The first thing I did today was to finish my part on this round of the Improvirobin. I really wanted to bring back more of the orange and dark blue, so I found this wonderful border fabric in Willa's scrap stash and created a piece of blue coral to applique on top. This will go on to Willa for the last round before it gets returned to the original designer. If you want to see the progress of all five of the pieces in this robin, go to our flickr page.
In March, we were given another piece of "ugly" fabric at Rebels for another challenge. Of course, I thought the fabric was quite wonderful. I thought I posted a photo of it in the blog, but I can't find it, and of course I have cut it up now. In the photo, it is the fabric with the gray background and the colorful flowers and birds.
When I was in Virginia, I took it with me to quilt shops to see what I could find to go with it. I knew I wanted to cut it into blocks showing off the different motifs. At the Jinny Beyer Studio, I found the wonderful red paisley-like fabric that I thought was perfect with it. In the Old Country Store, I found three colors of Kona solids that I knew I wanted to use. I decided not to use any purple solid because I thought there was enough in the print. This is what I have so far. The long gold and red pieces are just there for audition sake. I wanted to make sure the colors worked as well as I thought they would. I still have some layout decisions to make, but I think this is the general direction I am headed with this piece. Each of the blocks will be bordered with the gold, the red, or the green. I haven't done a quilt like this before, so I am enjoying the challenge. Maybe I will even get this one finished by the last week in May when the challenge is due. That would sure surprise everyone, including me.
Did I tell you all that Tom has decided we are going to go into raising chickens so we can have fresh eggs? We have purchased four Americana (?) chicks that are being raised by someone who knows how to take care of teeny tiny chicks and today we are going to meet them. I will try and post photos tomorrow.
Until then, joyful quilting everyone.