Depending how you read my blog name, it's not surprising that once in a while there's a bit of confusion here. Yesterday I described covering my design board and several of you thought I was making a blocking board for knitting. It's not that, it's a flannel board used while designing quilts...fabric sticks to it without the need for pins. See?
However, I think that this styrofoam insulation would make an excellent blocking board (thanks for the idea!) and will try it out next time. Hopefully M won't be needing the scraps in the garage as they're disappearing quickly. I've already taken one and covered it to use as a portable board for use on my porch.
Now that we have that cleared up, on to other things. Project Spectrum starts tomorrow and I'm all revved up for it. I don't have a particular project in mind, but plan to use the color theme to try out some quilt patterns and design ideas that have been on my lists for a few months. I'll be thrilled if one takes off and becomes a bed quilt, but will settle for a lap or wall piece, pillows, or even, at least, removal from the list and moving on to other possibilities. For me, this project is about halting my unending consideration of projects and moving along!
To that end, armed with compass, protractor, ruler, pencil and paper, I've been busily drafting patterns and making templates. Because although I'm planning to work on some pieces like this and this over the course of Lolly's project, I also have several traditional designs in mind. So I'll take this opportunity to mention my favorite drafting book, Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer.
Although I'm no particular fan of the author*, this is an excellent reference book. In clear text, she breaks down the elements of geometry and then details how to draft any geometric pattern in any size. Illustrated with simple drawings, this book frees quilters (or any craftperson who uses such designs) from having to rely on books for patterns. I drafted the sunflower blocks (above) after seeing a photo of a similar antique quilt (finished, however...lol) in a magazine. The book is out of print, but you can find used copies quite easily.
Two more quick items. If you're like me, continually sorting through piles and trying to get organized, you might like this blog I stumbled upon recently, Discardian. A tip a day to help you wade through it all!
And finally, because yesterday's photo didn't do justice to the beautiful Grafton batt from Cate...
*In the early 1980s, JB was one of the queens of quilting and had just come out with her own line of fabrics, perhaps the first quiltmaker/designer of the many since. Some friends and I traveled quite a distance to hear her speak (there weren't many quilt lectures in those days!) and were struck by a comment she made during her presentation about a wedding quilt she had gifted to a relative. She said that, to her horror, the recipient was actually using it on her bed. *Huh?* I don't think I heard anything else she said that night.