Sunday, March 11, 2007

Bright Colors with White

I have almost all of my fabrics in bits and strips now. This is Pokey modeling before cutting began.

When I say I have all my fabrics cut, I should say: Except for the fabrics I haven't bought yet. I really do think I need to add white. Look what I bought today at an art festival. It's called Rita's Garden by Rita Van Gorder. She does beautiful silk paintings, but this is just a print. I love the intense colors.

The kitties like it too.

Anyway, there isn't actually that much white in the picture - it's pretty much just the railing and clouds. But that mat really makes it lovely. I always use black to make my colors pop, but you definitely end up with a different, brighter mood with white.

Yup, need to go for it and buy more fabric - it's a hard job but someone's got to do it.

I'm almost finished with my hand quilting project. Just a wee bit more. I finished up Season 4 of Smallville and am anxiously waiting to start Season 5. I've so been rooting for Lex to somehow overcome his future evil but "I'm the villain of this story" was certainly an ominous sign of things to come. Watched "Hollywoodland" which was okay. I wanted to love it, but just didn't care for the whole parallel stories thing and wish they'd just stuck with George Reeves. Ben Afleck is great at being a classic movie star.

Top Design sucked this week. Remodelling a garage? Just call this a car commercial and be done with it. So don't care and didn't even finish watching it. The first episode of Top Design had a great challenge but the rest - bleah. C'mon, give them all a piece of funky folk art and tell them it has to go in a classical Louis XIV style room. (I actually read an article about Joan Rivers collecting folk art paintings by a Southern artist that her decorator refuses to put in Joan's classical apartment.) That would be interesting. Make it work, as Tim Gunn would say.

I'm doing well. For the fellow thyroid sufferers amongst you: went to the endocrinologist on Wednesday and my TSH was at 1.4. Furthermore, the endo wants it even lower so he upped me to 137 mcg of Synthroid. I've actually lost a couple of pounds since my first visit to this doctor back in December and that includes all that time I was off my meds and sluggish beyond belief. Woohoo, work, metabolism, work.

21 comments:

quiltpixie said...

never met a bright fabric I didn't love... So you're going to venture to white huh? a pure white?

Sweet P said...

I love that painting and I can see why you love it too. You're right about using white. I bet those colors would really pop with some white mixed in with them.

Angie said...

Gorgeous picture--gorgeous fabrics!! I'm glad things are smoothing out a bit for you with the thyroid stuff. :D I'm still on the roller coaster, which is climbing -- as in my weight, yuk!--but the levels have gone too low now, so seems I'm destined for some medication. If that will boost the metabolism, then bring it on!! LOL

joyce said...

I think your fabrics are fabulous and a bit of white will not hurt at all. Love the silk painting. I used to do lots of it but haven't done much recently. Maybe I need to get back at that but quilting keeps getting in the way.

jpquilter said...

Those colors are wonderful - I have been wanting to do something colorful to bring on a feeling of spring in the midst of the dreary rain we have. Sounds like the thyroid thing is going well. You are almost there - keep your chin up!

Tazzie said...

Hey there Tonya, I love all those colours! You have the coolest stash of anyone I know! I don't have anything like that amount of bright fabric, and how much would I love to!
I'm using a clean crisp white with my current project and I love how it looks, give it a try, I'm sure you'll like it.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

candyschultz said...

I watched Hollywoodland last night while I was quilting and just thought it was so so. Between that and Black Dahlia I think I have been sated with 40's/50's noirish films.

The kitties and the fabrics are adorable. Glad you are feeling ok. Any news yet on when you can get to Paris?

Carol E. said...

I love all the fabrics, and your kitties look gorgeous with and on them. Just put your kitties on your quilts if you are needing some white. It's a great look!

Fiona said...

Don't those brights look fabulous?

Clare said...

I adore that second photograph. If I try to get photos of our 2 monsters posing they are gone in the flash of a whisker! Lovely weather here. Spring has sprung. The lawn is about to have its first haircut and we are cleaning the pool.

Sassenach said...

I tend to avoid white as well, but you make an excellent point.

McIrish Annie said...

glad to hear you are feeling better. A little white fabric in your quilt won't hurt you!! go ahead. it really will give it a bright sunny look!

I am deeply in love with Pokey!

Ms. Jan said...

Those bright fabrics are wonderful and should make a spectacular quilt. I sympathize with your thyroid slump--it is the pits. Glad to hear you're doing better.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Love all the bright fabrics. Love seeing what your cats are uo to.

Nellie Bass Durand said...

Well, there's white ... and then there's white. There are prints with white and then there are white on white that offer visual texture. I can imagine you using those as opposed to plain white.
Glad that you're feeling better.

Dawn said...

WOW - did you wear sunglasses when you cut up all that fabric! :)

Dawn said...

Forgot to say I did love that print too! Bright colors and all!

Anonymous said...

Your quilts are very beautiful, and so are your cats...very lovely coloring in their coats.

Holly said...

Tonya, that print has your name written all over it and it looks like it is kitty approved :) Love all your bright happy fabrics.

Judy said...

Love, love, love, all the fabulous colors!! That pink and yellow flowered print is right up my alley. I loved that, but I think you made the best choice!

Good news on the thyroid level! Mine has to stay under .10 and then they are happy. When mine was 15 or 16 last fall we had issues, but it settled back down! Good for you loosing weight! It's hard with zero metabolism...more meds = more metabolism burning calories!! Yea!

cher said...

how could anyone not feel pure happiness playing with those fabrics? and that print is so...perfect...it seems so joyful to me. thanks for the burst of brightness.