Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My bags are not packed - I'm not ready to go


But I'm ever so slowly getting there.  This t-shirt quilt due in early June is almost ready to be put together and be delivered to Frank and Terri for long-arming - still waiting for the mom to drop off one more shirt.  Coincidentally, the young lady for whom this quilt is being made requested that Columbia Blue be used as the sashing.  Columbia Blue?  She went to my thread cabinet and found the shade, and I ordered the matching Kona Evening.  But really the color is Painter's Tape Blue.










I'm  bit stuck on my Medallion Quilt-a-Long.  The suggested Raspberry Kiss block wasn't for this quilt.  So I did some wonky crosses, and I'm not sure what I'm not liking - the wonkiness or the alternating color or whether I just need a stronger division between the previous white border and the crosses.  At least this is up on the design wall and out of the way not that the soccer jersey quilt is actually in process.











As soon as we return from our Eastern Danube River cruise, I am heading to Ann Arbor for Stitch Glampalot with five of my Chicago MQG buddies.  We'll be working on individual projects, one which will work best with solids.  I am unsure of what I want to do, so I am just taking all of my Konas and hope that this palette will be the right thing.  It will have to be.  I also have a triangle ruler and a paper-piecing ruler set out.  We will also be making 4" Drunkard's Path blocks - and of course I have templates for 3", 6" and 9".   So it goes...
Part of Glampalot involves an optional zip pouch exchange as an ice breaker.  I received a bit of info about my partner, one of which is that she likes metallics.  Guild buddy Amy posted a tutorial to a curvy zip pouch, and it's a terrific one.  I liked it so much that I had to make another right away.  So this little pouch will go into my Stitch Glampalot suitcase along with the Kona cottons, and I am putting it away until we get home.  The day before we leave I am having the studio carpet cleaned and am very excited about coming back to a pristine studio.  You bet pictures will be coming!


 At the last guild meeting I took the blocks from the Sarah Nishuara workshop home and put them into a quilt.  This top will go back with me to the meeting Sunday, and I am hoping someone will take this quilt to the next stage - it is ideal for a charity quilt.  Working on it was very useful in getting my head out of my self-absorbed ass.  Let's hear it for charity work.  One of the things on my list when we return is to get back to making purses for young women in Zambia.  The Sew Powerful organization is one that is truly making a difference!  

4 comments:

Iris Johnson said...

Check out the latest border on medallion from a distance. Does it suggest a swaticka or it it my imagination.

Jen Ben Bry said...

I definitely see crossses, not swastikas in the latest border. I wonder if the division from the last border would be clearer with all red and gray crosses. Love how you're improvising, Donna!

Donna said...

Iris, you are right on target! It took me a while to see it, but you're right. I still have a couple more wonky crosses to do and add, but I surely will be careful about placement. Thanks for your graphic design eye!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Something bothered me too - but I couldn't put my finger on it until I read Iris' comment and I went back to look again. It's subliminal - but it's there - and probably why it bothered us both and we couldn't figure out why. And I laughed out loud when you said "a$$" - I remembered a story that Florence Henderson told about the time some kids caught her saying some "bad" words - they started chanting - sing-song style - "Mrs. Brady swears!!" - ;))