Saturday, April 18, 2015

Garden Weekend

I got home last night to find three boxes of plants. There are four Foxglove, some Heucheras and some ornamental grasses. I also have a small bush for the front yard.

I've painted the second coat of pink on the doors and am hoping to (finally) hang the pink letters on the porch. Depending on how things go, I'll be quilting the little welcome banner.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Little House

Woo Hoo!  I like this. I love the color crayon walkway and the colored squares make me think of a flower garden.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Welcome House

 A couple of days ago, my pal Valerie suggested I add a mini "L" and "T" to my little house. As soon as I read her comment I knew I'd have to change my house. I wasn't comfortable with the amount of empty space or the size of the door in the original house.

I like this a lot better. It's not fussy-perfect, and it isn't intended to be.

The inner outline of the blue tape represents my size restriction for the finished welcome panel.

I'm not quite sure what to do to fill up the empty spaces yet, but I have lots of ideas, so I'm not worried. I have a plan for a colorful walkway, and I want a little tree or two.

What's really funny is that I've been watching "Tiny House Nation" while I've been making this panel. Coincidence?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pink, Pink, Pink!

Oh what a wonderful weekend! I traded in my car for a nicer, spiffier model, and the weather was so nice I was able to spend some time cleaning up in the garden.

It's a big deal because I didn't have enough time to clean up the yard before winter came. I have some plans for the front, but not much because I want to see what's there first.

What really got me pumped was finally being able to paint the doors pink.

 This is the back door. As you can see it was brick red, so it will probably need at least three coats of paint.
I think it's going to look so good when it's PINK!

The front door was also brick red, and will need three coats as well.

I'll be painting the final coats of paint on this door with a paint roller. You can see the pink letters over on the right.

The side door is textured metal. This is where the little welcome quilt will hang.

I am really happy with the side door. I think it's going to look terrific when it is finished.  See the blue mat? When I bought it, I thought I was going to paint the door blue. Oh well. Most people will never notice, and it will look good anyway.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Little House Welcome

I finished the WELCOME for the door panel, and got started on the house. I was thinking of a bright pink house, but something stopped me. My house is tan, and the door will be bright pink. If I was welcoming friends into my house, shouldn't the house on the panel resemble, at least a little bit, my own house?  So this house is light brown and the door is pink. And of course you can see Millie and I in the windows.

It's a start.

Charlotte, Your comment yesterday deserves a reply, but I don't have time right now to do it. I promise I shall address the issue in an upcoming post. Short answer: I blog to share what I am doing.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


This is the WELCOME for the little quilt I am planning for my side door. Letters do tend to grow, but I have more "wiggle room in the height of the panel than I do in the width. I am not quite sure about these colors and fabrics, but hey, I have to start somewhere.

As for the comments in yesterday's post, you guys sure are funny.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Little Welcome - with an Update

Like the Artist Alphonse Mucha, I don't like empty space.

When I come home each day, I'm confronted with this homely space on my side door. When the weather warms up, I'll paint the door pink, like the letters in Monday's post, but the space will still be empty.

  I measured it, and thought about something quilted to put there. It would have to describe me and what I do. A little Welcome panel with a house and a tree would be just the ticket. There would be a cat in the window, of course, and maybe a lady at a sewing machine.  With one square at one inch, the letters would have to be petite, but I think it would be a lovely addition.


Megan, The door faces North, so it never gets any direct sun. The entryway is covered with an awning, so it never gets wet from rain or snow, and in New England we have an addtional "storm door" in the winter. In the summer, the window gets replaced with a screen, so the fresh air can come in, but the bugs stay out. The little quilt will be well protected and last a long time (until I get bored and decide to replace it.)

Kathy, by all means, steal away. As Picasso said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal."

Charlotte, the door is textured metal. Painting it would require special paints and more time and effort than I am willing to expend. Besides, I like having the option to change my mind.

Sharon, am I going to piece the letters? Is the sky blue? Is the Pope Catholic? They sure aren't going to be applique'd! LOL! Thanks for the laugh.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pink Letter Surgery

I didn't do any sewing over the weekend; it was all devoted to home improvements. 

