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Pink, Cheddar Status and Paint

photo-6I’m doing some last minute fixing on my Carpenter Wheel quilt then I think I’m about ready to finish applying the borders. Maybe this next week we can move my machine into the other room so I can start sewing?! In the meantime I’m working on keeping other stuff moving (it’s so great to be doing stuff) and then suddenly I got hit upside my spirit and pink 30’s HST’s had to be made. Don’t know why. Just did. So here they are and by gosh they’re happy. Probably I’ll make more. HST’s make me high.

Also in the news, Inklingo has a new star. called the Inklingo Star 9 inch and it uses the Kite shape plus it makes an additional 18″ block that’s really cool. Just thought you should know.

Watercolor Life

I’m going to share just a little bit here. Watercolor painting is fast becoming a fixture in my life but not so much that I don’t have a life. It’s so many things I can’t begin to tell you but I can share. I considered making a second blog but (1) I don’t have much to share of interest yet and (2) it’s too much work. I’ll just slide the watercolors in after the other stuff.


Paintings from Workshop. The image detail comes to life if you click for close up but you get the idea. No one was finished here and we’re all working on filling out our palm trees.

I’ve been painting, learning, playing and practicing.

As a matter of fact I feel I’ve practiced enough I can go back to finishing my palm trees and make the final touches on my own Workshop painting.

This was what I brought home:


and this is what I added just to my trees recently:


Here I’m filling in the trees a bit.

I know it’s hard to see but if you click or if you step back you can see a little bit of glow added to the trunk of the first palm tree and a few thin, wispy fronds. Also, …work with me here a bit…my trees make a sort of V shape in height. Just at the bottom of the V can you see where I made one of my tree’s look like a sort of tarantula. Not everyone can see it but I can. Honestly I saw that and I totally cracked up. I love it. “It’s a painting, not a picture” and maybe some palm trees are tarantulaish!

Until later,  *kdlee.

The Product of Showing Up!


I’ve been waiting for some good picture making time to share progress on my Kaffe crosses quilt but it’s not happening. I lowered my expectations and added the sashing for photographic interest which is fine but the photo is a drag. Sorry.  Anyway, I need 25 blocks. 13 finished – maybe a little less since a couple I’m probably going to exclude. This is from his Quilts in Sweden book.

stuffWhat you see here is the product of “showing up” every day. Not really forcing it but definitely going thru the motions. Fake it ’till you make it? I dunno know. I think I’m just generating my own vibe. The colorful Kaffe fabrics lift the mood (joy) and this is wall, this wall is gifty.

Thanks for the visit.


Cheddar Bow Ties!


Hot dang! Bonnie put out the call to link up with our Cheddar Bow ties here. (stop by to see all the cheddar people) That’s a nice bloggy place to start the day!!! It’s something well on its way but I must admit I haven’t worked on these for a time. Still, here we go. Click/double click for a close up. I like the shirtings myself. The Cheddar Quilt that Bonnie, Lori and Randy stumbled upon at the Sisters,Oregon quilt show had some shirtings in it. That was one of my favorite aspects. Aside from the cheddar.

High steppin’ Quilty morning, *karendianne. who just thinks these blocks are stinkin’ cute!


Completely Honest Quilting Moment

6.5" border with 2" stop applied to side


You’re looking at my  border work on the left side (black stop border, blue big border) and what you see is the top/bottom waiting.  I’m ready to add the border there – or I was. Read on to see if you can understand the corner I painted myself into. To see the pattern click here. I read the directions so many times I can’t even tell you. I just read incorrectly. Should have applied the black stop border around the entire circumference of the quilt before I applied the 6.5″ blue border. I’m going to have to piece my way out of this for any number of reasons we won’t go into here. I do need to figure out how best to fix this.

Keep in mind, the area affected will be the top and bottom of the quilt. It will only be 6″ of blue border where you’ll see the workaround – an addt’l seamline shooting out the ends.  Imperfection for sure but I think I’m just going to have to live with it at this point.  So here’s what I’m going to do.

To deal with the fact that I don’t have a black stop border completely surrounding as directed, I believe my next step will be to sew additional 2″ pieces/bits of blue border fabric to the ends of my long, 2″ stop border that will be applied to the top and bottom. When I apply this strip I’ll get my stop border back and I’ll get myself out to the edge of the quilt. I’ll also get additional seamlines. That said,  I’ll be able to sew the 6.5″ blue border to the top and bottom and I’ll be finished.  Because you see, that’s all that’s left.  The top and bottom border.

If you have another piecing idea that could better resolve the problem feel free to share you ideas.

Such a bummer right here at the end. I love flaws in antique quilts but this one doesn’t qualify (first of all) and anyway right now this flaw doesn’t feel good – if I were completely honest.

I’m Dumped!

I’m the second of three Design Walls at LeeHaven and it’s FANTASTIC TO MEET YOU.  See me there below?  That’s me with the hand-pieced blocks and the bits of fabric tot eh left and the machine pieced blocks and the EQ design for a quilt in the workshop that needs frogging.  I’m the balanced, healthy and peaceful Design Wall.   I listen to classical and back room trippy tunes.  If I were my friend I’d dig me because I’m always in a state of play.  You see, all new things start with me and naturally that means I get a lot of attention.  I’m close to my person.  Because my person does lots of different things, new things, I get to see all the cool stuff.  Mostly things go well but recently they didn’t.

My person planned to make this flying geese block you see there but didn’t plan.  A planner that doesn’t plan her fabric.  That’s my person.  She doesn’t ever check to see if she has enough fabric for any ideas she has.  I don’t know why because she sure could save a lot of time if she would just think things thru.  That’s the only thing I’m going to let slip this go-around but I could tell stories!  Well, actually she has a tendency to throw half-made, frustrating blocks in the trash.  Oops.  Hope she doesn’t delete my voice.  Better apply Vegas Rules here.  You know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Inspired by Bloomin' Workshop - 16.5" block

Still, I can’t help this one.  The flying geese block you see on me was a bit of a problem. If you click on the picture you’ll see she had to “make do” with a different fabric. She didn’t plan. She didn’t check to see if she’d have enough of the blue to make this block. She just started sewing and piecing and realized at the end that she was 6.5″ short.  With a grumpy attitude, she went stash diving and made the block work.  This created some tension but she did it and now she’s happy.  So much so that she made a second block.   I didn’t get to wear the second block.  I do all the hard work then the blocks leave.  I loose my balance then.  It’s hard when I’m Dumped!  They go onto other Design Walls.  I do hear about it.  She thinks I don’t know about this but I do.  She’s not very good at hiding secrets from me.  When you’re kicked to the side of the curb, you find ways to see what’s going on around this place.  I have ways.  Still, I’m often Dumped.  I can’t decide how I feel about being dumped for So Used and that other Design Wall which I’m not talking to now – AT ALL.

My only condolence here is that I get to wear special pieces of fabric and ideas.

Regardless, I get over this penchant for dumping me and I find contentment in being the First Design Wall.  Balanced, Healthy and mostly Peaceful!