Friday, March 30, 2012

Reality

Ugh, I feel so behind today - on projects I want to be doing, projects I need to be doing, blogs I want to be reading.  Well there's more, but let's reign in that whine.  We stayed up rather late last night at book club, and this mama is feeling it (still, totally worth it).

But, let's focus on progress.  Today I took a little bite out of my end-of-March list by puzzling through some improv blocks for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches.

I say puzzling because improv is often a visual puzzle.  Which is a good thing in my world, to be clear.  This month Natalie of Greenleaf Goods asked us to make improv chevrons a la this tutorial by Six White Horses.  In the tutorial she's making larger blocks that our size for the bee.  My chevrons definitely ended up oversized so far as scale goes.

Source: www.jessicatierney.com/search/label/color board via Natalie on Pinterest

I pulled scraps in colors chosen by Natalie:  "turquoise, robin's egg blue, orange-yellows, and greys."  I had to include the image above (taken from Natalie's instructions here) because it's just too delicious not to share.  I jumped on that "orange-yellow" since I have so many golden yellow fabrics that straddle that line.  It's a delightful shade.

Golden-yellow, turquoise, robin's egg blue and gray

And then following, the tutorial, I built out my center chevrons (um, too big), 

building. improv chevrons

which I finished up just minutes ago as these two 12.5" blocks.  Fortunately for me, Natalie says she doesn't mind if we have 2 rather than 3 chevrons in our blocks.  So, it's all good.

improv chevrons for Love circle

Thank goodness it's Friday!  I desperately want to say that I'm going to get to log some major sewing time this weekend, but Alas I know that we must actually finish the garden makeover this weekend in preparation for Easter festivities we'll be hosting next week.  Crazy town.  So, my modest little goal is to make a lot of progress on Aria's dress instead of general quilting fabulousness.

Modest progress indeed when I'm staring down a taunting stack of new fabric.  Sometimes reality is cruel.

20 comments:

  1. all your talk about making your daughter an Easter dress keeps pushing me to want to do that as well...but my reality is also cruel at times and I don't think it is in the cards. Ah well.

    Good luck with your garden simplification!

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    1. I think it would be nice if when we think of a new idea there was a barometer that said "realistic now", "maybe later" or "definitely don't try". Woulnd't that be helpful?

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  2. The outside time will be good and then you will sew LOTS!!!!!!! Those blocks are very cool!!!

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  3. just think of how happy you will be when you are sewing and can look out at your beautiful garden! the work will be worth it and the sewing will start again soon! ;) xo have a great weekend rachel!

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  4. Love those chevron blocks!! =D

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  5. Well your blocks look beautiful, great combination of colours as we head into Autumn down here! Ah its all about balance isn,t it? A little bit of gardening will make you feel satisfied in that earthy way then you get creative and sew, sew, sew. Cleaning my house is that for me, only want to sew! but I love sewing when the house is clean. Have a good one

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    1. That is true. I love sewing in a clean house! Wait a minute... I always love sewing =)

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  6. I like your improv blocks. The color is great. I have some gardening to do this weekend also. I am looking forward to putting some of my little plant starts in my garden.

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  7. Your blocks are simply stunning.

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  8. Love these improvy chevrons that have been popping up, especially that colours scheme. I want to have a wander through the design seeds site soon to find some colour combos for some upcoming projects...

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  9. Fun coincidence. I'm using that same chevron pattern from her for a scrap project. It's just so cool.

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  10. Aw, I miss the Love Circle! Beautiful blocks in a lovely color palette.

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  11. Love your blocks. Such wonderful colors.

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  12. The colours for these blocks are just beautiful and I love how yours turned out they look fantastic. I saw these blocks on another blog as well, this is going to be an amazing quilt

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  13. I'm with you, sister! We are coming off of Spring Break and had guests for a week. I've walked past my sewing room longingly but other things and people have priority right now. The good thing is that Monday will come and school will start and I'll get a moment to sew...I hope. Good luck with your weekend goals.

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  14. Oh, I love chevrons and I LOVE that colour palette. It says autumn to me for some reason. Gorgeous blocks, will have to try them sometime!

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  15. I LOVE them! Thanks for linking up to my tutorial! This bee's blocks are some of the first I've seen (well, that I didn't make...) and it is SO exciting for me!! Have a fun weekend!

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  16. They were so much fun to make! Yours are lovely. I really can't wait to see how Natalie puts them all together. I hope your weekend was very productive, and that you got a little fun sewing time!

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  17. I hear you on the first part. I loved my scrapbook retreat that I went on this weekend, but want to cry looking at my "to dos".

    Those blocks are scrumptious.

    As for the Easter outfit? I hope I can pull mine of by the end of the week, myself!

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  18. Your blocks came out beautifully! I also made my center chevrons too big and ended up with 2 rather than 3 chevrons. Looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks together.

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