Saturday, May 09, 2009

summer colors

The weather folks are saying this weekend will be a scorcher so I am making plans to get out very early to the farmers market and then get home out of the sun. Down south I get more quilting done in summer than winter!

My big adventure today was to go shopping for shorts. Part of my fashion theory is there are three types of people in the world: those that wear shorts and look good, those who don't wear shorts and shouldn't, and those who are smart enough to know they shouldn't. Generally I've happily been in the latter category however as the temperature has risen my resolve has broken down. Have I also mentioned I really don't like to clothes shop for myself. Just too much trouble...hence I am a "What not to wear" wannabe. I showed my Dh what I bought today and his only comment was "well at least I hope they are comfortable." Where is Stacy and Clinton when you need them. I have yet to see them help anyone buy a pair of shorts. (Sort of like you have never seen them put in a ceiling fan on Trading Places....) Anyway, back to quilting.

I may work on some really old blocks...a set of 12 Baltimore Applique blocks that have been sitting around for about 14 years! I had 13 so my sister took the one in the photo and made a pillow out of it for me! So now I have to finish the quilt to go with it...

Today I laid out some of the blocks I made using the vintage block as inspiration. I had more of them made than I realized. I cut out enough to finish a couple more and then I will put it all together. It will be throw size which is fine. It came out very cheerful and summery looking. I used lots of scraps in it but tried to pull it together with the consistent red and blue in the large uneven 9-patch.

I think the two quilt photos in this post are pretty indicative of how my fabric choices have been evolving lately. New projects definitely have clearer colors. I wonder if that is partly due to availability or due to my eye problems. It is much more difficult for me to work with greyed or dull colors right now. I have a neurological opthomolgy appointment in a couple of weeks so who knows maybe they can do something for it. Until then bright and clear it is....

9 comments:

Karen said...

You have Baltimore applique blocks just laying around! Oh, you need to get busy on the quilt and finish up. Would love to see your blocks.

Bebesboutique said...

Love the new quilt you are working on.

sewkalico said...

I agree on the shorts. I only wear them if I have to - like for sport or if it's too dang hot LOL.
Wow on the Log Cabin, I bet it's heavy. I recall my OC being heavy -the more pieces, the heavier it gets so a unpieced back is a great idea.
On catching up, I loved your 'crazy' lady's tales and your mosaics are cool. I love reclaiming things esp. furniture although it makes my DH 'groan' :-D

ROZ said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm just working on that one square at the moment. But I see that you're in the same boat with the applique blocks. That pillow is lovely.

Gypsy Quilter said...

That is one awesome appliqued pillow. If only I could get my points to look have so good. Love the clearer colors, and in scraps they look even better! For warmer weather sometimes I can find parachute fabric slacks at Bon Worth Teller. Nice and light and comfy too.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I still haven't worn my new shorts out in public, but at least I've got a pair for when I just can't stand the heat. My blinding white legs are gonna be pretty scary. love the new red white and blue project. hope your eyes are working aokay soonest

Purple Pam said...

Bright colors are okay for me. I also have Baltimore Album blocks on the shelf waiting to be finished. They are one of those applique projects I started years ago. Has it been 13 years ago? Oh my!

*karendianne. said...

Always happy to see the lovely Goldie. Such a sweetie. Shorts are a problem with my stark white legs. You know I can't go out in the sun. How do you do it? Nevermind, it wont matter. I think I'm going to buy some of that liquid in a bottle.

The B.A. pillow is rockin' awesome!!! Love the bright happy quilt you've got goin' on, too.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I love the scrap quilt in the last picture...I could see myself doing one like that in the future! It would look great with big stitch baptist fans in Perle cotton!