Thursday, June 27, 2019

Quilt News, Yankee Puzzle Blocks, Alice Gets Another Red Border, Remembering Heroes.

This is the block, Yankee Puzzle.

Yankee Puzzle block is 8" square, made of HSTs.

Pieced and measures 32" sqr. it will soon have a 2" border all around.
'Alice in Red' block has another border and now measures 17" square.

California peaches, free stone and easy to peel, it's that time of the year!

Happy summer and it's almost the weekend,
 With 4th of July coming up next Thursday!

The clouds have burned off and the sun is warming it up here.

My Yankee Puzzle block quilt has been pieced and will soon have a 2" border making it 36" finished.
Red certainly takes the dominant place or depending on how you look at it, the neutral place.

'Alice in Red' block has had another border added to bring it up to the same size as my 'Alice in Blue' block. They will make up a medallion center. I'm designing or improvising as I go.

In remembrance of all the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces, and remembering all who've given their lives in that service, we are grateful.  There is no way to repay what you've done, we owe you all our deepest respect and gratitude.

That my Quilt Friends is the news from the rancho, where I'm remembering to be thankful.
How are your projects coming along, using any red?

I'll be by to visit.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Quilt News Friday, the Color Gray, the Color Blue, This is Alice 2

Meet Alice 2 in blue, 17" x 17", I like this size.

Redondo Beach, afternoon sun peaking out, south.

View looking north, sun warming it up.
 Rabbits in the neighborhood, plotting to take over the world.

Happy Quilt News Friday!!

It's Father's Day this weekend and summer officially starts the day after!
Oops! That's wrong! Summer starts the 21st of June.
Happy Father's Day Dads everywhere.

And the weather here is still gray, once in a while the sun peaks out. We went to Redondo Beach yesterday for dinner and to enjoy the sun while it lasted.

I pieced Alice 2 together last week. I've decided to do a few improv small Liberated Medallion Style blocks for the challenge, for more on that see previous post. This block sewed up fast except the part where I had to unpick a border that wasn't working out. Editing carefully is always a challenge for me. I often get lost on rabbit trails and forget goals.

Speaking of rabbits, the local rabbits that live along the beach trail and on the golf course are reproducing like crazy and I'm sure they're planning an uprising of some sort. Maybe they'll figure out how to charge an entrance fee to walk the trail or some sort of added golf tax that will be charged to golfers for infringing on the rabbit's home territory. I'll let you know if that happens.

That Quilt Friends is the news from the rancho, where progress is happening and walks are being enjoyed. What projects and plans do you have lined up?

I'll be by to visit!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Quilt News Friday, the Color Gray the Color Red, Meet Alice

This is 'Alice' my new improv recipe, more versions to come.
I'm piecing more HSTs for new projects in Spectrum Reds by Cotton & Steel.
Redondo Beach volleyball game.

South end of Redondo Beach.

North View, not many people out this morning.

Happy Quilt News Friday!

It's a gray, cloudy day not cold or windy, just over cast. And it's been that way around here for a couple of weeks now.

This morning we went to walk along the beach. It was quiet and relaxing. There were some surfers on the south end waiting for waves and a volleyball game in progress. Often it's more crowded on the weekend.

This week I've got more HSTs pieced and very soon it will be time to sew rows together. I've made a big pile of them to go into several planned projects. 

I've also started on a new improv quilt I call 'Alice' because some of the fabrics I'm using are from the Wonderland Collection by Cotton & Steel. I've wanted to start using themes and 'recipes' in my designs just changing out color but using the same basic design. And yes, this way of working is of course influenced by Gwen Marston and her book, 'Liberated Medallion Quilts.'
You can get a better price on her book if you are an AQS member and you buy it from them.

And that my quilting friends is the news from the rancho where projects are being moved forward and walks are being enjoyed.
What's your quilt news?

I'll be by to visit.