Saturday, May 29, 2010

Here's the thing................

The problem with blog exchanges, if you aren't a super productive over-acheiver, and I'm not, is that no matter how badly you want to show your exchange item, for encouragement, or a possible thumbs down, you can't. No matter what. This means, if you haven't done this before, that you are spending your sewing time creating something you can't blog about, and that is rough for me. I do almost all my work by hand, and it's slow going. This is my reason (excuse) for not posting for so long.  If I succumb to the desire to show my "thing", I'll ruin the surprise for know who you are. So, that said, here is block #9 in the yellow quilt, which in spite of Kathy's experience, was most definitely NOT "painless" for me. That drippy pot rim was a trial. I did like how it turned out, though, and that's the main thing.

I have fallen in love with a Dresden plate done by Piece O'Cake in their book Quilts With A Spin, and have been stockpiling fabric for it. I am not generally a floral fabric person. I think it's pretty, but I haven't been able to work it into my last few projects, other than the Broidery Perse in Phebe. I needed that look, not pastel, but soft, and here is what I've accumulated so far:

What do you think? I will add more from my stash, as needed, but this is the new stuff. I think it's really pretty, and feminine. I just remembered some woven plaids, and stripes, that were stowed away out of sight (and out of mind, apparently). So I pulled them out, and discovered these, which add a nice dimension to the softness of the flowers.  If memory serves, most of these are by Roberta Horton, and have been in my stash for a very long time.

If you all have any suggestions, I'd like to hear them. I know once I get going on the quilt, some fabrics will be discarded and others added, because that's just how it goes. I never really know what will work, until I see it cut to the proper size and placed on my design wall. I do love the way Piece O'Cake mixes all the geometrics, and florals, and comes up with that fresh look that is their trademark.

Before I close, I want to share with you a quilt that means a great deal to me. It was made by Bonnie Tooze, a Canadian quilter, and was inspired by my quilt Houston County Elegance. She saw my quilt in Quilt Mania, a couple of years ago, and wanted to re-create it for herself. It was only a small photo, so she had to do a lot  of her own designing, and the result is really beautiful.

You see it here, basted for hand quilting. Bonnie, I just want to say that it means a great deal to know that my work inspired you. Since the first quilt magazine I bought, I've been inspired by so many other quilters, but I guess I never thought that I might have the pleasure of inspiring someone else. Thank you more than I can say for this lovely knowledge. Thanks also for continuing to look for me, when it wasn't easy. Bonnie doesn't have a blog (yet) but maybe she'll join us all one of these days.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, Memorial Day weekend. Go ahead and eat too much, I give you permission, if you need it.  Michele
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  1. Love your new yellow block, very cool with the drippy rim. Your choice of fabrics for your dresden plate is right on. How about some polka dots? Gotta love those.

    You have a wonderful weekend too Michele, Elaine

  2. I can see that the drippy pot would be a challenge but you seem to have executed it well.
    I am not familiar with the Piece 'O Cake design you are collecting fabric for. Your fabric choices do look good together and the Roberta Horton fabrics should work in well too. I like the mix of florals, plaids, etc.
    The applique quilt you show is beautiful. And to have something of your own design be an inspiration to someone else is a great compliment.

  3. Your #9 Block is beautiful, I can imagine how difficult the drippings were to do, I do hand work at times and it is slow going.

  4. Gorgeous stuff! Thanks for stopping by my blog and posting! Here I am!! Nice to meet you!

  5. I can see how painlful it was to applique that rim! Your fabrics for the Desdens are gorgeous and I thin those strips and plaids will look wonderful mixed in with the florals.

  6. Love the pot...and the fabric are georgeous.

  7. First visit - but I'll be back often!
    I love your drippy pot - so cute. and I love the fabrics you're pulling together - great pallet.
    What a nice story about the album quilt -
    have a great day

  8. Well, the thing is, I can certainly wait to see your masterpieces! Please do not apologize, Honestly, Michele! Your work is on another plane than most of ours... it is inspiring, and I am one that feel blessed every time I see your work.
    Oh and those florals, swoon, and with the plaids, wow, I think I need to see this quilt you are referring to! (oh, no, more temptation!)
    I am so excited to start Clamshells with you, and expect to learn a lot from you as well!

  9. I'm glad Bonnie was inspired by you. That is a beautiful, beautiful quilt. I actually like your drippy pot and flowers also. I get hung up on applique

  10. so do we get to see your quilt that inspired Bonnie????
    love your fabric choices.


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