Monday, March 26, 2007

A Yellow Jewel and Scrap Cutting

I thought I would share a picture of this magnificent forsythia that I pass each day on the way to work. Not that I can see it in the dark on the way to work when it's dark, but I definitely can see it at the other end of the day. It's hard to get an idea of the scale in this picture, but I think you could probably hide a school bus behind it with maybe just the top sticking out a bit. I think they must have planted a ring of them and let it go from there.


A few years ago our town fathers had these Bradford pear trees planted in a row down this street. They are really beautiful when they are in bloom in early spring. In between the trees they installed old fashioned street lights, and it's a beautiful drive down the road after dark. I didn't think I could manage the picture in the dark, so here it is in daylight.

So there you have it: scenic southern Indiana in the spring.

Yesterday after finishing the four patch, I took these squares out again. Remember these? Last fall I began working on them, only to get sidetracked by the log cabin, the Christmas things, the mystery quilt, and the four patch. I was going to work on the layout and see if maybe I had enough to declare it finished. When I got it up on the wall though it seemed such a shame to call it quits on this when I have boxes and bags full of scraps and leftovers that are just aching to see the light of day in a quilt.

So, I started going through my bags of crumbs--bits that are just too small to put back in my boxes of fat quarters and yardage. I cut enough for twenty or so new blocks. (They are only 4-1/2 square.) Then, this afternoon after running all the errands, I started going through the boxes with the larger pieces in them. I cut even more.

But, you know what? I found myself actually putting fabric BACK into the boxes. Some little voice, somewhere in my head was telling me, "This is okay, but not this, or this." It suddenly occurred to me, WHY in the world would I not use these scraps in a scrap quilt? What in the world am I saving them for?

So, I went BACK through the boxes and starting pulling out bits and pieces of fabric and I'll be cutting more tonight. Truthfully, I could make this quilt a California king-size and STILL have fabric left over.

13 comments:

Libby said...

When I first started quilting, I thought I would NEVER have enough fabric to make a true scrappy quilt. No one tells you that there is a point where the scraps begin to multiply on their own. Isn't it grand *s*

Helen said...

The pear trees are just beautiful. What a great sight for the eyes.

Molly said...

bawnatlea
I love forsythia! And those pear trees on the avenue---beautiful.....After I'd been quilting a while, I became a full blown fabric snob. If it wasn't 'quilt shop' quality it wasn't going in a quilt of mine! But I did find a use for the old, substandard stuff. When I teach quilting [an occasional thing] I have my students practice on my old junky stuff. Then they know what they're doing before they make that first tremulous cut into the 'good' stuff! Your scraps are lovely. I bow before you----so many quilts, AND you work full time! I'm going to slink off into a corner now and give myself the procrastination lecture---again.

gwen said...

Beautiful trees there, so charming. We have had a spell of warm weather over here as well and you can tell the air smells different. Congratulations on your finished 4 patch quilt. It looks lovely. About sorting out scraps I feel the same. It doesn´t only have to be scrappy, the fabrics have to have the same feeling like country, 30´s or so and I do put them back in my bag if they don´t!
Take care.

Belém said...

vsSpring began here too. Once I had house with a garden. I had a forsythia and it grew so much I had to cut its branches it every year. To see your photo made me remember happy days of my life

Ali Honey said...

Good for you girl! Cut up those scraps.
Your photos of the pear row and forsythia are so beautiful.I love long rows the same.

ruth said...

I love the pictures of the trees, just beautiful.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Love the trees - ah Spring! It's a favorite time of year for me.

Love your scrappy blocks and the layout is terrific!

meggie said...

Love those tree pics. I love Forsythia, we used to have one, & I love the way it flowers on the bare branches. Arent those pear trees just beautiful.
And I am with Molly- i will have to slink over to hear her procrastination lecture!
Love your scrap quilt blocks!

Pam said...

I really have become attached to the simple setting of the four patch quilts and I just love Darlene's method.

I love the scrap quilt. The more scraps the better. It is funny how we will pick through the scraps like that - I do it too.

lappemor said...

The treea are just beautiful! Your scrap quilt is wonderful, I like the pattern!

Carmen said...

Preciosas fotografías !!!

Shelina said...

On my drive in to work this morning, I was admiring all the flowering trees and the forsythia. Beautiful. I didn't have a camera, and it would be hard to drive and shoot at the same time anyway. I'm glad you got these gorgeous photographs.