Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Morning Bark

It's gotten hot again in Minnesota.  In the 90s yesterday and heading that way today.  I haven't been blogging much because  I've been feeling like a slave to the computer and not accomplishing much else.  Thus, I've been in the sewing room working on a new quilt top. Yes, another one.  But, I can't help it.  People just keep coming up with wonderful patterns that I've gotta try.  

The guest speaker at the quilt guild last Thursday night was Marilyn Foreman designer of kaleidoscope quilts.  She brought four suitcases full of quilts she designed using large print fabric.
 It's basically a stack 'n wack method and she has designed the quilt blocks using the kaleidoscope block in the center of  a 12-inch block.
 That's Marilyn and her arm on the left and her daughter Clare. I'm such a professional photographer!   She also brought fabrics, books and patterns and, of course, I had to buy the book..
 and the focus fabric..
 then, I had to start making kaleidoscope blocks.
 These are kind of addicting.  I had to make a trip to the quilt shop for more fabric.  Do you think I need a 12-step program?   I guess there are worse things to be addicted to.

I finished the top.  What do you think?  It measures 60 x 60. Now, another quilt shop visit to search for backing fabric.  It never really ends, does it?

Marilyn has patterns to construct 9 blocks in her book along with project options.  You can construct large quilts, wall hangings, table toppers or runners using her designs.    I'm going to keep my eye out for more large print fabric for future projects to feed my addiction.

Stay cool today.


Rosemary said...

No doubt about it, we're all addicted to quilting! I have to stop starting new projects! I'm machine quilting a little but not as much as I need to actually finish these quilts. It's just so hard to stop!!

Sandy said...

Diane, Once again your quilt is beautiful and I am in awe!!Great colors. Glad you're addicted to something so nice.

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Your quilt is wonderful - lovely fabrics!

I went to Marilyn's website - wow does she have a lot of patterns! I can understand why she brought four suitcases - I bet it was very interesting and fun to look at them all. I really like how the 4-patch kaleidoscope is inside of the stars or other blocks. It really adds different dimension.

Thanks for sharing!