Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ready for the next step….

Bear in Farmhouse first two borders                Bears in Farmhouse dark border

                                      Here is the latest step of Bears in the Farmhouse, the current Quilt Along by Judy L. That outer border is not black, but a very deep purple with lighter print on top. I love the fabric, just wish it showed up better in the photo.  Judy will be sending out the last set of instructions tomorrow. It is so nice to be all ready to go, for once.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We take our research seriously around here

As you can see by the photos, there isn’t much left of our Butter Pecan ice cream! These are the first round of possibilities. Any opinions on which one to use, or should I keep looking for a better match?

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Ah, the sacrifices we make for our art! Melinda has issued a quilt challenge, and I have joined in. This is an ice cream challenge. Melinda assigns each person a flavor of ice cream and the color of the ice cream is the color you use in your quilt, plus (possibly) two others. My flavor is Butter Pecan. Now, I haven't had Butter Pecan in quite a while, I'm more of a vanilla girl. So I don't remember exactly the shade of Butter Pecan. Wanting to be correct in my color choice, I have to do some research. So here is my research: a newly opened carton of Butter Pecan, see the color. Then, a newly scooped carton, observe the difference the disturbed texture of the surface makes to the color. Aha! the color of a DISH of Butter Pecan.

You know, I think the artifical light of the nighttime kitchen is not giving a true representation. But I will pull some fabrics that are in this range and then, tomorrow, in daylight, ...I'll do more research! I just love a challenge!!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Bear blocks are done!

Here we are, up to date on the latest step of Bears in the Farmhouse. My guess is that the next step will be the sashing and perhaps a border or two. One is more of those HSTs; they look great but are time consuming to do. I really hate the squaring up process. I may try another HST technique this time.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Quilt Along progress

JudyL is sharing another of her designs with online quilters. This one is a bit different than others she has done in that there was a sign up with a cut off date. Sign up was to send or post a picture of your fabric choices by the deadline. Once that was done Judy emailed the first step, which also has to be emailed/posted by a deadline in order to receive the instructions for the next step. Here are my fabric choices and the half square triangles for the first step. I'm waiting to see how these look when in position, I may need to add more of some colors to liven things up, or even throw in an additional color to spice things up. The color in the hst photo is a little off the lavendar looks a little grey and the two mottled purples look too blue. If we ever have a sunny day, I may take some of these outside to see if I can get a photo with accurate color.

Hello again

It has been quite a while since my last post, but I haven't had too much to show. Hopefully I will have more to share and will get back to being regular with my posts.

Yesterday was my grandson's birthday. He and his daddy baked cupcakes so that he could have exactly the cake and frosting he wanted for his birthday.