Sunday, April 11, 2010

Quilts in the rain




I sewed all day -- all sunny, sunny day -- so that I could finish  Michael's City Park quilt top and get a picture of it in the sun. Just as I was going outside for a photo shoot with Michael's assistance, it started to rain.  But I'm a Northwest native, and a little rain does not deter me....

City Park Quilt -- design and pattern by Cherri House/Cherry House Quilts


In all my time working with these many blues and greens, I never got confused and mixed any of them up.  But look what happened when I was sewing some improv blocks for a bee last night...



See that big navy rectangle?  I thought it was black last night when I sewed it, but it was sunny today and pretty obviously not black in the morning light.  Here's the sister block...


Maybe I can just cover up that navy...




Nope.  I can still hear it taunting me.  Guess what I'll be ripping apart tomorrow night after work?  

But I can always count on Samantha's assistance.





With wishes, true and kind -- Joan

26 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Samantha is so adorable. I love that she's showing her belly for us. What a sweet sewing companion! I adore your new quilt - just as gorgeous as your string pieced quilt top. I think the solids are really fantastic.

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  2. The city park quilt looks gorgeous! Oh, man, too bad that navy isn't black. I hate unpicking, but sometimes you have to!

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  3. I love all the quilts and blocks in this post! I have the City Park pattern and your quilt is great inspiration to get it made! The colours are so appealing and the blocks are so dramatic. I love the colours in those bee blocks, too! But the navy does kinda stand out....

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  4. Love the two solid quilt tops, they are both pretty - and so good together!
    Your bee blocks are pretty, I think the dark navy looks good in there, too. A bit of the unexpected, a bit of contrast is a good thing IMHO...
    Your cat is so sweet, great company!

    ; )

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  5. I love your Cherry House quilts...they are too gorgeous. I asked my local library to purchase her book and they did! I don't think it comes out till June, but Im excited to get my hands on it! Looks like one I may have to own! beautiful work!
    btw...I think the navy looks fine...quilting can just be about using what you have on hand, can't it?

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  6. What is a little ripping compared to all that loveliness? Love it all!!
    Blessings,

    KT

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  7. Vey Pretty , I wish I was sun bathing next to a few pieces of fabric. LOl

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  8. I love how your City Park turned out. I'd like to do something similar. The solids are so dramatic looking!
    Bummer about the navy..but if it's for a bee you'll probably have to rip it? Your improv blocks are really nice though. A fun mix of fabrics.
    Samantha is beautiful. I'd love to be as relaxed as she looks in that last pic! :)

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  9. lovely quilt! and your kitty looks so happy in that sunny window!

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  10. Is it really navy? Looks black in the photo.

    LOVE the City Park quilt! Those colours work so well together, it's gorgeous and I'm sure it will be well-loved.

    Cute kitty. They always like to plant themselves right in the middle of things don't they? I have to shoo mine off when I'm trying to cut, press and sew - the company is nice, but the help is less than helpful. LOL ;-)

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  11. The quilts are beautiful!! The rectangle looks black from here, but I know you will be unsewing. We have all been there!

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  12. You'll have to train Samantha in Quality control!! She looks like she may have the aptitude! In the meantime..ripping out is part of the process sometimes..huh?

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  13. I love, love, love your park city quilt!! I really need to dig into some solids.

    but I what love even more is that adorable kitty cat all sprawled out in the sun like that!! I always envy the way cats can just lay around all stretched out, all day...

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  14. oooh... I love both quilts. Cherry House has such wonderful patterns! Your cat is so cute... and helpful!

    Jennifer :)

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  15. Your tops look great. Navy & black...always tricky esp when you are tired...I would have to delete it too! Samantha looks like a great sewing companion!

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  16. The quilt tops are amazing :) And Samantha is adorable.

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  17. Look at that good helper kitty...?! ; ) I have one of those as well. Samantha is beautiful!

    Your quilts are GORGEOUS!!! BOTH of them! I love the Park City quilt AND the String quilt too. They look EXCELLENT side by side.

    Oh, I hate to rip. Sorry if that navy strip snuck in there. The improv blocks are cool!

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  18. Both of those quilt tops are beautiful!!! Your City Park and Liberated String quilt look great side by side. My daughter just loves your Samantha.

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  19. Joan, I LOVE your City Park quilts!!! My daughter just ran across the room to exclaim how cute Samantha is. (LOL, I'm just reading the comment before mine).

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  20. Everything about this post makes me happy. Even if it was raining, the quilts and kitty in the sunshiney window make me smile.

    I love the new quilt! It takes my breath away! Awesome, awesome job!

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  21. Love your City Park and String quilts. I have not worked with solids in years - since I pretended i was an artist and dyed all my own fabrics. But i just bought a stack of kona solids from pink chalk fabrics and i plan to make something bold and graphic too. I love all your work and the pleasure and joy that jumps from the words of your posts - makes me feel sorry for those that have not experienced the joy that comes from making something with their hands.

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  22. I have a sweet little white cat too! She's so pretty!

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  23. sew pretty! i know what you mean with a little rain not stopping you. ;)

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  24. I love your little Samantha. :) Does she have blue eyes? We PNW'ers are tough. I don't even own an umbrella. What's a little rain anyways? I'm not going to melt or anything. (Although there are days each month my husband would beg to differ if you catch my drift.) Love the quilts and the navy is such a pretty shade. Too bad you have to rip it out.

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  25. Love it! Bright blue--really super

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