings to pick up the yellow center in the log cabin block. The applique block (half of it shows on the left) will have to go on the back. 

This is what it looks like so far. The photo is a bit dull and blurry (I was talking to my son on the phone while taking the picture!) The bottom row has the sashing, which is not quite that bright in real life. It needs at least two borders. I'll likely quilt it with an all-over panto and donate it to the Canadian Quilts of Valour. It does not yet have a name.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Boston" place mat

This year I gave numbers to 12 projects or ideas for projects, one to work on each month. My DH was going to pick one number each month and I'd finish it or at least make some progress. 

Well, January was a bust. My hubby is doing well after weeks of being very ill. Thanks to those who prayed. However, he did pick a number at the end of the month instead of Jan 1. It matched a project idea that I had called "skyscrapers." Since Feb is a short month, I opted to try the idea on place mats.

The pattern was easy. I selected four cities and made the first one using plain black and some sky fabric. It was not difficult or time-consuming, but after one, I decided I'm not a place mat person. Washing and ironing? No thanks!

So this is the sample. Wish I'd made my home city, but maybe someone in Boston would like this little experiment. It is 13" x 18" and could even be a wall hanging.

The number for March matches a sampler in blue and beige. I've a few blocks done and ideas and fabric for more... so better get busy.