April 25, 2011

First Summertime Block...

I spent some of my weekend working on the Summertime quilt. I'm having so much fun working with these colors! They're totally outside my usual color spectrum and perhaps that's part of the allure. But, I know the other major component is that it reminds me of summer.

I drew little diagrams for myself. (This is just one of the drawings.), and took notes to remind me which way to cut once I was finished with the assembly.

By late day on Monday, all of my red/white blocks were completed. (There are thirty of them.)

Now, I think you know by now, that I had to push on to see about the other half of each block. I had decided to make full blocks and then create 1/2 square triangles. In order to make the other half of the finished block, I needed to do a little more calculating to come up with the right size. I actually miscalculated the first time, but recognized it prior to joining with the block with the red/white block. (disaster averted.)
I kept referring to the original painting from my card and finally settled on the sizes and colors for the second block.
Once I decided on the focal fabric for the second block, I assembled what I'll refer to as the "caramel half" and created the finished, joined block.

Well? What do you think? I know the green sashing isn't on yet, but I think I've figured it out! Do you like it?

I have a commission to sew today (a tie and hankie insert for a young man's prom this weekend), so I won't work on the quilt today until the commission is finished. Only twenty nine blocks to go and then I can sash them up and start the assembly of the quilt top!

Thank you for all the lovely comments you've been leaving for me. I'm so far behind in replying to my comments, that I'm feeling a bit ashamed. Please know that I read each one, and love hearing from you. I promise to try to get to all of my correspondence this week. I appreciate your understanding.

Gotta fly. I really want to finish my commission so I can get back to making blocks! More tomorrow...

17 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Kris said...

Oh, Donna - This is going to be a darling quilt!! I am excited to see it completed so hurry and get your commissions done so you can keep working on this quilt!! :-) Kris

Sherri said...

Donna, I love the blocks for your Summertime Quilt! Just gorgeous. Those love red colors remind me of watermelon and geraniums. Can't wait to see it all complete. Enjoy!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Donna,

Beautiful. I love the colors and the way you have split the blocks. Looking forward to Thursday's lunch.

Carol

te_roti said...

That appears to be coming along just fine Donna. It reminds me of strawberries and cream. Can't wait to see more.

Minimiss

Rettabug said...

Waaaa, I wanna meet up with Carol too for lunch!!! :*-(

This is really shaping up beautifully, Donna & you're captured the pattern perfectly. I'm impressed, I'll tell ya'!
You really work fast! I can't wait to see it completed.

I did a little spring runner for the bakers rack & made a mistake that turned out to be a lucky "design element". LOL You know about those, right?

Have a nice day!
fondly,
Rett

Madame Samm said...

OHHH Donna I am sew impressed..I would love your pattern...I would do this...what an accomplishment, what an inspiration you are ...

Shirley said...

Hi Donna, I dropped in before I leave the house to take hubby to a doctor appointment. I really like your summertime quilt and like the rest anxious to see it finished. I finally took my embroider quilt top to get it quilted. I enjoyed your previous post and brought back so many wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing. Take care. I am hoping it stops raining so I don't have to drive in the rain. Your Missouri Friend.

Lisette said...

Oh my, how gorgeous but I can't imagine the amount of work........

Jillayne said...

Hi Donna - I can't believe I missed Memory Lane Monday!! I must say - I love your first car, and what a great colour it was!
Your summertime quilt is looking good and it sounds like you're enjoying the figuring it out as you go process. I am really curious to see it all come together!
You shouldn't feel bad about responding; I think all us bloggers are in that boat too. Responding to comments is a lovely thing to do but not always possible and you get a lot of comments I think!

Peggy H. said...

I need to get me some pieces of those fabrics. The colors just make me happy!

Peggy H.
www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com

Createology said...

I love seeing your progress and techniques of keeping notes and diagrams. The complexity of math and engineering is why I don't quilt. These summertime colors are super fun. Happy block sewing...

Patty said...

This quilt is going to be gorgeous!

Michelle May (Shell) said...

This is beautiful! OMG! I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together.
Try as we may, sometimes it is just too much to reply to everyone, but I do think everyone understands. The beauty of blogging friends.
xx, shell

Sarah said...

Looks good enough to eat! ;-)

hungryhippie said...

Oh my gosh Donna--my mouth is watering looking at this summertime quilt block...as if I'm gonna eat it! HAha It's so gorgeous....!! I also love that Bloggerette Society pillow you have on your Boutique page--so lovely! Look at you-go girl!
xoxo

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

This is my first time for a visit, but it will not be my last! I just love the colors you are using, they are perfect for the project. I look forward to the finished quit!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh wow - I LOVE how the summertime quilt is turning out. Perfect motif - it would make for great mug mats, too. Or "glass" mats for all the cooling summertime drinks. :) Theresa

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