The look of harmony

Lest you think I have been slacking off on my quilts – well, I have sort of. I had a hard time figuring out the measurements of the setting triangles. The formula I had initially used ended up calculating triangles bigger than what I needed. Finally, I found this nifty chart on Karen Comb’s website. Voila, things have worked out so far!! This is how the quilt looks so far with the sashing and some of the setting triangles in – that springy harmonious look makes me look forward SPRING, especially with this cold spell (brrr…) we have had these past few days:

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Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone. I am going back to some finishing touches on my Christmas decorations.

The metamorphosis of my “butterly” blocks

Here is how my “butterfly” blocks have morphed so far… I never thought they would turn out so pretty as I designed the quilt. I think the colors have worked so well together.

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Come to think of it, these might be the prettiest blocks I have ever constructed. They certainly make me feel all soft and feminine inside!

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Happy Monday, Everyone! I wish you a productive week!

In the company of “rich”…

You remember this, don’t you?

I have been in nearly constant company of fabrics lately because of impending deadlines, some rich fabrics. Don’t you just love that rich red among the other colors? I have to say that red fabric is probably one of my very favorites!! This will be the last sneak-preview before the quilt is officially featured in “The Quilter”‘s March 2009 Issue:

Fabrics and what we make with them enrich our lives in many ways, historically and presently. They sort of tie eras of history together as each era emphasizes a different aspect of fabric art that is slightly different than the other eras. My fabric pursuits have largely been influenced by the rich history that is associated with the early American history. Last night I had a most enjoyable phone conversation with Judy Morton, chair of the Old Tippecanoe Block Challenge. She told me about how she too have been inspired by the rich history of America in her quilting pursuits. She is an amazing hand quilter – one of her quilts is featured in the “Photo Finish” of “The Quilter“‘s Christmas Issue. She has done the applique all by hand:

Okay, I need to get back in the company of more fabrics… (you will see what I mean in tomorrow’s post). I wish you all a wonderful day, rich with blessings! Till next time!

From these to this…

From these…

… to this – this will be the last sneak preview of this quilt before it is officially featured in “The Quilter” in January 2009:

I am still thinking about exactly how to quilt it. Meanwhile, I started the piecing on a new quilt. I hadn’t known how the blue would work, but I think this unique shade of blue has worked out well so far!

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts – just like the rain, rain and more rain we have had over here for the past two days. I am not complaining except the cooler weather mixed in with the rain makes me want to do nothing but just curl up in bed with a book. :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone. Till next time!

My vacuum “ate” my… , and other updates!

Would you ever have guessed….. the answer is “embroidery floss”! My vacuum ate my embroidery floss, causing a major delay in the progress of my French rouge cross-stitch. When that happened, I had a better understanding of the phrase “in the twinkling of an eye!”. I was running the vacuum around my stitching corner, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw my skein of embroidery floss – the next thing I knew, the floss was in the belly of the vacuum cleaner. It took me days to get another skein of floss at the store. Here is the progress over the weekend:

Meanwhile, I have started my new quilt projects that are to be featured in “The Quilter” early 2009. I am switching over to the “assembly line” method instead of rotary-cutting as I go. I hope this would speed things up:

Working on the spring fabrics reminded me that I need to wish my Aussie bloggy friends — a very HAPPY and BEAUTIFUL spring! For the rest of my bloggy friends, I hope you have a BEAUTIFUL day nonetheless! :)

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I also received all of these from wonderful bloggy friends. What an honor – a heartfelt THANK YOU to these dear ladies!!!

1. From Cathi in Canada:

2. From Barbara H:

3. From Charlotte: