Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rainy Day




It's been raining all morning. The weather is cool and it makes me feel like doing a bit of applique. The heat from this summer removed any desire I had for working with fabric. A cool rainy day is all I need to begin to feel the desire to pull out the rotary cutter and get to work.

Large shapes always seem more relaxing to me than very small detailed ones. Easy to cut and easy to sew.

I'm using the new line of fabric from "Wild Rose." The yellows and browns in this fabric line make me think of faded pressed flowers. (Will be in quilt shops in November. This quilt will be in our next book, Garden Club.) Barb is making one too...but she hasn't quite decided on her color palette. She likes to have all the blocks planned before she begins to cut out the shapes and put them on the fabric. I just cut away....and plan one block at a time. (For you gals from the Buggy Barn...yes, I'm doing whimsical placement! You ladies were just too funny.) I sleep just fine at night even if the placement of my pieces don't quite match the pattern exactly.

Hope your summer heat is beginning to relent and your thoughts are returning to quilting!

Until later,

Alma

19 comments:

  1. How beautiful! I just love the colors and fabrics! (Of course!) Rainy weather is definitely good for a nice applique day.

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  2. Oh, this sneak peek looks so woderful and calming. I love the colors you are using and can't wait to see the new book.

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  3. Ah new quilt and fabric! I have never had everything planned out for my applique. I will have to try that.

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  4. yes! rain...cool...fabric...sewing....
    i can hardly wait!
    those colors look beautiful for September.

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  5. I'm with you. Give me whimsy or give me death!

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  6. Beautiful as always! I'm still trying to find the courage to start blocks from your book Birds of a feather, that I bought at least a year go ! I really have to just start and try needleturn... sigh... ;-)

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous!! Can't wait for the new book!! ;o)

    Paulette

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  8. I am looking forward to your new book.

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  9. Wow - I love it already. I'm always amazed at how you keep designing such beautiful stuff!

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  10. Whimsical placement is the BEST!! Life's too short to agonize over the small stuff.
    Kay in Arkansas

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  11. So is that freezer paper applique technique? I would love to know. You get so much finished! I just love all your designs.

    Cheery wave from
    Bev

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  12. My favorite applique designers are doing it again! My eyes are always drawn to your books and patterns and I have several and have made them! I'm looking forward to your new ones!
    Diane

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  13. I'm drooling over the key board!! I see another yummy quilt in my future, and I just got one. I do find it difficult at times, to just jump in and CUT when the fabrics are so so beautiful. I found that really interesting that you can just start making blocks right away, while Barb waits for all the pieces in the line to arrive. Not sure what you meant about placement, but I probably wouldn't worry either....sort of like hanging a picture- if it looks good to the eye, hammer the nail!!! Can hardly wait to see the whole thing!!

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  14. I can hardly wait to see your new fabric! November is a long way off.....

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  15. Very pretty!! I love the colors and the background ticking is a favorite of mine!
    Are you planning on any additions to the Remember Me series??? I have one more to go to be caught up!

    Kathy in MA

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  16. I love your applique piece! The colors are beautiful, and they look even more so against the ticking stripe fabric.

    A cool rainy day is the perfect atmosphere to stay inside and do needlework, in my opinion. Especially when you can open the windows and not only hear it but smell it too!

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  17. I love your color and textures of this piece. The old yellow is a favorite of mine, I have a sample of Ralph Lauren wallpaper with this color. A sample was all my pocketbook could afford.... but the piece is so inspiring. I am looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.
    We are cooling here in Oregon too, it does draw one back inside to things set aside, like my sewing.

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  18. ¡¡Me encantan todos tus diseños.y estoy haciendo muchos de ellos¡¡
    AHORA ESTOY BORDANDO UNA DE LAS CASAS DEL DECIMO ANIVERSARIO y queda preciosa.
    Desde España, un saludo . NievesMª.

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