Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Layout test

It's fun to set out my quilt blocks and see what my final quilt is going to look like. Can we say colorful?!
It's a little intimidating to realize that these 66 blocks in the picture are only 60% of the total number of blocks. Yeah. This is basically half of the quilt! Eeek! Insane! It's going to be huge!
I like seeing the general layout and realizing that all these unmatching blocks fit together in a delightfully colorful quilt. There is one block that I'm DEFINITELY going to redo. And a couple more deserve the chopping block but might make the final cut, depending on how lazy or motivated I feel when that day comes.
Mostly, it's exciting to see the progress and remember the fun of piecing each block together.

Monday, May 27, 2013

#58, 59, 60

#58 Mother's Dream
I've been trying to use more blue and green, and then I realized I hadn't used them together yet. So I like this square, but I don't love it. The colors are soothing and calming together, and calm is, to me, a mother's dream.

#59  Night & Day
So this one is a bit literal. Night: stars in the sky. Day: a cherry picnic. It's a fun block with very pretty contrasts.

#60 Noon & Light
Yellow and grey are really popular together these days. For me, though, the grey feels very drab and dry, even put with the yellow. I love the yellow print, and I am happy to put it in another block!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

#55, 56, 57

#55 Linoleum
If I had linoleum that looked anything like this, I would rip it out immediately-- if I somehow decided to buy the house in spite of it. This would be atrocious as flooring! But isn't it a lovely block?! I still love the orange and green floral fabric, which is beautiful but nothing I would use as wall paper or anything!
#56 Maple Leaf
A maple leaf made of maple leaf print fabric. Ba-dum chhh! This block is so easy and pretty, I think I may do a maple leaf quilt someday.
#57 Morning
When I think of morning, I don't usually think RED and BRIGHT YELLOW. This one might be more aptly named Sunburst or something like that. I love the bold colors, though.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

#52, 53, 54

Moving right along, then, shall we? 

#52 Hovering Hawks
Hovering Hawks is exactly like the previous one, Hovering Birds. I think it's kind of lame that they're both in the book, especially since they show up one after the other. Maybe there were lots of the Farmer's Wife essays that talked about hovering birds and hawks. Though I doubt it.
I'll just be sure and place them separately in the final quilt.

#53 Jackknife
Oooh, didn't this one turn out pretty? I basically copied the colors from the book. I'm not sure how this is supposed to look like a jackknife, though. Is it the blue shapes on the corner of the center square? I guess so.
#54 Kitchen Woodbox
Yeah, I copied this one's color scheme from the book, too. I usually think the fabrics in the book are absolutely atrocious, but for these three, the colors were nice, so I used them. Thankfully, I like my fabrics a lot more than the ones the author chose. But actually, once all the blocks are put together on the final quilt, I really like the effect, even with the individual fabrics I don't like. So I'm excited to see how mine will come together with beautiful fabrics and a fun design!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

#49, 50, 51

#49 Honeycomb
I've been sticking with mostly floral prints-- a few stars mixed in for good measure, and maybe even a cherry print. But for this one, how could I NOT use these honeybees?! I kind of love bees, beehives, honey, and everything about them. My little brother owns a beehive, and how cool is that?! So this block makes me happy.

#50 Honey's choice
Isn't this nice? Pink and green. Yup. I guess I shouldn't feel bad that I don't have a lot to say about every single block.
#51 Hovering birds
My sister-in-law saw some of my blocks when I was visiting her, and she was surprised at how small they were. I guess we never mentioned it, but these blocks are each only 6" square. I left my hand in this one, so it gives a bit of perspective. They're tiny.