The Universe Delivers

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So I was pretty bummed about not being able to make up this into a larger quilt, or not being able to use it (see last post for explanation), but then VOILA! that old principle of the Universe Takes Away and the Universe Delivers came into play.

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Strolling through my Instagram feed I glimpsed this and made a screenshot, then headed to Sharon McConnell’s website: ColorGirl’s Fabrics & Flowers.  There she not only has more instructions, but also a link to a free pattern on Craftsy. Very sweet.

Teaching SignOff List 2014 SpringNow that I’m through with my semester, looks like a new project to add to my Summer To Do List.

summer-list-2011from *here*

What’s On Yours?

Summer ToDoList2014Spring(I’ve got a few things to get done. . .)

Linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced

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WIP Wednesday (Selvage Blocks)

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Okay, these 20″ blocks are addicting.  Someone on IG commented on my selvage stash, but the whole thing could fit into a gallon ziploc bag.  There are all those selvages on my stash, however. . .

Other Works in Progress, this Wednesday morning:

Rainbow Petals.v2Rainbow Petals–the more I type that name, the more I realize it needs to be changed

LollypopTree Top FinishedLollypop Tree Quilting.  It’s such a big project, I keep waiting for the decks to be cleared to start on it.  That’s always a bad idea if you are trying to get something done, but a good way to procrastinate.

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Cross-X Quilt Blocks. That’s February’s installment on our Friendship Swap to the left.

Cutting out the quilt with the Mirror Ball Dots fabric.  Let’s just make that THINKING up the quilt with the Mirror Ball Dots fabric.  (No photo)
That’s enough for now.

Linking up to Lee’s Freshly Pieced blog and her WIP Wednesday.

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WIP, RP, BB Can’t You See?

That’s Works in Progress, Rainbow Petals, Bee Blocks, can’t you see?  I just liked the rhythm of it all, especially after the previous post, with Emily Dickinson, a reclusive but prolific American poet, writing about her sewing.  And yes, that video was of my granddaughter, taking her first stitches.

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So the Work in Progress is my Rainbow Petals quilt.  This is a rainy-day-late-at-night photo, and we all know how those turn out, but if this looks familiar, that’s because it is.  (Check your iPhone.)  I first thought of this last summer, when — in bed recuperating from foot surgery — I watched the Apple Keynote talk about their new iOS7, and this logo kept flashing on the screen.  I took a screen shot of it and tucked it away.  I went to the Long Beach Quilt Show (final year) and bought sixteen different half yards in the Kona colors I thought would match, holding up my screen shot to double check the colors.  My friend Leisa and I arranged them at dinner that night, numbering the labels so I wouldn’t mix them up.  I’ve since seen another quilter try her hand at this.  I had thought to piece it, but now I think I’ll appliqué it by hand.

I’m still thinking over those dark middle petals.  While they “read” as black, they are actually forest green.

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I also finished a first set of churn dash blocks for my Mid-Century Modern Quilt Bee and sent them off.  I kept thinking about them, unhappy with how they had turned out.

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So I made another set.  I am one of those quilters who have ironed seams so long to the side, that I’m not very happy with my results when I have to iron seams open.  If the block is too small, and the seams are pressed to the side, I just take a bigger seam and press again.  But if the seams are pressed open, then it’s unpick, resew, re-press.  As I mentioned on our Mid-Century Bee blog, I’m just Open-Quilt-Seam-Challenged.

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Cindy, also from the Mid-Century Modern Bee, wanted a spiderweb block, with a low-volume (muted) text center and solid strips for the web.  A great idea!

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For March in my Always Bee Learning Bee, Marci wanted two Modern Maples blocks.

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And yep.  I did it.  I joined the Modern Quilt Guild as an Individual Member because my closest guild was MILES away, across the great wide scorching plains of Los Angeles Traffic — or Orange County Traffic — and I wasn’t able to attend their meetings.  Maybe in summertime?

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Linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced.

Tiny Envelopes Quilt

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Tiny Envelopes
Quilt #129 on the 200 Quilts List

I was happy and pleased to hang this one out on my back-fence studio, and be able to see the shading of the Kona Snow and the Kona White in the background.  I smiled.

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This quilt had its origins in another, my most recent Four-in-Art, and instead of discarding the small envelopes, I let the fabrics and little squares and colors and strips guide me to another quilt, an interesting journey.

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Usually, with me, it’s always a block in my head, or a pattern done up in my quilt software, or a photo of a quilt I’ve seen and want to make, but this one?  It formed itself.

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I quilted wavy lines, an occasional circle to designate a postmark, and loops in the borders.

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The backing is one of my favorites, with pictures of a samara, those little maple seeds you split apart in summer and affix to things — like your nose — little seeds destined to fly away, like a letter to a friend.

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The quilt sleeve and binding, a batik fabric, shown close up.

