Monday, October 20, 2014

Learning the Art

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. 
Henri Frederic Amiel

Well, I have been getting a few things done but obviously not blogging about them.  October started out as it always does with my birthday a few days into it.  This was a big one ending in 0.  My husband and I went to the movies and then did a little shopping for me ;-)  then he left me alone for the evening and went to a football game.  The next day my oldest son hosted our whole family at his house for dinner.  It was really nice for all of us to get together.  With 4 adult children it is hard to make schedules mesh for that to happen.  Soon it will be time for Thanksgiving and hopefully it will happen again.  I'll be hosting that this year.

I finally got a quilt loaded on the longarm and have been quilting it.  I'm planning to get it finished this week.  Here is a peek.

I'm doing a pantograph on it.  This is a charity quilt that has been hanging around for too long.  It is a fun one I think.  I had fun making it last year while I was avoiding the stairs because of knee problems.

I pieced the back and am trying to get the design centered more or less.  I will see how good my planning was soon.  Here is a look at it from underneath. 

And a longer shot.  Homespuns aren't everyone's favorite but these are fun and bright.

I also got my Soul Searching top finished.  Yeah!!! I decided to depart from the pattern and added a row of Black and White strips between the blocks vertically.  

I would have added two rows but it would have made it too long.  That would have been more visually balanced since there are two squares between the colors horizontally.

Here is a view from the other direction.  How do you think it turned out?  Do you like the added rows between?  Should there be two?

I have been doing these blocks each month with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I had big plans at the first of the year to work on 3 projects but I've only made progress on 2.  That's OK.  I think I will just save the other one for next year.  Maybe I can get the 30s print one finished this year.

Linking with:  Design Wall Monday  and  Anything Goes Monday  and  So Scrappy


  1. I love you rainbow scrappy project! I think it looks great.

  2. I think this quilt is very visually appealing.
    I like it a lot.
    Happy 'ending in a 0' birthday.

  3. I like how your soul searching turned out. Someone made there so they were kind of staggered and it looked cool too.

  4. I love your Rainbow Scrap quilt! Great addition of the white and black strips.

  5. Beautiful Soul Searching blocks. What a great quilt they make.

  6. charity quilt looking good, love orange on a quilt. The rainbow scrap one I love so annoying can`t seen to get pinterest to open up to pin it

  7. sorry most important a belated happy birthday to you

  8. Lovely soul searching quilt. I think the single row between works just fine. I like the break between colours. It works although I know what you mean about the two rows between. That would have created the identical neutral diamond (lantern) shape staggered between but it's amazing how the eye fills in that detail. It's perfect the way it is.

  9. I like the single row between. It reminds me of party lanterns! Best use I have seen of the black and white prints recently :)
    Happy Birthday!

  10. I love the way you finished up your Soul Searching. I'm still behind on my monthly blocks, so your idea of adding the black and whites vertically is a good one. It gives me more to think about. Your charity quilt will be so soft and cuddly made with homespuns. They are the best to snuggle with.

  11. ohhhhhhhhh how soul-ful ...your colours and stitches Patricia are beautiful... yes they touch us on a every level


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