Monday, August 1, 2011

Brown/Tan/Green - The Start

I may have mentioned before that I'm drawn to the colors brown, tan and green.  For awhile now I've been working on brown/tan/green blocks as part of the 501 Project.  I'm putting them together as a 'fall' quilt for my queen size bed.  I'm quilting this in sections as I did with the scrappy quilt because it's so much easier and because I don't have a place large enough to put the sandwich together.  On Thursday, I started the first section.  It contains 16 blocks.  I quilted it with a paisley design using sand colored thread.  It took the better part of 4 days to assemble and quilt this piece.  I love how it came out but it's time consuming.  I started out with stitch-in-the-ditch around each block including the edges of the section.  That may have been a mistake.  I had to take out some of the stitching in order to avoid tucks in the free motion quilting.  There are a couple places where it just couldn't be avoided.  When I wash it, it'll never show, what with all the crinkly-ness.  I think for the next section  I'll quilt from the back where it's easier to see what I've done and where I'm going and skip the stitch-in-the-ditch.


I've read you should always name your quilts.  Any ideas?  As near as I can figure, I'll need about 33 more blocks and a small border for the size I want.  I have 23 blocks completed.  I guess I'll have to get back to the 501 Project to complete the remaining 10 using these colors.

So far, no sewing today.  I've been busy cleaning for my quarterly safety inspection tomorrow.  Though it's not required, I did a deep cleaning - washing cupboards, organizing sewing stuff, cleaning the walk-in closet as well as dusting, vacuuming and washing floors.  I even vacuumed the fan vent in the bathroom, the coils on the back of the refrigerator and the furniture.  I'm feeling very pleased with myself right now.  The place hasn't been this clean since I moved in 4+ years ago.  What can I say?

Hope you had a good day.


Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful quilt! Your quilting is amazing. The name will come just when you least expect it.

Linda said...

This is really turning out to be a beautiful quilt! I agree, the name will come to you. It needs to be meaningful to you.

Marti said...

That's gorgeous! The paisley quilting really sets it off. I usually don't name my quilts so I'm no help there.

bettyp said...

love your quilting !!! I often quilt my quilts in sections too!!

Chris said...

It's lovely Pat! You can be proud of your quilting and cleaning results. Not sure about the name, but the colors remind me of the woods - green leaves, brown branches, cool shade and soft pine needles under foot. But I guess that would be a really long name!!