Sunday, September 27, 2009

A possible solution regarding the Turquoise dilemma (?)



Well - the responses regarding my turquoise dilemma were consistent that's for sure. So, thank you, thank you for your inputs. At least my suspicions were confirmed that the color just did not belong (like one of those "what's wrong with this picture" cartoons).
I think I might have come up with a solution that will result in 2 quilts instead of one. I looked and looked at the blocks and tried pulling all the blocks containing reds and warm golds out. Separating the warm toned from the cool toned blocks may be a viable solution. If I do go with this, I'm going to put a lot of the turquoise and lime green in with the cool toned blocks so it will look like I did it on purpose and not like the mistake that it started out as ... eeek!
Either way (pulling out all the turquoise or pulling out the warm tones) at least a quarter of the blocks have to come out of the existing quilt.
Let me know what you think in any case, okay?

I'll also have to pick up another light batik with a whitish background because I have used all that I had in the existing blocks. I left some of the lighter yellows and greenish-gold blocks in the cool section. I may wind up pulling them out too, but I'm not sure yet - they definitely don't work in with the warm toned blocks.

Lesson Learned: I think next time I get a yen to make a batik quilt using a pattern like this, I'm going to try those Hoffman Bali Pops - all precut and coordinated.

Oh - and thank you for letting me know about the no reply blogger thing - I had no idea. I think it is fixed now.

Turquoise or no Turquoise?

I finished all the blocks for this quilt a couple of days ago and I'm considering taking out all the blocks with turquoise out (16 of them - a quarter of the quilt). I just don't know. Normally I like to have a little bit of "pop" in quilts, but I'm afraid that the turquoise is more of a jarring contrast in this one.

Please let me know what you think. Hopefully the pictures shown side by side will help. If I do replace them, I'll have to make more purple blocks because all the ones with turquoise were blocks that had purple in them (my daugher's favorite color) - rats! I'd also have to go buy more purple batiks. I really don't want to have to do that. *sigh*

I wonder if I could find an outer border batik fabric that is mostly purple with some turquoise in it if it would make the turquoise fit in more? I'm sooooo confused!

Friday, September 25, 2009

No pictures yet

I finished all the blocks for the strip tube quilt, but I'm still playing with the placement of them. Will post a picture when I figure it out - don't hold your breath though because I'm slow at deciding. My friend Kelley came over tonight and I'd love to sneak a couple of pictures of the progress she's making on her warm wishes quilt - it is going to be very pretty, but since it's not mine to snap pictures of, I'll wait *sigh*. Hope everyone had a good Friday.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm still around - really


Wow - I just realized that I haven't posted anything since I got back last Sunday. I've been busy working on the Strip Tube blocks. I've only got fourteen more to make and I'll have them all done - enough for a queen sized quilt. I laid them out on the floor of the sewing room just to see how they're looking together - the turquoise is awfully bright, but I think it works. I've also been working on my sewing room - finished painting the walls a nice light greyish aqua. I was very worried about it coming out a seafoam green or being too aqua - I'm trying to keep it light and airy with beach colors (sandy tans, whites, blues - like my blog colors). The baseboards and trim still need to be painted as they haven't been done in about seven years, but I'm saving that for another weekend when I've got plenty of time. I'm happy with the way it's coming along. I'm also bringing a new person into the quilting fold (no pun intended). A young woman at work was looking at one of the baby quilts I made and asked me if I'd teach her. I would never turn down the opportunity to give someone the quilting bug, so we've been working on a warm wishes quilt for her daughter. This woman is a natural - her cutting and sewing are very precise and she's very artistic, so I have a feeling that this will be a lifelong hobby for her. I hope everyone's having a wonderful Saturday.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Back from hiatus

All I have to show right now is a pillow case that I made for Em this morning with some fabric picked up last week. How could I resist? Everyone who knows her knows that her favorite food in the whole wide world are cupcakes. The fabric even says "My little cupcake" - and that's who she is!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

This pattern is really great!

After working with the Funky Stripes pattern that was such a pain to make, I was a little skeptical as to how easy this Strip Tubing thing was going to be. It's a similar set up in that you sew strips together and then cut the strips into triangles. But there's a big difference in that this one is definitely as easy as advertised by the book and the quilt shop owner. I am using the ruler that is recommended, so I'm sure that is helping. What is so great though is that all the seams nest just perfectly - I didn't do any pinning at all for these two blocks that are made from one strip set. I still have to press the final seams sewn in the blocks, they've just been finger pressed for the picture. I'm waiting until I put the quilt together to press them so they'll nest. I think I'm really going to enjoy making this quilt! I hope everyone is having a great week - one more work day!