Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Time for a change

  Like many quilters I suffer from quilter's ADD and these days I cannot get excited about finishing any of the projects I have been working on. I am beginning to suspect that there may be a bit of a seasonal disorder thrown in too as every year, about this time, I find myself wanting to work with bright happy colors.  Since my DH was kind enough to unpack and organize our second guest room I was able to find the perfect excuse to start a fun and easy project. This guest room will primarily be used for our grandson  and any other little ones that might come along, so I am decorating it with this color palette. I already had a black, white and pale aqua scheme going on so when I found the dot with all these colors I fell in love. I started collecting fabrics for this room before we realized that we had to move so I have lots of fabrics to choose from especially since I am suddenly seeing whole collections in these colors. Gotta say when I started collecting for the room, brown was really popular paired with these bright shades but black and grey were nowhere to be seen!
 I wanted to keep this first crib sized quilt gender neutral, fun and easy cause we are babysitting in a few short weeks and I want to get the room prepared for him. Each row is made up of 10 half square triangles. I used 5 inch squares to start and just cut 10 squares for each zigzag as I went along.  Since my longarm isn't yet set up, I am hoping that the quilting will also be pretty easy as I will be attempting it on my domestic machine and I am not sure that my knee is up to crouching to baste this just yet! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Slow progress

That pretty much applies to this quilt and my knee after surgery. Every time I think things feel good and I start sewing I suffer a bit of a set back. Today I cut and made two blocks and clearly that was a bit too much time on my feet as I am in some pain now. Oh well, back to more handwork for me cause I really want to get back to cooking tonight. I love my DH but his food preparation skills are dreadful!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A little rest

I have taken a little sewing break for the last week to take care of the  final closing on the sale of our house in the Atlanta area.  It was touch and go to the last minute and I am just happy that it is over with and we can finally move forward. I thought I would be starting a new bright project along the lines of "Green Tea and Sweet Beans" but realized that some simple sewing with no math required is what I need this week. So instead I started this project from the pattern "On a Whim" by Thimble blossom designs. I had a small collection of fat quarters from the Field Notes collection by Blackbird designs and decided to use them in this project. Just 10 fat quarters, some block background and one more fabric that is in the block corners and will be the border and I am all set. Another stash project, yippee!
Oh and this is my first time using the new update of blogger for my iPad so I am a little unsure about the layout. I sure wish that updates came with instructions!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ready to go

Well, the quilt is all prepped for appliqué and ready for my post op stitching. I find it much easier to balance colors and fabric if the blocks are up on my design wall, so I wanted to get this finished in time to put up another project that needs to get put together in the next week. I am very happy to have this finished and what you don't see is that there are another 84 leaf blocks that make up the border. I have 76 of these blocks prepped but I am leaving the last few until I know which greens I still need to balance everything out. I am really feeling the bug to start something in some bright summery colors as I have been working in this more greyed palette for awhile so I am looking at ideas for my next start. I am thinking something pieced and appliqued for my guest room that is a bit wacky and fun. Any great ideas? I have ordered the pattern pictured below and am thinking it may be the one.