Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Back at it!

Yay!! I pulled out the pieces of my Stroop quilt today and put them up on the design wall. I was surprised by how many letters I had already done.

I have only two more color words to do -- orange, which I started today, and green (which will be done in orange). I did o, r, and a today, but liked the a better as an e, so tomorrow will do a, n, and g and -- I hope! -- green. It went very quickly and I would have done more if I hadn't spent some time cutting for another quilt. That was avoidance, pure and simple, but I think I'm over the hump.

See the black and green prints at the top of the color words? I've been trying to figure out how to put the words together as a quilt, and it suddenly dawned on me to do a border of crumbs using the colors of the words, but I think I'll throw in a few crumbs of these fabrics for a little sparkle. I'm also thinking the purple fabric (the word pink) may be too dark, and I may re-do it in a lighter purple. Then again, I may not.

You may be sick of seeing my I Spy quilts, but since I finished piecing this top (except for the borders), I'll post a photo of it. I did this one in odd moments, but I have such a system for it now that it takes very little time. I enjoy working on it, though it's no longer very creatively or intellectually or even technically challenging. I enjoy thinking of the kids the quilts are going to, and I try to personalize each one a tiny bit by choosing a few designs that relate particularly to the recipients. In the last one I had a cup of coffee labeled "Kona", since my nieces live in Kailua Kona -- plus I put in some tropical and oceanic prints. In this one I have a map in one square and the name of one of the towns is my niece's last name. They are little things, but fun.

8 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

your Stroop quilt is looking great - a crumby border sounds great. yeah, I'd get bored piecing the same thing over and over too. great baby quilt though.

Clare said...

I forgot about that quilt. Lovely to see it again.

The Calico Cat said...

I love I SPY quilts... I would like to make a hexagon one, but....

Quiltdivajulie said...

Your letters are such fun... love some of the wonky angles!!

Are you going to layout your words horizontally or are you going to mix in some verticals?

Have fun playing with the possibilities!!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the Molas.They are wonderful. I am dieing to try the letters...on next project.

Nettie said...

Love this I Spy. The light blue background calms it down a bit. I can imagine some kid spending hours delighting in its surprises.

coloredsock said...

count me in, too-i love the eye spy quilt. if i ever got around to doing one, it would be fun to do one based all my favorite things from childhood. congrats on retiring!

Anonymous said...

I saw an I spy you did for a neice and it had a map of the US on the back. Do you remember where you got it? I have been searching for the same type of fabric but can't find any.
The I Spy quilts are great. I am in the middle of pieceing my 1st one! Janet