Saturday, May 31, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The blocks were made in 1989. I put it together and quilted it by hand in the early 90's.
This group of blocks includes a block in memory of my Dad who died at 58, my sister-in-law, my Dad's second wife and my Mom.
This group includes three friends from that era of my life and a block in memory of my maternal Grandmother. I've moved and the friends are in my mind's eye only, but when I look at the names I recall the sense of community I felt in that town. This is my late spring and summer quilt.
~ When this you see, remember me. ~
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I know they'll get easier, the first few outa the gate always feel slow and tedious, but MAN! who signed me up for this project??
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Click to enlargeDH created this photo manipulation of me for Mother's Day. The garden is a photo, I'm from a portrait and the garden lattice he built. But *man* look how creamy my skin is!
I cut strips 5/8" and sewed them end to end.
It always looks like alot at this stage.
But it winds into a smallish ball.
I'm using a 'G' hook 'cause it's what I had at the house the weekend I wanted to get started.
Then I realized growing up I asked many people to teach me how to crochet. I had several say, "Sure, I'll teach you." But when we sat down to a lesson they'd look at me and say, "Oh... you're left handed", and that was the end of 'the lesson'. I grew up thinking there was something about left-handedness that prohibited me from being able to crochet. Well I've over come that. Woo-HOO!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Trying to keep the color balancedI drafted the block as I thought it should be pieced in EQ.
First as a 10" block
Then as a 12" blockLots of little pieces must not intimidate me. But I couldn't decide between the two.
10" block set
12" block setBoth of these quilts are made using standard block construction, which puts seams right through the open white patches. I was trying to find a way around that. And the 12" version just looked way too busy ~ so I sat with the idea for awhile. Then I found Bonnie's Ocean Wave pattern at Quiltville.
These are the blocks and sub-units. I drew them in EQ and then exported them to an Adobe graphics program since EQ wouldn't let me layout half and quarter block units.
And here's the layout. Brilliant! This means all the open white spaces are seamless. This taught me I should've thought 'outside the block'. With this layout I was able to finally estimate how much background white I needed. Even though I know I'll be piecing here and there for a long time I want all the white to be the same. I didn't do that in another quilt and over time the whites have aged to different shades. White is not always white... if you know what I mean.
Seven yards of Quilter's Basic, they don't call it muslin anymore. Waving on the clothes line it reminded me of Christo's Fence.