Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A color fix............

I designed section 3 of the neutral bricks quilt but I didn't feel like sewing it last night.  Instead I started sorting through a group of batik scraps, pulling out the ones that are too narrow to sew.  I think there is some multi-color crazy piecing in the near future.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2nd section sewn, 2 to go.................

It seems like the camera wants to emphasize the gray today.  It really is prettier in real life.  I sewed the second section of 8 rows last night after I got home from my great-grandson's 4th birthday party.  

I added these three fabrics after I had already sewn the first section.  I don't think it is noticeable that they aren't in the top section.  The center fabric looks a little blue in this photo but it is a nice gray.


I do my knitting while I watch Wheel of Fortune and again while the 10 o'clock news is on.  This is my January output so far.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Next section designed...........

I didn't get to the sewing stage but I did get the next section designed.  The top 8 rows are sewn, the next 9 are not.  I'll check this again this morning to see if there is anything I want to change before I sew.

The snow started in the late afternoon and it sounds like there might be 2 or 3 waves of it with as much as 4-5" by the time we are done today.  It is light and fluffy so it will be easy to shovel off the sidewalk.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Indoor beauty, frigid outside again............

I am so happy to have blooms in the winter.  It can help me forget how cold it is outside.  This is the second bloom on this cactus and there is one more bud.




The white ones are so delicate and pretty.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

First of 4 sections sewn...........

I ended up adding 7 more fabrics for a total of 48 fabrics and one more brick to each of the horizontal rows so now it will be 72" wide.  Remember when I said I was going to make more smaller quilts because I already had too many large ones?  Well, I blew it.  It will be 93" long if I stop with a full brick row and 96" if I end with a row starting with half bricks, to be determined later.

I still have this many fabrics left after cutting for this quilt.  Most of these are at least a quarter yard and some are over a yard.

The art quilters were supposed to come Monday but there is snow predicted starting Sunday night and lasting into Monday morning so I cancelled.  I have emailed them and am waiting to hear back for when they want to reschedule.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Now there are 41 fabrics............

I cut 10 more fabrics into the brick shape and added one more brick to the width of the rows.  Now it should end up at about 66" x 84".  I have enough bricks cut to add 2 more rows to the length which would make it 90" in length.  I have to decide now whether all of the squares to fill in the ends of every other row will all be the same fabric or be a variety.  I'm happy with the assortment of fabrics now that I added the last 10.  I think there is a better balance of values than there were in yesterday's photo.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bricks on the wall..............

I cut 8 bricks from each of 31 neutral fabrics and started playing with a layout with 2 of each.

















I'm thinking I need to add more variety and found these 2 fabrics last night that I will cut today.







This is one batik that was in the 16 patch that I didn't cut for this quilt.  I have 1 7/8 yards of it so it is a potential back for the 16 patch quilt.  I haven't decided if I should use if for that or just keep cutting it up.  It is darker than it looks here.

You can see it here in the top right block and the bottom left block.  This is truer in color than the photo above.