Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Remembering Tophlos!


My friend Lori made a wonderful quilt that was called Blindman's Fancy. Here's a link to Lori's blog, but not to that particular post. Lori's taste runs to Civil War repros, so you can just imagine how beautiful her quilt was. I was instantly smitten, and not just because of the quilt blocks.

Many years ago, when I was in Seminary, the first class we endured had was Koine Greek.We met from about 9 each morning until about 5 each afternoon and there were optional sessions from 7 until 9 each evening. For an entire month. It was hard work, but we bonded as a class and at the end some of us had a pretty good understanding of Koine Greek and could actually do some of the translation that the next class required.

Early on we learned the word tophlos, the blind man, and we learned the word anablepso, to receive one's sight. Whenever tophlos would appear in a sentence, we'd heave a small sigh of relief because he only ever did one thing: received his sight. The challenge would be to figure out just when this happened -- just now, a while back, or sometime in the future.I've always had a  fondness for tophlos and seeing Lori's quilt brought back  memories. I had to have a Blindman's Fancy quilt.

My turn as Queen Bee was December. In November I made packets with the instructions for the block (all 81 pieces of it, some of which were 1-13/16 of an inch as a couple of participants pointed out with vigor), fabric for the center square and solid fabric for the HSTs in the first round. I asked them to add fabrics in colors that they selected from the center square. My bee mates rose to the occasion. Above is a picture of all twenty-five blocks. They each finish at fifteen inches. Each is unique; each is nothing short of absolutely gorgeous.

Now comes the fun of putting them together. Lori's recipe calls for flying geese lattice with four-patch cornerstones. I think a small square-in-a-square would be better for the cornerstones. I struggled the other evening with my box of fabrics, auditioning possibilities. I think I'm pretty well settled on the colors I want. Next challenge will be to find those colors in the shop, because I only have FQs on hand. But there's no rush. When tophlos finally does anablepso, he's in for an amazing sight to behold!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Superb Owl Sunday, 2016

 Himself is watching the game and I've been sewing. Both of us are pretty happy about that. In another half-hour, however, whatever the status of the game, Downton Abbey will prevail. This is understood by all parties (Blackberry's neutral).

So, here's my fifth block for Word Salad, the quilt I'm going to make during 2016 from the Project 48 postings. You may recall that I'm trying to use mostly text and letters prints.

I like this block. The new blocks are posted late on Thursday afternoon, Eastern Time, so I usually get mine made on Thursday evening or Friday morning.
Bobbi is Queen Bee this month at the Guild and she provided the fabric for the center squares of the blocks and asked for bright scraps and yellows for the rest of the blocks.

I didn't lack for brights to cut into 1-1/2" squares. And I found a perfect yellow among some Kona pieces. Another friend reported that she had made strip sets and perhaps I would have been better of doing that because my blocks are a tiny bit wonky from all that cutting and piecing.

I think Bobbi's going to have a pretty nice quilt and I'll be eager to see it.


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Word Salad Update #1

Surprising myself, I'm staying up to date on the Project 48 blocks. Block Five was shared today and I didn't waste any time getting it done.

So far, so good.

You may recall that this quilt is to be called Word Salad and that this has nothing to do with She Who Has Endorsed He Who Must Not Be Mentioned.

By the time the 48 blocks are done, someone will have very recently been elected.

I'm aware that my blogging has trickled off these past few months, and I'm not sure why. I'm certainly sewing and busy doing other things, but I seldom get around to writing a post. I'm going to try to post more often.

I'm still involved with a Bee through the Guild. My blocks from 2015 have been assembled, sandwiched, quilted, and have a destination. The fabric for the binding has been cut and will be machined on within the week and hand-stitched down in front of the television after that. My blocks for 2016 all have come in and now what I need to do is lay them all out and pick the lattice fabric. This task is daunting. I wish I could just get someone to do it for me! But I will do it, because I do love the blocks and want them to be a quilt.

Here's a picture of what I'm working on for this month's Queen Bee. Not the HST but the strips.