Sunday, January 14, 2018

Today's Lineup

hexagon diamond for Minnie quilt - QuiltBee
Some days are better than others for pulling colour combinations that work. The other night I was on a roll though so I just kept pulling different combos of little hexies for more Minnie diamonds; this is one that I particularly like.

hexagon diamonds for Minnie quilt - QuiltBee
Actually, these two play very nicely together.

So this is my current hexie lineup. It's back to being bitterly cold so it's an inside day for me, and I have lots of stitching to keep me company.....M

Friday, January 12, 2018

Moving Things Along

Snippets quilt - QuiltBee
This is what Snippets is starting to look like. The blocks are just up on the design board and not sewn together yet, so the diagonal grid will ultimately become a bit tighter. These blocks will measure 27 x 45" once they are sewn together.

Snippets quilt blocks - QuiltBee
I've got about 15 more blocks made and probably the makings of another 15 assembled and ready to go.

Snippets quilt blocks - QuiltBee
A stitch here and a stitch there and the pile gradually builds. It's a great little block and I'm just loving the fact that each block is different, motivation in and of itself to sew 'just one more'....M

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Long Goodbye

hexagon diamonds for Minnie quilt - QuiltBee
I'm one of those people who likes to have my Christmas tree up for as long as possible (one year I managed to keep it up til March Break, and it wasn't an artificial tree!), but I've run out of time. The city is doing a tree pick-up tomorrow so today was the day to take it down.

Christmas cookies - QuiltBee
Knowing that, I spent yesterday curled up on the couch with Minnie - who I haven't seen since July - listening to Christmas carols and finding some solace in Christmas cookies (the Official Cookie Tester was happy to help out with the cookies tho not so keen on the carols...). The bone cracking cold temperatures outside only confirmed my idea that a spot near the fireplace was the place to be.

When I press a hexie diamond I ensure that all three accent hexies are pressed flat.

This recesses them a little bit on the finished side and adds just a bit of dimension. Not sure if that will hold up when (and if) this quilt is ever quilted, but I do like the look it gives to the block.

As of a few hours ago our tree was kicked to the curb and the living room feels a little empty; I really miss the soft light that it shines through the house. Sadly, there was one fatality as the decos came down - one of my little Faberge-like eggs is no more.

On the upside, it has started to snow and temperatures are supposed to rise, so we may be coming out of this deep freeze. I'll be spending the rest of the day watching football playoffs, enjoying my hand stitching and snacking on a few more cookies.....M

Friday, January 05, 2018

Borrowing From the Neighbours

Snippets quilt - QuiltbeeSnippets blocks are starting to come together. I'm lovin' the scrappiness.

Snippets quilt blocks - Quiltbee
There's a little bit of everything in it...
Sujata Shah used a phrase in her book Cultural Fusion Quilts that has stuck with me as a good reminder of how to create depth - use two or three shades of the same colour. She calls it 'borrowing from the neighbours'. Works like a charm.

I've also used a few checks and different scales of print. Every block is different (sort of like that old commercial for Bits & Bites, where every handful is a different combination ­čśĆ).

chicken pot pie - Quiltbee
I also took my first stab at making Chicken Pot Pie. We've been enduring the cold wave that seems to have a grip on most of North America and I just needed some comfort food. I don't think that I've ever made Pot Pie before but I definitely will again. This recipe is to die for and had the Official Cookie Tester coming back for seconds. Instead of making individual pies I just made one large one and it worked out well. Stay warm!...M