Monday, May 14, 2012

never too much orange! Love how the quilting turned out

My Mundane Monday...

Lovely morning!  There's a heavy fog on the prairie and while that may not sound like all that great of a start to a day... it's very rare here and so a refreshing change.  I took a couple small quilts to the post office, this morning, and guess what?  I wore my house cleaning clothes and an apron!  I seriously considered putting on town clothes but then I thought... for a one mile trip to the post office that's in the middle of nowhere??  nah. Going against propriety can be very refreshing, too.  And getting something in the mail?  Well, you know how postally challenged I am, so another refreshing event.  Good all the way around.  (While at the post office, I noticed a really pretty lab roaming around.  When I returned home- it turned out to be mine!  She'd managed to get out of her kennel.  But bless her heart, she found her way home in no time.  shew!)

happy spring!

Did I get enough bright colors in there, ya think?

This is the bedrunner I made for a friend who recently had surgery. (Actually, Lisa and I made it.  She cut out the circles for the centers of the flowers and she would want her accomplishment properly acknowledged.) I thought Kelli could use something cheerful on her bed.  A bedrunner lays across the bed- top, middle, bottom or even vertically.  It looks like a table runner only much larger- this is long enough for a king-size bed and about 25" wide. Hard to take a picture of it and I had to set it out in the yard and stand on the picnic bench.  I could have put it on my bed but then I woulda had to clean my room and anybody that knows me knows that ain't likely to happen.  Not today. While quilting it, Lisa discovered that I don't plan these things out.  In the words of the joker in The Dark Night, "Do I look like a man with a plan?"  Nope.  I just stand there staring at it, sit there staring at it.  Do a little bit and then stand, sit and think some more.  It all came out very nice, I think, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I got the pattern from Kim Schaefer's Skinny Quilts.  I modified it, but that's a very, very nice book and I just love her patterns.       

blue baby

Courthouse steps made easy!  Love this pattern and the construction of it is uber easy. I especially thought my Mom would like it as she is making more baby quilts these days- but its so quick, a full size quilt would be a cinch.  There are two blocks in this quilt that are made the same- just with a different color configuration.  The light square is made from both light and dark strips and the dark square is of all darks(or in this one, I just used blues that I liked in all shades and it works fine.) And it's a great way to use up some of those 2" strips!

block A
block B with color coordinated toes! 

Block A:
  • one 3 1/2" square for center
of the 2" strips cut:
  • 2 dark 3 1/2"
  • 2 light & 2 dark 6 1/2"
  • 2 light and 2 dark  9 1/2"
  • 2 light 12 1/2"
Block B:

  • one 3 1/2" square for center
of the 2" strips cut:
  • 2 dark 3 1/2"
  • 4 dark 6 1/2"
  • 4 dark 9 1/2"
  • 2 dark 12 1/2"
Easy peasy. I like this block better than the log cabin block because you can sew strips on both side of the block before having to head to the ironing board.  Much faster and I think they come out more square that way, also.  I love scrappy quilts, but I'll give a tip to those of you who have a hard time making it work for you.  I think it really helps to have some consistency in the quilt- like the center blocks are the same fabric.  Kinda ties it all together and makes people think you actually planned it that way- which you did!

God's orange flower- perfection!


Sarah said...

Two posts in three days? Wow! I have missed hearing from you.

Want to come help me pin on a quilt? My mom sent a lap sized quilt home with me in March when we were up there on spring break. And now they are coming on Thursday - so it needs to get done!

I love the bed runner! Love the bright colors. And of course I like the blue quilt. Did it make you blue?

Love you and miss you!


Pamela (Peni) Teel said...

You were right about Mom liking the blocks...have instructions will travel. Don't look for matching toes unless someone there is into pedi's "when I come."

The bed runner is uber happy. What a nice cheer-you-up. And how nice of Lisa to be your right hand person...or left hand person, I'm sure she had a camera in her right hand. :)

As for God's orange...exquisite.

teelduo said...

Yes I did cut those circles out! PAT ME ON THE BACK! LOL Mom, yes I had my camera but I was taking pictures of turkey vultures so we could see what they were. Nina just saw these huge birds and so I grabbed the camera to take a shot with the zoom. LOL Oh and I always knew you were a gal without a plan. We work together just fine that way though. giggle I think it turned out beautiful! LOVE YOU