Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fractured Grinch One Step Closer

"Fractured Grinch" was put on the back burner as I made 4 bags for Texter to use for herself and to give as gifts.  So since she and Lady K are in the Carolinas visiting family, I am using the time to get the blocks put together.

I moved my sewing machine upstairs to the living room so I could listen to the TV, sew and watch the birds at the feeders.  During the day it's great as I get a nice amount of light in the room.  However, at night, it does did dark.  

Friday and Saturday was spent sewing together most of the 410 squares together in order to come up with the 41 blocks.  The only problem with the fractured pattern is I couldn't really get it straight in my head, so I had to constantly refer to the pattern to be sure I had my block laid out correctly.

I finished up the blocks and laid them out based on the overall pattern.  Technically, to follow the pattern I need 7 more blocks, but I bought the fabric and then decided on the pattern, so I am using the fabric that I have.  I also have a lot of the small blocks left which I will use as a 'border' maybe.

Sorry for the dark picture, but I was taking this at night.  But it does highlight the light/dark of the blocks.  Mojo was no help in the process.  

I am going to wait until Texter is back before I decide on the final layout.  Right now I am deciding between splitting it into 2 lap quilts or one large almost-twin-sized quilt.  She has a good eye and gives some good insight into my projects.  If I split it into two quilts, they would be 4 x 5 feet.  One large quilt would be 5 x 8 feet.  

So right now I am tired and I think a milk shake would help!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I'm a Winner!

I follow Vicki Welsh at Field Trips in Fiber.  She is so talented with her hand-dyed fabrics and quilts and fused glass and....well, there is just not anything she isn't great at.  But I won a fat quarter of her fabric last week (and sorry that it took so long to post about it).

It was great walking out to the mail box and coming back in with a lovely card and this great little package inside.

I braved the single digit temperatures in order to photograph this in natural light, by the way.  It's a lovely blue/green.  I can see going a little fussy cutting in order to utilize the wonderful right corner of this piece.  Right now I am leaning toward making it into a compass rose or center medallion paired with a red (leaning toward the maroon side) or yellow (leaning toward gold side) batik.  I am going to tack it up and think about it as I want it to be a featured fabric and don't want to waste it.

Such a lovely way to start out the holiday season, don't you think?