Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spinning Stars and Cookie Booths

This morning was ice skating as usual. I took the girls to that while Kurt took Ryan to football. We aren't always so sexually stereotyped, but he is one of the assistant coaches and I take rotary cutting to work on during ice skating. Last night I pieced together some green and light 2 inch strips and got them all pressed and ready. Those went with me to ice skating and I worked on cutting the parts and pieces for Bonnie's Star Gazing quilt from the Scraps and Shirttails book. The pattern calls for 2.5 inch strips, but I'm using those for the GS Happy Blocks, so I modified the pattern a bit to help out my overflowing 2 inch bin. I was feeling an urge to work on something new, and this pattern keeps popping back into my consciousness.
I couldn't do much more until after cookie booths. We did a pretty good business in front of a gas station with a carry out pizza shop. It was lunch time and there was a lot of traffic as people came and went with their pizzas. Sydney came with us even though she is in a different troop, she did a fabulous job and stuck with it for longer than some of the bigger girls.

Finally, I was able to get back to my machine and start putting some blocks together! I think most of the quilt is somewhere in the pipeline, but these are the only blocks that are done so far. I put my design wall in the family room and asked Kurt for his opinion, much like a cook would ask someone to taste a dish and to see if it needed more salt. I was getting a mish-mash kind of vibe from the quilt and he is a fan of uniformity. Imagine my surprise when he said that I should try using more colors! He thinks all of the greens look too much alike and he thought they were all the same at first. Really? Maybe we just need better light in the family room, because those greens look pretty different to me. It isn't too late yet, so I'll work a few more blocks through and maybe mix in a few more fabrics. I'm not sure how big this quilt is going to be yet, so I don't know how many blocks I will need. I guess I could figure those things out and plan accordingly. I tend to skip that part and end up with lots of half finished extra bits at the end of a quilt.


Candace said...

I think it's going to be a beautiful quilt. I love the vintage looking cozy quilts.

Lori said...

Welcome to the Quilt along! Luv those stars!