Sometimes I see a quilt in a magazine that I just have to make right away. This isn't one of those but I saw one of those yesterday while I was having a Starbuck's coffee and an orange-cranberry scone at Barnes & Noble. I have a sneaky habit of looking through quilt magazines I know I'm not going to buy because, perchance, I might see something exciting. I did. In a Quilt Mania magazine from France which I think costs $14.95 (maybe a dollar or two less but still too much). That quilt will surface on this blog in about three months. And I'll say no more, there's a lot of sewing involved. But thanks to modern day methods it will look like there was a lot more sewing than will actually have to happen.
This quilt-- the current WIP on my design wall is almost all pieced, it'll take one morning to finish piecing. I like it a lot, as a matter of fact. The snowball blocks are mixed in equal parts with nine patch blocks (each of which has a white central square). I think this counts as a "modern" quilt because I'm using a traditional pair of blocks with a great deal of white and very bright "today" colors.
Feeling as I do about the quilt-to-be that's only an embryo in my brain (and a quick sketch on a piece of paper) this quilt will be pieced and then put aside while I work on the other. Fair enough, I think.
But there's just one other thing: I have many small half-square triangles with white and the bright colors that will become a part of the border for this quilt. I should sew them together and add them to the quilt before I lay it aside. Ah, me .... the imagination outruns the time available.
To complicate my sewing life -- which is habitually what I do -- I found a very fun panel with alphabet squares each of which is illustrated with a character from the Dr. Seuss stories. I have lately been giving Dr. Seuss books to my great-grandchildren -- an underhanded way to wedge in "real" books and not the cartoon-y things they see on a screen -- no, they don't have TV either but they make much use of a computer. So I want to turn those blocks into a nice puffy quilt that they can all play with as they desire. It won't take a lot of time and I have plenty of bright fabric around to strip between the squares. So I'd like to get that done before Christmas. I think I'll have some time the middle of December. Sigh!
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!