Hello Happy Quilters! It's a bright and sunny day here in the Podunk Studio. Playing with red and yellow fabric makes my heart sing. I was up late last night working on these blocks. I honestly think the bright colors kept me awake. Around 1:15 a.m. I decided to shut down the studio so I could calm down and not be up all night. It worked, I crashed around 2 a.m. but I was back up at 5:45 a.m. and couldn't wait to get back to working with this bright quilt.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Scrap Buster Baskets Alternating Block
Do you ever feel like there's one color meant for you? Red has always been my color of choice. Even in clothing, I tend to have a lot of red in my closet. I've owned several red vehicles over the years. My earliest memory of the red love affair was when I was about 8 yrs old my aunt remodeled her kitchen in red. Her countertops were crayon red! It was so pretty with the red gingham curtains. I knew right then and there someday I'd have a red kitchen just like hers. Sadly I still don't have the red kitchen but there's still time. For now I'm happy playing in my red fabrics until I can convince Mr. Podunk we need a new red kitchen.
Alright let's get back to the quilt. In this quilt I've chosen to do raw edge applique. Some think it's faster to do than turned edge but I really don't think it is. By the time I trace all the shapes, cut them out, fuse them and then cut them again, I really don't think I've saved much time. The only plus to doing raw edge fusible applique is I don't need spend hours using a hot iron to turn the edges of the applique under on hot summer day. Instead I spent that time cutting and tracing while sipping on a cold beverage and not breaking a sweat.
I've made a pretty big mess while working on this little darling. That's how I work. I clean it up so I can mess it up. It's not too bad, yet.
Sure it's cluttered but messy? Eh... The messy little piles of scraps make me just as happy as the quilt. Do you think the guy at the junk yard gets as excited about junk as we do about fabric scraps? Does he stand back, take a picture and say "What a beautiful looking pile of scrap"? He may not say it because guys tend not to be as open with feelings but I bet in his mind he thinks it.
The studio mess isn't out of control yet but I'm sure before this little project is complete it'll look a lot worse. Making a quilt is messy business. Throw in making a video about making a quilt and it can get real messy real quick. Wires, tripods and hillbilly engineering take the mess to a whole new level.
Hillbilly engineering? Yes, that's what I call fixing things I break. Yesterday it took about an hour and a half to "fix" the tripod I broke. It's cheap and old so I wasn't surprised but I was a little annoyed. Luckily a trip to town was avoided by taking parts from 3 different other types of tripods and making what looks like some sort of scary SyFy critter. Functional is all I need, pretty is not necessary at this point. Make the video and get it ready for publishing ASAP. A video? Yes my loyal friends this will be a FREEBIE for YouTube. You are the first to know. So start digging through those scraps. It may be sooner than later. I'm planning on a next Tuesday release but if I can get done sooner I'll post it sooner. That means I should stop with the chitter-chatter and get busy.
TA-TA! See you soon!