Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More of Tonya's Inspirational Letters!

Well, the journey has begun for Katie Rose's quilt. Here is a shot of the first quadrant of blocks with their sashing and star cornerstones. I've laid the first pieced letters on top: Katie Rose. As you may or may not be able to see, I'm going to have to go back to the drawing board for the "OS" of Rose...the O is too big and clunky, and the S is made from too busy a fabric. Try, try again! I do like the "Katie" part, though. I'm finding there's a little learning curve to come back to the free-pieced letters after a few months away. My brain needs to readjust...kind of like with paper-piecing, only not quite as "backward and upside down," if you know what I mean!
You can see the actual blocks and stars better in this upside down shot (taken from the other side of the ironing board. I like the look of the dotted sashing, and the deep pink stars.
I'm kind of rushing to get a bit of something together for this quilt, because I'm giving a little talk about my quilts tomorrow to a local group, and they'd like to see some of my work. Since I give away most of my quilts, I don't have a lot to show, so I thought they might like to see this one in progress. Hope to have the actual quilt finished and delivered by the end of June, so I need to keep on keepin' on. As you may remember, I have a LOT of words to make for the borders. First up will be side one: Life is a song -- sing it. I think I'm going to use one color family for each phrase, using maybe one fabric for the "Life is a song" and a deeper tone of the same color for "sing it." What do you all think?
And how about the obligatory kitty pic? This time with DH in the picture, too. He said this picture should be captioned "Ross and Cloudy...Working"

There's some knitting going on, too, and I'll be attending my first Southern Highlands Stitch 'n Sip (sounds a lot nicer than Stitch 'n Bitch, doesn't it!) gathering tonight. This little group was recently begun as a forum on Ravelry by Clovelly, and now, at her instigation, we're actually getting together in person -- face time! I'll try to remember to take my camera...


10 comments:

Cascade Lily said...

Now there's the mark of a good quilter - Stars as posts in sashing. I could never get all my points to line up! No way. Well done it looks FAB.

And brave of you all to get together in real life after posting on Ravelry. Good luck and enjoy! Hope the conversation flows!!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

sweet kitty looking at me from by the computer. wheee, fun letters - awesome. love the colors. so great you get to talk about your quilts - have fun with it.

Libby said...

It looks fabulous! Katie Rose is one lucky girl *S*

Clare said...

If I have a long break from doing letters I forget and have to get the "manual" out again. I agree with Lily - the sign of a giood quilter!

Have fun. Meeting internet friends is great.

Pat said...

Lucky Katie Rose!! What a beautiful girly quilt this is going to be!

Lynne S of Oz said...

New quilt looks pretty fab! The S looks fine to me but I agree the O is not so good.

Carol said...

Stitch & Sip, sounds absolutely wonderful. Hope it is a resounding success. And there always must be an obligatory kitty shot for us kitty lovers! The quilt is wonderful.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Lucky Katie Rose!! I want to ses the end result now!1 Pleased you were eventually home safe!! Tracey

Nanci said...

I love, love your work. Amazing knitting too. Have you ever visited "Getting stitched on the Farm" blog. she designs knitting patterns and almost inspires me like you to knit.
I'll be back.

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