Tuesday, November 23, 2010

From Green to White

I lied. I didn't cut the green patches for the baby quilt over the weekend. I got distracted by an opportunity created by Beth over at Love, Laugh, Quilt. I'll show you what I made a little later.

Sunday our world outside went from green to white. There's something about falling snow that makes me want to warm myself by the heat of my iron and cuddle with my sewing machine. ;- )

I took down all the Churn Dash blocks that were on my design wall so I could put up the background patches for the baby quilt. I used a variety of yellow prints and I wanted to get them distributed as evenly as possible across the surface of the quilt. Mz. Mullen used a lot of prints in the background of her Starz and Stripez quilt; that's part of what drew me to it in the first place.

Really, one could stop at this point and sew the patches together for a simple, happy quilt. Lots of fun quilting would make a top like that sing. (The big squares are only 5.5" and the rectangles are 3" x 5.5".) Since I'm not that proficient a quilter I pulled out a lot of greens from my stash to make the starz.

I was wondering how I would get the greens distributed evenly across the quilt when suddenly it dawned on me that I could work on one star at a time and just keep the points all the same for that star. Mz. Mullen has mixed her star points all up from what I can see. I also suspect she did all the sashes in one go and then arranged them to make up the starz. Guess I'm not feeling that random right now. Ya gotta do what works for you (I know that because Gwen Marston said so in her recent books!) and this is what works for me.

Since daytime temperatures are not going to be climbing above freezing for another day or two I may even get this top together before Thanksgiving. :- )

4 comments:

Finn said...

I have a feeling that you are absolutely right! Those are nice warm colors and that should help hold back the chilly temps! I like your approach to the greens. Plenty of random going on already. I think it will be a great quilt!
So sorry to hear about that storm that blasted you guys. That was pretty amazing for Washington State! Stay warm and safe, hugs, Finn
P.S. the verification word tonight is "dazed"..oh ya, right on!

Christina said...

This is great! Keep following your instincts, it is lovely.

Becca said...

you have grass! woohoo! love the happy bright colors. very fun

Laura in IA said...

Just stunning. What a lucky baby.