Random notes from a former confirmed spinster who still lives with cats. Some things never change. Oh, and I quilt, hike, and bake on occasion.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Spinster Quilt - Flowers, Winds, and Friendship
The North Wind doth blow and we shall have snow. At this time of the year, I love talking to my family in Wisconsin and finding out how bad the weather is there. It's cold and frozen and they are likely to have snow. Here it is mild(ish) and raining, but I will take rain over snow any day. My Four Winds block is made of icy colors to represent the snow. I also did my own version of this block. I didn't like the secondary repeating pattern in the "official" block - that pattern was too random and off kilter and a little distracting so I removed it. Instead, I have five windmills of light blue and one windmill of an even lighter blue. So light that it doesn't show up on camera. Jack Frost would be so proud.
I made the Friendship block pink because when I was in Brownies as a little girl I was awarded the title of Best Friendmaker. A title to this day that I think was meant to be ironic because of my introverted ways. Still, I liked pink back then and this reminds of little girls being friends.
Flower Garden Path
Here are a couple of literal blocks for you. I cleverly used flowers to represent the path and the pot. Also, the Flower Pot block literally drove me to drink. As you can see, it required Y-seams which I did for the first time on this block. It also required me to add a bit of a border to the top so that I wouldn't lose the points of my pot. By the way, there has been a lot of concern about the size of these blocks on the Yahoo group. My blocks basically measure 6.25 inches instead of 6.5. I'm okay with this. I figure that's why we add sashing strips. I'm not entirely (at all) happy with the extra border I added on the Flower Pot so I might remake it at the end if I haven't grown to accept it.