Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Log Cabin Blocks "Wonky' style and Crochet Scallop Blanket

My Log Cabin blocks 'wonky' style.

They will have another round of 'logs' before I'm ready to sew them together.

I'm crocheting this blanket for my 'Grand Muffin'.

Yesterday the sun came out and I had to dive into color! I added a few more rounds of 'logs' to the log cabin blocks I had set aside and sliced them askew to spice them up.
I'm linking up with Ad Hoc Improv Quilters today, check out the great ideas there.

I loose all inspiration when I try to work with color that doesn't excite me. I tossed out some dreadful patch work I had put together having heard somewhere it was good to use up scraps. Notice to all colors that don't 'work' for me, you will be shipped to the local thrift shop where, someone, with a different taste for color will buy you and love you. It will be a relief for both of us.

I've been working on the Baby Brights Scallops blanket, a kit I bought from Herrschner's .
I started it a year ago for one of my grand daughters and then found out they were moving to Florida. I was sure she wouldn't need it there so I put it aside. Then I found out they will soon be moving north where the temperatures are very cold. So I got it out and I'll finish it up knowing it will be useful. 

That's my creative adventures so far this week.
Happy Wednesday!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Pinafores, Rain and Wonky Stars....

Little Miss modeling her pinafore.
Lots of rain here.....

My daughter has been busy sewing and finished her project. My grand daughter is modeling the finished project above. Pinafores are adorable on little girls aren't they?

There's been rain and wind around here, good for filling up the reservoir and blowing away dead leaves and branches. Nature's housecleaning.

Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company has a super fun tutorial on You Tube, Jenny's Tiny Wonky Stars 

Happy Friday, be daring and share a smile!  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Scrappy Three in a Series, 'Liberated' style, and a Finish....

'Liberated' square in a square blocks framed with sashing and borders.

Three in a series, 'Liberated' style using scraps.
My daughter finished her quilt for my 'Grand Muffin'.

 I've been putting together three small quilts 'Liberated' style, nod to Gwen Marston. In the top photo, I've framed square in a square blocks with sashing, cornerstones and borders.

The second photo shows all three quilts in this series of scrappy 'Liberated' style small quilts. Small quilt #1; rail fence blocks, #2; square in a square blocks, #3; four patch blocks, soon to be bordered. Working in a series does three things for me. First, I get faster at the process and second, I have more time to play with contrast. Third, I make small quilts to experiment with ideas for bigger quilts.

The third photo is my daughter's finished quilt, just right for Miss Muffin.Congratulations!

Happy Friday!!
Did you know birds still sing in the rain?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Borders, Hemming and Mushrooms....

Sewing hems on linen kitchen towels...

Experimenting with borders...

Mushrooms up after rain...colors, textures...

Magnolia cones, exotic textures and colors...

The sun was out today after several days of rain so I went outside to see what I could find. Mushrooms were up every where, coming through landscaping bark. Talk about patch work.
Then taking advantage of the light I went inside and I took some photos of magnolia cones I'd collected last summer. Their colors and textures are works of art.

Earlier I finished hemming linen kitchen towels and sewed together some experimental borders for a medallion piece I'm working on. It's being planned as I go, a 'liberated' quilt.

Tomorrow is Friday! Have a great day and remember to take time to explore and experiment. You never know what you'll find.