Unusual Colors

 Working on some simple patchwork.  It's for a new and exciting venture that I'm working on! No, I can't tell you about it yet, but soon!  

Every once in a while, I'll ask Duane (my husband) his opinion on my current quilt top.  Last night I held      this one up for his inspection.  This is somewhat similar to asking him if such and such a dress looks good on me.  I mean, seriously, he doesn't have a lot of choice in his response!!

But I do love the fact that he's pretty honest, and I love trying to figure out a typical guy's tastes in color and design since it's not something he spends much time thinking about.  It's kind of crazy, but if I were to make him a quilt, I wouldn't have any idea where to begin!  I just never know what he'll like, or not like.

So this was our mini conversation:

Me: (sheepishly holding up quilt) Do you like the colors in this quilt?

Him: (looks up from book, slight pause) well... it has red...and blue...and white...and I really like those colors, but the mauve-y stuff and the green not so much

Me: (maeve-y?? colorblind much?)

Him: You put such unusual colors together, kinda reminds me of Tommy Hilfiger or something.

I have no idea what that meant, but I like the sound of it, so I'm taking it as a positive!!

scrappy strips and a little how-to

This quilt has been completed for at least six months, but I was saving it for something which never materialized, so I decided I may as well show it to you!  It's made completely from my scraps, and I feel like the colors and prints are just right.  Not too much color, but enough to keep it interesting.

I realized I have almost no photos of it, but here's one in progress which shows you more of the whole top.  I just love a design like this, because it's so simple, yet it looks good.  I think I'd dare to say that this technique would be the ultimate for a beginning quilter.  Other than the fact that it has more seams to sew, I'd venture to say that it's even simpler than basic patchwork!

Why?  Because of the way I constructed it, there's no long rows to sew together, which can look deceptively easy but can actually cause a lot of grief when they ripple and wave and stretch.  I've put this together in block form, which makes it very manageable, and there's absolutely NO worrying about matching seams anywhere!  You do sew the blocks together, but once it's together, you have to really study to see where you've joined the blocks, so matching the corners on your blocks is no worry!

So here's a most basic of basic tutorials for putting a quilt like this together.

1.  Find some strips that are about 13" in length.  Lay them out in a way that pleases you, making sure that you have enough height to equal 13", rememembering that you will have 1/4" seam allowances with every strip.

sidenote:  if you want to use up some smaller pieces, or add interest, you can first sew together some smaller bits of fabric and make a strip out of them.

2. Sew them together into one block, using 1/4" seams.

3. Press your seams, preferably open rather than to one side.  (Because each block is scrappy, and you don't know where the seams on the next block will be, this will just take away the chance of having too many bulky seams at one spot.)

 4.  Now take your wonderful 12 1/2" square ruler (if you don't have one, you should get one!) and trim up your block to 12 1/2" all around.  You can also use your mat and regular ruler to trim your block.

5.  Keep making blocks till you have enough for the quilt size you desire.

If you make a quilt using this tutorial, be sure to send me a link to it, I'd love to see it!

inspiration strikes in McElligot's Pool

my kids love this book by dr. suess.  and i like reading it to them.  mostly cause of this one page, which i've always adored for it's colors.

this morning i decided to make a stack of fabric in these colors.  the middle photo looks fun and happy, but i figured that a quilt made like this would benefit from a few of the darker and neutral colors which you don't notice so much in the book illustration, but are a necessary part of it nonetheless.  so i added a few tans, grays, and a couple of darker colors.

i'd love to make a quilt with these fabrics, but i guess we'll see how far we can whittle down the must-do pile of other things first.

have you ever been inspired by the colors in your kid's storybooks?   we have a couple other story books from the '60's and '70's that have groovy colors too.

One More Zig-Zag

Color Yourself Confident!

This week, there's no finished quilts to show you, but here's one that's been in progress for a while.  It's in the midst of being hand quilted right now, so who knows when it will be done?  I've also got my huge Swoon quilt set up on the hand quilting frame in the basement, so my allotted time for sitting and quilting is stretched a bit thin!

And then I had a few paragraphs written about 'color sense' and 'color confidence' and I was getting all random and gushy about my ideas on how I think every one has an inner artist - they just need to believe in the beauty of their own ideas...

Then I deleted it cause it was one of those that I know I'd be embarrassed of in a week or two:)  Plus it wasn't anything groundbreaking, I'm sure it's been said better by a million others...

So I can't think of anything else to say right now, brain's a bit foggy.  And I'm trying to resist the urge to go home and sew rather than balance my accounts!