and I will have finished 143 blocks for my Chuck, Susan, and me quilt. I had a week with lots of interfering businessy stuff but that is over now. I made three blocks and here they are:
This is a Chuck block. Since I work on a small 6" scale, I had to adapt this block so I could work with bigger applique pieces. You can see it is still basically the same. I enlarged the star and changed the flowers over to broderie perse. The star somehow makes me think of Scandinavian handwork. The colors are soft and pretty. This one took quite a bit of time.
Here is another of Chuck's bold and fluid designs. Naturally fabrics of yellow were used as the yellows in these fabric lines really speak to me.
And finally, two fabrics which were in my little baskets of "must use in this quilt" fabrics. A pretty aqua toile and a pretty bird to sit in the tree. The fabric was about 5 inches wide so I added the aqua frame.
So, only seven more blocks to make. I have a house, a cat, some more flowers and some abstract block designs. Less than 2 more weeks work.
To prevent a total mental meltdown from missing Chuck too much, I have worked some this week on my next project. While in Kansas City this week, I visited my favorite quilt shop Quilter's Station in Lees Summit. She has bolts and bolts of the most wonderful fabric-so much it won't all fit on the shelves. She has fabrics of all kinds and store helpers who are so pleasant and knowledgeable. You must visit if you are in the area. Rita has everything you might need.
Anyway, my new project.....I bought this background fabric at Quilter's Station. A white with a black print which reminds me of music to go along with Kate Spain's Curzon and Day Dreams. The black and white fabric will completment the geometry of the quilt and form a perfect ground for the colorful fabric. What do you think?
Below is the pattern. I think these colors will be perfect for this quilt. I love the twisty stems and all the flowers. I will have to add a bird there somewhere and some honeybees and I will do a different border but I just love this triangular quilt concept. I already have all the paper pieces needed to form the triangles and different flowers. The quilt is Sweet Surrender by Sue Cody.
Applique Paintbox blog has had two new countries visit this week: Austria and Hungary. Flags have been added!
I will be dong some free motion quilting this week. I plan on setting up a pattern to work on and get playing. I learned from my last expedition into fmq not to use so thick a batting. This thick batting caused the elements which were supposed to stand out to crinkle up and lose definition. Well, that is what these learning sessions are all about. I am going to keep practicing with different motifs until I work up the courage to quilt Caswell.
I admire the quilting of Krista Withers, Sue Heinz, and Margaret Solomon Gunn. Sue Heinz has written a book called Fill Harmonics which looks interesting. Margaret Gunn has a book coming out in October. Krista's quilting is so different and modern. I like the modern look rather than the traditional.
Well, I am going to start on the fmq-I have a whole afternoon to spend on this today and will have something to show next week. Before I go. let me show you progress on Chuck, Susan, and Me:
I have run out of room on my design wall and have to tape 8 blocks to the wall. You can see in the photo a little of how I set up my work area-sewing machine to the left, then I can swing around and iron to my right. The ironing board is a 18"x5ft piece of nice plywood which I covered and placed on top of two bookcases. My work area is small but very convenient. Attractive to cats also!
Have a good week-it is odd to see photos by Australian bloggers who are happy with signs of the coming spring. We in the north can't wait for the turning of the leaves. Happy Quilting!
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