Thursday, October 23, 2008

Homecoming Hoorah

This is the local high school's homecoming week with the College's running simultaneously (genius, I must say!) Anyway, so my 13 yr old daughter is just about ready to go - dress, corsage, hair - I'll be so glad when Sunday comes! Between two sets of school pictures, one set of sports pictures and then Homecoming pictures this weekend, I'll have spent well over $200 just in pictures!!!

Anyway, to return to my quilty side - we set up at the Molasses Festival in Arnoldsburg at the end of September. Having slept in the box trailer for three nights and not making enough to pay the set-up fee, not to mention the two days lost of work with no vacation left, I guarantee I won't be doing that again anytime soon!

The redeeming part of the whole thing was the electric and the people. I was able to sew all day and I made quite a few more contacts - got my name out a bit more, anyway. I have a new commission project due in February and have all the brown strips sewn together for Branson's quilt. Still a ways to go to finish it, but it's coming!

Well, it's 9:30 pm here and my eyes are so tired! We'll catch up some more next time, ok??

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My latest duh! moment

Well, I must admit my failing mental capabilities! Here I was, going on about this Tennessee Waltz block I've been working on, when I knew that it had a more traditional name. Here comes the dumb part - obviously it is 54-40 or Fight!

So, anyway, now that everyone knows I'm not dealing with a full deck sometimes, we can lay aside this perfectionist crap and move on!

By the way, I'm rethinking this whole concept on Branson's quilt. I will include the picture of the alternate blocks I've finished with my next post, but I have to confess, I love the pattern, but it's a bugger-boo to piece!!

Branson's dad is hounding me anyway and his most recent comment was: "Well, I thought it was going to be brown and just a bunch of squares sewn together." When one is dealing with a non-quilter, it is extremely difficult to get them to understand the varying degrees of piecing difficulty.

So, my solution?? I'm laying aside the Tennessee Waltz top and picking up a brown Rail Fence. Fast, easy piecing in his requested colors. Maybe a bit dull, but if an 8 yr old boy is just going to rough it up anyway. . . . .

I surrender!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Branson's Quilt Part #2

Hello, again! I didn't think I'd be posting again so soon, but I forgot to include the Tennessee Waltz block's picture with my last post:

Sorry about that! Does make a little bit of a difference, huh?

Commission Quilt for Branson Hitt


Hello, everyone - or at least those of you who find me! I'm working on a commission quilt for a colleague's son, Branson. Trust me to make things harder than they have to be!

I've always been intrigued by quilt blocks that use tri-rectangles to create circular designs. They are reminiscent of the double wedding ring pattern, and I have seen them called "Tennessee Waltz" and "Tennessee Twist" lately. I'm very sure it has been around for quite some time under other titles, though, and there are so many variations from which to choose!!

Even though this quilt is intended for a young boy's bed, I was asked to not make it using juvenile fabrics, such as airplanes or motorcycles. His father requested "country colors" due to his home's decor. So, my challenging side drafted up a Tennessee Waltz variation:

Sorry for the picture being sideways, but hopefully you get the point. It looks great, doesn't it?? Ahh, but see, the construction of the thing is what has made me resent the whole blasted idea!! Anyhoo, so I've got the 18 Tennessee Waltz blocks pieced (with some wonky edges on the triangle portions to straighten) and I get another brainstorm! Why not just make nine of the alternate blocks for the middle section and then use snowball blocks for the eight on the outer edges? Massive time saver - not to mention retaining a small fringe of my sanity!

But, alas, when I lay out my cream background fabric, I don't have enough! Not nearly enough to cut the eight 12 1/2" blocks needed when one keeps in mind that I still need more 2 1/2" strips to finish up the original alternate block!

So, I run upstairs to my EQ5 program and come up with this baby:

Not too bad, I suppose. My printer doesn't do it justice, but it has an extra border of the deep blue I really like, plus a smaller border of the dark red (since I don't have very much of it left!). The green on the outside frames it up nicely, I think, and with the second altenate block, I can use more of the multicolored print that ties it all together. I can also still use the 4" sawtooth stars I've already made:

So, I'm off to the sewing machine again. I have to finish the framing and corners of the original alternate blocks and then cut out the second alternate block pieces. I wanted to finish this top this weekend, but as I said when I started, I'm afraid I made this thing much, much too complicated!!

I'll post again when I get further along! Thanks for listening!!

Barbara Ann