Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WIP Wednesday #35

Hey! I did some stuff this week. : ) Okay, no finishes. But progress, nonetheless.

New project:

Don't Call Me Betsy's Kaleidoscope Quilt-Along
I cut fabric for this one, slapped it up on my design wall, and ... yellow light. Proceed with caution. It's just so freaking yellow. I know, I know—what did I expect after cutting up a yard and a half of the yellow print? Excellent question. But either way, I don't know how I feel about this. It's not that I don't like it ... it's just not what I envisioned. Nor does it go with any room in my house. Like, at all. But do those things really matter? Another excellent question. I'm going to keep pondering for another day or two. In the meantime, any and all design suggestions are welcome. (Click here for more info on Elizabeth's quilt-along.)

Ongoing projects:
Warm/Cool Quilt - currently being quilted
Yeah! I'm quilting! That means a finish may be eminent! Try not to keel over from the shock of it!

Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along - currently caught up
Click here for this week's blocks.

Skill Builder Sampler Quilt-Along -
currently caught up
No block this week—Leila gave us an optional design-your-own-block challenge, but I'm sitting it out.



Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Hope Valley (the original Supernova)

Completed quilts awaiting binding:
Modern Meadow - Ugh. Still.

No progress:
Secret project (on hold while I reconsider fabric selections)
Figgy Pudding quilt
Wonky Log Cabin

This week's stats:
New projects - 1
Completed projects - 0
Currently in progress - 11

I think you all know the drill, but just in case: Link back here, and comment away. We've had two weeks in a row of 99 link-ups—come on, we just need one more to hit 100! Help us reach triple digits! Happy Wednesday, everyone.

P.S. Be sure to come back tomorrow, when it will be go time for my GO! Baby giveaway! : )


57 comments:

Linz said...

LEE!!! I LOVE the yellow!!! It really does look great! And YEA to quilting! I love that warm/cool quilt! Really cool! Happy WiP Wednesday!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I love the yellow too. Proceed on green light. Pass GO. Collect $200.

Kristine said...

Hi Lee, My first reaction when I saw your kaleidoscope quilt was, "Wow, I LOVE the yellow!" It was a fresh take on this quilt pattern. I'll look forward to seeing how it progresses.

Marg said...

I love the yellow too. Just about everything I make doesn't go in any room of my house, but I make them anyway, usually because I just love the colours.

Ruth said...

Love the kalaedoscope! Thanks for hosting!

Teje said...

Hi Lee! I love that warm/cool quilt! It's amazing how squares (triangles) can make so different view!
I'm not much for yellow either but I think yours is beautiful and sometimes we need sunny yellow. If you make borders with some other colours, it can fit anywhere!
xxx Teje

Kimberlee said...

It is a very pretty yellow, and would probably make a great gift. Kinda bumble bee with the black thrown in there. Maybe add more black prints to tone down the yellow, and play up the bumble bee idea? Thanks for hosting as always!
~Kimberlee

Mamgi said...

I like the fabric you've chosen for the quilt along. The yellow is very striking

Elizabeth D. said...

I know I've already given you my two cents, but I do really (surprisingly, since I'm not much of a yellow person) like the yellow. It just makes the quilt even more special. So, if it's not quite your taste, maybe it would make a great gift? I love that you're quilting your warm/cool quilt - I can't wait to see it!!

Riel Nason said...

Hi Lee, Thanks for hosting as always. You know, I am definitely a big yellow fan and I don't think you can have too much of it! :-) I'll be back to surf the list. Cheers, Riel

Brigitte Heitland said...

I think the yellow of your Kaleidoscope quilt is not too bright, it looks right, I like it!

CityHouseStudio said...

Your warm/cool quilt is wonderful! Just stunning!
And the yellow is perfect for sunny summer days -- maybe even dark winter days, too! :-)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

always interesting Lee...very nice

Leila said...

I like the yellow, but if you don't Love it, don't do it. Sewing time is too limited to spend on projects/colors that you aren't keen on. :)

Sandy said...

Yellow is my favorite color, so really love the yellow square you've got going

Sandy said...

Un related to post, but curious...anyone know why my profile picture isn't showing up above with comment like it does for others?

Sandy said...

See what I mean, it isn't, then it is? Weird

Sel's Quilting Blog said...

I see what you mean about the yellow - it's so very...yellow. Mind you, that's not one of my favourite quilting colours, though, so I might be somewhat biased!

http://seldear.blogspot.com/2011/07/wip-wednesday.html

I laid DCMB's kaleidscope QAL out this evening, and I'm not sure about the colours anymore. it seemed better on paper than it does in the cloth...

Bree said...

I absolutely LOVE the yellow! But you're the one who has to live with it, so make sure you're happy with it.

Melinda said...

I think you may like the yellow more as it comes together! I like your warm/cool quilt as well. I noticed you hit 99 twice. I kept cheering for 100 last week!

Joy said...

I love the yellow. Keep the yellow!! :D It might be one of those things that while you don't hate it, you're not super happy with... But it'll grow on you by the end.

kendascrafts said...

Wow, I really like the yellow Kaleidoscope!

Leanne said...

I am still liking the yellow, but if it does not work for you, go on to plan B. This is a fun quilt, you should enjoy it when it is done.

Kelly Irene said...

