If I knew I would.
My heart is heavy this week as my friend, Michelle, both mourns and, celebrates, the short life of her HS senior, Johnny. He was killed in a motorcycle accident, on Monday, just a week before graduation. He leaves behind 5 siblings who I know will miss him fiercely. While Michelle is one of the strongest women I know, I just can not imagine the pain she, and her family, are feeling right now. It is outside the natural order of life to have to bury a child. If you have the means to donate, a couple of dollars, and feel the urge to help with expenses, please do.
Sometimes, when I can’t seem to focus, I start another quilt top….. Sometimes you just need to get your mind busy on something. And doing quilt math sure blocks out all other thoughts.
And as you can see, I am not the sketch artist of the family. But it gets the job done. I never cut all the pieces I need, for a quilt, ahead of time, but quite a few of them, see how it goes, make sure my colors are going the direction I want, then drag out more fabric, cut some more…
I like to start laying out my progress as soon as I can.
My half square triangles started out a 5″ blocks, which will be trimmed to 4 1/2″ HST after they are pieced. This way they match up to the four place, 2 1/2″ red charms, I am using. I have collected charms through swaps, over the years. Also, taking advantage of cleaning out my red, and neutral, scrap baskets.
I have never made a low volume quilt that has so much color in the light fabrics. I have done lots, and lots, of neutral quilts, but none like the “modern” low volumes, where color, other than tan, beige, cream…, is perfectly acceptable. I guess, if you have enough contrast, it is all good.
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