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It’s not so big, really, but it was the size it needed to be.

Updated Goals List

I put two stickers on my Goals Chart–two things finished!

Someone Novel

I’m listening to Someone, by Alice McDermott and find that I’ve worked for hours, swept away as I am in this tale.  I’m more than halfway through, and need to take up another project so I can finish the novel.  Recommended by my mother, but really recommended by my sister Susan, who told my mother about it.

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Believe it or not, California is supposed to get some rain.  So far right now we have about 1″ of rainfall, when normally it is 10.”  We’ve contacted a garden designer to rip out our lawn in front and put in some xeriscaping–plants that are more native to our area and require little water.

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But this weekend?  It’s supposed to pour, and I know it will knock all the blossoms off my lovely blooming wisteria, the heady fragrance a spring’s welcome when I walk outside to photograph quilts.

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This is the view from the top of the trellis–a thick carpet of lavender and purple.

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I hope that lovely blossoms are in your future, and that you receive some tiny — or large — envelopes in the mail, tiny, but with grand messages. Which reminds me that I need to get going on my Bee Blocks and my Cross-X blocks, and get those envelopes out in the mail!

Linking up with Lee, of Freshly Pieced on her WIP Wednesday.

WIP: Those Pesky Envelope Blocks

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These blocks are like the growly little animal down the block that tries to grab your pant leg as you walk by, as if to say that they own the sidewalk and you’d better not forget it.  This is how I left the blocks after finishing up On Line, my Four-in-Art Quilt.  But they wouldn’t leave me alone.  I’d wake up at night, thinking I should Do Something with them, maybe because of that Yankee thriftiness we all seem to have instilled in us.  How many of you have bags of blocks that didn’t quite measure up, but haven’t given away or pitched into the trash?  Yep.  Just as I thought.

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So one early morning, I turned them all this way.

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I got rid of the ones I’d played around with the bleach because 1) they weren’t that interesting with their color discharged, and 2) they smelled like bleach.  (Ick.)

I do have ideas for them, and hope to work on them after I get the grading done on the Poetry Test that I gave yesterday.  I want to work on these blocks so they’ll stop growling at me as I walk by the sewing room.

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Linking up with Freshly Pieced Fabric’s Works In Progress Wednesday.

WIP on a Thursday

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I love that Lee, of Freshly Pieced Fabrics, forgot to put up Works In Progress Wednesday until today, for that’s about the speed I’m moving at this week and it makes me feel better that there’s someone else on the planet who is marching to a different drummer.

4-in-art_3But today’s WIP is all about the upcoming Four-in-Art reveal of our art quilts, on Saturday, February 1st (just listen to me hyperventilate!).

Baby Envelope Quilt

This is as far as I’ve gotten–making wee envelope blocks for an idea that is cooking, even percolating, but going no where fast.  Grading, prepping for class and of course, a trip to the Road to California Quilt Show (with Deborah of Simply Miss Luella and Cindy of Live A Colorful Life and my quilt group, The Good Heart Quilters) for the next two days are Mighty Interrupters.  The overarching theme for this year’s Four-in-Art is Urban, and last quarter’s reveal was “Maps.”  This time it is “Structure.”

Birdhouse Burano

I’d thought about recreating a structure on a structure, like this small birdhouse on an existing wall of a house.

Building Gold

Building Silver

Or doing something with these amazing buildings in downtown Pittsburgh; one picture was taken in the late afternoon (the top one) and the other was taken in the morning.

Canal Burano

Picturesque Burano also captured my heart, but I decided that given the parameters of our group’s art (it has to be 12″ square), I’d rather save this for another day when I have a bigger canvas.  And more skills.  (Throw “more time” in there too.)

Freeway bridges PIttsburgh

I love the structure of these freeways, but it reminded me too much of a map, which was last quarter’s reveal.  So what am I cooking with, with baby envelopes tacked up on my pin wall?

See you in a week, and we’ll both find out.

Ay-Yi-Yi! It’s Christmas!

Nutcrackers

Well, that tune is playing right now on the iTunes list, and it’s true–no presents yet.  But we’ve started setting out my husband’s nutcracker collection, and pretending that Christmas isn’t 22 DAYS AWAY!!

Quilt Doodles

So in order to really tackle that list of Christmas jobs, I got right to work doodling some quilting ideas on my Santa Quilt mock-ups.  I set the intensity to 50% and print them out, then doodle away.  It’s my map, because I don’t feel uber-confident in the FMQ Skills Department.

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I should be joining the crazies at the Mall, but instead I’m listening to Christmas Carols, working on my Santa–my main work in progress.  Besides, the Christmas cards.  And getting the tree.  And cleaning up the house. . .

Like I said: Ay-Yi-Yi, It’s Christmas!!

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Linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced Fabrics.  Today it is hosted by Cindy Lammon from Hyacinth Quilt Designs.

