Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Linky Party Tuesday....

Good morning!  It's beautiful here today....almost 50 deg., and of course we're back on the road soon for some appointments in Northern Virginia, but I'm hooking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Party Tuesday.

Here are a few of the things that were on my design wall this weekend:

I've got eleven blocks done for the "Sew Red for Women" year-long "sampler" quilt.  Just waiting for block 12 to be released.  I substituted one block (3rd down on the left) for one of the published blocks, and I'm pretty happy with the result. Connie supplied a great tutorial for that, so I  shamelessly stole it.  Of course, I'll have some shifting around to do to get the best layout, but I must admit, working with these reds, pinks, and white always cheers me up.  I found this fabric to use for sashing at Patchwork Plus the other day:

Pink and red polka dots.  What's not to love?

I got a few more Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks done.  I think I'm aiming for 20; I have 12 finished:

I can see that I'm going to have to swap out a few blocks; that one in the middle top is just too dark compared to everything else.  Sigh....even scrappy has to have some order for me.

I've finished the longest (middle) row of Easy Street; only 3 rows to finish.  This is starting to look achievable, but I still have some assembly to do.....maybe I'll be able to take a photo by the weekend.

Our son and DIL want a "cherry blossom" themed wall hanging for their guest bedroom.  Since they have finally found a house, I decided to get back to work on this.  I have a sashiko panel done, and an idea that involves 3-dimensional cherry blossoms.  This week I played with my "Kanzashi 5-petal flower maker."  Here's the result:

This was just fun to do.  I'm not real big on "gadgets", but this will probably give me what I want.  I tried to do 5-pointed origami flowers, but they weren't working for me.  Don't you love the subtle shade gradiations in that fabric?  I have no idea where I got it, but I have enough to do 5 or 6 flowers.  This project is still definitely a "work in progress", but it's fun to be creative, get out of the box, and just do some designing on my own.

Have a great day today.  Kathy


Farm Girl in MD said...

We're excited about our cherry blossoms! :)-Laura

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful flower, I am sure this is going to be a wonderful quilt. I love those pinks. Your red/pink/white sampler is really great too. I think you layout looks great on the wall!

Karen said...

Kathy -- Loving the LOVE design wall! and the cherry blossom turned out beautifully! Love the color!

Marianne said...

I know what you mean about being scrappy but orderly. Things just have to have the right balance.
I have a hard time doing scrappy quilts....something I am trying to work on in 2013.

Connie said...

Beautiful blocks Kathy, and your Crossroads fits perfectly with the others. Love your Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks.....I think I stopped with 12 to make my dad's lap quilt. Thanks for sharing.
Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday