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Monday, November 19, 2007

Look I Have Flowers Blooming


I put flowers inside the center of my latest star color combos. These have rusty/brown triangles on the ends (the others had purple). I am amassing quite a collection of star blocks.
They are quite entertaining to make. I don't know just what I will do with them. Nor do I really care. I just make them because it's fun. Sooner or later I will have an "ah ha" moment and decide what to do with them.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday Morning Inspiration

What do you think of this paisley fabric

with this blue leopard fabric?

You are probably thinking that nobody in their right mind would put these fabrics together, aren't you?

While playing around this morning, I decided to make a test block with the paisley fabric.


Although I really like the paisley fabric, I think the block falls a bit flat. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but I just think it needs a little zip, a bit of zest, ....

The block needs some bling!


Now, that's more like what I had in mind, although the center leaves a bit to be desired. That stripe was not a good choice.I should have taken more time to make sure my seam did not cut across to make it look crooked.

I thought the fabric combo had promise, so I continued on with a different center and different star points.

Bingo! I am loving this one! In my world blue leopard does go with traditional paisley.



Here are the two blocks together.
I a liking it. I can see me making a whole bunch of different stars in this color combo. I think it would make a good "man" quilt.

Geez, I had planned to clean up my ironing board this morning. It's full of the fabric scraps I've been working on all week. I need to use it to iron clothes (what a concept!).

Until I took a break to make this blog post, I was working on sorting my little scraps into piles of the same fabric so I can more easily find what I need.

Isn't it amazing how many pieces of fabric a shoe box will hold? LOL. I must get back to work.

3:00 p.m. update:
I went to Walmart and right after the above post. While there I saw a plastic rolling cart with drawers. I decided to buy it and put my scraps in the drawers.
It works great. I used see thru platic bags to hold the different fabrics.
After about an hour of sorting, I had it filled. I think I will get one more later this week.

It does feel good to have a little bit of organization in this room. Now I have to go iron the clothes that inspired the whole project.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

What Did You Do with Your Extra Hour Today?

I started a table runner to go with my purple glasses. I am beginning to visualize a purple/green tablescape in my near future.

I've had one of those weekends where I happily reveled in domesticity. I left my home only once to go to my Mom's for a few hours. I seem to need a weekend like this at least once every six weeks.

Saturday I baked two apple pies with a combination of Ida Red, Fuji and Gala apples.

I recently saw a recipe using Grand Mariner (orange flavored liqueur), so I decided to toss this little bottle in. (To be perfectly honest I can't even taste it in the pie, so it would probably have been enjoyed more had I saved it for a Margarita)

Speaking of Margaritas...whenever I made one, I squeezed a fresh lime for each drink. I just couldn't waste the wonderful lime zest, so I tossed the squeezed out halves in a plastic bag and froze them.

Now whenever I need a little citrus zest, I just grab a frozen lime half. Orange zest would have been best (to go with the Gr. Mariner), but I didn't have an orange.

The pie turned out pretty tasty even though nobody would know it had the liqueur in it. DH really seemed to like it.

I was up very early Saturday working on the rose quilt.

In my haste to finish it, I left out one piece in the last border and had to spend about an hour picking it out.

But after about three hours of work, I had it done. It fits perfectly on my bed with the borders hanging down at exactly the planned spot. I love it when something actually works as planned!
I think I began piecing this on September 3, so it took exactly two months. It feels good to be done (they get hard to work with when they get so big!).

Now I must decide which one of my seven completed quilt tops will be this year's winter hand quilting project.
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