Friday, October 20, 2017

In a Pickle!

Ya know, Cathy is such a good bad good bad good bad ...umm... strong influence on me!  She says 'squirrel' and I commence to chasing.

Because look what happened...


I got pickled.

Now I've got some decisions to make.  Continue with paper piecing like I did with this pickle?
I'm not wild about the detritus.  I'd definitely go back to my usual freezer paper technique.


And I'm not so sure that hand piecing wouldn't be just as fast (or even possibly faster) than machine piecing.

I'm also thinking I might want to go a little bigger...




Since it's pink, I'll be linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday!  Come see all the fun!  There might be pickles!  And squirrels!





Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Paucity of Pink

I don't have a lot of pink on hand, so pickings are slim this week for the RSC.
I made a pinwheel block, but it's so pale and anemic that I'm afraid it'll be overwhelmed by the other blocks I've been making for this quilt.  I'll have to wait and see.


My Buckeye Beauty shines a little brighter.


Every time I make one of those little cuties, I have to stifle a sudden urge to drop everything and make a bucketful of them.  I'm already knee-deep in bucketfuls of four-patch blocks, so the last thing I need is a new obsession.

Speaking of four-patch blocks, this was an unexpected journey -


A trip to Palmateer Point  gave me this little quilt center.   It was a natural little squirrel chase, what with me already playing with four-patches.  I'm thinking a blue border or two will finish this right up.

And to all those who were tempting me to carry on making blocks for my double-four-patch project


Yeah, it worked...



Linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday, and Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!  Come for the pink, stay for the scraps!



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Four-patches and more four-patches and a big stack of squirrels

Still playing with my four patches.   The fabulous Sally T left a comment on my last four-patch post that I really took to heart.  She said she was disappointed to find that what looked like an orange double four-patch block was actually pink instead.

Orange...  Of course!

One orange block, coming right up!


And I set the two blocks on a handy hunk of purple, along with a few 1.5" squares.  You know, just for grins.


Maybe another block?  I could make a table runner...


So another pink block appeared.  And then, because one good orange deserves another -


Now I had four blocks made.

Let the games begin!

Easy is as easy does - I just set them down next to each other.


Maybe a narrow sashing?  That handy hunk of purple was still right there.


Cornerstones, anyone?


Maybe a 2" sashing instead of a 1" one?


Cornerstones?


Four-patches for cornerstones?


Or maybe a turquoise hunk?


Maybe more blocks?  These double four-patch blocks will finish at eleven inches, so I've got a possible table topper at this point, or a wall quilt.  Do I want to keep going?

The dithering is always the best part...  Maybe I should do one of each?

Oh, and that stack of squirrels I mentioned in the title?  Martingale had a book sale.  I'm always a sucker for a good sale.  Some are for me, and some might go for Christmas gifts, if I can manage to pry them out of my own hands.


At least one of those books is the kind where I want to make every single one of the quilts.

I may need to buy a day-stretcher.




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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pretty in Pink

With her dark head and legs, and light fluffy coat, she looks just like one of the Shetland sheep I used to have.


 Well, except for the part about being pink...



I'll be linking my little pink delight with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Come see all the pink rainbow goodness!




Sunday, October 1, 2017

In the pink and playing with blocks

This week's adventures in 4-patches led to a little double-four-patch play.


Yeah, the pink was a surprise to me, too.  Not my favorite color, but since I had it close to hand for October's RSC color, the blocks just seemed to land on it.

But the setting wasn't quite what I wanted.  I did a bit of rearranging and came up with this one -


That's better.  A border or two, and I'll have a cute little doll quilt or table topper.  And another setting scratched off my Infinite Number of Four-Patch Settings list.
Now to get all those itty bits sewn together!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Last of the crazy orange cluckers

As September heads off into the sunset,


we wave goodbye to orange.   (My clucker seems to be waving goodbye with her tail feathers...)  I'll miss orange, but they say all good things must come to an end.

Okay, October, ready or not, here you come!  Bring on the next color!


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Playing with four patches

As I mentioned the other day, I've started playing with some of the four-patches that I've been making for leader/enders for the last couple of years.


(And look!  If that worked, I've learned to make a collage!)  (Next step will be to learn to make a good collage!)

Four-patches are the ideal leader/ender for me - I just keep a box of 1.5" squares close to the machine and the little blocks pile up.  And up.  And up.
When I first started making them, I also started collecting ideas for what to do with them when I had 'enough' (whatever that means...)  The problem is, there are way too many gorgeous quilts made with four-patches.
What's a ditherer to do?

That's when I thought of "The Great Four-Patch Project."  I'm going to make ALL the four patch quilts.
In small versions, of course.  (Even I can see the pitfalls there)

So, I'm starting with this one:


Of course, there will be the traditional dithering over a border -


I like that one, so I'll try another purpley one.


Maybe a nice pinky-red?


Why not both?


I really like that one.
But I'll give brown a chance, just to see what happens if I tone it down a bit.


I'm not so good with the toning down, it seems.


That's better.  But I still like that red/purple combo from above.  Maybe with a blue binding?

Eventually I'm going to need some four-patches on point, so I've been framing some with triangles now and then.


Here's the latest one, posing with another of the  nine-patches that I'm making for the Burgoyne Surrounded sashing.


 Wait!  What's that?


Does anyone else hear the theme from Jaws?


I thought those monkeys had been entirely too quiet lately.  Apparently at least one followed me to my daughter's house.


Oh, dear.  We'll probably have to spray for them again...



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