Wednesday, May 07, 2008



Room with a view...


This has been my view for the last couple days... Nines has a bad cold. Kertchoo! (The kid on the couch has been rotating, but they all seem to find that book on medieval history equally fascinating- what's not to like? Swords and plagues and castles...) So I spend spells on the couch... too miserable to read- and that's really miserable. I have been flipping through quilting books, looking at the pictures. And then... I've gained a good bit of pleasure and inspiration from just looking at this quilt on the wall. It was made by my Grandma Jessie and it is in the Spring rotation- I rotate the quilts over the piano. This one is just so light and airy. I love the aquas and the pinks mixed in with that periwinkle blue...Now why don't I make quilts like that? Mine are all earthy and gloomy. OK, maybe not gloomy, but certainly not "airy." I need to branch out a bit, I'm thinking. So I set to "work-" as only a post-nasal dripping, tissue-toting gal can, and tried my hand at one of Hegdehogs little projects...Now where did I put that link? http://lifesaquilt.blogspot.com/ yeah, there it is. She had this little quilty that was so cute- ya might need to scroll down a few posts. It was three little flowerpots with improvisational flowers growing out of them. How cheerful can ya get? I thought this would be a good beginner's project for me. Not too big. Just get my feet wet, so to speak. I am a generally cheerful person, I just am drawn to work with the earthier color palette. Sometimes you need to step outside the box. So I tried, I really did. Only to realize I have a very limited "light and airy" palette- something I need to remedy. Mine isn't as charming as hers, but ya got to admit she has some stellar fabs there. Did the best I could with the few lights that I had- needed to throw in some darker values, 'cause I just didn't have enough lights. Then I needed to throw in some more couch time. I think quilting it up with petals and leaves and maybe a little moss on those flower pots will be fun... only on another day, when bending over and my head rolling off seems less of a possibility!

7 comments:

Hedgehog said...

I just love how your flower pots came out!! Especially the yellow flower on the right. I will definitely need to make more of these!

Peni said...

I'm thunder struck...who would have thunk you had that much blue anywhere around!!! So cute.

So sorry you're under the weather...hope another rainbow pops up soon. (A person on the Shock site says John looks like he's having a conversation with the rainbow's Maker in that shot:)

Meanwhile, that's a very pleasant view into the new bath...wish I were there sharing your tea.

jovaliquilts said...

Love those flower pots! They're wonderful. :)

Darcie said...

Poor sweetie! Wish you didn't have to catch that bug. Hopefully it will be short lived.

I love your little "light and airy" flower study. Very cute! We may have to put some of those colors on our to-dye list! ;-)

You rest up!

Love you basketfuls!

Donna said...

This stuffed-up, tissue-totin' chick is way impressed with your little project. I'm rather short on concentration when i feel this bad. Well, except for naps...I concentrate on them rather well.
Love ya!

anne bebbington said...

Isn't it funny how we all have gaps in our stash - I remember reading somewhere of four quilty friends who would shop together occasionally and the one thing they always did was to each buy a yard of a fabric that really talked to them and then have it cut into four fat quarters. Then they'd swap them all round so each person went home with 4 FQs, three of which they hadn't picked. A great way to challenge someone to work outside their comfort zone. Hedgehog's flower quilts are just great aren't they - might have to have a go myself

Merrie Cuylter said...

What great potted flowers! Just my speed--no watering necessary! Glad to hear the trip to the hospital went well--we're regulars at Children's Hospital in Seattle...pulmonology, instead of neurology. Love the crumbs blocks, too!
Karen
www.merriecuylter.blogspot.com