"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Friday, April 23, 2010

Singing the blues...

Now that sounds like I am sad. Well, no way...a little tired maybe from all this happy dancing. *wink* Barb...are you dancing with me here? I have gone from being in the pink of things this week to singing the blues. Quilted blues that is!


When I joined Kathleen Tracy's Yahoo list, I never thought I would love doing her challenge quilts as much as I do. I love making miniature quilts and have a stack of them in my laundry room on a shelf. Often people getting their coats start looking through them. That makes me happy that they want to nose around in the stack to see what is there. I had decided last year that I want to make more and try and double that stack. Being part of this group will help meet that goal! There are 8 challenges up to now although I joined when they were starting the 8th. I am going back and working on the previous ones.

I think the reason I am having so much fun with this is that I lead a quilt group and am the one to have to create the themes and challenges for them. Which I love doing too. But now I am really trying to make myself go outside of my comfort zone with this one. I love color and to me, color is emotion. Blue is one of the few colors you will rarely see me use. I do not seem to be able to connect with it for some reason. But the challenge was to make a miniature quilt using this start block and, for some reason, blue felt right for this. I combined it with brown (well more dark beige really) to give it an old fashioned feeling and warm up the blues for me.

I am thrilled with the results! The quilt measures 15-1/2 x 22 inches. I must get busy sandwiching both of the doll quilts I made this week. I am anxious to get started on the hand quilting.

By the way, is it really Friday already??? Where did this week go? I am working on With My Needle now through the weekend. This pretty lady has been neglected and needs a little attention. Besides I am doing this as a SAL with Jeanne and she will think I forgot her too. *grins* Promise an update photo of this project in my next blog post but, in the meantime, have a creative and fabulous weekend!

26 comments:

Bonnie said...

This came out so nicely. I Iook forward to seeing the end project. Bonnie in the Poconos from Small Quilt Talk yahoo group

Brigitte said...

This little quilt is just as beautiful as the others that you showed in your last posts. And thanks for putting back Becky's miniature quilt as I hadn't seen it when it was on your blog last. When I look at all your quilting I can't wait to get retired because of all my quilting plans for the time after retirement, lol.

Kathleen Tracy said...

It's just beautiful Heidi!

Pondside said...

Hi Heidi - you got me with the word blue, because it's my favorite colour! Let's see a photo of that stack of little quilts in your laundry room......

Nancy said...

Well, I love blue and red, so I think this is a good change for you. I love the way you did the blue border. Very cute. Now, remember to share this one with Becky. Red (her dress) goes with blue you know.
I am still working very hard on my warrior and loving it. I want it finished so I can start on the lady.
Love you, Mom

Linda said...

Heidi, this is a beautiful little quilt. I love the colors you used....for some reason it reminds be of the show Little House On The Prairie show....very old fashion. Your PP doll quilt is so pretty too. I'd love to see your stack of little quilts....hugs, Linda

Siobhan said...

Beautiful finish, Heidi! I love the colors in it.

DonnaTN said...

Another beautiful little quilt and color combination! I love the swirly blue fabric! I agree with Pondside; let's see that stack of quilts!

Saskia said...

Whoohoo Blue!!!
So, how many ufo's did you finish right now??
It's gona be a perfect sunny weekend.
if you are on your way to cranberry cottage have fun, in the sun!
Saskia

Barb said...

Of course I will dance with you Heidi what shall we do, the polka?no I think you had the right idea with the waltz.
Oh the lady is singing the blues ,that is just gor-g-eous and looks so intricate what a clever girl you are.
I like to see blue but I am a pink girl really.
Hugs from the UK

Kaaren said...

Now these colors definitely S-P-E-A-K to me, Heidi. I love the subtle vintage-y look.

Too bad we didn't live closer. We could hand quilt our minis together. Sadly there's an ocean that separates us. Darn!

Jenny said...

I love your latest little quilt Heidi. It has such old fashioned charm. Blue is one of my favorite colors and it usually manages to sneak in my quilts one way or another :). The combination of blue and brown is very warm and cozy. You are so talented and you stitch so quickly....you must really love what you do *grins*
I agree with the others...seeing your other little quilts would really be fun. Hope you have a happy weekend stitching .

hazel said...

Your "Singing the blues" quilt is a darling. I love the colour blue especially blue skies with white fluffy clouds, the title of this post reminds me of Guy Mitchell's song "Singing the Blues" have a good weekend Heidi. Hugs, Hazel (UK)

diane said...

I am not a "blue"person either, but this quilt is very attractive AND warm and alot of times blue isn't "warm" to me. Great job and I look forward to seeing you complete those challenges!

Maggie said...

Beautiful quilt Heidi, funny but blue is not a favourite colour of mine either, but that said i do love how you have put the blue and the brown together, they work really well to give a lovely vintage look.

I'll second the request to see your stack of quilts in you room too :-)

have a good weekend:-)

angelasweby said...

Heidi,
This is beautiful and the colour combination really eyecatching. Using colours you don't usually favour can be very satisfying. It's a bit like going on holiday to an unfamiliar destination :>) The change has done you the power of good and you may well visit again but you know the comfort of home is not too far away :>)
Angela xx

Heleen said...

Oh so beautiful, you're a great quilter!

Christine said...

That is so beautiful, I love blues and browns together

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh, Heidi! Blue isn't one of my favorites, but with the brown and cream ... this is just STUNNING!

mainely stitching said...

(That Barbara is me. Wrong account again. Grrr.)

Carolien said...

Hello Heidi,

This just makes me think of a mosaic of old Dutch tiles. Maybe I'm way too Dutch now?! But my, I love this little quilt so much, it's gorgeous! Have to peek in that laundry room for sure now ;) Since you don't mind, I WILL!!! LOL

Have a great weekend & enjoy the weather! Groetjes, ook aan Jos en Dagi & hugs, Carolien

Sonja said...

Dit quiltje heeft de sfeer van Delfts Blauwe tegeltjes! Heel mooi geworden!

Jackie said...

You really have a talent with any kind of needle Heidi! This latest doll quilt is wonderful. The color of the fabrics is perfect.

Jeanne said...

Love the newest doll quilt Heidi - the brown and blue together give it a wonderful vintge look. I haven't got much done lately on WMN either...work has been stressful lately and my free time has been infrequent. I am getting tired of stitching the verse - I have 3 more lines to go....

BertJantine said...

I really love this quilt a lot! Especially the color combo in combination with the pattern. You have done a great job! Maybe I should try a few more doll quilts too...

Joni said...

Heidi, I love, love, love this blue/brown beauty! I'm so glad that you joined the quilt challenge group because it seems to have lit a fire under your quilty creativeness and we all get to see the exquisite little wonders you've been producing. So glad the house buying and selling hasn't stopped those fingers of yours!