Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Applique' is calling me.


I don't really think there is any aspect of quilt making that I don't enjoy. I love the geometry of piecing and working with fabrics and colors. My absolute favorite is applique'. It's so "painterly". Another quilt top in my "quilt top collection" is blocks from a Brandywine Design book. I enlarged the blocks to 125%, and executed the patterns on black with brights. I had a great time with these blocks, making an effort to use as many fabrics as possible. The only block that I wasn't delighted with is the sunflowers with a bluebird; I think the bird doesn't have enough contrast to the rest of the block.

We're going to see my son and his family in Virginia for a few days, and I'm trying to get my "toys" ready for the trip. I'm not real worried about clothes; I can pack those in about ten minutes, and you can always buy more clothes if you need them. But getting the right mix of hand work to last for the duration of the trip is sometimes a challenge. I have to have a little bit of knitting for the highway, while DH drives. Usually, some cotton dishcloths are included, just because they don't require any thought, and they are so appreciated. The forecast is for lots of heat, so that will probably constitute all the knitting this trip. In cooler weather, I always take a good project, such as a sweater. Of course, I am vying for "Nana of the Year", so some small amounts of fancy yarns to make sweaters for American Girl dolls would be an option.

A few years ago, our granddaughter was talking to her cousins who were going to Boston to visit their paternal grandparents. Lisey thought about that for a little while, and then announced, "I have grandparents, too. They live in Indiana . . . my Grandpa can ride a bike." I congratulated DH on being entered in the "My Grandpa is better than your Grandpa sweepstakes"! He had apparently planted that thought in her mind in all those moments when he teased her about letting him ride her tricycle. He said he hadn't been on a bike in years, and I told him he'd better practice, because her reputation was at stake.

7 comments:

Shelina said...

That is a beautiful quilt. Have a great trip. And say congratulations to your husband for winning that granddad contest.

Maureen said...

Have a safe trip...aren't we all alike...packing our projects is more important than clothing...hee hee...I have a long commute everyday for work and have found that I like Wool Applique the best...big needle, big stitch, big thread! If we hit a bump and a stitch goes awry I consider it Folk Art. Wonderful story about the Grandpa Sweepstakes.

Dawn said...

Oh these blocks are beautiful on the black, and I love the multi-colored sashing you put around them! It is really wonderful. So why don't you get some of these finished??? Do you hand quilt them?

anne bebbington said...

I love brights on black background applique - the fabric you picked for your sashing and cornerstones is wicked!!!

tami said...

I had to chuckle about packing your clothing in 10 minutes and taking much longer to pack projects. When I make a list for packing I always list out supplies and such for projects and "clothes" like an afterthought. You are so right you can always buy more clothes, but you might not be able to find the exact fabric you need for your current project.

Judy said...

I have to say I am in agreement with you. If I was only allowed to do one type of quilting...applique would be my choice! I love it!

This si the prettiest quilt! The colors are bright and fun and I love that you used so many of them. I have a pic torn from a magazine that looks similar the this and it's in my pile of to-do one day quilts!! A bright on blacks applique!

Wonderful job!!

Laura said...

I have been trying to comment for a couple of days and blogger hasn't been agreeing with me, finally it is letting me have my say! I was excited to see the blocks together, they look fantastic. The picture does not do these blocks justice! They are soooo wonderful!