If the first couple days of 2012 are any indication of how this year will go then I should get lots of quilting done!
I've been working diligently on my Bonnie Hunter Mystery. Now rarely do I make a big change halfway through a quilt but this is an exception. I started using red and green with the black but on New Year's Day when I laid out the components on the floor - "blah." Now I love red and green so what the heck happened?
Could be a couple of things...I used a fair amount of grey in the black sections and a lot of beige in the neutrals. A lot of my greens were repros which have a grey or brown tone to them. Combine that with my current bought of optic neuritis and I saw mud.
So I dug into the fabric piles and made up some blues string block ensuring that I had some "spark" fabric in each block. The sparks are the turquoise, royal blues, and any fabric with clear white accents. I'm so much happier...(Also, at a sale at our local Hancock's I found this great fabric for the backing. After sale and coupon only $3.50 a yard! But wouldn't you know it...it's green....)
My friend Shannon (who does not have a blog) also is adding a bit of "umph" to her string blocks. She had the same "issue." The original block on the right used lots of repros and batiks and ended up reading flat. So she came over on Sunday and got some brights from the "never ending stash" and is remaking about half. Better to do it now than after sewing the blocks together!Shannon is trying to come up with a name for her quilt. I'm thinking New Orleans and Madi Gra...or maybe I'm just craving some gumbo and King cake?!
(Had a few requests for the Bitterweet Chocolate Pound Cake in my last post. The recipe can be found here http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/437/bittersweet-chocolate-pound-cake. This cake can be made a day or two in advance and travels well...a keeper!)