Monday, November 12, 2012

Catching up

My intuition quilt that I made when I first started quilting again has been published in Victoria's new book!
Victoria Findley Wolfe of 15 Minutes Play and Victoria Findley Wolfe Quilts has a fantastic new book published by C & T Publishers.  It is filled with really wonderful quilts made in an improvisational manner.  There are beautiful photos and how-to pages on making fabric and using made fabric to make some more traditional style blocks.  I am thrilled to have one of my quilts in the company of so many other stunning works of art. 
I spent some time today finishing the last section of "America the Beautiful."
I have to say that this was very time consuming.  I am glad I did it, but I am not sure I would do it again.  I think that diagonal strings would have had just a good an effect at representing "sea to shining sea."
Now, all have left is borders.  The pattern calls for two, but I may have three.  I have to see what I have in my stash.  I am very pleased with this quilt.  The pattern left a bit to be desired, but I have heard that happens with lots of patterns.  Of course, I like to do my own thing sometimes, so that may have been part of the problem.  My sister is finished down to the bottom motif.  I haven't seen it in a while, but I am sure it is quite beautiful.  She is using really pretty fabrics.
Finally, I decided to play catch-up with the Grandmother's Choice blocks.
This is the batik version of Week 10 New York block.  I think I may have done the light and dark stripes in the wrong order in both of them, but they work for me.
Here is the paisley version.  I decided to put the sawtooth star in the corner rather than use the star fabric or the star they recommended.  This just worked easier for me.
It is getting cooler around here, and the leaves are thicker on the ground than in the trees in some places.  The backyard squirrels are fluffier and lighter gray than in the summer.  Bella is already making Christmas decorations and the people across the street have holiday wreaths up across the front of their house.  I guess winter is right around the corner, and I am ready for it.
Enjoy these last days of fall.  Joyful quilting, everyone.