Thursday, March 31, 2016

Finishalong - one completion

In the last hours of the first quarter of the Finishalong, I find myself with one entry only!! And wondering where the three months went? Not really - I do wish I'd finished more on my To Finish List, but I've had such a good time working on everything I've been working on, and eyeing the three months pass by, it's a long three months when you make every day count. 

Last October, I was alone in Portland, Maine for a day. Pepsipal caught an early flight home (airline employees travel by the seat of their pants because it's for free) and what was I to do? I immediately managed to get lost trying to take a scenic route and avoid the turnpike, which infuriated me with myself. I backtracked and managed to find Joann's on Brighton Ave, and wandered around there for several hours, looking at patterns and observing demographic inventory differences.

I wanted a small project to occupy me on my travel home from Boston. What I found was a table runner, and I decided to make one using batiks. This meant I could choose at least six fat quarter batiks plus a half-yard of a bolt fabric! 

The next day at approximately one pm I caught a bus from Portland to Logan, and that was the start of the trip from Portland to home. I was on buses, public transportation, airplanes and waiting in airports until about eight pm the next day - and I completed six motifs. I made one more, then let the runner sit around for several months but here it is for your viewing pleasure. I love the green edging (makes me think of Scarlett O'Hara's jade green watered silk dress) and the green batik backing. All the way from Logan to you!

And here are my original projects. No matter, they're back on the to-do list for next quarter!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

All My Time and Energy ...

All my time and energy goes into making curves when curves are required, trimming to size and squaring up. I used to resist but now I only make a little face while biting the bullet and investing mere minutes into making my blocks one step closer to "just right."

In the Bonfire quiltalong, here are my blocks for March. We are using Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany. This month is Time and Energy. I'm going to make another block using 2 colors in the petals, and watch my contrast and values. I love the indigo batik by itself; with the dark purple print the middle became a muddle.