Sunday, March 22, 2009
Some Thanks, a Request, and Actual Quilting Content
First of all, thanks so much to everyone who took the time to send along birthday wishes in response to my shameless ploy to get people to tell me they never would have DREAMED I was anywhere near 60 years old. It was a great week, involving flowers from my husband, birthday treats at work, and a gift of one of these, in honor of one of my fave movies. From the ridiculous to the sublime and back again!
But now, listen up for a timely message: I always try to respond personally to commenters. But I can't do that if you don't have an email address enabled when you comment. I can follow a name link all the way to a commenter's blog and very often there's no email address there, or else only a blank profile page. Frustrating! Especially when a commenter asks a question and leaves me no way to respond.
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The calendar says that it's spring here. It's been sunny lately and a bit warmer, but still the landscape is full of the monotones of winter.
There's beauty in this landscape, but it's a subtle beauty, and you have to keep eyes wide open for the particular charms of this season.
I had internalized a lot of this palette when I started this new project back in January.
It began as an idea for a wedding quilt for Caroline and Eric. But as it's developed, I think it's heading WAAAAY more to the dark side of country than any self-respecting Young Urban Professionals would be caught dead sleeping under. So this may end up as another house quilt for THIS house. And it would work in my bedroom...
I'm still thinking scrappy, and this will incorporate some of the 1.5" strips still lurking in the scrap bin.
But I confess to purchasing a few half yards for this quilt, just for variety.
Because of the 1.5" strips, I was thinking compatible patterns, and had settled on the Double Ninepatch. The first block didn't look so awfully country. But once several more blocks took shape, it was hard to see anything but country happening here.
I'm planning to relax and embrace it. I'm thinking of using an alternate block set of some kind. And I'm thinking I may try an appliqué border here. This would be a maiden voyage into large scale appliqué, if it happens. And I'm not committing myself to anything, mind you. Just saying it's a possibility... This will be a quilt to play with at retreats this year.