 I replaced the faucet in the bathroom sink, and installed a massaging shower head in the shower. 

I bought a new floor lamp for the sewing studio (because I stole one for the living room.)
While at the hardware store I also bought some small tubes of Super Glue and some stick-on hooks. I glued the pieces of the broken serif on the letter T together.

Hanging the letter T will be easy, but the letter L will be a little bit tricky, but this is more or less where they are going to go. They aren't hung up permanently quite yet.

If you want to know the full story of these pink letters, follow these links.
1. Letters in 3-D
2. Of Pink Letters...
3. Pink Letters
4. Change Partners & Dance, Redux

Friday, April 3, 2015

Blue Deco Iris

Here is the backing for the Blue Deco Quilt.
It's from the Free Spirit collection from Westminster Fabrics. Each iris is about six to eight inches across.

 I wanted something summery.

When I spoke to the Amoskeag Quilter's Guild in February, one of the members was looking at the back of one of my quilts.

 "You like busy backs," she said.

"No," I replied, "I think the backs are so big they need a fabric with a big scale to carry it off. I think a tiny all over print looks plain and boring." We all know how much I like plain and boring (NOT!)

All the backings of my quilts are chosen with the front in mind. They all coordinate.  Like Chris said, when she saw the backing I had prepared for my sampler quilt, Letters From Home, "I like that you didn't drop the ball on the back."

So I work hard not to "drop the ball" on the backing. I never, ever, pick something just because it's in my stash and I have a lot of it.

PS, Marei, the chairs may look red, but they are actually cherry wood, varnished but unpainted.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blue Deco Flimsy!

W00t!  It's a flimsy, and damn, does it look good on the table!  It's 54" x 90".

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy April Fool's Day!

The Blue Deco quilt has grown, and now I only have four more rows to sew to finish the top.

I counted, and there are at least eighty fabrics in the top. That's no April Fool joke.

I've already selected the backing and binding fabric. The backing will be a large Jane Sassaman print. It's due in the next couple of days. Can't wait to show you.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Blue Deco Grows

I made all the blue deco blocks, and arranged them on the floor.  They looked OK, so I started sewing them together into rows. As soon as I had a row sewn up, I sewed the rows together.

This is a detail of the first 8 rows.  The blocks finish out at 6" square, and the quilt will be 15 rows of 9 blocks each.

I have no clue how many different fabrics there are in the quilt, but there are a lot.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Deco Block Construction

When I first saw the rotary cutter in the early 1980's, I could see its potential right away and I knew I'd never make a quilt using templates ever again, and I never have. (I don't do paper-piecing either.)

So when I had to add a 2-1/2" square on the end of a 4-1/2" strip, there wasn't any way I was going to cut either 2-1/2" squares or 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles. Since the exact location of the square at the end of the strip didn't need to be precise, I came up with a different way of doing it. The other reason was I was using a LOT of different fabrics. If I had wanted a group of these exactly the same, I would have sewn a 2-1/2" strip to a 4-1/2" one and then cut them crosswise. (See one of my earliest blog posts for an explanation*.)

 Instead I sewed the ends of my blue strips to a long colored strip that would be the square...

 Cut them apart,
And them trimmed them down to size.

Then I made all the blocks. I confess I did need to cut a few more strips (about 10) to finish the blocks, but as I trimmed them I set them out on the floor to see what they might look like. This is by no means a final layout.

I should have the blocks done tomorrow (well, if I ignore the housework I can), and I may start sewing rows together.

This is kinda wild. I'm not used to making a quilt in less than two weeks.

*The black quilt in that post is still on my bed, btw.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Am I Blue?

I cut up a bunch of blueish strips for the Blue Deco quilt. Mostly they are light and cool blues and some lean towards light blue green (aka "teal").

Most of the strips are only 20" or so long, cut from fat quarters, but some are WOF. I cut one strip of each fabric for most of them, but I did cut a few pairs of stuff that struck my fancy.

I am pretty sure I have enough. (snicker)