Sunday, October 15, 2017

Feels like Fall!


Well, the season has finally turned here in Ontario. Even though the colours have not been the best this year, I still love all the gold undertones in the leaves, contrasted against the grey sky. I've been contemplating this colour scheme for Bonnie Hunter's next mystery, but I'll wait until she reveals her colours before I make up my mind. I still think blue & white is a good idea too...

But anyway, Technicolor Turkey is well in hand, so I felt like I could take a break and pull out my old Hallowe'en UFO, Jacks and Cats. I need 55 wonky nine patches for the alternate blocks and pieced border. I'm making them in pairs:


And I've been rediscovering a lot of interesting fabrics in that box! Love those sunflowers above. These oak leaves on the right are terribly dated, but I do still like them. Back in the spring another quilter expressed surprise that I have fabrics from the 90s in my stash. And I was surprised that she was surprised! But I was thinking today that the 90s were 20 years ago, so maybe I am a little out of touch. :D

All the blocks are still waiting for their final trim, but I made reasonable progress today:


I have no illusions that I'm going to finish this quilt this year, but it will be nice to move it along. I've changed my mind several times about how to handle the applique blocks, and more experimentation is necessary. In the meantime, I can play around a little more with these blocks. I think I will give them a little extra improv treatment.


And once these blocks and the border are done, there really will be no more excuses for avoiding the applique.


Plenty to do!

11 comments:

  1. Those blocks are super fun. Can't wait to see where they head next.

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  2. I like your improv nine patch blocks and the appliqué blocks are so dang cute! I look forward to seeing it all come together! As for the 90s fabric comment. . .it works and works well. Some oldies but goodies added into the mix is good!

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    1. Thanks, Terry! There are quite a few oldie and ugly ones too. But where better to use them than a Halloween quilt?

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  3. Love that kittie; quite an accurate portrayal!Your wonky 90's blocks will look just right next to goofy kittie smile.

    Great colours in your autumn pic. The blend of subtle colour changes would look fabulous in fabric. Looking forward to see what you do with it.

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    1. Thank you! Subtle can be tricky though, that's the thing. We'll see what Bonnie has planned!

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  4. I think 90s fabrics (of which I had many) are "old" while older fabrics are "vintage." By that, I mean they finally look out-of-date but not old enough to be retro. Ha. Like you, I still like them. We're showing our age, too, I guess.

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  5. I don't accept the 'out of touch' notion. Seems to me the creation stands or falls on the overall design and execution with huge value in some echoes evoking memories and showing them in entirely new contexts. Part of the power of the entirely-in-touch artist I think. It's looking great!

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    1. Yes, you're totally right, Jillian. I think it's time to just let go of that whole story line, especially since reuse and recycle are such a big part of quilting. I'm putting my thinking cap on for next time!

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  6. These are the perfect blocks to work on at this time of year -lovely autumn colours and I really like the deep plummy shades in the mix. There are a few fabrics I fall out of love with but mostly things are just waiting for the right project to come along.

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  7. Love the Jacks and Cats. The wonky nine patches are going to look great with them. Very fall like. Here it has gotten down to the 40s at night. Time to bring in the plants that I want to overwinter.

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  8. Fun blocks and oh, that smile!

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