Monday, November 11, 2019

Blue Scrappy Star Quilt Top

I made a red version of this string diamond last year and you can find the blog post here including a link to the inspiration quilt at the Mingei Museum. I made enough of the string diamonds to make two quilts. And yes, if you look very closely at the bottom left corner of the quilt, you will see that there are disruptive forces in my sewing room that make it hard to hang quilts straight...or do anything really.

Here is another view of the disruptive force, this time contained within an orb that used to be a bed for Molly. Molly now refers to it as "An Orb within an Orb."

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Ostrich Formation

It took me way too long to get to this point. Admittedly, ostriches ask a lot of stupid questions, but that wasn't the problem. I started these guys back in Virginia and have uncovered them many times. At one point, I had the fabric that I was using all together. Then the fabric was refiled when I decided not to make this quilt. Then I changed my mind. Again. I found all of the fabric except the dark gray fabric...and I had bits and pieces, but not enough to add a fifth row. Long story longer, I had pulled the dark gray fabric out to audition it for sheep. (Don't judge...some sheep like to dress up in ostrich feathers...and that's their choice).

Anyway, I'm going to have these maniacal birds staring at me until they tell me what I need to do next.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Digging Out

I guess if you start digging, you should expect to find an ostrich head or two. I also found three cows that had wondered off. I wasn't looking for it...but I also found Buddy's self-portrait.

I started moving quilts out of a cedar closet to give them a better home in the hall closet, and that meant digging stuff out of the hall closet. I found a tub that had lots of chickens, monkeys and singletons of a vulture, eagle, flamingo, raccoon, finch, blue jay etc. These had gotten separated from a bin of other experiments and works in progress.

In any case, I know I have pulled the ostriches out a couple of times now trying to remember what I had planned for them. If I make them into totem poles with a connector between the neck and the top of the head, the background would make a nice geometric.

And here is another explanation about the Frolic (Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt for 2019) colors...the paint chips looked blue but Bonnie's fabric selection looked shaded to the purple with a couple of selections heading toward violet. I went to Lowe's to get the paint cards because I thought my monitor could be off. And yes, I could find paint cards in many versions of blue, and those two versions of violet (far right), but there wasn't a paint card for purple or blue-purple (like the hydrangeas).  Apparently Sherwin Williams does not sell paint to unicorns.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Frolic Fabric

So here is where I landed for my Bonnie Hunter Frolic fabric selection. Or maybe I should say my selection of hue...the fabric selection is an ongoing process. I did go to Lowe's and pick up paint chips because I got a bit confused that Bonnie's paint card looked navy, but her fabric selection appeared purple. When I was looking at the paint display at Lowe's though, I realized that if you want to paint your room purple, Sherwin Williams is looking out for you and is offering you every color but purple.

That was a diversion, however, so I explored other clues. Based on the yardage, the blue/purple and fuchsia are the main colors with green and aqua and light blue as accents. One third of the quilt is white, one third accents, and one third the key colors. Fascinating, but another diversion.

Going to the color wheel, the choice this year isn't an obvious color harmony, but I still mimicked Bonnie's choice. As I took a turn around the color wheel I was looking for two of the key colors that I would most want to work with...which brought me to bright blue and lime green. Yes, when I was in high school my mother let me decorate my room...and true to the 60s, I picked a lime green shag rug and bright blue curtains.

Still following Bonnie's color harmony, I moved around the color wheel to the corresponding accent and orange.

My other big decision was to use Kaffe fabrics as much as possible, because that will make the process a lot more enjoyable. Last year my choices were very static--almost solids--and yikes, I went down in flames.

And I know that you are seeing the major omission in my choices so far...where's the cat fabric? One year, Bonnie admitted that every mystery quilt has some cat fabric, so that is certainly one rule I always adhere to.

Unfortunately, Molly was trying to enjoy her heated bed and did not want to deal with any of my nonsense...especially taking her picture. And yes, last night as trick or treaters came to the door and rang the doorbell, she sat in her bed and took it all in. Buddy would run off and hide.

Buddy has been enjoying Molly's other bed. He runs inside, attacks the inside and then races away. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween Humbug

Molly is getting very good at selfies...I expect her to turn professional any day now. However, she is still not a fan of Halloween because staff puts on a scary cat mask that neither Molly nor Buddy find amusing. It doesn't look scary in a Halloween sense...more that the eyes are on a spring and who in their right mind would wear such a thing-type scary.

I did manage to finish up the last two Tiny Tuesday blocks and one of these days I will try to account for all of them and figure out what I might do with them. These last two blocks were presented by Angela of SoScrappy and the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge fame.

I also pulled some fabrics that I thought might meet the Frolic mystery quilt color scheme. Frolic is this year's mystery challenge presented by Bonnie Hunter.  I usually do a different color way by taking a turn along the color wheel...but this year Bonnie is warning to maintain contrasting colors/values. So I will probably switch the colors up but these can hang out until I come up with another plan.

The first set of instructions are provided the day after Thanksgiving.

I also wanted to show the two objects I picked up at the estate sale. I usually avoid such things because Molly does not allow me to have nice things...well, anything really. She does love her gravity demonstrations. So anything I do get has to be put behind glass doors...well away from Molly's experiment laboratory.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Scrappy stars and more fabric

This afternoon (with sun streaking in through the front window), I laid out the blue scrappy stars in preparation for sewing them together. Buddy immediately attacked one of the scrappy stars and beat it into submission.

Buddy was so boisterous I did not realize he was diverting attention from the kitten spy (upper left corner in the previous photo).

And here are nine of the furoshiki from the estate sale. Most of them feature rabbits. And strangely the lower right rabbits are sitting next to a pile of eggs. And all of the bunnies in the orange panel say their name is Gayle. The upper left furoshiki features a cat.

Here's the cat up close. This is not a clandestine cat.

There were a few half yard cuts hiding in with the one yard cuts of the African print fabric. And along with the furoshiki was a narrow panel of pink cotton fabric guessed it...more bunnies.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Bullseye and Trips

Let's start with a finished quilt top...where I rearranged the mismatched grab bag of trip around the world blocks and laid them out, took a picture, said eek, then rearranged them some more. Then to add a certain random factor, have Molly run up the design wall a couple of times, have Buddy mix up some blocks and let me mix up some blocks...and voila.

And to add to the confusion, here is the Bullseye Tiny Tuesday block that Angela at SoScrappy presented on Saturday. While I was capturing the link, I noticed that she added another Tiny Tuesday block today, so yes, I'm behind again.

And here is another sample of the one-yard cuts of African print fabric I bought at an estate sale. And buried in the box with these fabrics was the invoice that showed that they were purchased at FabricWholesaleDirect for about $5 per yard last February. That made me a tad nervous, but I washed  a few panels and they kept their bright color with a small amount of shrinkage...but basically holding up very well.

But I should warn you that the fabric is so bright and happy that if it is dropped on the floor, it will begin to dance on its own.

Oh...never mind.