Tomorrow is the last day to enter my October postcard challenge! I know there's still time to make a postcard for a second chance to win because I am just starting to make mine tonight! I will announce the winner and the November theme on Sunday.
Meanwhile, here are the cards I have received from the MQResource Salt and Pepper themed exchange. The ones that I made is here.
It was raining today so I went out on the back porch to get some photos of the wet fall leaves. I'll post the other photos later but I wanted to see how many colors I could pull out of this photo. I think if I were creating a quilt palette from this I would use the darkest green or brown, the darkest red, orange and gold. To that I'd add either the bright peach of the light pink and a couple of greens. How's this for a palette?
I can't show you what Willie is working on because it's my Mom's super secret project. It has a lot of stitch in the ditch work and I finally got to get back to it tonight. Before I started quilting I replaced my bulky spotlights with one of my new Bendable Bright Lights. How's this for a big impact tiny light?
and it's much less bulky on the machine. WIllie is very happy!
I finished my first solo kaleidoscope block and I am TOTALLY HOOKED on this technique! This one isn't a stellar kaleidoscope, there are several things I would change, but it was a fun first try. I'm already starting to think about the next one. After I get more template plastic.
Are you interested in seeing what goes into one of these?
First you need giant piles of fabric. This is just one pile that needs to be cleaned up.
Everything stays a huge mess - all over my sewing room. Then there's lots of template making, tracing and cutting shapes from fabric and tiny bits all over the floor.
Here are the templates just for this one block. Every time I changed my mind on a fabric I had to cut a new template.
Here's what you fabric looks like after you cut out the shapes. I used this particular fabric in two places in the block.
Here are all of the fabrics I used and the master placement chart for each piece. I should call this one my Friendship Kaleidoscope because it includes fabric from Becky, Gayle and Sue.
You really have to change the way you look at fabric for this technique. Anything and everything goes together in one of these! Every morning I have new ideas of different ways to use this technique. It's such a meticulous technique that it shouldn't surprise anyone that I like it but I sure didn't expect to come out of that class wanting to make more! But I did and I will. Thank you, Paula Nadelstern.