Monday, January 26, 2015

Designing Monday

I am laying out my Threads of Memory blocks in a zig zag pattern and I need your help.  I bought this fabric that is the absolute perfect color for the setting triangles on the two inside zigzags.  I was so taken with the color that I didn't really look at the pattern.  There are little red thingies that all go the same direction.

So when I cut the setting triangles I used the tried and true technique of cutting a large square and then diagonal cutting the square twice.  This means that those little red thingies go in two different directions.  Half of the triangles go one way and the other half are at 90 degrees.

So I laid out my left zig with all the red thingies pointing up and the right zag with the red thingies going sideways to the left.  Somehow this seemed kind of odd to me.
Left zig pointing up

Right zag pointing left

So then I laid them out sort of randomly so they go in all 4 directions.

Random pattern
What do you think?  Half pointing up and half point sideways or Random?  (I am too cheap to go buy double the fabric so all the thingies point the same way.)

Stop by Judy's blog  to see more beautiful quilts.

BTW, here is the box of Honeybells I bought on Friday.  This truck comes several times a year with peaches and blueberries in summer and naval and temple oranges, grapefruit, honey bells and pecans in the winter.  All so fresh and delicious.  They send trucks all over Wisconsin, some places in Iowa and Minnesota.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Getting There

Well, I guess it is Happy Belated New Year!  One of my quilt guild friends asked me last week why I had not been blogging.  It never occurred to me that I had not been blogging and so I am now puzzling through that one myself.  Where did the time go?  We had wonderful holidays and I got to enjoy our daughter for 3 weeks, so not much sewing accomplished.

Our daughter left Monday for Turkey to work in a K-12 school for Syrian refugees.  She will only be there about 6 weeks and is helping the teachers and grade 12 students with English proficiency.  She is going as a volunteer and is excited about seeing another part of the world.

Off on a new adventure

So now no more excuses for no sewing.  I finished the 12th block of the Threads of Memory quilt offered by Barbara Brackman on the Civil War Quilts blog.
Final Block

All 12 Blocks Finished!!  WooHoo

 I went to the LQS on Tuesday and found some fabrics for the setting triangles and main border.  There is still more fabric to select for inner borders, but I think I am headed in the right direction.

Someone asked me to post a photo of my finished garland that I put together for Christmas.  Here it is

It really  made a nice effect on the banister.

The Tree Ripe truck is coming in about 20 minutes to the mall nearest my house with a load of Honeybells.  They are so delicious and sweet.  So this is a short post with a happy ending!