I LOVE these four winged lions with the curved horns. So incredible:
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I LOVE these four winged lions with the curved horns. So incredible:
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Louvre's special exhibition right now is on Babylon. I just did a quick walk through since I'll be going back with my sweetie. Does bother me that all of the labels are in French and boy I'd have paid that exhorbitant amount for the coffeetable book if I could just understand it.
No photography was allowed in the exhibition, but I did take a wander over to the permanent collection to see remains of the Palace of Darius from Susa (in current day Iran). Also Babylonian and for obvious reasons too big to move over for the special show.
I'm so madly in love with the colors and patterns on the tilework. There are multiple sets of archers. The colors are so incredible, I wish you could see them. Soft yellow and turquoise.
A lone archer
This particular pattern appears often.
Another set of archers. You can't see it but the top has arrows pointing upwards.
There's cunieform writing in the middle:
These remind me of antique quilts, the way the "fabric" in some blocks has aged more than in others. The colors are no longer like the makers intended, but still glorious all the same. I wish I hand-dyed fabrics - I'd love to try and duplicate the range of colors here.
Friday, April 25, 2008
These definitely go faster than the smaller blocks but I don't like them nearly as well. Still, look at how wonderful the dragonfly looks.
I also considered throwing in some Friendship Stars. Boy, making triangles really bores me, so I doubt I'll make many of these.
Pondering using the big 9-Patches around the small ones.... I like it, what do you think?
Wow, we ended up with the most gorgeous sunshine yesterday. Woohoo! I think I'm lucking out today too, so I need to get out into the world instead of chaining myself to the sewing machine.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Margarita Quilt
I've decided to call this The Margarita Quilt. It's happy (a well-made margarita definitely makes me happy), has lime, and looks like I was tipsy while I was piecing it.
Have you seen Finn's great tutorial for working with Orphan Blocks? How about Sarah's tutorial for a free-pieced flower?
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Loving These 9-Patches
I've figured out that I only need to throw in a rectangle every once in awhile to make a wonkier block (upper left block). And I love how these 9-patches look with a different fabric in the middle. I have to restrain myself from doing that in every block.
It's so much more fun to piece this way, a block at a time making new creations every block. I started out quilting with the fast rotary cutter style of making 9-patches where you sew the big long strips together, slice them apart and then resew. That's boring sewing. This isn't. Trust me though, happy to have my rotary cutter to make the squares, much easier than doing templates.
One of these blocks is an actual boo-boo. But when there's such a variety of blocks, it's hard to know which one isn't "right."
It's the second from the left on the bottom row. I wasn't intending it to look like this, but sewed a couple of blocks together wrong. I refused to use the seam ripper, just went forward. Now it doesn't look like a mistake at all.
As I've said before, when you make things wonky, you can't really do it wrong. When seams don't have to match, then none are wrong.
How's my contrast? It's darker than I expected it to be.
I love the size of the blocks just as they are now, which makes me wonder if I'm not going to find them too small when they're actually sewn together. Maybe I should be playing with 2" squares instead of 1.5". I'm going to sew a bunch of these together, all jammed up just like this, and see how I like it. That will be a wallhanging. And then who knows what happens next? I don't. I love playing with blocks this way, making decisions as I go along.
We had big stormy looking clouds yesterday, but it never rained and we did get a bit of sunshine streaming through the windows. Lily enjoyed the patch of light on my ironing board.
I have links for you, but they will have to wait for another day. It's time to get sewing.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Slowly Emerging from my Coccoon
Today I finally got sewing again on my Florida 9-Patch. The two top rows are more blocks made in Florida and the rest I whipped out this morning.
Passionate Purple Quilter Pam sent me some great strips of fabric, one of which is perfect for this quilt. It's the swirls of pink, orange and, yellow on white. Completely loving how they look in these blocks. Thank you, Pam!
I thought some of my blocks were too extreme so I was playing it a bit safer while cutting strips and squares. I figure there need to be a lot more boring blocks in here to make the wonkier ones stand out. I'll probably go back to making some crazier ones at the end. I'm hoping to make a bizillion of these things to give myself lots of options and maybe end up with a couple of different quilts.
As far as life stuff goes, the flights back from the states really went well. I have to give kudos to Delta. All our flights were on time, the coach seats had extra leg room and personal tv screens, and we eventually got all our luggage. I still hate Charles de Gaulle Airport with a passion but at least we weren't continually bused around the airport this time.
Saw lots of movies while on the plane. Becoming Jane, The Jane Austen Book Club, Dan in Real Life, and Juno were all good. I wouldn't say great though. I'm rather surprised that Juno was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Really? The other movies last year must have been pretty bad. As far as I'm concerned that goes for the other Best Picture nominees. Bloody, violent, dark - not my cup of tea.
Alright, I gotta get back to my sewing now. I just wanted to check in and say, hey, I'm still alive.
Monday, April 07, 2008
I've hardly done any sewing at all, but I did finally start the Florida-inspired quilt I've been wanting to do using lots of white and bright colors.
I've been making Lazy 9-Patches. I cut out loads of squares approximately 1.5" and didn't worry too much about how I put them together. It's a very enjoyable, relaxing project. I love working this way with the mismatched seams
I just can't make my mind up about how I want to put them together. Lots of 9-patches all jammed together as a lap quilt? Or do I want it on the wall, maybe with alternate solid blocks in a double 9-patch? I'm going to make some strippy bits and see if I want to throw them in too. I used a Moda Jelly Roll to get the marbled fabric for this job and when I cut my strips 1.5" ish I ended up with lots of 1" strips left over - those would be great stripped onto a foundation block. And do I make some letters too? Dunno...
Tommorrow is our last full day here and I tell you, I'm just not ready to go yet although it will be good to see the kitties again. I hear tell that Pokey has gotten into the kitchen cabinet trying to get her treats and and has been doing a great job of hunting down socks.
Off to dinner now - we're getting Buffalo Wings - mmmmm.