Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Still looking...........

I'm still looking for a box full of Kaffe triangles so I'm looking through many boxes.  One contained this assortment of 16 patches that I had been playing with in 2015.  Here is the post where I was trying them out alternating with a large Kaffe print.  I couldn't resist putting them up on the design wall one more time looking for inspiration.  I have purchased a lot of his newer prints since 2015 so I could play with a new variety.  There are some Martha Negley prints in these blocks too.

Spring officially starts somewhere around 11 a.m. today and it is cold.  I'm still waiting for the spring that has warmer temperatures.  We are going to be below normal all week.  I guess I have to be happy that it means there is more sewing time before yard work.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Family day...........

The two little great-grandsons entertained us again.  The littlest one is 1 1/2 years old.  His mom asked him if he wanted a Kringla and he looked up at me and smiled.  He knows where they come from.

I found some time to sew a fourth block with the Australian fabrics.  I made the first 3 in March 2014.  I just found the pieces for a 4th block in a box so I sewed it.  I was going to use the first 3 in a table runner but now I think I will use all 4 of these and try to do a medallion quilt.
I also looked for binding fabric for this quilt and I wanted it a little darker than the sashing.  I think this one looks pretty good.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Icy morning............

We had an icy mix overnight into yesterday morning.  This is the Forsythia outside my kitchen window.

When I went out to get my mail I saw the Goldmound Spirea bush was covered in ice too.  Our temperature was just at freezing overnight and then warmed into the morning.

It is pretty to look at and nice that it didn't last long.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Strange fabric................

One of the batiks that I found in the green stack was this one with huge motifs.

Each one is slightly different in shape and color.

I have a yard of it so there are more of them.  I must have bought this several years ago since it isn't the type I buy now.

For the first time ever I am going to make a quilt that is in a Kaffe Fassett book with the exact same fabrics as it is shown.  A friend and I are going to work on them together.  I am waiting for one more piece of fabric that I don't have enough of and she has ordered the ones that were missing from her stash.  I will change the size a little though.  It is only 4" longer than it is wide and I want a little more of a rectangular shape.  That means I need to elongate the center rectangle and then re-figure how many strips need to be cut of each fabric.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Looking for something.............

I was looking for some triangles that are in a box in the basement and didn't find them but found another box with flannel pieces cut into 6" tumblers and bricks.  I was disappointed to see that I didn't put a note in the box with how many of each I had cut.  I know I was going to use them together something like this layout but I'll need to count and figure out a size before I start designing it on a double design wall.
I was going through green batiks yesterday and here are some of the mottles I found.

This is 2 pieces side by side that I think were probably the same order number but were obviously from 2 different bolts painted by different people.

This is one of my favorites.  It is richer looking than the photo shows.  I have 2 pieces of it also and they are obviously from different bolts too.  This is the prettiest of the two.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Four seams and it is together.................

Remember these blocks?  It has been awhile since I showed them and they were in a spot with poor lighting.  I decided to separate the blue and purple blocks out like a border and auditioned a few fabrics for the 1" strip.  I'm not positive now that the bright pink was the best choice but it is going to stay.  I think the binding needs to be the same color but a darker shade.

Here are three mottled batiks that I found yesterday.  I really need to come up with a project that will use a lot of them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cutting the scraps...........

I was about half done cutting the squares for more preemie quilts on Sunday so I decided to just go for it and cut ALL of the scraps.  The box is EMPTY! I have enough 3.5" squares cut for 14 little quilts with 48 pieces each.  The bag behind them is all of the scraps ready for someone who makes dog beds.  I also pieced 9 backings from larger strips and I have a enough yardage for 3 more backings.

Last night I was back at going through my batik yardage and pulled more mottled batiks.  I still have to do my greens, purples, browns, oranges and yellows.

We had a little mini whiteout yesterday but didn't end up with any accumulating snow.  Chicago however got 2 - 3" in several areas.