If you haven’t met the quilt block called Balance, then let me introduce you.
I found this block in Nancy Martin’s Perpetual Calendar 365 Quilt Blocks A Year.
I drew it with a 5 x 5 grid in Electric Quilt 7. If you own BlockBase, it is #1817c.
It isn’t often that one sees a green and white quilt (I don’t think I’ve ever seen one…I may have to google that later), but it is March, and I’m longing for spring, so I’ve set this block with green and white.
Here is how it looks in a straight set:
In the following design, I’ve deleted a few lines from the block to create an alternate crossing block to set Balance with. I’ve also added another green to the mix.
I squared up the quilt design (it isn’t longer than it is wide now) and rearranged the blocks:
Again, Balance is set side-by-side. The only difference is in the color placement. Stars have appeared!
An alternate color theme:
By deleting just a few lines, I’ve created another alternate block to add to the mix:
And one more arrangement:
Lots more could be done with this block, so go ahead and play with it! See what you come up with!
By the way, this block looks amazingly like Bachelor’s Puzzle.
Posted in Nancy Martin Calendar Blocks
Tagged Bachelor's Puzzle, Balance, BlockBase, Electric Quilt, EQ7, green and white, LCsCottage, Nancy Martin Perpetual Calendar Blocks, patchwork, quilt design, quilting
I thought a simple little UFO would be appropriate for my next project.
Many moons ago, I took photos of a sweet little kitten named Yoda.
I played with effects on one of those photos in photoshop and created a design to print on fabric.
I don’t know how long ago I did this…long enough that when I touched the gold yarn, it disintegrated (Perhaps bad quality?). I didn’t save the file on my pc (Neglect or a computer crash?) so I have no reference and no way to print more of this fabric.
By the time you read this post, I will have free motion stitched the fused applique. I’m not sure what else I’ll do yet.
I have more long days coming with the day job, so I don’t know when I’ll be back.
Meantime, ya’ll have some fun creating, whether you love to create in the kitchen, the woodshop, with Legos, knitting, scrapbooking, or…. Just find the time for the precious creative muse!
What began as a class lesson on perspective has finished as Moses and Pharaoh’s Daughter. Most of us are familiar with the biblical story of Moses’ birth from Exodus Chapter 2: 1-10.
Had I known that the background was to become the setting for Moses, I would’ve chosen shades and tints of alabaster to create it (seems more Egyptian to me). But I had no end result in mind, and the background sat around for longer than I care to admit.
No matter that the details are not accurate. I’m an artist, right? I can take certain liberties. What’s important is that when one looks at this quilt, one can see the story.
So here it is:
A few close-ups:
Before and after:
For Part 1, click here.
For Part 2, click here.
For Part 3, click here.
For Part 4, click here.
For Part 5, click here.
Posted in Perhaps Moses
Tagged applique, art quilt, Bible story, biblical, Egyptian, fiber art, LCsCottage, Moses, Pharaoh's daughter, quilting, thread painting
Just for the fun of it…
the difference between the raccoon’s shoe size and my barn cat’s shoe size.
The kitty paw prints are in the upper left corner. The rest belong to the raccoon.
Seeing the tracks helps get a perspective on the animal’s size.
“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” -Victor Hugo
“One kind word can warm three winter months.” -Japanese Proverb
I live in the shadow of a mountain, so it takes a while for the sun to shine on my home. The above photo is what my backyard looked like this morning.
The next photo shows the sunrise from the front of my home. You can also see part of my driveway.
I am not a photographer, so having light and shadow is a difficult shot for me.
More views from my front yard:
I wanted to show a UFO that I have been diligently working on. I guess I haven’t been diligent enough, but it is getting close.
Remember this? (I’m not surprised if you don’t!)
Here are the results from my snow dyeing play day.
All of the fabrics turned out soft and muted…probably because I used old dye. I’m okay with that. Not all fabrics need to be intense color…there is a place for every piece. The fabrics sitting on top of the window screening are more muted than the ‘drip catchers’; they weren’t resting in the dye.
I did have trouble taking good photos, so I’ve included close ups for you. They show the texture better. Clicking on a photo will show a larger view.
The first photo is the snow dyed fabric using teal, bronze and ecru dyes.
The next fabric is the ‘drip catcher’ from the above snow dyed fabric.
The blue background is more blue than the photos show.
Next is a fabric that was snow dyed with a blue-green, orange and wisteria procion mx dyes.
The ‘drip catcher’ to the above fabric (it looks like a whole lot of white fabric areas in this photo, but that isn’t the case):
To make the last snow dye, I simply dumped on leftover dyes. It has cobalt, fushia, deep yellow, peach and a little black. It is a soft, pretty piece.
And who would know that this is the ‘drip catcher’ from the above snow dye? It is as if the colors made an arrangement with each other…pastels on the snow dye, and deeper colors to the bottom.
I have decided that, while snow dyeing made for an entertaining play date, I prefer to stick to low water immersion when I hand dye my fabric.