Thursday, December 08, 2016

Seventeenth Study Square

 The seventeenth in my Weekly Study Square Quiltlets. As soon as I put those triangles atop the rectangles, all I could see was houses, so I went with that.
A detail to show the embroidery stitches I used.

The words of the week were:
  • leaf

  • joint

  • epidemic

  • bandit

  • crown

  • food

  • manure

  • catastrophe

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


 Here are the final ten blocks completed from the #100Days100Blocks project. Hard to believe I made it through all the way. Block 91 above is a fun combination where I got to highlight those pink deer. I'm so glad the deer I see in my yard every day are normal shades of brown.
Block 92, once I see a face in something, I can't un-see it. Pareidolia perhaps? Hmmm, that would be a good quilt title to use at some point.
 Block 92, one last angry elephant before I let you go. I don't really like the way the framing is split by the center fabric going through. It looks like a blocky letter D or a snorkeling elephant.
 Block 94, I liked having this big space to show almost all of the butterfly (or moth?)
 Block 95, I lied, here's some more angry elephant. I just love that fabric design, it's so beautiful and swoopy and then you look more closely and see what it really is.
 Block 96, had to get one more yellow deer in the quilt.
Block 97- This might be my favorite use of this crazy-mod black/white/color print.
 Block 98, I really liked this arrangement of rectangles/square, and another lotus-tiger.
Block 99

 Block 100!! So thrilled to have made it through this long project, thank you Gnome Angel for creating such an inspiring community. and I'm looking forward to participating in the #100BlocksFinished project, wherein we attempt to get our quilt tops completed by 1/25/17. Stay tuned for that.

If you want to do the 2017 #100Days100Blocks for this same project, it starts in May.
Here's the arrangement I'm likely to go with, but I'll likely tinker with it a bit more. I'm planning a grey sashing background that will separate the blocks.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Sixteenth Study Square

 The sixteenth Weekly Study Square Quiltlet definitely displayed some typical teenager-ish behavior as I was working on completing it. Not conforming to size, messiness, emotional, etc. But it settled down enough in the end to get wrangled into almost the right shape and size. Close enough with room left to grow.
The 8 words of the week are:
  • blister

  • string

  • passport

  • gears

  • kennel

  • aspirin

  • can

  • supplies

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful that we have other ways to get to our Turkey-Day festivities these days.

If you appreciate Salvador Dali, go check out the Surrealist Thanksgiving, with recipes from his cookbook (which is now on my list of cookbooks I might just need at some point.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wandering Wednesday: Lake Merritt

A recent sunset stroll along the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland gave me a lot of bird pictures to share. 
It's a nice surprise to have a body of water in the middle of downtown Oakland. It's different than just a big park. 
 This was near the bird sanctuary which seemed to be closed, maybe they were waiting for it to reopen? They were definitely lurking, kind of menacingly, look at those big beaks.  

I had to look them up to find out what kind of bird they were, Black-Crowned Night Heron. Very short and stocky for a Heron.

I always have to take a picture of an interesting door. Luckily my family knows this about me by now.

The reflected sunset off the roundish buildings windows falling on the non-window side of the building next door really caught my eye.

And finally, a lovely flute serenade from the dude on a roof across from Children's Fairyland. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Fall Favorite

Here's one of my favorite pictures I've taken this entire fall. A leaf landed on my windshield and the colors were so striking with the background. It took several tries to get it in focus, but finally I got this shot of it before it blew away.

After looking at it in Palette Builder, no wonder I liked it so much. Look at this glorious fabric color combination. Definitely useable.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fifteenth Study Square

The fifteenth Weekly Study Square Quiltlet.
 The pile of scraps is increasing Not Decreasing, I guess I need to figure out some other way to use up scraps besides making one of these 8.5" square quiltlets a week. Scraps are good though, it means I'm working and making stuff. Just need to come up with some new Scrap Management techniques for myself.
A close-up of the stitching.

The words for the week were:
  • garlic

  • cottage

  • screen

  • anchor

  • toothbrush

  • stew

  • fax

  • handbag