Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What Am I Doing?--Linky Party Tuesday!


I started to title this blog post "What I Am Doing" but "What Am I Doing?" seems more appropriate.  Once again, I've started a new project that has "leapfrogged" over other things I've thought about to take precedence.  I can blame Margaret for some of this.  She needed some fabric for her broderie perse project for our applique group, and I decided to loan her some of this fabric with lovely roses on it:




This is a Faye Burgoos fabric that I bought 9 yards of four years ago at G Street Fabrics, with the idea of making a Dazzling Dresden, or just using it as a backing.  Seeing it again, I thought I would explore the Dresden opportunities, and of course, now I have these:




These are twelve of the 20 sets I've already cut out, and I have enough fabric to do 20 more (or 30 if I cut a smaller wedge).  I decided that this would make a great hand-work car project for our proposed trip to the Southwest in a few weeks (we're up to 16 days traveling, so far, if we make all the stops we've outlined). 

Of course, when I told Guy what I had in mind, and asked him to give me some suggestions about background fabric, he was right in there with me commenting on fabric samples on-line, sashing, and layout choices.  I think I've created a monster ("do you think 4 yards of 108" backing is enough, honey....wait a minute, let me do the math").  Two hours and $90 later, I've got the background, backing, and sashing fabric due for delivery in a few days.......if I could only teach him to applique (or better yet, do bindings!).

As though this isn't idiotic enough, yesterday I just started playing around with my "uglies" for my "In the Bag" ugly fabric challenge.  I decided on some big Jacob's Ladder blocks to showcase my ugly print in the four-patches, paired with my coordinating prints in the half-square triangles.  Here's what I'm working with:




If nothing else, these will make a bold statement.  And, by the way, Guy quilted  "The Charms of Salt Air"  (yes, I named it, and no, it's not terribly original, but you get the picture).  I love the quilting motif coordinated with the "wavelet" motif in the print.  My honey is the best:



I'd better get busy......I've actually got some projects I was planning on doing that have yet to see the light of day......have a great sewing day!  Don't forget to check in with Connie at Quilting by the River to see what everyone else is working on.

Kathy

13 comments:

viridian said...

Your Dresden blocks are wonderful!!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Estão lindos,parabéns.na próxima sexta-feira,vai acontecer alguma coisa sobre dresdem em Quilting Feliz,Passe para uma olhadinha.

Cherie said...

Wow they all look great!
He sounds amazing! You're one lucky Lady =D

p.s would you mind turning off the word verification please and thanks =D

Chatty Kathy said...

I thought that was turned off Cherie; think I've got it now, but you can let me know if not. Thanks, Kathy

Joanie's Quilts said...

The blocks are all so beautiful. Isn't it amazing all the different variations you got from the same fabric. Wow! I need a hubby like yours but I am very grateful for my supportive one.

Connie said...

I just love your Dazzling Dresdens and what a sweet husband! I'm sure you could teach him a little applique! The Charms of Salt Air is a perfect name, love it! Thanks for sharing!
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Amanda said...

I love your dresdens...especially how you made the pieces from the same part of the fabric. They're awesome!

Janine said...

Fab blocks (and a great husband) you can probably feel all our envy!

Barbie Mills said...

I love the kaleidoscope effect! It's great.

Nita said...

Looks like fire crackers! love it!

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Kathy,
Your Dresdens are so cute. What size did you use and are they more difficult than the larger one?
Thanks
Amy

Béa said...

I'm in love with your Dresdens, really wonderful !