I got a small pack of 2 1/2 inch squares from one of the vendors at the Syracuse "quilt week". I stuck them up on the small design surface in the sewing room, and realized they almost matched the leftover blocks from my "Xcentric" quilt. Here are a couple of different arrangements I played with. (the butterfly behind them is one of my older UFO's)
After looking at it on the larger design wall (above) for a couple of weeks, I decided to just do it. First, I assembled the Four patches and added the floating squares. I just couldn't decide what to do with that second leftover block.
Finally I decided to take it apart, and realized that was just what I needed!
I had gotten some matching solids in Denver, but didn't like it when I added them in. So it sat for another couple of days until the answer came to me- negative space quilting!
I did like the different sized squares, so that's how I did it.
The rest is just done with straight lines, something I love but don't do enough of. As it turned out, I had it finished the day before we turned quilts in for the show. Who'd a thunk it?
The year has caught up to my coloring on the calendar! It's a 2016 calendar, but I plan to use the pages from a dollar store calendar with these pictures next year.
|A polar bear pauses while exploring an area of sea ice in Alaska, in this file photo, date unknown. Sea ice in the Arctic shrank to its fourth-lowest level on record this summer. (Photo: Martin Jeffries, Associated Press)|
I am grateful for:
Cait giving me as much time as I want with JOnathan
A good friend who understands
I was able to keep my mouth shut
DVR and DVD's for the many nights when there is NOTHING on tv