Cleaning up the studio is always my priority
after finishing a big project. I couldn't bear
sorting such a mess, and I decided I needed a
color fix instead. Out came Jen Kingwell's
new book Quilt Lovely: 15 Vibrant Projects
this heart block I had been playing with for a
few days. Perfect for your tiniest scraps,
pieces ranges from 1" squares to 1"x4".
Although I am inspired by her designs in the
book, I am most intrigued by Kingwell's wide
use of fabric variety. Most of us have both
vintage and modern fabrics in our stash, and
if you're like me, it's mostly an Either/Or Thing.
Let's face it, our old dark green, navy, and
maroon, are not easily blended with our
aqua and orange. Surprisingly, she does
this a lot in the book, and it looks good!
Part of my book lovin' here is in breaking
down and analyzing how she blended
them so well. I already see a 'Daisy Do'
in my near future.
My first block was totally botched. My
mind was wandering to 'How was our Lucy
dog doing having 2 teeth removed?' to
'Did the new baby arrive yet?' You have to
keep your head in the game here.
I didn't view it as a total loss, though, when I
saw the outer piecing needed to have more
contrast. Taking pictures helps me more than
Next try below: The low-volume background
needs to be more uniform. The khaki strips are
a bit too dark in the block, I think.
I switched from the Anna Marie Horner scraps
to some strips of Amy Butler's new Violette.
Both warm and cool tones in the palette, I
looked for a background fabric to unify it.
The paisley is very traditional while the
Butler line steps toward the modern side.
Very subtle contrast, but I'll try framing
it out today. A zipper bag in the making.
Even though I left yet another mess to deal
with tomorrow, it was time for a walk in the
garden with the dogs.
Lucy was home and recovered when I snapped
this picture of my orris root in bloom. It looks
like a common iris. Something moved across
my feet, and it wasn't a Doxie girl.
It was this not-so-little guy. Two dogs stepped
right over it on the way to see me so
I felt safe.
Every year I think it's the last for my tree peony,
and every year the gnarly thing blooms.
Gorgeous, short-lived, giant blooms.
Today I'll be a slave to the house and yard,
but I'll be back Friday for the big reveal of
the QST quilt. I've been dragging it around
to local quilt groups playing Show and Tell.
Thank you all for bearing with me.
I hope you make time for yourself during
this busy season, and better yet if it
includes time to sew.
Congratulations on a new baby boy in the
family to all the anxious relatives that
awaited his arrival! Welcome!
Come on, Doxie girls.
I'll make up a thermos of tea,