The first thing I noticed when I saw the Kaleidescope blocks is that I really like the yellow--something I am not particularly inclined to say! I think it looks really good, and the gray helps balance it. Maybe using a gray binding and backing will help neutralize it a bit as well?

Melanie said...

I love your yellow/gray Kaleidoscope. It seems to be the hot new color combo (relplacing red/aqua even?). I also don't think it matters if it "matches" your house. It's a quilt, they go with everything!

Happy W.I.P. Wednesday!

Jessica said...

I really like the yellow! I am totally digging the yellow/grey color combo right now, and I'd say who cares if it doesn't match a room! Just think in the cold winters, its like bright sunshine! I'd keep going with it :-)

ANudge said...

I love your kaleidscope blocks. The grays have muted yellow to a soft buttery yellow. Doesn't fit in your house? Gift it! I'd take it - just let me know where to send the cost of shipping - lol.

Marci Girl said...

Honestly Lee, I saw your Kaleidoscope yesterday in the Flickr pool, and I LOVE the yellow, I know that it is a lot of yellow, but I think it is stunning! It also makes the other fabric "pop!"

karenfae said...

such a hot day outside I will be busy looking at all these links today inside in the A/C!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Christie, Describe Happy said...

You are working on great stuff as usual! Funny, when I saw the yellow quilt I really liked it, but I once I read what you wrote, I guess it is yellow dominent. Looking forward to seeing how you proceed.

p.s. I didn't link up the last two weeks... so here's to hoping I help push you over to 100!!

LynCC said...

I *LOVE* the yellow!! The grays balance it so well. I'm a firm believer that all of our keeper quilts do NOT have to match the house. It's fun to have some contrast out every now and then, and over your lifetime, it's likely that it will actually fit in somewhere in some season. It's also a good chance that it will fill just the right spot for a particular special gift sometime soon.

Wandering Minstrel said...

Oh, your warm/cool quilt looks so inviting. :)

As for your Kaleidoscope--perhaps if you alternated the gray Xs with gray +s? (My layout does that, with alternating where the dark fabrics and background fabrics fall within the blocks.) It would break up the yellow a little, and maybe not feel so overwhelming?

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

Hi I am new to this Link Party. I would like to join in on the fun. I will be out of town for a few weeks but am posting this week! Thanks for the encouragement! I love the new project i started a Yellow Blue and Grey last night too!

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

Oh my blog is http://creativeinspiraciones.blogspot.com/

FabricDonkey said...

I especially love the yellow you used in your Kaleidoscope quilt. It's beautiful!

Kati said...

Love your Kaleidoscope quilt. I've been thinking of using those colors for my bee month.

patchworkdelights said...

Love your kaleidoscope! As usual your work is simply stunning! Fi

Cyndi Nelson said...

I LOVE the kaleidoscope blocks! Very stricking!

Rachel said...

Love love love the yellow and grey kaleidescope blocks! I wanted to do my Bow Tie blocks in grey and yellow but I don't have enough yellow in my stash so I went with red (which I also love).

You've got lots of projects on the go...fun!

Marsha S said...

I want to make one of those warm/cool quilts someday. I'm going to go check out the instructions, other than the ones you give in the post you linked up.
I actually accomplished things this week....and with any luck will get a lot of material cut at least over this next week.

Ella said...

I'm not a yellow fan, but I really like yours...And I think I'm 100! WOooooo!

Katie B. said...

100!!!

Melinda said...

You made it over 100! Woohoo!

Renate said...

102!!!

Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to insert your button into my post...

So much for being a techno savvy younger generationer! :-(

My Sweet Prairie said...

quilting looks goooood! ; )

Karen said...

Wow, Lee... you amaze me every week with what you've achieved! Your work ethic and creativity put me to shame! :o)

Amy said...

wow I love the yellow!!! but you have to do what is right for you. if you don't like it you can always donate it.

Chris said...

Hi! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the yellow!! I think it looks great!

Letterpress said...

One of my dreams is to make a pineapple quilt with yellow as its "base." So, I'm a two-thumbs up on the yellow, but really, only you can say. Photos always are different than real life.

Elizabeth E.
http://occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

Allison said...

Hi! I love the colors/fabrics in your kaleidoscope quilt. And personally, if it were a requirement for my quilt colors to match my home, I'd repaint. Frequently. ;)

Kate S. said...

I think the yellow looks great! But I also see how it might not work in every room... but hey, I am sure you will find a place for it, right? :)

felicity said...

I like the yellow a lot! I think your issue is that it's not what you expected, not that it's not pretty or nice. I'd let it percolate for a while and see what you think.

janeylulu said...

Whoa! Blew past 100 links this week! I'm really loving your warm cool quilt, I want to do one of those.

Kelli said...

I actually love the yellow in your kaleidoscope quilt, but I am a yellow fan. You know, if it doesn't fit at your house, I'd take it off your hands. Not that it fits in mine either, but I could find room for it! ;)

Connie said...

I really like the yellow in your kaleidoscope! Great choice.

Ann Marie said...

I love the colors, but if you think it is too yellow, put your corner triangles on the yellow triangles instead of the colored ones, and it will give you a whole nother look, that you might like better, because it will break up the yellow even though your not replacing blocks, just moving the corner stones around.

Rachel said...

Love your Warm/Cool quilt!

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