Saturday, August 6, 2016

Play Misty for Me

Catchy title, but please DON’T play Misty for me, LOL (I love the song, liked the movie, but dislike Clint Eastwood). This month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, we are supposed to be working with “misty” purple and “hazy” green. But not having been told to save the misty/hazy/muddy purples and greens (IF there were any even in my scraps), I have none to work with.

Luckily, we were also given the option to work with gray, and I have some of those. But not enough to do all my regular blocks (cats, Dresdens, etc etc). I am doing the RSC Sampler block - twelve 6” bullseye blocks. When those are done, I am going to piece a table runner for my kitchen. Maybe add some oranges in to make it Halloweeny.  And from there, probably some improv blocks.

So for now, I have my 12 sampler blocks cut out and ready to chain piece. Should be quick and easy peasy. I’ll show my finished blocks next week.


The silver (or gray) lining to this month’s color choice (and my lack of scraps) is that I get to work on finishing up two almost-done quilts. Here is Notting Hill, which is now a flimsy. I even prepped the backing and it is ready to baste. I’ll do that on Sunday when my cousin comes over to sew so we can baste it together. It makes for a shorter time down on our knees for two old broads....


And then next up is Aria, which is now back up on the design board and scheduled to be finished over the next couple weeks.

On the home front, I have started painting some of the nooks and crannies of the kitchen work area. Today I also took some chalk paint to some old maroon-colored vases and they are now aqua. Will look much brighter when the living room is done.  We are prepping the new basement door and frame (sanding, filling) and kitchen walls for painting by me this coming week. Also, the front porch pillars are ready, too, so I will have no lack of painting projects. And of course, our 11-year old dishwasher picked this week to die a screeching death (motor bearings). We didn’t even consider repairing it because the inside prongs were rusting away. So, on Wednesday I bought a new dishwasher and it was installed Thursday. Goodbye Kitchen Aid, Hello Bosch. Goodbye Budget.

Cathy maroon

11 comments :

Ivani said...

Aria is now a beautiful top. I will be looking forward to see it done. Beautiful grays. Have a great weekend Cathy!

Mari said...

I thought your gray block photo was in black and white! Your Aria top is so lovely. Good luck with the work on the house--it can be exhausting!

Peggyinno said...

Love, love, love Notting Hill! Good luck with the basting! Can't wait to see how you quilt it.
I'm in the same boat as you with the colors this month. Don't think I have enough to get 31 blocks made from those colors! Was thinking about using the gray as soon as I get caught up on my pinks!
Have a great weekend!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I don't have much purple either, but have gotten some inspiration from seeing what people are doing with purple and gray together, so I might try that! I like those bullseye blocks - I was thinking they wouod make a great quilt all by themselves. They will definitely make a pretty table runner for the fall!

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOL!! We were just talking about our NEXT dishwasher this morning. I said budget buster, but DH disagrees. We'll see... For now, it's still limping along. Happy Quilting (and painting!!)

Deb A said...

We have a bosch and love it. So quiet. Good luck with all the painting. Your quilt is beautiful.

gayle said...

Too bad about the dishwasher - that's a lot of fabric money gone... 8)
I thought your grays picture was in black and white, too!
I think I used all kinds of purples during purple month, so I'll have to pull all those blocks out to check. Though I'm thinking a bit of play with grays might be interesting. (I'm trying to picture gray piglets...)

PaulaB quilts said...

Your Notting Hill is a fascinating collection of blocks. Congrats on that flimsy. We bought a Bosch dishwasher, it was much quieter, held more and was stainless inside. I loved it. Enjoy yours.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Gray is OK if it has a pop of color. I'd have to hunt pretty far in my stash for gray. Well, if your DW had to take a poop, it's probably a good thing that it did it when you were in the kitchen re-do stage. I used to have a dishwasher, but when it died I opted for more cabinet space. I really never missed it and now have a cabinet dedicated to Tupperware/Rubbermaid. If it doesn't fit in the cabinet, it can't live here anymore.
Happy Sunday.
xx, Carol

Sally T said...

Save your best grays for the cat and kittens. Gray reflects cats of exceptional depth and character. Respectfully, Molly

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh no - the dreaded crawling about on the floor thing. One of the reasons I am NOT a sane quilter!! I think I'd be on the same page as you and opt for the grey rather than the muddy colours.