Friday, October 25, 2013

Toast vs. Quilting

Yes, it seems a simple slice of toast has stolen my day.

I just wanted a slice of toast so I went to the freezer to take out some bread.  On the way, I saw the bag of apples that we brought home the other day. An apple would be a happy meal time addition. As I looked at the apples, I could see that some were getting soft so I decided to peel them for applesauce.  As the sauce cooked, I ate a little and then started to clean up the kitchen. The apple peels needed to be composted so on went the outside jacket and shoes. On the way back into the house, I passed my parsley that grew so well all summer and I planned to bring in for the winter.  There it was on top of a pile of old towels that needed to be washed. After the parsley was in the house, I went back for the towels and started the washer. The floor was sandy from coming in and out so I got out the vacuum. As I plugged it in, I noticed the heat vents needed vacuuming so I started on them and as long as I had the attachment on, I also vacuumed the mini blinds in the bedroom. Then back to the floor, why stop at the hall. In the living room, I remembered last evening as I was searching for my lost needle in the couch, I found popcorn under the cushions. (I have no idea how that happened!) I may as well clean that up now. After chasing the vacuum around the house, I got back to the kitchen where I finished up those last few dishes.

Well, now I have my computer on. What should I write about today?    Hm............. all the sewing that I got done today?

Wait the washer just stopped, I'll be right back..........

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Still Sitting on the Edge

Sharon V. Rotz

While I was reviewing older quilts and thinking about quilt edges, this quilt stuck out as another of my favorites.

One of the little details that added to the total quilt was the curving edge. Again, this may only be a small thing but it softened what would have been a harsh line and adds to the total effect of a wavy, watery theme.

The binding was traditionally done. The strips were cut on the bias for more flexibility going around the curve. 

Easily accomplished, I have to remember this for my future quilts.

What exciting edges are surrounding your quilts?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Make Your Fabric Work for You

Sumac Roadways
Sharon V. Rotz

This week I have been revisiting some of my older works and looking for concepts that I particularly would like to repeat again. This is one of my favorites. Although I've used only a handful of fabrics, they are all working to their maximum to create a complex-looking image.

What I like about the binding is the fabric that I chose and how the fabric pattern works to create an  interesting design edge. The binding was, of course, done the traditional way of wrapping a strip of fabric around the edge of the quilt but looking at the pattern of the printed fabric, there is the illusion of  jagged movement encircling the center.

Do you ever analyze what makes your favorite quilts work?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Color Overload

I am definitely finding it hard to stay inside and sew when I awaken to a world bursting with color.

I love the colors of fall and they will be inspirations for many of my future projects but now I am out in the world enjoying! The contrast of the brilliant reds and the cool blue is overwhelming.

May your day be packed with fabulous color.

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