Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Always Time For Play

I've been having a hard time keeping up with blogging. Must be that time of year! We finally got our heat and air system fixed so now it's easier to hand quilt in the evenings again. Oooh, it was really warm here in the house for a couple weeks!
Vintage Red getting some hand quilting done!
The Solids Challenge project got a little bit of attention this past week. Just enough to convince me that I don't have a clue about math. Somehow my triangles for the border work were cut out without any thought for the fact that they are much longer on the diagonal than the original square dimension.*meh  I'm blaming the heat. That said, now I need to figure out a extra border for in between the bulk of the quilt and the nifty triangle border I have already sewn together. Or I could take it all apart and start fresh. Nahhh... That sounds like an invitation to chuck the entire project into the darkest corner of the quilt room and give up for a few more years!
The outside border work for Solids Challenge quilt
So of course I went right to work..... on the leftover triangles. You know how it is, just throw them up on the wall for a few minutes.
Just playing....
 That somehow turned into a couple hours....
Maybe some sashing?
 And then, ahem! Maybe one or two evenings?
Too late to rip it out, there's too much time invested!
I do so love playing with colors and the original composition, tho perfectly lovely, felt boring and possibly a bit flat.
'Off On a Tangent' starting to turn into a quilt top!
This actually looks better on the wall than what I've captured here with my camera. I'm already dreaming up some interesting border ideas with, yeah, you guessed it, applique. Whew. Good thing I didn't have a whole list of quilt projects begging for some forward progress! Might have to feel guilty for getting completely sidetracked and disappearing down a rabbit hole. The gal at a local quilt store was telling me just the other day that she has finished up every single one of her UFO's! Wowsers, I can't even imagine that ever happening around here. I think there's a self sabotage button that activates any time I even start thinking about making a serious dent in my UFO's.

Oh, and the new Blogger scenario where the comments don't connect with our email? That is sooo.... frustrating. I've tried the workaround to comment on my own post etc. and that doesn't seem to work. Hopefully they will be fixing this soon, but in the meantime, please have patience with me responding! It all just takes a bit more time and that is in very short supply around here this month. I'm headed to Oregon for my niece and nephews graduation so replies will probably be even later than normal. Yep, I'm a slacker when it comes to computer time. If it comes down to a choice between quilting and cruising the internet, the fabric obsession usually wins....  Linking to Pomegranate and Chintz for the 6in6in2018. Just squeaked in on the final day of linkup!

18 comments:

  1. Love your playtime quilt!! The addition of the sashing was an inspired idea, adds a whole different dimension to the piece.
    Blogger commenting notification - I was told of the tip to make the first comment on your own post and intend trying this later this evening.

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  2. I love Vintage Red - hurrah for getting the air conditioning fixed! It is fun to play around with something new :0) Completing every single ufo - why would you want to go and do that?? ;)

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  3. Absolutely love the colors in your little triangle quilt! So glad you got the A/C fixed. Your summer would have been miserable without the cool air.

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  4. My math never seems to work either....I love everything you make. They are so fun and playful!

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  5. I always love to see what you are up to in the sewing room! Cute new creation!
    Don't worry about responding to my comment- its a pain until blogger gets this fixed.

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  6. I have to say that Vintage Red is one of my favorites out of all your quilts---there is just something about that flower-ey shape that is lovely. hugs, Julierose

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  7. I like this new start, yummy colours, so look forward to seeing what applique you come up with. I'm a firm believer in grasping inspiration when it pops up in front of you - so what if you have a big pile of UFOs?

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  8. Off on a Tangent is off to a good start. Love the name and fabrics. Finding time to do all that we want to do and accomplish is a rare thing. And maybe that's what keeps us going. Like Lori, don't worry about commenting :0)

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  9. Tangents are good for our creative spirit whenever they strike. And this is a good one! No need for a reply, we're all waiting for Blogger to get this mess fixed.

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  10. Yes to everyone's plug for worry free commenting and no need for replies! I don't know one blogger who doesn't have a huge mess on their hands right now myself included. Why don't you concentrate on staying cool, enjoying your trip, and working on your projects? I love the brown/yellow fabric used to separate the HST, but would really enjoy a close up of the fabric, please? And kudos for not kicking the solids quilt under the table, but making it work with another border. I love knowing a real multitasking quilter like you is out there experimenting with design! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Thanks for the good laugh(chuck...into the darkest corner..and give up for a few more years!). And thank you for the idea of using that plaid fabric for sashing. I would never think to try plaids with all those prints but it looks fabulous!

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  12. Blogger is being pesky so let's all just go quilt! And, by the way, "Vintage Red" is one of my favorites of yours so far, and that is saying some!

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  13. The tulip and bird block piece I spy looks interesting. Always a good read and viewing to visit your blog.

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  14. Omg, I have already sent a very stiff email to Google, lol. I'm finding it very stressful! But you have the perfect remedy with your pretty triangles. Great start!

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  15. Wordpress as far as I know doesn't work that way at all ( just an FYI in regards to comments :) I just use a WP template so it may differ for some...but I can either answer a comment on my blog ( and who knows if someone comes back to read that ) or if it is a genuine query about something, I answer on my blog, AND THEN I HAVE TO GO TO MY PERSONAL EMAIL, and email them / it's been this way for me since I started blogging :)

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  16. Those HSTs look fabulous with the sashing. I think they would have been fine on the quilt too - just chop off the parts that are too big. I have that self destruct button too. The minute I think about finishing UFOs, or losing weight or pretty much anything, my body runs in the opposite direction!

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  17. Vintage Red - Wow! Funny, I see the little yellow bird which reminds me that I started free hand sketching a bird recently. Must get back to that project. Blessings.

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