Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's been a disgracefully unproductive week here. There's been a bunch of time-consuming things to do: trips to buy a replacement faucet for a leaky one, hair appointments, waiting at the VW dealer, making on-line Christmas orders, and so on. We're going to my son's for Thanksgiving, so preparing for that is not one of them, thank goodness.

The piecing of the basket blocks goes slowly anyway. There are points and seams to match up and pin, and of course this is where any earlier errors come back to haunt you. Part of the problem is that I think I used a different method of making 1/4 inch seam long ago when I started these blocks, and so there is a slight difference.



In addition, I am one of several people demonstrating different ways of making curved seams at guild Monday, and I've been practicing, making samples, and digging out some information to display. I've got a copy of Stack a New Deck by Karla Alexander with ideas, and I can use my quilt Refraction too. I'm not expecting great enthusiasm from the conservative people in the guild about the irregular look of blocks made this way, but a variety of options and ideas is a good thing.


In spite of talking about using up fabric, I had a hard time deciding on fabric to sacrifice for some sample blocks. I finally chose these brights, which I bought a few years ago, and am so tired of. I'm not sure how they'll look put together, but maybe they will make a good kids quilt for someone. The combination of fabrics may be another cause for raised eyebrows.

10 comments:

Debra said...

I always think it is fun to open a blog page and see fabric I own. I have that turquiose and the green plaid too; but, I'm not tired of it yet!

Nellie's Needles said...

Well, it sounds like a busy week to me.

A curved seam demo would be good and appropriate for any group. It exposes some to something that would never have been considered and warns others off from ever venturing there.

Rian said...

Eyebrows will be raised in a good way. I love the colors! And I'm not a brights fan, but these look great together.

Beth said...

That's gonna be pretty!

Joyce said...

I have that book and love it. I've made several quilts from it. I hope some of them jump out of the box and get curvy! The brights are perfect and will probably give them another shock. Lol.

Libby Fife said...

Whole lotta eyebrow raising! Your group must be super conservative or maybe I have gotten way liberal! Good idea for the tutorial-everyone can use that info:)

Frances Arnold said...

It's always good to stretch your audience a little bit!!!! Have fun with the demo.

Beena said...

Hope you have fun at your demo, and at your son's! Happy Thanksgiving!

Deb H said...

I actually like the combination of fabrics. It may be because we're getting into the dark time of year, & the brights seem sunny & cheerful! If you don't like them, just send them my way & I'll make a happy clock out of them! :~D

Barbara C said...

Those colors are great together--you did a good job choosing fabrics. And your yellow lilies are lovely.