Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I am flabbergasted!!!


And the reason I'm so flabbergasted is because of all the orphan blocks I found!!!  But that's at the end of the post so you can scroll down if you don't want to wait for the rest.


I finished hand-piecing the center for the Block in the Spotlight quilt here.  But it was so plain that I needed to come up with  more.


I decided to make some hexie units for the corners.  I really like the way it is turning out.


I'm working on the fourth hexie unit and then I'll piece some small hexie designs for the setting triangles.  After all the hexie work and applique I'll still have a 3" border to make so that the center will be the right size for the other blocks to surround.  This is turning out to be quite a monumental project.  I just hope it looks good when I'm finished.  I hope, I hope, I hope.


I've been quilting on the Birds of a Feather quilt. Another lengthy project. . .   Can you read what I've quilted in this rectangle?  It's the plainest part of an otherwise active and busy quilt.  Just quilting a grid was not enough - it needed more interaction with the viewer.


More quilting


Love this little strip above and below with the pears.  I had the idea to do a feather in the background (feather -bird) and I think it's turning out lovely.  It sure is fun to watch it appear as I stitch.




Our weather has been so warm that the apricot buds are ready to pop.  My husband pruned the tree yesterday and I brought some boughs in to see if they would still bloom.



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I almost started another project on Monday.  I remembered some fabric I had purchased in 2002 when I was just getting into quilting big time.  Up to that point I knew how to sew and had made a couple of quilts but I was still so busy with family obligations that there wasn't much time to quilt.  In 2002 my youngest entered middle school and the rest . . . is history.

Anyway, I dug deep in my stash and found the soft colored fabric above.  It isn't something I would probably pick out now but I was looking for something that looked faded and this is what I could find. That yellow piece has Peter Pan on it's selvage.  How long has that been?

I got out the fabric, petted it, then even put it in the washer to pre-shrink it while I looked for a pattern.  Then, thank goodness I got interrupted.  I smiled at myself, carefully took the fabric out of the dryer, folded it again, and put back on my shelf.

I really need to finish up the Block in the Spotlight.  I"m afraid if I put it on the back burner it will be another six years (or longer) before it surfaces again.


Have you read Lori's post here at Humble quilts about her challenge with her friends to do an orphan quilt?    I have often wondered about making one ever since I heard about them.  And then I saw one that Bonnie Hunter made and it was fabulous so I knew one was in my future.

I decided to look for some orphan blocks and lay them out to see what I could come up with.  I figured I might have six pieced blocks and a couple of appliqued blocks and just wondered what it might look like.

Imagine my shock when I just kept finding more and more blocks.  WHOA!  The picture above is not all of them.  I have bags and bags of hst in various sizes that could be put in between blocks.  And that zig ziag strip is just the hst blocks that have been sewn together, it's from a charm pack. Some of the blocks on the right and bottom are from my MIL's stash that I inherited.

I'm in a daze.  How I would love to play but I'm going to stitch hexies instead.  What a fun project this will be when I finish the Block in the Spotlight

And I saved the dessert for last just like my mother taught me.



It seemed like a good day for pecan pie.  Can't wait till it cools.

Robin

3 comments:

Karen said...

Interesting at how the layout for your orphan blocks all pulls together when you laid them out. Like they were meant to be together.

Janet O. said...

Excellent choice to put those hexie flowers in the blank star corners. It makes it come to life. I love that, Robin!
Also loved your story about pulling fabrics, prepping them, and then folding them and putting them back. I've had those experiences where I finally let my better judgement take over, no matter how tempting a new project might be. : )
I made an orphan block quilt years ago. Didn't love mine, but my oldest daughter did. I gave the top to her to quilt, but she never has.

Every Stitch said...

Love the hand quilting - beautiful !