Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tuesday's Results

Whoops! I was planning to post last night, but after my husband got home from Open House at the school, we ended up talking for about 2 hours straight. I love talking with him and it was getting a little sporadic with the stress of school starting - but I did expect that. So it's nice to get back into the routine of just chatting with him. :)

At the sew-in yesterday I worked on my acrylic paint blocks. I got the stencils from WalMart and I'm hoping to make about a twin sized quilt.

While I was working on the bottom right block, my friend and I were discussing that it seemed to be a little faded around the edges. Another friend was coloring some blocks with fabric markers, so we "stole" one of hers and outlined the fish. Wow! I love the results, it makes the fish look completed. Now I wanna buy all the markers (21 colors I think). My friend said she'll order them for me, but it might not be for another month or so. In the meantime I'll keep making more sea-related blocks. :)

Of course I did my third hour - don't wanna get behind! ;) I completed the center blocks and started to add the scrappy squares around it.

Today it looks like I'll be adding the other two sides of squares and dare I hope to get some sashing cut?! We'll have to see! :)

Ok, confession time... I'm cheating, a little. No, not time-wise. But ever since I grasp the concept of Bonnie's Leaders & Enders, I've been pairing green and purple squares together. At first I made a bunch of 4-patches and they went into this quilt. Then using the leftover 4-patches, I started another one. I still had a ton of green and purple squares attached to each other... so I started to make them into a row so I could do this project.

I'm sure you're getting the point now... after a year of sewing green and purple squares together, I have a ton at my disposal and only had to iron some open to start attaching them to the block's sides. I am going to have to attach green on both ends to finish the strip and make it the right size for sewing to the block. I was able to squeeze in a few green ends so I'd be able to add it to the photo. :)

So am I cheating? Or merely being resorceful? ;)

Leah

11 comments:

Patti said...

OK - in what way are you cheating? You are sewing, you are using your stash, you are making progress on projects. What's cheating about that? I think it's great!

Nancy said...

No not cheating. And definately being resorceful! The whole spirit of this project was to sew for 1 hour a day using stuff you already have in your stash. So what if part of it is already sewn together. Was I cheating by using pre-cut nickels instead of cutting my squares fresh? I don't think so!

Melzie said...

lolol you clever girl! beautiful stuff! xoxo melzie

Andrea said...

I've been trying to do the leader/ender thing simply because I HATE starting a new thing of stitching! Trying to make the thread long enough so it doesn't get sucked out of the needle on top...ugh.

Sweet P said...

I say you're being resourceful. Better yet, you're busting stash. I love your colors.

Helen in the UK said...

I'd definately vote for being resourceful. I think it's called multi-tasking!! Blocks are looking lovely :)

Cynthia said...

Leah your blocks are looking good. It's nice to see the colors and fabrics everyone is using for this challenge.

Quilty Nurse said...

No definitely not cheating! I've thought about Bonnie's leaders and enders but never got organised enough to do it. It's great to see its really working for you. I love the green[purple combo too. Thanks for your nice comments on my blog :-)

Ama said...

Definetly not cheating, that is resourcefulness at its best. The purple and green combo looks fabulous.

Serena said...

Love the painted blocks!! Definetly resourceful and an effective use of time!! Plus I love the purples and greens together!

fabricmom said...

Ok dear, merely being resorceful sounds good to me. You mine as well use them up. I love the colors. And the fish are beautiful too. i did a butterfly like that fromj a stencil uding fabric markers from Hobby Lobby. Then I used a fine tipped black fabric pen to outline it. I want to do a whole quilt like that. Just haven't had the time. Too many projects going at once. Nice work, You go girl.