Thursday, January 14, 2010

Getting Back To Work

What can we say? After a long, sad week, we are both happy to get back to work. Thank you everyone for your kind words. You know, we hesitated to put up the last post, but since we have been pretty open about our daily lives since this blog thing started - we decided to. We were comforted and moved. So was our family. You folks are the best.

So, what has transpired and what are we working on? Lots of stuff. This was delivered yesterday. These are the Bar Harbor wovens. Expect them, along with the prints, in your quilt shop next month. Oh, what a nice taste of summer these are!
I have been also plodding along on a new quilt design. I am using scraps, of course. I won't bore you with how much scraps I still have. (Ummm, more than when I started, despite the laws of physics) I changed my mind half-way through and decided on a smaller quilt. These are left over.
Any thoughts of how they should live out their half-square triangle destiny?

I also decided on the fabric I will use for Blackbird Designs beautiful applique quilt.I have been collecting reproduction Turkey Reds for a couple of years and I saw this fabric collection by Whistler Studios called Folklore. I picked out a couple to round out my stash.Note: There is probably 4 times the amount of fabric that I need to make this quilt - but collecting the stash is most of the fun, isn't it? I am looking forward to actually being able to work on a block soon. Keep coming back for updates. And, Hey, thanks for stopping by today.

Also, expect a MEGA give-away soon. Just as soon as my UPS guy gets it here.

Laurie

29 comments:

pdudgeon said...

"Any thoughts of how they should live out their half-square triangle destiny?"

maybe as a Hanging Diamond quilt with large areas of your new Summer floral line as the setting triangles,some nice blue ticking stripes for an inner border,and a beautiful wide outer border with cable waves for the quilting?
who knows.......
call it: "The Amish Visit Bar Harbor".
i love your scraps!

karen said...

Love the Wovens, looking forward to Bar Harbour!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Love the new collection of wovens!!!

Fiesta said...

I will definetly look for this fabric at my LQS. It does have a fresh feel of summer.

lovetostitch said...

Those wovens are my cup of tea - LOVE them........ was laughing about the Blackberry Design - you've been using yours too much - LOL!!!! (but I did know what you meant)-such a beautiful quilt!! I dont know about placement of those half squares, but I see some of my favorite fabrics in there!!!

Janet said...

What a great pile of "leftovers" oh you could make so many wonderful things with them - like pinwheels, stars, churn dashes... Their destiny is to be part of a great quilt.
I just love your turkey red collection.

WoolenSails said...

That is beautiful fabric, love the rich colors. That is going to look stunning, in that quilt. Love the new fabrics, will keep my eyes open.

Debbie

deborah said...

Love your fabrics and can't wait to see them in my LQS.
There are so many ways to use the half squares..I will have to think on that one a bit:)

Christine said...

The turkey reds are beautiful and I do collect them too, they are not always available here in Australia. I love the blues your are using too.
cheers
Christine

Christine said...

Oh I hope the wovens are coming to Australia too.

Christine

Sharon said...

Love your fabric choices for the applique. I'm pondering one of their patterns too. It will be fun to follow your progress.

Kathie said...

the hst should be a little quilt, I am sure you can come up with something!
thats a great pile of hst :)
great wovens!!!!
oh love the fabric choices for BB quilt, I am just finsihing up the basket quilt in the When the cold win blows book and yes I may just have to make this one next as well!
great choice of fabrics, never saw a turkey red I didn't like, great blues!
Kathie

Betweens said...

I can't wait to see what your Love Letters is going to look like so glad that someone else is doing it! Love your color choices and you never know how much fabric you need till it is done..LOL. There is one other blogger besides me that is making it I found LeKaquilt. it is beautiful!! Your new collection is fantastic thanks for all your wonderful creations

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Love,love, love the new wovens. Yum Yum can't wait.

Pat

Anonymous said...

SueBee said:

Love the wovens, cant wait on them and also looking for the collection of Bar Harbor. The fabrics that you have collected for the Blackbird design quilt is wonderful. Want to tag along with me one day and help me pick out fabrics.

Miriam said...

I love the applique quilt!!!

Those fabrics are gorgeous!

((HUGS)) to you both.

Helen said...

I love the wovens. My favorite fabric lines always include wovens and I'm thinking Bar Harbor is going to be a favorite. I can't wait to see it in the stores.

Kim said...

Those HSTs? Yep, I have an idea. Send them to ME! Or have a giveaway. Guilt-free purging of scraps. Actually better than guilt-free; you'd make someone very happy! Love the new wovens--I think plaids and other wovens do so much to add visual interest to a quilt. I'll be looking for them to come out soon.

Nancyz said...

Glad you are back. Love the Bar Harbor fabric!

Gillian said...

Use the squares as part of the quilt's backing.

Dawn said...

Half square triangles are the best - and yours look GORGEOUS! How about Diamonds Forever (from allpeoplequilt.com) or an Old Maid's Puzzle or Buggy Wheels (from The Buggy Barn) - almost all HSTs! Should I stop?
Can't wait to see what your scraps become!!

L. Gray said...

First, my sincere condolences for your loss.

Ideas for your leftover HSTs? Yes, I have lots of ideas! How about a lovely scrappy star quilt, just in time for the Fourth of July? Can't wait to get my hands on the wovens.

--Lisa in CA

Anonymous said...

I think those hst's want to spend their time with me!
~Joyce

Janet said...

Wow!! Bar Harbour wovens are lovely - but even more yummy are those orphan half square triangles - around a medallion of one of the floral urns from the new applique quilt? Just on their own?
Choices are endless. I'm still stuck into an apploique quilt using the Prairie Paisley line, but will still be looking for a giveaway - you can never have too much stash!!
Janet in cool but sunny Nova Scotia

jaybird said...

ohhh bar harbor wovens.. i've been waiting to see them!!

Kathy said...

Are you going to hand applique or IMA the Love Letters quilt? I am doing this as a BOM with my Yahoo Group. I was going to IMA, but decided to do it hand needleturn. I'm using the back basting method.

I tried IMA, but I've burned too many fingers trying to get good curves and sharp points, and I've tried the freezer paper and the mylar stuff.

Doing it BOM, I'll have it done in September and then have time to quilt it.

Just curious as to your method...

Minick and Simpson said...

Kathy,

I had to google IMA - so you can be sure I am not doing that. I applique by hand - needleturn. I like needleturn because there is no prep work like ironing, starching, freezer paper, etc. I am not doing the back basting method - just slapping the pieces down and stitching. I hope to post the first block in progress soon. Thanks for asking.

Laurie

Kathy said...

It will be fun to see how our quilts are turning out! I am using a few more colors, as well. But mostly keeping to a blue/red 'flowers', green vines and leaves with some gold/yellows/browns tucked in. I am using some of your fabrics, along with other MODAS.

The big blocks with big shapes go fast...much easier than doing a smaller block with tiny pieces.

Kwiltsfl said...

LOVE the Bar Harbor wovens! I, too, have the Love Letters book and would like to start collecting the fabrics to make it. Please do post your blocks as you go along. I'll be doing needleturn as well.

Karen

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