Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fun with Kaffe

The Kaffe fabrics were calling out a siren song to me for weeks. This past weekend I couldn't listen to the music any longer. I jumped right in with both feet and my new issue of Liberated Quiltmaking II and started making string blocks. They looked so darn springy that I could hardly stand it. Roger peeked in the door and said he thought I was having way too much fun. He was right and I can't thank him and BIL Bob enough for it.
Anyway, while I was working up the string pieces I soon had a whole pile of scrap bits and pieces in a pile next to me(you never really bust all of the stash do you?) After looking at the pile for a few minutes and smiling cause it was so darn sweet, I put the strip blocks aside and began just using bits and pieces randomly. It really made me think of a garden in full beauteous bounty. Big fat blooms and garden pathways. I just kept adding on stuff (Hi V. of Bumble Beans) and had a ball letting go of the matchy-matchy mindset I continually find myself in. Not that there is anything wrong with matching but I really needed to let loose and be totally care-free in remembering the spontaneity of the artist within. Is there a Tile block in my future? You betcha. I bordered it with my new favorite color right now. Doesn't that turquoise just make you smile?
So there it is. I can't wait to get back to the drawing board and make some more fun.
I had to do some errands today. They are predicting some icky weather with possible ice soon and living up here in this downhill slide makes being prepared a must. Things of importance for that purpose are known as BEM around here. My late MIL Dot invented the term BEM by default. As soon as the first flake was predicted she would marshal the army and make sure that there was sufficient bread, eggs, and milk. So, I BEMd and them did a Library run, stopping to have tea with Terry on her break. Then I grabbed up a couple of DVDs a couple of which I've seen and a couple are new to me. One that I've seen is "DeLovely", the story of Cole Porter and his wife Linda, who was the inspiration for much of his music including one of my all time goose bump instilling versions of "So In Love" which I think is from Kiss Me Kate(?) I loved his music and still do. I really love most all music and can go from Stones to Who, to Eagles, to Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and the Complete Charlie Parker Collection. I grew up listening to and going to plays on Broadway. Nothing in that genre outdoes Cole Porter for romance. Anyway, I've always loved this movie even though it was probably seen by 5 people. It's de-lovely(sorry).
I also got The Proposal cause I love me some Sandra Bullock and a little film called DimSum Funeral, and Grey Gardens well...because I live not far from them, have always been fascinated with the story, and recently saw some photos of the restoration of Grey Gardens by Sally Quinn, who bought the property. Magnificent!

Well I'm off to do some laundry and have some lunch. Hope you're doing something fun and enjoying a beautiful day no matter what the weather.


Janet said...

I like your matchy-matchy pieces but I think the free-wheeling, grab-and-use-whatever piece is gorgeous!!! And you are so right about that turquoise.

I hope your oncoming weather isn't too bad. We had a little rain this morning but nothing compared to the stuff you get back and snow!

Maybe I'm one of those five people because I think I've seen that movie! As for music, I run the gamut from rock to opera!

Gerrie said...

So nice to see you playing with fabric again!

Kay said...

Beautiful blocks!

My son's best friend has a new baby boy that they name Cole, after Cole Porter; I get to make him a quilt.

ROZ said...

Yout quilt is looking really good--great fabrics. I love the new book by Gwen Marston, too. I'm making a quilt inspired by it.

Cindra said...

They are beautiful! They look like jewels!


hey Dee! it looks great! keep adding those bits! ;-) it's working!