Sunday, January 15, 2017

Scrappy fun and an oops

I laid out more En Provence bits, and I thought and  I thought.

At one point I thought my path should involve stripes - particularly diagonal stripes - in those yellow blocks, so I acquired some stripes to experiment with.

But the results still had me shrugging.  Then I had a revelation.

Like most things in life, En Provence just needs more orange.

I did a quick rummage through my neutrals for anything that had some orange in it and started cutting strips and triangles.   A little sewing, a little pressing, and a little scattering here and there, and I think everything's going to be fine.
The small flashes of orange are just enough to balance the orange stars and the yellow squares, and they subtly warm up the background of the quilt.
It's going to work!

I was convinced enough that I sewed together a block.

And another block.

And a strip of sashing.

I'll keep assembling components, and eventually I'll end up with a quilt!

Since this is a supremely scrappy quilt, I'm linking with Oh Scrap at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  Come see all the pretty scrappinesses!

Oh, and the oops?  I missed my blogiversary again.  My very first post was January12, 2008, with my official intro on January 13th.  A lot has changed since then.  I'm still knitting and making quilts, though.  We'll see what the next nine years will bring.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Chicken Accomplished!

My primary mission today was to take Sally's new chicken out for a test drive.  Er, flight?

Racing chickens.  It's a thing.

And I made a spool, because I seem to have fallen into that particular black hole.  (I swear I was pushed!)

And somehow or another, I seem to have made another piglet.

You knew I wouldn't be able to stop, didn't you?

Linking my purple darlings with ScrapHappy Saturday at SoScrappy, where rainbows go to spend their Saturdays.  Come see all the purple!

Monday, January 9, 2017

En Provence - Stepping back helps

While I'm still not entirely convinced about the yellow, I am happier with this the more pieces I lay out.  Just stepping back makes a world of difference in this busy pattern.

The more golden I go, the better I like it, so I may use that as my guide.  I've got lots of golds left over from last year's Allietare.  Or I might jump off in a whole new direction. 
(I've never been a big fan of yellow, so I'm wondering how much of my antipathy for it here can be chalked up to that.)

I see some purple four patches that need to be turned the other way, but that's easily fixed.  All in all, I like En Provence.  I like my orange stars, my blue stars, and my purple paths.
As for the yellow, I may or may not have a plan...

Linking with the last En Provence party at Quiltville.  Thanks, Bonnie!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Of course I'm not starting a new project...

Because, you know, I have so many already going.

Seriously.  I don't know where those stars came from.

Linking with Oh Scrap at Quilting is More Fun than Housework, since those entirely imaginary stars are made of imaginary scraps.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 wrapped up

So what do you get when you start with a fabulous tutorial and pattern from the fabulous Sally T (there are two sizes, so I'm giving links to both) and then mix it with a year's worth of scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge?

You get a bunch of these -

in a whole dancing rainbow of colors.

Then if you make them run uphill

and downhill,

and give them a nice meadow to play in,

you end up with a top that looks like this.

Now just throw in some bacon (because according to my dad, I add bacon to everything)  (can't argue with him there)  (because bacon)

and add some whooshing lines of quilting,

and a nice confetti binding,

and you get a perfect quilt to give your dad for Christmas.  (He raises pigs.  He knows a good pig when he sees one.)

He loved it, by the way.  I had a feeling he would.  And he got one right big chuckle out of that bacon fabric on the back, as did all family members who've seen it since.
And I got a big chuckle when he asked me if I'd put it on the internet.  See, he doesn't read my blog, so I got to tell him "Dad, there were people all over the world who knew you were getting a piggy quilt for Christmas, and you had no idea..."

Thanks, Angela, for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Without the RSC to get me and keep me going with this project, this Higgledy Piggledy quilt of mine never would have happened.
Oh, and Dad thanks you, too!

Linking with ScrapHappy Saturday at SoScrappy for the End of RSC2016 WrapUp.  Come see what rainbows of fun have been happening!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

En Provence, now with more chickens

(Note to self:  Remember that writing posts in your head is not the same thing as putting up a post on the blog.)

So Bonnie Hunter gave us the Big Reveal for En Provence, and I'll admit that I never saw this setting coming.   I hurried through a few of the final components and voila -

a trial layout.  I've substituted blues for greens, and I'm hoping they'll show up against the purples in the final quilt.  They do look a bit bluer in real life than they do in this photo.  I've also substituted orange for the magenta, and I like that just fine.
I'm not completely convinced about the yellow yet, though.  Maybe a pale orange instead?  A combination of yellow and orange?  A more orange-y yellow?
I'm going to play around some more with that as I make more bits.  (I'm not even at the halfway point for any of these parts.  Plenty of time to dither while I sew.)

While I was wiffling through my computer files for a pattern that I wanted to send my daughter (I download ALL the free patterns I find, whether I think I'll make them or not.  Acquisition is my middle name...), I found a pattern that I'd wanted to do for RSC last year, but had completely forgotten about.
It's a foundation paper-pieced pattern, which is a technique I've been wanting to practice more, so I decided to give it a try.  Unfortunately, our printer is on the blink right now, so I had no way to print it out.  I ended up putting a piece of paper up against the monitor and physically tracing the lines. 
(Whatever it takes, ya know?  Let nothing stand in the way between me and my quilt block.)
I then traced the pattern off onto freezer paper -

and then darkened the lines (in order to make them more visible), flipped the patterns over, and traced another set onto freezer paper, so I would have a set that was a mirror image.

And I tried it out.

And I liked it so much, I tried it facing the other way.

And the best part about using templates from freezer paper?  I can re-use them.  Next time I want a chicken, I'm ready to go, whether the printer is good to go or not.

(The pattern is from here, along with a bunch of other wonderful chicken patterns.  Cluck!)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

If I could think of a title, it would go right here

This isn't much of a year-end post, I admit.  I'm not one for setting goals, and I never make resolutions.  (My last New Year's Resolution was years ago - it was to never make another New Year's Resolution, and it's been the only one I've ever managed to keep.)
That being said, I'm trying to get a little bit more organized by investing in some bins.  And some labels.  (I'm told that labels are very important for organizing.  I'm testing it out and will report back later.)

The monkeys said that bright light hurts their eyes, so they prefer to live in the shoebox.  Privately, I suspect they just like to plot their shenanigans out of sight.  I'm willing to play along, but if they get too rowdy, I'm getting the duct tape.
Most of the blocks I made for RSC2016 will continue into RSC2017 - the Jacks & Sixes, the Buckeye Beauties, the Whatchacallit Star, the Rainbow Regatta wee ships, and Chantal's Pinwheels.  I'm also making Centennial stars, which caught my fancy in October and clamored to be included.  Since I'd planned to stop making piglets after Higgledy Piggledy was done, I figured I could add another block to my rainbow tsunami.  But, I'm probably going to just keep on making piggies, since I have almost enough left over to make another quilt anyway, and besides, I'd miss making the little rascals every month.
And my beloved Kaleidoscopes...

Angela says purple is the color for January, so since I have all those purples out for En Provence anyway, I decided to go ahead and make a purple kaleidoscope.
So, this is either the first block of RSC2017, or the last block of RSC2016.  Tough call.

Linking with So Scrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Come see all the fun!
And that kaleidoscope means I can link to Kaleidoscopes of Butterflies over at Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting.  Come see!