Monday, December 12, 2011

A little progress for Design Wall Monday

I got another block or two done on this quilt - no name for it yet and calling the blocks 16 patch sawtooth stars is accurate but a little wordy. They need a catchy name - checkerboard stars or Carol's stars -- ok that's a bit presumptuous - LOL!



This layout will need 13 blocks and I have 6 stitched. I have all the parts for the other 7 cut out and ready to go. Too bad there are lots of other things I need to do - laundry, ironing, cleaning - yuck!



I do like these big scale florals- very pretty! However, this is no longer a free quilt- insert hanging head in shame - ok that's enough. I realized that if I wanted the sashing and the edge triangles for this quilt to be scrappy (and I do) that I need some larger cuts of tone on tone yellows. I have lots of little pieces but very few big cuts left in my stash. So I picked up a few at Joanns (on sale) and at Fabric Shack.



I am very pleased with these additions to my collection. In walking around Fabric Shack looking for yellow fabrics I again saw how few yellows are available. Now it is better than back in the 80's but still yellow is the step-child color in the quilting world. I know lots of people think yellow is hard to work with but in my opinion it is a great addition to any quilt. A little ray of sunshine! In looking at the many quilts I've made over the years, there are very few that don't have yellow or gold in them. I love it as a background, I love it as the focus. It has always been my favorite color. I remember in my teen years when my mother let me paint my room any color I wanted - it was yellow. And in my first apartment, I couldn't paint the walls so I bought a yellow rug and had a yellow bedspread (this was my pre-quilting days). In one of my first houses I bought a yellow linoleum for the kitchen. I never stray far from yellow. I tease my boys (but I am serious) that when my days on this earth are over I want them to cremate me and put my ashes in a pretty yellow vase- I'll be very happy there!

Happy stitching-
carol fun

6 comments:

  1. I love yellow, too! My living room and dining room and master bedroom are all yellow (actually a yellow/tan, which is not so in-your-face yellow, but rich and warm). I've always had yellow in my life! How about Glimmer for the name of your stars, because they do!

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  2. Your yellow fabrics are beautiful! Yes, a little ray of sunshine. And no shame in that.

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  3. I have two shades of yellow in my kitchen and I am debating about painting just the ceiling yellow in the small sewing room. Yellow makes me happy! And I have a Kona Cheddar and snow white quilt on my design wall. I needed something to counteract the winter blues :-)

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  4. When I first started quilting I thought white and cream were the only acceptable colors. But lately I've been thinking color is the way to go. Yellow is secretly my favorite color - see what a bad rap yellow gets? I don't even admit to it being my favorite. When my Mother allowed me to pick my room color I picked yellow too. Love your stars, and I like the name, Carol's Stars.

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  5. I adore those stars everytime I see them. They are so cheery and remind me of a fiesta! Fiesta Stars! You took apart your 36 patch blocks didn't you? And then you used half square triangles for the points? Just thinking I need to make some of those blocks. :) I love how the yellow brightens and warms everything. It really makes the stars shine.

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  6. Oh my goodness! I love all those yellows!

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