Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Talking about Summer Still Life-- In the dead of winter....


It's 16 Below actual temperature this morning and I'm home sick with a cold.  Everyone saw my cold get steadily worse yesterday-- so today's TLC is definitely warranted.  We have what they call an "open-concept" 100 people in one room-- no cubicles or anything-- just desk clustered together.  We laugh sometimes because we say we sit closer together than some spouses.  We share one copier, scanner/fax.  Rather than infect everyone... I opted out today.

My fabrics for the quilt I'm working on...

The gold-not quite cheddar pieces is a Paula Barnes of Bonnie Blue quilts America Ferny Branches and Stars piece.  I bought it to make the quilt-- even before the pattern came out.  The quilt designer had shown photos of it hanging in her studio--- It was love at first sight.  The creme piece is a 3.5 yard pieces of Kona Bay solid in Bone.  I bought it couple of years ago. I have used it in my head on about a million quilts-when I had that 'light bulb' moment that it's not going any where.  They sell tons of it.  I was treating it like other fabric that is only out for a season.  
The flying geese method used on the quilt is something I've never done before.  I've talked about my struggle with triangle points.  When I first started reading the instructions I thought -- " As many flying geese blocks that are in this project.  I'm going to figure out the safest way to make these blocks and use it.  Forget the instructions."  Well The instructions gave two ways of making the blocks.  I read on-- and they talked about 'Dimension Flying Geese'.  And that is what I used.  I had some left overs so I took a photo of the process:
After cutting out rectangles, You fold the creme one and layer it between two yellow squares.  Sew a complete seam down the right side.  Open up and press carefully...Perfect Flying Geese.  

Time for Dayquil and a nap....
Happy Tuesday....


10 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

get well soon -can totally understand staying home with a bad cold and I bet the people you work with it appreciate it too! have fun sewing in between blowing your nose!

Sue said...

Melanie. Get well!
I've never heard of that flying geese trick before. Genius!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

Sending you get well wishes! Man what an awesome flying geese trick! Easiest method I have ever seen.

Tenza said...

We are out of school today for "Inclement weather" (that never actually happened) and I have had fun catching up on your blog. It makes me wish I was a quilter. I'm about to make some chicken tortilla soup ... wish you were close enough that I could bring you some and see your quilts in person. Hope you feel much better soon.

Gayle said...

I'm fighting the same cold it sounds like - hubby missed an entire week of work - which NEVER happens. Look forward to seeing more of this quilt.

Karen said...

That is definitely a way to get flying geese blocks to turn out right. I have the methods where you make two at one time but I still end up with some of them wonky.

Kindred Quilts said...

Nice to hear tips on making flying geese... I'm going to try that, just to try it!
Get better soon... take all the naps necessary...

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Sorry to hear you are sick, and I hope you are feeling better soon.

It was -17° here yesterday when I left for work; it would have been a good day for me to stay home...but than any day is a good day to stay home.

I'm enjoying your progress on this quilt.

Patty Nordahl said...

Sorry to hear you are ill, if more people would stay home when they are sick just think how many fewer colds there would be.
I am a little confused by your flying geese method. When you fold the creme piece where do you place the fold top-bottom-left or right? Thanks

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I love that gold/cheddar. I'm thinking of using a blue/gold/red colorway for my next quilt (a log cabin quilt for my grandson), and I think that fabric would be perfect!!