Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Once upon a time...

...oh so long ago, I did my first mystery top. It was back in July 2005. We had just celebrated our first anniversary a couple days ago. Then as any (deaf) loving wife would do, she insisted that her husband wake her up at 5am so she could play with the others. :)

Just in case I didn't like the finished results, I did the mystery in the smallest size offered, twin sized. Then the blocks sat. And sat. And sat. I might have moved them around a time or two, but I had no motivation to piece it into a top.

Then a few days ago, I realized I didn't like it because it was twin sized. Who uses twin size these days? Seems like everybody I know of uses queen or bigger. I thought about splitting the 24 blocks into 2 baby quilts. But I wasn't happy with the prospect of losing some of the design. Then duuuuuh! I'll make another block, set it 5x5 and have a lap quilt.

So last night I laid out the blocks in my best ability to make sure that larger pieces of the same fabric were not touching. My stash was so much smaller back then, so I "zested" it up with a slightly maverick looking 25th block. I bet you can find it, smack dab in the center. ;)

My first picture was this very blurry shot, because I had forgotten to reset my camera settings after trying to take pictures of the quilting I did.

It looks like some cool light/steam/magical thing going on. :)

And just now, I finished piecing it into a top. I'm planning for a small purple border and then a green border. It'll probably finish about 70" square. I think it'll look good with my green handdyed backing and be happy to sit on my dark green couch.

In case you didn't know, I love green. :D

I can't wait to see what I do tonight! I'm surprising myself with my full quilting force these days. Well... I do have a few things I "need" to do before saying hello to my machine again. Like, taking a shower and paying the rent and mailing some bills (need the new stamps, darn)... oops! And put away the laundry. Told hubby I would. :)



Quilt Nut said...

love the colors. i'm the same as you, i never do twin sizes either

Mary said...

It's very pretty and while not many people are using twin beds these days - a twin size quilt makes a wonderful sofa quilt especially for guys but even my daughter-in-law wants one to wrap up completely in.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Those are lovely colours Leah! Aren't you glad you got them done. I'm looking forward to seeing your quilting - you're sounding confident and that's really wonderful.

deputyswife said...

I think your greens and purples are starting to grow on me Leah! Another beautiful quilt!

I hate asking, but the last couple of days I have been reading about how to dye fabric. I see there are a few different ways (and products) to do this. Would you mind sharing with me how you do it. If you have time?

My email is


Hedgehog said...

Beautiful greens and purples!

Bonnie said...

It looks great Leah!! Way to go!


Sarah said...

Leah -

I love you latest quilts. You have been busy!!

I would love to hear your dyeing process. I soak my fabric in soda ash before I dye it but don't do anything to it afterwards. What do you do? Maybe you have already posted all this already - if so, just tell me where to find it.

Feel free to email me privately if you want!

the disorganized quilter

Mama Koch said...

I'm not a green person, but I like this.

You've been busy!

Chrissie said...

What lovely color combinations - I love the swirly design. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Laurie Ann said...

Lovely! I would like to try that pattern some day.

Dawn said...

It is wonderful! I"m so glad you finished it! Darn those bills anyway! We all would rather be quilting than paying bills - or working to pay the bills!

atet said...

Love the colors in this one! It reminds me of lilacs for some reason, and I love lilacs!