Hattie’s Trick

Hattie’s Trick blocks from the Two Sister Sampler are complete,  “Just In Time”  (JIT).  That has been a fad in manufacturing for years!  Since I don’t actually need a new top to quilt yet, I delayed the completion so that this top is completed when I DO need something to quilt!  (Do you buy that?)

Hattie’s trick is another layout using half square triangles.  I feel like I have made a lot of these this year.   Mine are four colors, with three values.


Annemarie Chany , Author of Sister Sampler Quilts, used two-tone blocks .  I like them better that way.  The quilt looks great! This kind of block would be easy to setup in EQ7 to try out different color and fabric combinations.  I might try it with some of the other blocks from this series.

I’ve been busy in my quilt lab for the last couple of weeks, and have some more finishes ready to trickle out.  Some are quilts, and others are small projects.   I’m keeping this post short so that I can work on them!

What’s in my queue of finishes?

  • Falling Charms and Scalloped Edges with Bias Binding
  • Falling Flakes Mini – Minus the Hand Stitching
  • Valentines Mini Quilt
  • Quick Curve- Urban Runner
  • More Minecraft
  • Curve it Up – Topside Reveal
  • Star Trek Zipper Quilt
  • Chocolate Bunnies
  • ?  Will I get to teach my first class?
    ?  Will I get lucky and find myself a “hot rod” machine project?
  • And more…  I wouldn’t want to be bored!

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Be Happy! It’s a choice.


Contrary Wife

Contrary Wife… No, not me…  (Though, if the definition of contrary is “perversely inclined to disagree or do the opposite of what is expected or desired.”, then Yes, I might be that woman occasionally!)

Contrary Wife IS the next block in the Two Sisters sampler quilt.  There isn’t much to it.  Half square triangles paired with squares in a 9 block.   If you look closely, you will find that I alternated tones between the two.  Take a look at them in mono.   Which colors are your eyes more drawn to in each block?  I’m curious?

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Here is a fun exercise.  Look at the picture in color, then close your eyes and give me a comment on what color you remember most from each block.  How does it compare to the way you view the mono image above?

You might wonder how I decided on my color scheme this time…  I wonder too.  I really just selected some colors that I thought looked nice together, that my daughter would like, and that weren’t too “matched” to my other blocks.

However, our minds are powerful.  If I compare my selection to known color combinations,  then I actually didn’t really stray from partial triads or complementary colors.  What do you think?  The only thing “contrary” about these blocks is that I swapped the intensity in the pattern between the two.  It shows up more in the mono image.

Colors:  (Color Wheel, Intensity, Proportion)
Pink / Gray  : When I look at the block, I “remember” the pink
image011Pink can also be thought of as magenta, or a primary color on the Cyan-Yellow-Magenta color wheel.  (See this one from Surrency Studios)
Grey is a mix of secondary colors, and can be created a multitude of different ways and goes well with just about anything (as long as it has the right tint).
Purple Turquoise  :  When I look at the block, I “remember” the turquoise. main-qimg-c6c88e61bb8be95c1dee8a46a82cc583-c

Purple and turquoise are equidistant from each other on the color wheel.  They produce high contrast while maintaining harmony.  If I was to add a third color (besides white), then I might select yellow-orange. (It does look nice on the yellow background…)



However, in both cases, my eye caught the less intense tones that were closest to primary colors.  Do you see them the same as me, or is it all in the eye of the beholder?  I’m sure a color expert could explain that to me.

I think if I ever have the chance, I should take some art classes.  I would either drive the art teacher crazy with them hoping I will pass through quickly, or I would find someone else with my love for the science of color.

Happy Quilting!

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Ladies of the Lake

I mentioned that last weekend was very productive for sewing.  Long weekends filled with rain will do that.   While I finished quilting “Farmer’s Market”,  I also pieced a few blocks that staged and waiting for direction.

Two of these were the Lady of the Lake blocks. They are part of the Two Sister’s series.  My color selections here were an effort to mix colors that I might not have in some of the others to give the quilt more variability.  I wish that I had selected prints with more contrast, or at least the same color print for the center as I did for the half square triangle borders.  If you make these, be careful which direction you place the center half square triangle, or you won’t get the continuous negative space in the center.  (I had to frog and re-piece the borders of the blue block.)


Here is what a traditional, two fabric, “Lady of the Lake” block looks like.  Do you see what I mean?  The block looks stunning with vibrant batik.



So, without more interest in my fabric, what makes this block interesting?  I am not a poetry buff, but know that the name of this block is the same as a poem by Sir Walter Scott.  It is easy to learn a little more with internet research.

“The Lady of the Lake” poem, by Sir Walter Scott, was first published in 1810.  The epic Scottish narrative lent itself well to opera. An opera loosely based on the poem (translated in French!) was created by Gioachino Rossini, called “La Donna del Lago”.  A beautiful lass, a King in disguise, civil warfare, rescues, romance, and death.  It certainly sounds like the stuff of opera to me!   When it premiered in 1819, it was not a success.  However, since it is still being performed today, I don’t think you could call it a failure!  Joyce DiDonato, of Prairie Village, Kansas, even performed the role of Elena in this opera with the Met in 2015.  Maybe, someday, we will have the opportunity to see it at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with the Kansas City Lyric Opera.  The new facility is really wonderful!

(This reminded me how much I missed the opera, so I hopped out and picked up some value tickets to see the 2016 – 2017 season with Hansel & Gretel, The Marriage of Figaro, Dead Man Walking, and the Pirates of Penzance!  Now I will need to find a good Opera buddy to have some fun with me!) 

“The rose is fairest when ‘t is budding new,
And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears;
The rose is sweetest washed with morning dew
And love is loveliest when embalmed in tears.” 
― Walter ScottLady of the Lake