Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hot colors

My bull's eye swap blocks are done! I cut them in quarters and sent them off to my 3 fellow swappers this morning. Here are 25 of the 40 blocks I made (design wall limitations...).
We were going to do red/orange/yellow as our color scheme, but it seems much more orange/yellow, with lots of pink, at this point. But I like it. We'll each reassemble the blocks using the 40 quarter-blocks each of us contributes. I'm thinking I might see if these blocks will let me get a Mumbo Gumbo effect if I carefully choose center colors. Not sure, but I can hardly wait to play with layouts!

I updated my Hearts for Linus blog that I keep for the Project Linus donations from my guild, and that's about all the quilting-related stuff I've been able to do the last couple days. We did hear that the Central Illinois Chapter of Project Linus is going to be doing a great project for children whose mothers are in prison. It's really a wonderful undertaking, and I'll share more on that later. It's been very thoughtfully planned.

Tomorrow I'm off to California to see my mother and daughters for Mother's Day, plus I'll visit my brother and his wife and hopefully one of my nieces and her family. Can't wait! I should have internet access while I'm there but don't think I'll be able to post until I return.

Finally, I wanted to share this photo of Stone Circle, Whanganai Bay, Lake Taupo, New Zealand. It's on the cover of photographer Martin Hill's book Earth to Earth (which is on my wish list...).
A card with this photo sits by my computer, partly because I love the photo and partly because I love how I got the card. I was smitten by the photo when I saw it at the bookstore and almost bought it, but felt silly buying a card for myself. A few days later, my husband gave me the card. He had seen it and knew it was something I would like, so he bought it for me. I guess after 25 years you learn each other's taste pretty well, but it was nonetheless a delightful surprise.

16 comments:

Catherine said...

I cannot wait to see what you do with the quarter blocks you get! I really do love teh blocks you made!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

ooh, very fun colors and fabrics. enjoy your trip.

Clare said...

Lovely colours.

Thanks for sharing the photo. I love it.

Have a great weekend.

Quilt Pixie said...

love some of the fabrics you've added to the mix :-) and am looking forward to playing when they arrive... Mumbo Gumbo looks like a very fun quilt, I look forward to seeing how it'd look layed out without all the applique layers they've got on each block...

paula, the quilter said...

I love the colors of your blocks. And that photo is priceless. Wouldn't it be something to see that in real life?

Rebel said...

that quilt makes me feel warm just looking at it... and I love that card.

When I went to Europe the only thing I really bought were tons and tons of postcards. When I wrote out my postcards to friends I always sent one or two to myself about what I was doing and what I saw that day. So when I got home from my trip I had a mailbox full of memories.

Carin said...

Love the colors in the blocks you made!

meggie said...

Sadly, I have never seen the site of that photo. I was travelling all around that area too, but not over to Taupo.
Love your brights squares.
Enjoy your Mother's Day.

ROZ said...

I love those colors! That's going to be a lovely quilt. Happy Mother's Day.

katelnorth said...

those are nice :)

Saw your comment about Margaret's ALQS quilt (Frog in a Blender) and just wanted to say, I'll be doing another round of ALQS, probably starting in August if you want to join in...

anne bebbington said...

Great blocks - that's THE best thing about P & Q - playing with and combining colours you'd never ever dream of or dare wear. The card is awesome

Helen in the UK said...

WOW - super stunning sizzling colour!!! Can't wait to see what you do with your returns :)

Michael5000 said...

Looking at your warm, warm blocks, I got confused and thought I was reading "Exhuberant Color" for a few minutes. Which should be taken as a complement! They look fabulous.

Nines said...

Enjoy your Mother's Day with your two perfect daughters! That's Eva's favorite skirt- a gift from one of my friends who has three grown daughters- I think she misses getting to pick out their clothes! So we are the happy recipients of her fashion sense! Love the blocks, by the way. can't wait to see what you do with them. how big are they?

The Quilting Pirate said...

Hope your weekend was filled with love and fun!

What bright fun blocks! I'm sure your fellow swappers will love them!

Safe travels!

jillytacy said...

I LOVE the quilt blocks!!! The colors are fabulous. If I understood correctly they are for a swap. It must be hard to give them away, I would want to keep them!!!
I love the card and even more the fact that your husband was so sweet and picked it out for you. It's wonderful to see that he knows you so well!