Monday, April 23, 2012

Quilts in Progress

I've been back to work on Baby Blanche's Robin's Song. 
It has been sitting and waiting patiently while I made some decisions about the robin's egg blue rectangles, and I finally took some action..
 Twenty years or so ago, I almost always wrote on the small quilts I created.  I'd pen on favorite quotes or encouraging words.  Back then I most often used a brown Sakura Micron Pen.  However, now that I have personally owned some of those quilts for a couple of decades, I know that despite what anyone says about the permanency of the ink, it does fade.  Therefore, I decided to use black ink on this one.  I finally assembled a list of positive attributes and penned them onto the quilt.  My goal was that as Baby Blanche grows into a young girl and then a young woman, when she has some of those down moments that are part of everyone's life, I want her to be able to identify some of her positive attributes to help restore her balance. She's not even three months old yet, so we can only guess what her strengths will be, but I'm sure, given the strengths of her parents, that down the road, she will possess many of these.

Next design project:
I have shelves full of hand-dyed fabric that I began creating in the mid-1990's.  I've used only bits and pieces of them.  Most of those pictured below are on the agenda.
I've been looking at blogs of "modern quilts" and challenging myself to do some stretching.  Of course, one of the most powerful motivators for doing some stretching is that so many designs of the MQ movement have huge areas for quilting freedom.I'm guessing the quilting itself will be less modern than the patchwork.  (Now, why would I think that?!)

I'm linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, and, depending on my productivity today, may link to some more parties later this week.

With visits to the orthopedist and the rehab specialist this week, I'm not even going to hazard a guess about how much time I'll have in which to be productive.

Happy quiltmaking......

3 comments:

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Cute idea for the encouraging words and I love your hand dyed fabrics! They look delicious!

Rosemary said...

I've never hand dyed but love the way they look. Maybe someday when I'm not working. I love your gorgeous shades!

Vicki said...

Very pretty hand dyed fabrics. I really like the baby quilt and writing attributes is a wonderful idea. Saw your feathers on a previous post and I love them! Good luck with your appointment and I hope you have many productive days!

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