Drum roll, please! I have made blocks of all my color words.
And let me just say that I love them. I'm going to fiddle with them a bit, but I'm going to live with them for a few days first in case I change my mind. I don't like the n in green, so I haven't attached it in the expectation that I will make another. Actually, I do like the n, just not at the end of this particular word. I think I need a lighter purple to make pink show up better, but I'm not sure I'll change that -- it's such a jaunty word that I'm not sure I can bear to replace it. I'll change the ple at the end of purple because those letters together are too stiff and stodgy (I love the two l's in yellow and want to get purple to have that sort of freedom). And I'm a little bothered that none of the letters in orange takes up the whole space, or that together they don't bounce to all the edges, so I may do something there. BUT, having said that, I do love these!! I do, I do, I do! Thank you, Tonya, for all your wonderful help. You've opened up a new quilting world to me.
Tomorrow I'll play with layouts and snap some photos of what I'm thinking to get everyone's suggestions.
This week HGTV aired a rerun of a Simply Quilts episode featuring Christine Porter, who wrote Quilt Designs from Decorative Floor Tiles. I bought this book right after I started quilting and couldn't wait to make one of the quilts -- but they were beyond my skills. I tried anyway. This was two years ago, and I took one of the easiest patterns in the book and reduced it to quarter size and made it for my husband's birthday. Unfortunately, I had loads of trouble piecing the triangles for the zig zags and so the quilt is a little wavy and puckery. I was disheartened and put the top away. (I also had no idea how to quilt it.) The recent rerun, along with the fact that it's my husband's birthday again in a week, inspired me to revisit the quilt.
I remembered it this way except with a much lighter and brighter and turquoise. I am so disappointed at the muddied values! Just doesn't show off the design enough. Live and learn.
And I revisited the past as I looked around my office this week. I retire April 1 and will miss this quilt I have in my office -- it's perfect for my food-oriented job, but I have no where to put it at home. The third or fourth quilt I ever made, it is from a pattern in Sharon Pederson's More Reversible Quilts. I love the rainbow colors of peppers, carrots, lemons, cabbage and plums -- I call it Fruit Basket Upset.
And just for fun, you might enjoy these. I have a calendar by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers called Fast Food (each month is a mode of transportation rendered with food). You should check out their books (the first is Play with Your Food). I forget the official title of the leek photo, but I call it Bad Hair Day!