Saturday, December 3, 2016

It's Just the Tip of the Iceberg!

So after counting up the 6" Bow Tie blocks in my Parts Department I thought it might be interesting or worthwhile to ascertain how many Shoo-fly and Hole in the Barn Door blocks I currently have. I wasn't prepared for the numbers although goodness knows I should have been.

Here we have Shoo-fly blocks on the left,
Hole in the Barn Door blocks in the back right (a variation of Churn Dash),
and the deceptively numerous Bow Ties in front.

Are you ready for the side view?

And now for the numbers:

  • 201 Shoo-fly blocks
  • 165 Hole in the Barn Doors
  • 106 Bow Ties
  •  and just for kicks, 69 Ships

These were not part of my official Rainbow Scrap Challenge effort. They're just the blocks I've made as leaders-enders out of the rest of the scraps in my stash!

I kept myself up again last night trying to figure out how to reduce these numbers with relative ease and speed. I'd spent some time yesterday afternoon playing around with assorted blocks on the design wall but in the light of the new day I have decided I was working under some form of delusion. Now it's time to see whether either of the ideas I had in the middle of the night are any better...

I'm linking up with other scrappy bloggers over at SoScrappy for moral support.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Umm, I May Have a Problem

This doesn't look too bad does it?

That's my current inventory of 6" Bow Tie blocks. In the photo they've been sorted into two stacks of ties with dark backgrounds, a stack of ties on medium backgrounds, and one short stack of ties on white. Anyone care to guess how many there are in total? I realize the photo hasn't been shot in a way that will help you. Let me just say my son's guess of 32 was way too low.

This is slightly frightening because I also have a drawer, six inches deep, that is chock full of Shoo-fly and Hole in the Barn Door blocks (also 6" each). I mean, I have to push down on the blocks to get the drawer to close!

It may be time to stop making blocks and start making a large quilt out of small blocks...

(By the way, there are 106 Bow Ties in the picture.)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday Happiness and My Diary Quilt

Today is another opportunity to make the most of one blog post. ;- ) It's time to share a couple of things that make me happy along with LeeAnn over at Not Afraid of Color. One of those things is my Diary Quilt, my take on Audrey's Quilty 365 quilt along over at Quilty Folk. Another is novelty prints.

So far my Diary Quilt is still just rows or columns of 2.5" x 6.5" strips, one for each day of the past year. I put the last strip on the last row on November 19.

I have 13 rows/columns in total but they won't all fit on the design wall until I get them sewn together. Therein lies the challenge: what to use to set the rows? I've got every color in the rainbow in the strips. I used white for Sundays and wrote a scripture verse reference on each one. Whatever I use to set the rows needs to recede into the background, not compete for attention with the rows. I can't sew them together until I've made that decision because each row needs a compensating strip added to the top and bottom to make them all the same length. Whether or not there will be an outer border remains to be seen.

I'm already missing the act of choosing a strip a day. There were days when sewing a few strips together was just the ticket to get my day started. One of the fun things about choosing strips was the chance to feature a novelty print.

Sometimes those novelty prints were actually going into a quilt I was working on at the time!

I mentioned how much I enjoy fussy cutting novelty prints in a recent post. I've been making stars featuring prints that reflect the interests and activities of my daughter's FIL. He's a fan of science fiction and a follower of Dr. Who. Here's the Doctor's space ship, the TARDIS:

The star points were cut from a separate Dr. Who print that has the sound the TARDIS makes as it materializes and dematerializes. There have been special episodes of Dr. Who on television for Christmas every year for the last few years. Naturally I had to use a Dr. Who TARDIS print around a Santa print!

He also owned more than one diner throughout his lifetime, which involved pouring a lot of coffee.

Everyone should have lots of money in their lives.

You can't have enough Peanuts either. ;- )

I'll be linking up with both LeeAnn and Audrey. Do yourself a favor and go have a look for yourself!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Stitch Along Check-in

When last I showed you this small needlepoint Stitch & Zip case I'd only put in some of the background.

Since then I have begun to make the color changes I kept seeing in my mind's eye when I considered this project.

This is labeled as an English crown but I guess my Irish is coming through! Every time I looked at the design I saw an emerald green velvet cap surrounded by a framework of gold. I'm not quite sure what I'll do about the gem stones indicated. Since the background is white, pearls may be out of the running.

There are stitchers  around the world participating in this SAL. We check in every three weeks. It's amazing how helpful a deadline can be. If you'd like to get motivated in this way drop Avis an email. We're welcoming Helen to the group this time - welcome Helen!

See you in December!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday Happiness

It's Thanksgiving Thursday here in the States. Our small turkey will be ready in a couple of hours. On Thanksgiving - and Christmas - I'm particularly grateful for my husband's willingness to roast a turkey for me because this panel pretty much says it all:

I'm very fortunate to have a husband who cares enough to go the extra mile for me. Even better, he makes me laugh. Like Elizabeth Bennet, I dearly love to laugh. He appreciates and supports my artistic endeavors too. Yup, I'm a lucky woman. ;- )

Another thing that makes me happy is completing a quilt top (bet you didn't see that coming!). Remember those pink Patience Corner blocks I started a little while ago? And then they took over and became a whole set for a twin size quilt? I played around with the traditional setting for those blocks but was never happy with the results.

So then I decided to throw caution to the winds and turn some of the blocks ninety degrees.

That didn't thrill me either. I kept moving them around and eventually stumbled on this layout:

And after some tweaking of block placements this was the result:

Yes, there's a narrow black border all the way around. The dots are tiny white flowers with pink centers. It couldn't be more perfect! I love a happy ending. That goes for the books and movies I most enjoy too. I'll have to be sure to cover those topics on another Happy Thursday.

To continue your journey on the happy train hop over to LeeAnn's blog to see what's making her happy this week. Oh, and have a warm and cozy Thanksgiving Day wherever you are!