Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tuesday


Last night I went to the meeting of the other guild I belong to. One of the members of my regular guild and my non-guild was the speaker, and I am SO glad that I managed to get to this meeting. Joann is a former Latin and Greek Teacher and now she is a scrap quilter extraordinaire! I have not been able to take one of her classes yet, but now I know that I have to make an extra effort. Her presentation was about 7 basic shapes you can easily cut from 2 1/2" strips to make fabulous quilts. Those shapes are: Squares, rectangles, half rectangle triangles (with tri-recs), quarter square triangles(with companion angle), rhombus (60 degree angles and equal length sides), rhomboid (45 degree angles), and of course half square triangles. She showed at least one or two quilts made from each shape. Now my head is absolutely swimming with ideas. I'm not going to show all the quilts to you today, but if I make one of them I'll show hers and mine. I will show you one of them right now....This quilt is called Zig Zag Zorum Scraps Galorum. It might inspire me to dig out my tri-Recs ruler and give it a whirl.

Remember when I mentioned Bonnie's Pineapple Blossom Quilt that I pieced over the weeend? I got a picture of it this morning. It still needs borders, but I've got the fabric ready to go for that...it will have a 5" border of black with dragonflies on it. Hopefully I can get the border on and the quilting done in the next few days. This is a quilt that will be FOR ME. I had cut out enough strips and squares to make 35 blocks, but as you can see, the quilt is 20 blocks and plenty big enough for on the couch. I guess maybe I'll make another one, or see if those strips will work in another of Bonnie's projects . We'll have to wait and see what happens!



The oaks are really blooming like crazy here in CT, and my yard is full of huge oak trees. Thing Two is suffering tremendously as a result. See how puffy and bloodshot his eyes are? This is with allergy medications. Great, huh?

7 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

little thing looks miserable. I absolutely hate allergy season but there's no avoiding it. :-(

I love the idea of figuring out the basic shapes you can create and then "playing" to create from them.... Looking forward to seeing your experiments.

jovaliquilts said...

I love playing with quilt designs -- so cool what you can do! I'd take that class in a heartbeat if I was in Connecticut. Love the one you showed! And your pineapple quilt is wonderful, such great colors, too!

Mama Koch said...

Poor kid! My middle one has the same allergies.

I LOVe the zig-zag effect. Never would've thought of doing that. I just bought the tri-rec rulers. May have to give it a try.

Michelle said...

I love your pineapple blossom quilt! I am currently cutting my scraps to make one too. Hope your little guy feels better soon!

Carol E. said...

Your pineapple quilt is gorgeous! Oh, my heart goes out to Poor Thing Two. It is NO fun! I used to suffer like that, but with time it faded mostly away.

Kathy Wagner said...

Love your pineapple quilt!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

ouch. I grew into my allergie - I hope TT grows out. hopefully it will be over soon. What a gorgeous Pineapple Blossom quilt. love the colors - so happy. you did great.