June 29, 2011

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finished the HST quilt top..I'm still waffling on whether or not to keep going with it or quilt and bind it as is. I'll probably finish it off and move on...but who knows.

I've got two more projects to post soon, just need to finished stitching down the bindings and then I can take photos!

June 27, 2011

Bear with me, I know its been a while since I updated my bloggity blog here...

but last week, I killed both my desktop computer and my laptop! (and 5 minutes where my ipod and the husband's computer stopped working freaked me the heck out!)

I'm waiting on a new power supply for the laptop, but until then, no new photos!

I've finished my value quilt (for now at least.) I stopped at 9 blocks, because I'm just not feeling it larger. I think I will make another eventually, but be more careful with my fabric choices. Its wonderfully scrappy, but some places dont read well. It'll be quilted and bound as is and donated.

Oh! and speaking of the value quilt-along, thanks Jeni for hosting it! And welcome to anybody who wandered over from Jeni's blog (http://incolororder.blogspot.com/) Thanks for featuring my value quilt layout!

Thats it for now, I'll be back once my laptop is up and running and have photos!

June 16, 2011

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Where my warm/cool value quilt is going...for now anyways. I've got enough HST units to make 10 blocks, so I think I will see how I feel about it then, and decide on size then too.

June 14, 2011

My little quilty blog has been filled with less than quilty things lately...so here is a little taste of what I've been working on:

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I love the idea of a warm/cool value quilt rather than the more common light/dark value quilt, so I joined the warm/cool value quilt-along (link on the sidebar). I've also joined the 60 Blocks in Summer group on Flickr, so this is my first entry!

This is the first block for the value quilt, and I quite love it. I'm not really following the layout Jeni is doing in the quilt-along...I hope thats ok... I started with a Kona Cotton Brights charm pack, and paired each with an opposing value scrap fabric. I'm not sure how big it will become, each HST unit is only 2.5 inches finished.

I'd love to make this twin sized, or even full sized for the 4 yo's grown-up bed (havent decided yet which size bed he'll get...) but I will need 1000 or so HST units...which makes me a little unsure...

Plus...before I get too far into it...I have several other projects that need finishing...poor hexagon quilt...

One more thing...because its a little funny... awhile ago, I stated on twitter that I did not understand the purpose of precuts...but for this, I do! the charms are so handy, especially for the easy method of making HST's video here

June 13, 2011

Just a quick observation for tonight - I've got a longer post coming up tomorrow or Wednesday after I take a few photos...

Have you ever thought about how your color sense changes over time?

I've been wrestling with a quilt top for a few years now, I sew it up a little, put it away, pull it out, fiddle, etc. Its the second quilt I ever started

its this stack of blocks I posted about some time ago:
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Mostly fabric from Heather Bailey's Freshcut line, with some random Moda prints thrown in. I bought the fabric for the quilt, 4-5 years ago, so its all out of print.

But I am just not feeling it. I pulled it out the other day after we painted our bedroom, and it just isn't working. I don't think its the pattern (based on Oh, Fransson's MixTape) but rather the fabric. The colors just don't speak to me.

I think I've been successful in my attempt to push myself color-wise - from this quilt, which is heavy on the greens and browns (if I decided to add more fabric, i would pull in some bright oranges and turquoise-y blues to round it out a little) to what I am working on now (a warm/cool HST value quilt for the warm/cool quilt-along) which is a rainbow of color, and I love it!

I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with the top, but for now, I'm pulling the white sashing out, and I guess I will go from there!

June 2, 2011

Sorry about not posting for a little bit...life happens, you know?

But a quick "recipe" for y'all (cuz I just made these. and its delicious. a stupid easy, not really a recipe...thing..)

ever have a craving for chips (one of my most major of food vices) and cant get to the store, or are trying to cut back on junk food?

here's my homemade tortilla chips "recipe"

preheat oven to 450f

take a soft tortilla shell (we usually have flour tortillas on hand, but corn would probably work as well)

brush one side with vegetable oil (or olive, if you feel fancy)

sprinkle a pinch of salt (sea salt tastes best!)

add whatever other flavors you want. I like dill, but have also used cumin, oregano, chili powder, garlic...powdered spices work best.

load up a cookie sheet with the suckers...

here's the trick though:

turn off the oven. seriously. turn it off as you put the cookie sheet into there.

let them cook as the oven cools. they wont burn. its ok if you forget about them for hours and discover them in the oven when you go to make supper... or if you are antsy, check them for crunchyness and take them out when sufficently crunchy. (10 minutes would probably be good)