Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In A Fog is Finished

Another overcast day but its not snowing here, yippee! This was finished over the weekend even the binding.  I did meandering feathers and concentric tear drops  my favorite speedy FMQ  in the center and a feather in the border with an echo. It stitched fast. Now back to brighter things on the wall.  Its a good day to sew.  --Ann--

Monday, February 1, 2016

Like a Sunny Day, Design Wall

I was a kid with a pile of blocks to play with over the weekend.  At first I was rearranging then on the wall then I took them all off and sorted them into piles of mostly yellow, mostly blue, red, green and purple.  Like a kid with Halloween candy.  Then I would start at one corner and pick and choose and work my way across the wall and move things around. Then step back and hmmm and hmmm some more.  Then they would all come tumbling down again to start the process over a third or fourth time.  The last time up I started with the yellows and blues, arranging them diagonally and alternating. That just looked like clutter.  I liked them better when I grouped 4 yellows then 4 blues.  The groups of spun out from there.  In the top 2 photos the blues are together but not by value.  The greens at the bottom of the first 2 photos were moved and regrouped.  The third photo the yellows and reds on the right side have been moved.  In the last photo the blues were grouped more by value and the green at the bottom was moved to the right so the two puddles of green were not lined up in the same row.  All the while I'm arranging these blocks I'm jumping up and down from my sweet 16 machine quilting on the white on white quilt.  I could just sit and study the quilt but I see the problems better with a glance.  I believe this is the final arrangement.  There are two of each block and they are at least two rows apart.  I like the way my eye moves around the quilt.  Today I sew the blocks together.  Linking to Judy's DWM.  --Ann--

Friday, January 29, 2016

On the needles

Socks are done and almost done.  I ripped a sweater and started over on a different pattern.  I didn't like the way the shoulders and sleeves fit and felt so I ripped and it ripped so fast!  This is just a long sleeve basic crew neck pullover.  There is a strip in the middle of yarn that wasn't ripped yarn and notice how smooth the stitches are.  I didn't think there would be a difference in the yarn.  I sure hope it blocks out.  It is knitting fast on size 9 needles.  Sunny day here and sloppy streets.  linking to Judy's OTN --Ann--

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Power sewing and arranging the blocks

I finished sewing the northwind blocks now to arrange them or maybe sew a few more blocks.  While I think about how to arrange them I started machine quilting the white on white quilt.  I started the meandering feather in the corner of the first border and went all the way around the quilt with the feather then went to work on the center.  I stitch a while then glance  at the design wall, then jump up and move a few blocks, step back then machine quilt some more and repeat.  I'll have the machine quilting done before I finish arranging the northwind blocks.  --Ann--

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


oops!  look what happens when I don't take the time to lay the parts the way they should be in the block.  Stitch a lot,  rip a little.  --Ann--

Monday, January 25, 2016

180 on Design Wall

The beginning of last week I was merrily sewing on the neutral north wind quilt and checked with the bride to see if I was on the right course.  I sent her a photo of the Northwind in Blue and asked her to imagine it in neutrals.  She decided she liked color better so all the neutral blocks came off the wall and out came the colors.  Which was a pleasant relief and change from the white on white because the ground is white and the sky is gray and the day is overcast and was dreary all last week and there doesn't seem to be a change in the forecast so the bright colors are a welcome change.  I pulled out my box of Merryvale fabrics and sorted the 6 x 18 inch strips and paired them by big and little  prints, busy and calm, light and dark, near compliments, analogous, or monochromatic. Then pulled out some yardage to fill in with more blues and yellows because all the blue strips went into the 2 Northwind quilts in the links.  I need to sew a couple dozen more then arrange into a visual order.  Hope your gray days are filled with quilting fun.  Linking to Judy's DWM.  --Ann--

Monday, January 18, 2016

More Fog

More fog both inside and out today.  When I started cutting strips for In a Fog I cut strips for a couple more neutral quilts because why not cut up all those bundles of 12 inch widths for more quilts and work in a series. It makes me feel like an artist. I added some darker neutrals to this because I needed some contrast in value.  So far I have been pretty random about placing the blocks but when I get all 80 sewn plus some extras I will arrange things by value and try to direct how your eye will travel around the quilt.  I'm much more excited about this quilt than the first neutral.  What did I learn on the first neutral quilt..........it needs more contrast in lights and darks.  Thats why it is fun to work in a series. By the way this block is called Northwind.   Linking to Patchworktimes Design Wall Monday.  --Ann--