3/17/2008

Monday

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thank you to those who emailed to ask about Atlanta's tornado over the week-end. I'm only a few miles from downtown but knew nothing about it until later during the night. How unusual to have a tornado in a downtown area.

We are doing a 6" block swap in our Jo Morton Little Women class at Little Quilts. We are all getting pretty interested in this event. On the left is my first idea, which has become an orphan block; on the right is the one I think I will do.

Much suffering on paper and in EQ6 preceded the sewing:

EQ6 finally came to my rescue as I discovered yet another feature of it that helped me draft the design. EQ has a block that is similar to this but the "greenery" diamonds vary in size and naturally I just had to have them all the same size.

I've been working on the setting for those three leftover blocks from Block Swappers (Little Quilts):


And I just finished a new pattern! Pollys in the Posies. It combines my Girlies with a Hexagon Garden (available at quilt pattern blog) and I find myself once again hideously late for the Day Job. See you later!

final note: You all totally understand that when I have posted Show and Tell photos that I am posting other people's work not mine, right? Once or twice a person has commented that they love "my" quilt and I have emailed them right away to say that it is another's work. I haven't mentioned the fellow classmates' names who created these quilts and blocks since I didn't want to start scattering people's names on the internet. There was certainly no intention to mislead. I'm confused enough by my own quilt output to try to take on others' as well :-). Please comment on this because I always assumed you all knew Show and Tell was others' work and that the once-or-twice comment happened because people were skimming fast which we all have to do with so many blogs, eh?!

17 comments:

Lily Boot said...

Oh your girlies quilt is beautiful. and I am soooooo impressed with the photo of you working it out on paper - my goodness, you look like a professional draftsperson! Those two blocks are beautiful! The one you are going to use makes me think of a wonderful trifle and the squares are squares of jelly!

Marcie said...

Your Polly quilt turned out so cute! Look at all those tiny hexagons! And I love the striped socks! And there you go with that drafting again, trying to find the most complex block there is! You have had a busy weekend!

Marilyn R said...

I just love your Girlies quilt! When I see the words Show and Tell I always asume that one is showing the work of others. I love Show and Tells - you can never see too many quilts!

Karen said...

I really, really like the pink and brown block you are going to use for your trade. Does it have a pattern name?

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

You have a fantastic eye for color and design. Love the girl quilt!

Libby said...

Your Pollys are just darling . . . friends and hexagons - the perfect combo *s*

I have always known that show and tell featured the work of others. I love show and tell - so much beautiful work out there.

buttonsagain said...

karen...
....that block for the swap is crazy-amazing.....
can't wait to see it in person.....i haven't exactly decided on mine yet....but you have inspired me...

and the pollys in the posies......sheesh.....too cute for words.....

glad to hear that you were safe during the tornado (s)!
we spent a lot of time in our basement on saturday.....
thankgoodness it missed all of us this time.....

hugs...bb

Aldana said...

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Karen Dianne Lee said...

Wow you have some fantastic work going on here.

Valerie said...

I love your work. I am a beginner and am loving the journey. I hope one day I will be able to do a big quilt.

Terry@quilt-nut said...

I'm impressed with your design abilities. I too have EQ6 but have not mastered it yet. Maybe I should take classes. How did you learn how to use it? The quilts are so beautiful and fun. Terry

Finn said...

Hi Karen, love the Pollys quilt...fantastic job! And I am so impressed with your new header...beautiful!
As always your prims are so awe inspiring. Never doubted for a minute what you were showing...and it's such fun to see the work of those talented gals too. Please don't change it. Big hugs and Happy Easter, Finn

buttonsagain said...

karen.....if i'm laughin' i'm dyin'........i love the block countdown.....i was thinking of doing one of those with the interlocking paper chains.....i have exactly three blocks completely done....and three partially done....that's it....i haven't even cut the others (tho i am hoping i have enuf fabric or there wil be a few of those rebel pieces included in some of the blocks)....
have a great weekend....(and if you change blocks...to something just as fabulous but less complicated.....i have dibs on the ONE finished block!)

hugs...barbara

FabricMom said...

Oh I love the Polly top. How cute and creative.

mereth said...

I actually really like drafting patterns, but I suppose EQ6 would make it easier. I just like being able to do things from scratch if you have to, you've probably got the same attitude. I like the nice sharp point on your pencil- can't abide a blunt pencil unless it's for shading!
Love the fabrics you're using too.

Angela said...

I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOVE the girls and flower gardens together! YUMM

Christine said...

Love your Girlies and Hexagon quilt. Very sweet.