WIP Wednesday

I seem to be on an Amish trend.  First the book announcement and a round-up of my Amish quilts, and then with this WIP Wednesday, news of my Amish With A Twist-2 BOM status. I was sailing through these monthly chapters of fabric and pattern until this one: twenty-eight blocks, all log cabin style.

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I got out my trusty swatch/color helper and started cutting.  I had to add a bunch to my cards to keep them current, one selvage snip at a time.

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At first I was confused, with what they wanted, then I figured it out.  They want a TOTAL of 28 strips, in a variety of the colors listed.  I did my math, and figured out that would be about 4 strips of each different color, in the dark color way and a different number in the medium color way, so lined them up on the board and started cutting.

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And cutting.

AWAT2 centers Log Cabin

I sewed the centers together, then did one complete round of strips.  They look kind of cool lined up here, I think.

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I assembled them in kind of a log-cabin-block arrangement, just trying to get the visual.

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And finally–twenty-eight blocks completed.  I have eight more to go in a different coloration, then assemble and finish.

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I’m also working on the #friendshipxandplusswap showing up on blogs and instagram; there are quite a few of us who have paired up, decided on the number of blocks, and are going at it.  In October I was supposed to send my partner two blocks (we make four and send off half), and in November, four.  Well, here’s a part of November’s, I still owe October’s and December is right around the corner.  We all plan to blog on the last Friday of the month, so if you are not entertaining a turkey-pumpkin-pie hangover from the day before (American Thanksgiving), and can head back around, you’ll see some more of these blocks.

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Next WIP rattling around in my head comes from when Leanne announced the theme for our next Four-in-Art challenge: Structure.  So when I was visiting my sister and her husband at Cedar-Sinai hospital this past week, I took some photos to get me in the mood.  They have very cool structures there, in terms of modern, angular buildings.  But it’s their art on the inside which is swoon-worthy. (That’s another post).

Santa and His Squares

Here’s the Big Kahuna of WIP projects, and the deadline is fast approaching.  I have now received all the 12″ squares from my bee mates.  Now to find the hyper-overdrive-Christmas-blast of energy to get it done!  I’ve not arranged these yet how I want them, but I love seeing them and all the signature squares,  up on the pinwall.

I could bore you with more, but I think that’s more than enough.

Linking up with Lee of Freshly Pieced.

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WIP: Bits and Pieces

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I’m finishing up bits and pieces, collecting bits and pieces, and am covered with bits and pieces of thread (On Mondays and Wednesdays — my teaching days — I’m always worried I’ll stand up in the front of the class with snips of thread sticking to me).  Above is the label, all sewn on, for my recent Schnibbles quilt: America Is A Tune (it must be sung together).  Finished that up tonight.

Carmel Blues Redux in process

This is the Schnibbles from last month all pinned up ready for quilting.

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The blocks from the Mid-Century Modern Bee are starting to come in, and as they arrive, I iron them and smooth them up on the pinwall next to Santa.  It’s so fun to see them come in, with their nifty signature blocks (we decided to do a signature block and I’m really happy we did!).

Some Other WIPs:
Lollypop Tree–it calls to me from the guest room closet where it is on a hanger, like a siren song.  I ignore it, for the most part.

Friendship Quilt Blocks–I just need to sew them together.  What is taking me so long?  Our novel for class, Moon Over Manifest, has a signature quilt in the story line, so I took in a few blocks to show the students.  As I looked at the signatures of the women, I thought of each of these ladies.  This will be a gem.  At some point.

Santa (above).  I could start working on the houses and trees, I guess, now that I’ve finished up my Four-in-Art quilt for the November reveal.  (Suppressed squeal of joy)  Come back in a few days and see the gallery.  We have eight total now, so it should be a fun blogging/Flickr day.

Friendship Swap Blocks with Krista–we finally worked out our schedule and are ready to go.

I also have fabric for a Halloween quilt — oops!  Next year.

Not a WIP: finished my novel Light Between Oceans–loved it.  Can recommend it highly.

WIP new buttonLinking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced,
if she decides to run it, as I know she’s been very busy with getting things ready for market.

WIP Wednesday: Schnibbles Time, again

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It’s Wednesday and it’s been a long time since I’ve linked up with the fabulous Lee at Freshly Pieced Fabrics and I mean to remedy that today.  I’ve got all the Schnibbles bits up on the pin wall and I need to get them all sewn up and quilted and DONE, because my bee-mates are sending me my green and snow blocks for my Santa’s Village quilt, and I want to see them all arrayed.  Funny how one project pushes another to completion.  It’s like how tiny the toddler is at the tail end of the family until you bring home the newborn. Then it’s time for that kid to grow up, get potty-trained and pull their weight in the family. Yep, this is kind of like that.

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Linking up with Lee!

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