Order certainly drives me. I love lists, and lineups( and queues), and sorting books on a shelf. Although it is never complete, I take satisfaction from tidying up.
This also works in the quilting world! From an idea and a mess of fabric, you can put together something quite lovely.
I hate to admit that this is how it usually starts, but that’s the truth.
At our November guild meeting, we were given a piece of card stock and a bunch of scraps and told to play. At the end of the meeting we were challenged to make that into something quilted. ( my post card appears further along in this post). Some sketching and math to make this bigger than 4×6″ and so that it was makeable in fabric. And then I began the cutting and laying out.
Some different shades of blues, but a decent representation of the post card on the right.
When I made the post card I was thinking of water at the bottom, but in fabric pulling, I decided it was grass.
Now, a nice small piece like this quilts up fairly fast, which is a refreshing change from what I normally put on my plate.
My favorite part is the trees along the dark blue.
So from the chaos of my dining room table, this one came out pretty well, I think.
PS, It does hang straight on a wall, but the branches were not very supportive of my photo taking.
One blessing of having quilty friends is that sometimes you come home and there is a bundle of fabric on your doorstep. I had no idea who it was from so posted it on facebook, and learned it was on a free table and my friend and first quilt teacher M thought it called out “Netta”! So she grabbed it and gave it to me.
My kids have decided that the throw pillow I made will be a visual gage of mommy’s mood.
Good day, happy day.
Stand back and stand slack.
Not likely to be used for mood measure, but look at that…Pink and green again! And I like the idea of fun throw pillows in the living room. And frugal gal jumped in… the old pillow was a bit flat, so I used a towel with frayed edges as my batting, to add thickness. Worked pretty well.
And although I had been looking for a charcoal grey for the contrast in my shot cotton nine patch quilt, I have decided to go with this deep blue linen.
I think I have got my design decided, but am hesitant to start cutting. It’s all good to “say” I am making a quilt to enter into a challenge that may end up going to Quiltcon, but now I need to just do it and not worry about anything but the making.
I just checked out “Bedroom Style, perfectly pieced” by April Rosenthal from the library. At the beginning of the book she has a little quilt style quiz. Don’t you love a good little quiz to give fun insight into yourself? I do. No surprise my “style” came out as Coastal Vintage. Yup, love me the old Cape Cod white trimmed house and stylings.
Now for a few days of work, and then back to some sewing. Ooh, and I finally hung a mini quilt in my living room. (Not pink and green, but I think it still works).