Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Improvisation, Book Cover & NM Skies

 This is the backing for the Little Miss Gardener Quilt.
 To get the size this quilt needs, the backing either needed to be wide or have a pieced section. This is a great place to try a bit of improvisational piecing--fun, but not overwhelmingly challenging.
Top pieced strip: left over from the borders.
Center pieced strip: Left over 6.5 inch squares; a 6.5 inch block pieced from three 6.5 X 2.5 leftovers, and 6.5 inches of left over border.
 Third pieced strip: two leftover 2.5 inch strips--pink strip attached at each end.
 For those whose favorite part of quiltmaking is the quilting, this back would make a great quilt on it's own.  (And if I had a lot of leftover pieces, that's just what I'd do.  Unfortunately, almost all the leftovers were used to piece this back.)

Here's another book cover made by Sweet Teen.  She did make one more attempt to use the Hollister bag with the naked male torso, and I once again vetoed that idea.  Of course, she asked, "Why not?"  I replied, "Because women are infuriated when males objectify them, so you're not going to do it to some faceless guy."
Her boyfriend was standing here, grinned, and said, "Good answer!"
Her answer was, "Yes, ma'am."
I do hope that's the end of the saga of the Hollister bags.

 We are having an incredibly beautiful day here in the Estancia Basin.  Gorgeous clouds are piling higher and higher.  Although promising rain, more likely than not, they won't deliver--at least, not at my house.
 Beautiful skies and mild breezes just sing of the beauty of life.

And here's one of my neighbor's morning glories, twining through the fence and up a tree branch.
 Gorgeous colors, very different from the ones growing in my pot.  I did notice when I was outside that the sunflowers in my yard are eager to bloom.  If we don't get some rain, I'll water them this evening.
If your weather is not so glorious, you might want to nurture yourself with the creations of some fellow-bloggers.  I'm linking to Connie Kresin's Freemotion by the River, Esther Liu's WIPs on Wednesdays, and Freshly Pieced.

Oh, and my local pharmacy has 2012 influenza vaccinations available.  Got mine yesterday.  Please remember to get yours.

Have a glorious, joy-filled day, and..

Happy quiltmaking.....


Pokey said...

I like pieced backs, and almost always do an off center design like yours. Sometimes the back is as eye- catching.
I admire pretty clouds! My Momma did a set of small paintings of clouds that hung in our home, well lit clouds, on beautiful blue sky, in small white frames. I think of Momma when I witness clouds like you have shared.
Sweet morning glories, too ~

doodlebugmom said...

I really like pieced backs. Adds a little more interest and fun :)

Allison said...

great pieced back :)

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful backing on your quilt Dora! We have been having some beautiful weather too! Thanks for sharing.
Freemotion at the River Linky Party Tuesday

Mary said...

I like the look of pieced backs...but not the making of them!

Good for you sticking up for men everywhere! I am sure you and Sweet Teen could find a good applique solution if she wants to do the bags.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

Hey Dora,
fantastic back....I am also working on a pieced back but it may not be as interesting as yours...lovely sky pics too.

Your sweet teen's FFA officer picture is great and I know you are so proud of her. I taught CTE (Home Ec) classes for 19 years and am still a big supporter of all those clubs!!

Rebecca said...

That's a great pieced quilt back! Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Esther Aliu said...

I love this backing! It's so nice to have something interesting on the nack as well.

Oh, your morning glories are lovely too :)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I love pieced backs. =)

I have never gotten a flu shot. My husband does. *shrug*

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