This may be the last photo I can do at home of this quilt. It is so huge that I won't have floor or wall space big enough to spread it out and photograph it after I add more. Above are rows one through four and you can really see the diagonal color rows now. The light today is strangely beautiful--a sort of bright, but definitely winter slanted sun.
Here's the basket that I've been keeping the extra pieces in as I cut them.
Separating out the lights and darks and the two piece sets from the three piece sets.
In minutes, new blocks are all ready to be sewn together.
The first four blocks of rows five and six are ready to be sewn together. I'm planning on doing row seven at the same time.
I'm back to Safety Pin Studio to sew once more. Boeuf Bourguignon is in the oven for tonight's dinner, so I will make the most of my time. Hope it's a pleasant and productive weekend for all.
With so little available time in the evenings, I have to make a choice between blogging and sewing and this week, I went for sewing. Above is the last brown block for which I had to cut fabric. Now I will start composing from the fabric I've already cut and put in a little basket. (More on that this weekend.)
These are the final two orange and green blocks for which fabric was cut.
These are the four most recent blocks to go together for rows three and four.
This is a detail of one of the brown blocks. I try to contrast the fabric designs when I compose. Not only light and dark, but traditional with modern or geometric with floral. I think it adds a richness to the block.
Here's a detail of one of the green blocks. This quilt will have something like 96 different green fabrics, 56 different browns, and 48 different oranges. Coach Fisher is out for Battle of the Books practice.
Just a quick note and this picture of the new fabrics I bought at a great new quilt shop in our area called Ye Olde Forest Quilters. In addition to the oranges, I also found a few light greens. Their fabric selection is wonderful and, one of the owners, Kelly, does fantastic machine quilting. He's machine quilting the One Million Books quilt for me. I'm off to Safety Pin Studio to work on more bento box blocks. Quilted Librarian is out.
Most of Sunday was spent in Safety Pin Studio working on the wedding bento. Above a new section of blocks is pictured.
I also cleared everything else off my work table to make room for the fabrics. They are arranged in color families from light to dark values.
As I compose each block, I cut two sets of each fabric--one for the outside of a square and one for the inside. And even though each fabric will be used twice and there will be half as many orange blocks as green ones, I still don't have enough orange fabric! I suppose I shouldn't complain about needed to go fabric shopping.
After composing several bento box blocks on Saturday, I quickly realized that the same method I was using for the yellow, black and white quilt was not going to work for the wedding bento. The blocks were just blah. I decided to try the method I used with the baby bentos with color being the unifying factor and this seems to be working. I took the blocks apart and reconstructed them.
Here's an orange one...
and a green one...
and a brown one.
I'm doing diagonal rows with brown in the middle, green on each side of that, and then orange. That way the orange which is the strongest visually, will be the least represented in numbers of blocks.
I made doorknob art for my friend Mary who blogs at Mary at Lake Pulaski and she put up a picture of it on her blog. So here's a "you're welcome" shoutout to her. I'm pleased that she liked it.
Jim and I celebrate 33 years of marriage today. Appropriately enough, we are both off for a snow day today! We were married in the middle of an amazing winter storm in Ohio 33 years ago. It was a small ceremony in my parents' living room in front of a roaring fire, but most memorable. Happy anniversary to you, my darling. I look forward to many more.
"Sonnet 29" When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries And look upon myself and curse my fate, Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd, Desiring this man's art and that man's scope, With what I most enjoy contented least; Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, Haply I think on thee, and then my state, Like to the lark at break of day arising From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate; For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings. ~William Shakespeare
Just to prove that I was not exaggerating about the snow, this is the next day when we started driving to New Jersey.
My dear husband observed last night that I always end up cooking and baking when I have a snow day and it's true that I spent a great deal of time moving between the kitchen and Safety Pin Studio the last two days. Since I had homemade chicken broth and cooked chicken in the freezer, I decided to make chicken and noodles. This is a recipe from Marcia Adams' great cook book, Cooking from Quilt Country, and could not be easier. (Warning:You have to use a heavy casserole with a lid to make this work.) Heat the broth and chicken to just on the point of boiling and add spaetzle or good Amish noodles. (Second warning: Don't use those regular commercial grocery store noodles because they will get overcooked.)
Give it a stir; put the lid on the casserole and bake in a 300 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Check the noodles for doneness. If you use homemade noodles, it may take longer, but do check after 25 minutes. This method cooks the noodles and leaves you with lots of broth.
I love chicken and noodles in a bowl. The Amish serve them over mashed potatoes. (I know, I know, but they are wonderful that way!)
Because this cookie has peanut butter and oatmeal in it, the fact that the Splenda only adds sweetness doesn't affect the consistency of the dough or the final product. Here they are ready to go into the oven.
My friend, Diane Hammill, a master quilter, is also a trained calligrapher. She designed the cover of the cook book as well as our guild pins, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tote bags. The pattern is called crossed canoes because Sugar Creek is a major canoeing venue. Sugar Creek Quilters doesn't have a website, but if you ever find yourself in Montgomery County, Indiana, be sure to take in a meeting.
With a wedding approaching on May 1st, I have launched into my next new project--a king-sized bento box quilt. This is for Anna's best friend, so she helped me choose fabric. Anna spotted the inspiration fabric (in the foreground above) on which the color scheme is based. It's from the Alhambra collection of Art Gallery Fabrics. Anna also found the beautiful brown fabric for the back. (See below.) It's called "Olive Rose" and was designed by Valori Wells for Free Spirit, Westminster Fibers. The blocks are 12 inches finished, so by doing 7 by 7, and adding a one-inch border and a six inch border, I can come up with 98 inches by 98 inches. That should be a good king-sized measurement.