Monday, May 4, 2015

The Great Debate

After great debate, there is progress, and I like it.

I was dreading pulling all the fabric back out to
cut an array of setting triangles. The idea of using
mixed solids occurred to me, and I asked for your
opinions. Thank you all so much. You folks
are the best! 

The mixed solids didn't look 
good at all, though, so I scrapped the idea. Someone
suggested a batik. I auditioned several, but the
brown here was my favorite. I was timid
about putting a batik on the edge because of
FMQ. Edges themselves can be tricky because
there is so little to hold onto under the machine,
and I wondered about having a tighter woven
fabric on top of that. I plugged on.

I had these two fabric that I'd found recently
at my LFQS by Tula Pink. Technically a print,
there is a tiny diamond repeated in both from
the Acacia line. The teal blue pulled a lot
of the blue from the blocks, and the 
raspberry--well, you all know how I feel 
about Pink! I haven't measured yardage, but
I have a fair amount of extra fabrics to blend
well into a pieced back if I must. It worked
better than any other, and I set to cutting.

The late afternoon light was heavenly
to work in, and I made reasonable
progress on the top. I also realized I
would have to make a decision to
either add an additional row to the 
bottom, or remove the last row there.
It's not laid out symetrically.
Can you see it?

I was deep in thought when I heard honkingA pair 
of mating geese was letting me know they were 
just outside my window watching ME. Fair warning.

Weekly Plan

I'll keep this brief so I can get on with my day, 

and you yours. Last week's list got whittled 
down pretty well. I missed binding a charity quilt, 
and didn't make my ironing board yet so I simply 
moved it to this week's list. I did get some
other projects further along that I hadn't had
planned at all. It evens out.

Monday-Finish my setting triangles, and finish
sewing the rest of the QST quilt together.
Make the backing.

*Also, find my camera that's been 
temporarily misplaced. You might have
noticed the slightly grainy pics today.

Tuesday-I'm having a brand new quilter over to
sew with me. She wants to make a dozen hot pads
in an improv design. I think I'll ask her to help
me align the QST sandwich while she's here.
Quilt guild in the evening.

Wednesday- FMQ on a baby quilt. This is a comissioned
quilting so I need to get it underway. 

Sewing at Joann's in the evening.
Take my Anna Marie Horner Swap mini-quilt
to finish handquilting, and a cup of tea.

Thursday-Bind 2 charity quilts I promised. Make
the Allison Glass block quilt into a sandwich.

Friday-Fun sewing today. Make 2 quick bags- 
one for carrying my cell phone while I'm mowing 
or gardening. I've come back around on a loop to 
find my phone lying in the grass. Luckily, I didn't 
mow over it!

Another as a small tote out of my Kate Spain
laminated fabric. It's shouts spring, and is on
my Q2 Finish Up list from On the Windy Side.

List making is theraputic for me, and keeps
me on task. Have you done yours today?

Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's go sew.

Linking up today with~
Quilt Story
Freemotion by the River
Late Night Quilter
Show and Tell Tuesdays
Patchwork Times
Blossom Heart Quilts
Monday Makers
Show and Tell with Bambi
Hug-a-Bit Quilts
Cooking Up Quilts

Thank you for the linking opportunities!


Cathy said...

I think the teal was the perfect choice. That is going to be gorgeous!

Turid said...

A fantastic quilt! Love it.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Love, love the teal! Makes everything sparkle!

Maryse said...

I think it looks good!!

Mary maloney said...

I feel exhausted reading your list of things to do.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

The teal looks so good! This quilt is so pretty; it will be gorgeous when finished. Looks like you've got a busy, busy week! Thanks for linking up to MCM!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

The teal is a wonderful choice... I love it!

gibbygoo56 said...

I love teal, aqua, and turquoise so I love it. Love the color explosion. Beautiful!

Dee said...

Oh! Just love your scrappy quilt! The colors are amazing! Love, love, love!

Mary Huey said...

The teal setting triangles really bring the piece to life!! In her classic book, Color From the Heart, Gai Perry said aqua was a good color to use when you want to add "spark" to a scrappy fabric assortment.

HeathersSewingRoom said...

Really like how your quilt is coming together. Very impressive.

Lara B. said...

Teal just pulled everything together beautifully Julie!
Good luck accomplishing all your week's goals.

Sandra :) said...

The teal is great with those fun colours - the perfect fabric to "enclose" the blocks :) I love making lists - I'm very forgetful so if I don't make them I don't get things done. It's also VERY satisfying to cross things off as they're completed! On my list for today was making a front zip pouch (a Sew Mama Sew design) - I got the fabric quilted and cut, then realized that the zipper (a thrift store find) needed to be washed as it smelled musty. It's hanging on the clothesline now so the project will get finished tonight, but I'm a bit antsy that I could already have completed it and now I have to wait, lol. Oh well - I'm going to bake an applesauce cake in the interim - I don't think anyone will complain about that ;)

Ruth said...

Isn't it amazing how so many fabrics won't work and so few do - glad you got a really lovley solution with this one!