|Rail Fence quilt|
56 inches square
|one block to show you the fabrics, but each block is different.|
I used both the 3 Cats and 3 Leopards lines for the indigos and I used 1800's reproduction prints for the whites. Quite the cultural fusion, eh? I think I used up most all of my Da Gama fabrics making this. You can see the logo that is printed on the backs of the fabrics in the pictures below. There is also some of the fabric print showing, so you can see how different it is.
This one is almost reversible!
I made sure I got these photos because there wasn't any other way to preserve the logo otherwise, since I had to cut the fabric. And I think it's pretty cool.
|in process on the "design floor"|
There is lots of ways to lay out these blocks, but I didn't even play with them. I knew this was the layout that appealed to me for these colors. Maybe another time I'd do a different layout. I'm so happy to finally have this done! Now I need to decide if I'm quilting it myself or sending it out to the LA quilter.
This is what 50 pounds of flour looks like! We were never able to find any flour in the grocery stores, because of the pandemic panic buying and hoarding, so we ended up ordering the flour directly from King Arthur Flour. My husband has made almost all of the bread we use for the last 2 years, as well as hot dog and hamburger buns, biscuits etc. Finding yeast was another adventure. But now we're set for a while! Yay!
I was in the mood for finishing some things after I cleaned up the quilt studio and found a bunch of half-done projects. So, this was some blocks from an exchange I was in. These blocks are so pastel they don't fit color-wise with the other blocks, so I decided they needed to be a table runner. The 3 blocks made it just the right size. I can't tell you how long this was waiting to be put together. Kinda silly, right? My working theory is that no project is done before it's time - it needs to age properly! Like a fine wine.
|12 inch Urban Chicken blocks|
Rather then basting and quilting the baby quilts that I'm supposed to working on, I started working on another project that I had been stalling on. As in, I had the pattern and some fabric pieces were cut. But I was inspired when I saw someone's quilt they were working on, and decided no time like the present for working on this. Maybe it's my quarantine quilt?
Anywho, these are Urban Chicken blocks. I fell in love with this pattern when the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild used this block for the Block of the Month one time. Here is the pattern from Cath at Wombat Quilts. It's a very easy block to make and fun for using up scraps. Cath shows this quilt done in a couple of different color schemes here and here, and I like them both. I haven't decided if I'm using a limited color scheme (blues, greens and maybe purple) or if I'm going to go with rainbow colors. I think rainbow, as I've wanted to do a rainbow quilt for a few years now. Anyway, these 12 inch blocks are a lot of fun to make. The chicken "beaks" are done with a wonky improv process and are so easy to do. So easy that mine aren't being quite as wonky as I'd like them to be! I have decided that the blue block needed more contrast in it. It reads all the same color. Lesson learned, I hope!
When I was trying to photo the blocks, the Quilt Inspector (Shade) came to see if he approved them.
Here he's complaining at me that they're not snuggle-worthy yet.
I think he got over it! Now he's just being a little grumpy.
Here is what I call the Washington state flower, as there are millions and trillions of these around here. Whole pastures just full of them!
And I found, when I wandered around the yard, that my trilliums are blooming and starting to spread! The deer don't come through our yard anymore due to a new house and fence in the neighborhood and I miss seeing them but the trillium are happy about that. The deer were nibbling them down to nothing. Sadly, they're also not eating the ivy that wants to take over everything on one side of our yard. Oh well. I had never seen trillium before we moved to the Pacific Northwest.
It's been almost 70 days that we've been staying home. Well, I have. My husband and my son keep going to the store for necessities, and I'm so glad they're going. They both say that those trips are pretty stressful, even though most everyone is being so careful to do the social distance thing. I had to take my son to the dentist last week, but it wasn't bad. They were doing emergency appointments only, so the waiting room was empty. I had to go get a blood draw yesterday and it was also empty. And I wear my mask all the time I'm out. For Mother's Day we all went for a drive. I was getting antsy and ready to see something else. So we just drove around in the country and never stopped anywhere. It was a nice trip, but it was surprising how many people were out at the river! Because we were having our first heat wave of the year.
Then DH and I had to go for a drive the other night. The battery in my car pooped out (after sitting in the driveway for 2 months!) and after 2 days of not starting very well (but still sitting in the driveway), we went for another drive to get it charged up good. So another nice diversion that was a no-contact trip. It's helping me to not be too antsy. I miss going to guild meetings and seeing my friends!
How are you doing? Are you going out? Are you wearing a mask? I was so glad for the mask yesterday because the cottonwood trees are now spewing their "cotton" everywhere and it really aggravates my allergies. Having the mask on really helps with the allergies. Who knew?
That's all the news for now. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!