Sunday, March 24, 2013

110 blocks done, and only a few to go

What do 110 blocks look like?  Let's use a cat for scale. 

I'm not doing all 111 blocks of the Farmer's Wife quilt because the layout I'm choosing to use won't be able to handle one more.  So, I'm doing 110 blocks and being very happy with them.

This is her throwing shade look.  I just suggested that perhaps she remove herself from the box.  Not a good idea. 

She looks happier, because I gave up and let her stay. 
 But enough of the cute cat pictures, let's get on to final round.
Another temperance movement-related block.  Let me tell you, spinsters have no need for the temperance movement.  If they are like me, they like gin and tonics too much to give them up for the betterment of society.  Speaking of the temperance movement, I made a horrible discovery this weekend. I am out of gin.  Rising to the challenge, I made myself a vodka tonic instead which was rather tasty.  I added a slice and a squeeze of meyer lemon instead of lime because when I went to the local grocery story at lunch on Friday to make a yummy salad from their salad bar and to stock up on fruit for the next couple days, I discovered they carried meyer lemons.  I don't know anything about meyer lemons except they look like lemons and are a lovely shade of orange.  A beautiful shade of orange which adds a touch of class to my vodka tonic.  And, probably annoys the W.C.T.U.  Good for me.

Wild Rose and Square
Of course, the wild roses around here are pink. They aren't blooming yet, but they will eventually.  I've got one wild rose bush in my backyard which I have not destroyed yet.  Give me time.

 You know, I just really wanted to add more red to my quilt.

Wedding Ring
 I've already mentioned that I have my grandmother's engagement ring which was given to her in the 1930s (I think) and which was given to her by a man who did not become her husband.  I love that story.  I love how it shows that our families have their own histories and their own lives before we designate them into the role of grandmother, mother, father, etc.  The ring itself is a beautiful purple and I get complements on it frequently.  I also enjoy telling people that it was my grandmother's engagement ring to have them ooh and ah about it, then I tell them, "Oh, she didn't marry the guy" and watch the reaction.  It's lots of fun.  Grandmother would approve.

Last but not least, the windmill block.  This has to be orange for the Netherlands, land of windmills.  Of course when I went there a few years ago, the traditional windmills had basically all been replaced with modern industrial blades but this looks a little modern too so it all comes together.

And, that's it.  Thanks for tagging along on this little journey.  I'll have more posts as I put this together and I have some rather complicated ideas for the backing so this won't be done anytime soon.  Still, I'm rather excited to have everything completed.  Well, that's not true. I'm remaking 11 of these guys.  Some because I didn't like how they turned out, some because I think they don't look good with the others, some to balance out colors, and some because I want to work other fabric into the mix.  I'll post when they are completed and start day dreaming about layouts.  Crazy, right?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wind and Wild Geese, A Tour of the Letter "W"

Welcome to my random assortment of Spinster blocks that start with the letter "W."  I think there is something for everyone here, assuming you are into bright colors and awesome points on geese. Yup, I went there.  Awesome points on the geese.

Wild Goose Chase
Finding a color that goes with a large print, red on pink floral is very much like heading out on a wild goose chase.

I like how these dandelions look like they are being dispersed in the wind.  No doubt they will be landing my still unmowed yard where they will grow like the weeds they are.  Don't judge about the unmowed yard, we've had so much rain here that the ground in the back sinks a little when I step on it.  It's great for the plants and the wild dandelions, not so good for impressing my neighbors with my mad yard maintenance skills.

Windblown Square
I thought the pattern here looked like little fans and was appropriate for a windblown square.  Also, the cat approves.
Looks a lot like a windblown square, doesn't it?  I went with complementary colors for this one so I could distance it from its almost twin when I put it in the quilt.  Yes, I know, whirlpool practically screams for a blue block.  I wanted to add more yellow so I went there.  Also, at some point in time, I plan to remember to not photograph the stain on my cutting mat.
A waterwheel. Now, that's a block that should be blue.  I also like how the Art Gallery fabrics look like little drops of water.  That wasn't planned and I just spotted that now, but let's pretend I'm that good at matching fabrics to random ideas.  

Wild Geese
Boom.  I finished this one up at about midnight last night.  I had a crazy good night of making blocks and hanging with the cat army.  Work has been one big pile of stress lately and I've been feeling it. Making pretty things has helped quite a bit.  I'm going to finish up some more today (with any luck) and share them next week.

Lots and lots of more "W" blocks to come.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tulips and waste

Don't you just love Pinterest?  It is a great way to waste hours of your time and learn about other people's obsessions.  I follow several quilt boards and have made board of pretty things like flowers and hummingbirds. My inspiration for my Tulip block was a lovely tulip picture. 

 Nailed it.

Waste Not
For the Waste Not block, I decided to waste not and used scraps left over from the backing from this little project:

I was able to take some scraps from the Modern Block quilt and turn them into something simple and pretty.

Next up, oh, heck, I don't know.  I got giddy and printed out all the blocks that I have left and will be randomly doing some of these in a random order. I'm almost done which is all kinds of awesome.