Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Just some doodling on paper to plan the next quilt. I got so I could draw the star without lifting my pencil. I have been cutting the star pieces and adding to the pile of 1 1/2 inch strips for courthouse step blocks. I can be matchy matchy with color and value or I can be scrappy and random. The star block parts will mostly match but the courthouse steps hmmmm we will see what happens. --Ann--
Monday, November 20, 2017
Blocks all sewn together and a border added. Such fun to use so many fabrics from my stash and some have been there since I started quilting. Greens have changed over the years, its hard to find a bright "grass" green now that isn't in a kid print or even a green with some contrasting colors in the print, everything new is very monotone in two values of the same hue.
I always wait to baste quilt tops until I have three or four ready before I get the quilt frame out because I have to move furniture and set it on four chairs gathered from around the house. Its a bit of a bother so I wait until I can baste a pile. Finally some sunny days here amazing how blue sky can improve attitudes. Linking to Em's Scrapbag --Ann--
Friday, November 17, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
I flipped through my favorite books looking for ideas then I was wishing I hadn't tossed so many magazines the last couple moves but I remembered as I purged magazines years ago that I ripped out pages and filed them. Happy day! to look through all those patterns!! I found a Kim Diehl pattern with nine patches and courthouse steps or log cabins and set aside a couple other patterns that use the same width of strips because you know I will cut too many. --Ann--
P.S. These fabrics were all in my stash. And linking to Em's Moving it Forward
Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
Some much needed time in my sewing room and what a feeling of power to put my foot to the pedal and free motion machine quilt. This quilt is Dolly's Eclipse since Dolly Jean was born August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. With a name like that and being born on a special day the quilt had to reflect those important events. I had a fat quarter of a paper doll print, I chose fabrics from the doll dresses then the one dark blue star popped out as the moon crossing the sun and all the yellow stars surrounded the moon. I tried to further convey that event by quilting the moon with circles and the yellow with sun rays. I need to get the label sewn as it goes to its new home this weekend. --Ann--
Thursday, November 2, 2017
I bought the blue yarn thinking I would knit a wrap then I bought a bright blue wrap in Venice so do I need two bright blue wraps...........what do I do with the yarn? Start a sweater then buy another hank of yarn because I need three for the sweater and do it quick before they sell out. Whew I got the second to last hank and they all match. I have knit the pattern before and love the way it fits. DD didn't think it would be weird if I knit it a third time as long as it was a different color. How many turtle necks have I had all from the same mail order catalog and been upset when they change the fit or the neck? The sweater is progressing rapidly, its too cold to go for a walk so I knit.
Then panic......... its November and I need to get a couple more pairs of socks knit for Christmas gifts. The sweater may be set aside for a bit.
It does no good here to whine about the cold weather so I might as well enjoy the knitting time. --Ann--
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Walkways and passages take me to such interesting places...............
The Wall of Truth that was in the movie Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Next time DD comes home we are watching it.