Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Random Bits

Time has gotten away from me, and it's been too long since I posted anything.  I've been so busy, but I did manage to squeeze in some sewing.  Now that the darn taxes are done, and I can manage to deal with the heaps of paperwork in the office, hopefully more sewing and blogging will happen around here!

Here are a couple of string blocks that I made for the Half Log Cabin Challenge over at the String Thing Along blog.  They were fun to make because I got to use some of my bright strings.  Jeanne will be putting them into a quilt for a domestic violence shelter in Southern California.

Here are my March blocks for the Country Threads On-Line Sampler Quilt.  I'm all caught up now, and looking forward to doing the April blocks.  Sorry about the wonky photo - I seem to be completely unable to put the blocks up on the design wall in a straight line!

Here are the blocks for my Low Volume quilt.  There are 80 blocks here!  I'm hoping I can get these put together into a top next week.  I'm excited to see these done.

I finally got started on my color challenge quilt for this year!  Yay!  My color is orange, which has to be the dominant color of the quilt, and we have to add an accent of the color that is opposite on the color wheel, which in this case is true blue. And we're supposed to use either white or black as the neutral.  I hope these are all close enough to a true orange to work.  They look a little closer in Real Life.  The blocks will finish at 4 inches, so not a big quilt.  There are no size requirements other than "at least 9 x 12 inches".  I like the way these look!  They remind me of how 50/50 ice cream (vanilla ice cream with orange sherbet) taste in my mouth.  Just that juicy burst of orange!

Here are my rejects.  I got the center square wrong in the upper right block, the upper left and bottom blocks are too reddish, and something about that center block just disturbs me.  Somehow it reminds me of a spider!  Eww!

I got new glasses the other day and can finally see the TV from my chair.  And even better, I got new computer glasses and can see the computer screen without squinting or sitting too close.  What a difference!  


  1. Love the bright strips on your log cabin blocks! I can't ever seem to get the blocks straight on my design wall either. I thought it was because my floor wasn't level.:) Great progress you're making and the orange blocks are wonderful!

  2. Wow you have lots going on! I love the idea of the low volume and want to make one, eventually.

  3. I love you asterisks! Sorry, but I'm a fan of your rejects--especially the "spider" one.

  4. You are too funny girl!! I have an interesting 'visual' of you right now. You can't hang things straight.....well, maybe you can now with the new glasses. I was laughing about the various glasses you need for different things! ME TOO!

    I'm most impressed with all the progress you have shown. I especially like the orange. Just last night I was having a conversation in my head about orange. It all started when I saw a bouquet of orange roses last night on tv and I got to thinking about how much I really like orange and was wondering why I hadn't used any in a quilt yet!!

    I'm really anxious to see your low volume quilt all gussied up and finished.....yes yes, why don't you get on that one today!!! HA!

  5. So many wonderful blocks!!! You're really having fun in your sewing room!!

  6. Love everything you are doing. The orange blocks are fabulous. I didn't know how bad my eyes were till I got glasses. Boy things look really different. Hugs

  7. Wow, you are really making progress. I love your orange blocks! You're right about the spidery look on the rejects pile. It will look really nice when you're done.

    It's time for me to get new glasses and stop squinting while reading, watching TV or using the computer. Threading needles seems to be the hardest task. Did you get verifocals? Or two seperate glasses? Thanks for showing all your wonderful work. ;o)

  8. Love the orange, especially the striped one!
    Makes me want a Sunkist float (vanilla ice cream + Sunkist orange = yum!)

  9. love your sherbert quilt - definitely orange and a beautiful orange at that. I know I need new glasses (agh bifocals) but I have been avoiding it for at least a year. Instead I take my glasses off to quilt or see up close... glad yours helped!

  10. All your blocks are great. I love the string blocks. It is great when the taxes are done, isn't it?

  11. I can't get blocks straight on my design wall either :P
    I think you ought to include that asterik block with the on-point blue square in your final composition just to tweak the viewer's eyes!


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