Episode 181: The Color Play Episode

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madestar1Latest bit of play with what I’m calling my Findlay-Wolfe stars

And here’s some more play–messing around with magazine ads:

  1. The ad itself–


2. The first drawing–


3. With color added:


4. A little more abstract–



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11 Replies to “Episode 181: The Color Play Episode”

  1. Yay! I’m the first commenter! I had to laugh at your discussion (not complaint, we don’t complain about the weather) of the cold temperatures. We had about 60 hours of below zero temperatures and wind chills as low as -40. Yuck!

    Good for you for playing around creatively and stretching yourself. I have some made fabric that was leftover from my daughter’s graduation quilt that I am making into a quilt for me. They are similar to your star centers. It was a great way to use the leftover bits from paper pieicing.

  2. YOU are Sandy QFRofU have kept me company the last two days some how I loaded 200 hours of quilty goodness…. Downloaded your episode tonight going to add that into the mix….

    btw… MADAME … you always ask for comments but I have not seen any coming my way…… HMMMMMM

  3. Well you have been having fun! Those star blocks look interesting to make. I may have to play one of these days.

    Was it you who did not care for Jan Karon’s Mitford books? I am reading In the Company of Others and really enjoying it. There seem to be fewer characters in the Father Tim series than the Mitford series even though they both center around Father Tim. He is visiting Ireland with his wife in this book. Maybe getting to know Father Tim outside of Mitford would help. Home to Holly Springs is the first Father Tim book. These are both very character driven series but the Father Tim ones seems to be a little more focused group than the Mitfords.
    I may be back later with more comments after I listed to the podcast.

  4. Sam the Man and the fix it plan. Stuck in my head.
    In our church we fast the first Sunday of the month, and donate the cost of the missed meals (if desired) to help the needy in the local area. Also use that time to ponder, pray and give thanks for blessings.
    Just a suggestion, but perhaps you could maximize your fasting experience while getting health benefits, by contributing cost of missed meals to your quilt donation project.

  5. I want that chair! Also can’t wait to see what you do with this quilt. I like the less abstract one, but you could have lots of fun with this.

    Now I need to try some made fabric. I have a hard time letting go of the urge to control everything when I do projects like this. Is that just me? I know Pam has mentioned how much she hates strings, but I’m not sure if that’s the same thing.

    Hope it’s warming up for you!

  6. Hey! (just stopping by to say hey)

    I always get excited when you mention UMass Amherst and western MA. My daughter is a graduate from there and we live in eastern MA but visit the western part (all of a few hours away) with reasonable frequency.

    I like your made fabric the how you used them in the star block. I’m enjoying seeing the results of your playing. Have fun!

  7. Dear dear Frances! I am so behind on my podcasts. I did listen to yours as I fell asleep last night – not that yours puts me to sleep! But now I am not sure if I heard very much. I must re-listen. Take care. I have only been in 30 degree nights at Mammoth in the Sierra Nevada mountains but I could actually see it snowing on our local mountains today though. Very pretty. Have a wonderful NC week.

  8. Hey! You posted on my birthday! Awesome. Thanks.

    Now I am caught up – or will be when I finish listening to your episode. I have set up my new ipod, so I should have no excuse not to listen to podcasts. I actually went out with my ipod and listened to podcasts yesterday during my walk.

    I also like House Beautiful for the color. My MIL gives it to me for Christmas. Mostly, I just look at the pictures, though sometimes I read the longer articles about a certain designer.

    I think you should use that color palette in a quilt. Save it and try to find fabrics that match.

    I think the word you were looking for is Frances-vision. 😉

    this is the envelope quilt I made: http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2015/08/finished-box-full-of-letters/ I know it is not what you were describing, but perhaps you can get some ideas from the shapes.

    Try using the fitbit food db to help you lose weight. I am very strict with myself about staying under the calorie limit they recommend and it works for me, because if I want to spend all of my calories on chocolate, I can still lose weight. On your fast, do you use half and half or milk in your tea? I find that I need to change things I do today and not make big plans for the next year. If I fall off the wagon today, I only ruined today and I can crawl back on tomorrow and it is a new opportunity for success.

    Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry moved and sold her place in Paducah to the Paper Pieces company in 2013 after she got married. There is information in the bio on her website.

    Re: Pressing. Pressing open is fine, but it is not the be-all end-all. It can be a pain (literally), because you have to get your fingers right next to the iron in order to open the seams to press them. It is important to press the way that makes the most sense. If you need to line up patches, pressing to the side makes more sense. If you need to reduce bulk, then pressing open makes sense. Neither should be used to the exclusion of the other method, because they both have value.

    You mentioned a box of candy and I can’t tell you how much I want a box of See’s. It isn’t just you that made me think of it. I have been trying to avoid thinking about it for a week…or more.

    Take care!

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