|"Lovebirds" (c) Phyllis Cullen|
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My attempts at art quilting are far more modest. My Modern Mini is underway. I chose an applique design by Piece o' Cake. Their technique and hence their instructions are for hand applique, not fusible, so their patterns are right-side up. To reverse them I took a piece of pattern tracing stuff, traced the design, then flipped it over. (The lines are visible on the reverse.) I used that tracing to trace the shapes onto fusible web. Then I tried out fabrics, fused the shapes, and cut them out. Now I'm auditioning placement on the original pattern. When I'm pleased with all of that I will have a rehearsal (to continue the theater analogy) on the crumb-pieced background.
Gotta work on the color balance some more . . . specifically, the middle flower on the left. (That's a fussy cut. Yellow, maybe?)
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While all that is taking up space on my cutting table, I finished the 20 blocks of Step 7 of Rhododendron Trail. It's not at all what I expected. (It's a traditional block called Clown's Choice. Last week's block is Christmas Star. Both Barbara Brackman and Maggie Malone list them under those names.)
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The 30's bin stubbornly refused to go back on the shelf after I finished the shoofly flimsy. Look what happened!
I used up all the 2.5" HSTs in the box and made some more. (Bonnie H's Essential Triangle Tool is put to good use.) I have four blocks yet to assemble and about 1/4 yd of the red fabric left.
I'm grateful to Cathy for introducing me to Four Patch Baskets.
Here's a pre-assembled block so you can see the "four patch" -- upper left, four HSTs; upper right, 2 HSTs + rectangle; lower left, 2 HSTs + rectangle; lower right, big HST.
I used this block in another colorway for our guild BOM this. fall. (That reminds me that several of you wanted to see all the basket BOMs we're doing. I'll present them in another post soon.)
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The detecting odd couple returns with another intriguing story. A divorce attorney is murdered when someone bashes him repeatedly with a wine bottle. (Clue: it's a very, very expensive bottle of wine.) The perpetrator could be any one of at least six people. Former police detective Hawthorne is called to find who did it. He pulls Anthony Horowitz off the set of Foyle's War (which the real-life Horowitz wrote) and together they find clues, disprove clues, and uncover that a long-ago caving accident was only somewhat accidental. Horowitz thinks he's got it (several times) but Hawthorne is (as usual) three steps ahead of him.
"You know how death is. Your body goes, but your ideas don't. Your impact lingers on, even when it's poisonous. Some bodies get put into the ground and daisies bloom. Others encourage the sprouting of weeds, weeds that work to strangle whatever's living and growing around them." (p. 38 after the death of Cotton Mather
I would not have read this book had I not been invited to participate in discussion about it with other community leaders and students at our local high school. (The discussion is this coming Thursday.) It was very interesting -- "not a history book," the authors kept saying -- but I remember the old saw, "the reason history repeats itself is that not enough people pay attention the first time." Now's the time to pay attention!