Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Inspiration on a Snow Day: Thank You, Nicole!

Oh, how splendid it was to receive that phone call last evening!  Yes, the one that confirmed that today is, indeed, a Snow Day!  Our first of the year!  And ever-optimistic Polly is predicting another tomorrow! It was lovely to sleep in until 8:18 instead of 6:15, and I've been a bit of a sloth all morning!  I did get my current project finished, the one involving these darling fabrics. But I can't show it for another week and a half. It is probably the most intricate and detailed baby quilt I've ever made and I had such a good time with it.  Tried something I've never done before, and it worked out just fine!  Do stay tuned!

I was trolling the blogs this morning and wandered over to Nicole's to see what she was up to and oh, my, was I glad I did.  Go take a look.  I've seen a few quilts on the blogs lately that have groups of four baskets arranged base-in, and I kind of thought I'd like to try this sometime.  Nicole's are delightful.  And got me to thinking about the Rouenneries FQs that I have been fondling for a few months and how baskets seem to be the default block for me (when I'm not making Louisiana or Churn Dash).  I'd pretty much decided on another use for the Rouenneries.  But the fabrics I needed for the borders did not materialize (pun intended) at Christmas and I began to wonder if perhaps that was a message from St. Quilta that I was heading in the wrong direction.

What if I started making 9" baskets out of these FQs?  And putting them in groups of four?  Wouldn't that be fun?  And then once I had the baskets pretty well along, I could decide what additional Rouenneries I'd need for borders and use the Hancocks gift certificates from my recent birfday to finish a top?  Wouldn't that be nifty?  

And wouldn't that be a marvelous use for a Snow Day (or two)?


8 comments:

Nicole said...

Now that is a brilliant use of Rouenneries! Gorgeous! I don't think I will ever get tired of that fabric collection

Pat said...

Sewing room is straightened & vacuumed; fabric for specific projects reorganized into boxes; will clean & oil Bernie shortly (thanks for the suggestion, Nance); trying to focus on selection of projects(s) for upcoming retreat; loving the revisit of your Rouenneries and their stately colors; ever so happy SIL made it home OK from his overnight shift at UofP Hosp. Time for some soup.

I hope Polly is correct -- Nancy, you've got far to much to do to have it spoiled by a silly think like work.

G'G'ma said...

Happy for you that your snow dance worked. Have a good time playing with your fabric.

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

I think the snow dance was to successful. Down here in Virginia we are ready for crocus and snowdrops

Lurline said...

Snow Days - now that sounds just so good - sounds like you have so much planned so off you go and get going, LOL! We need show and tell soon!
Hugs - Lurline♥

altar ego said...

I have no clue what rouenneries are, but that doesn't interfere with my total appreciation of this quilt and others I saw as I linked to all your links! Between you and Kim I am going to have to commit robbery to support a return to my quilting habit. How dare thee!!?!! LOL. Well, okay, my Mama raised me better than that so I will continue to live vicariously through you (which I do, daily!). Enjoy your snow day, the sequel!

AnnieO said...

Those will make gorgeous baskets. I have recently been scouring the internet for basket blocks as I want to propose to an online group I belong to that we make those for our anniversary block swap. I saw the Rouenneries line in a fabric shop today and it is even more beautiful in person than in pictures. Have fun playing on your snow day!

P.S. Who is Polly?

Tanya said...

Yeah! Welcome in the snow days! You and me both! And I don't have kids at home and I don't even really get an extra free day! Just a day where I know I don't have to do anything but sew. Can't hang out laundry, can't go shopping. Can't do much of anything but sew!