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Jul 18, 2011

Old Log Cabin - Happiness

Still not finished but much happier.  My good friend, Gene, the very talented artist, and my other wonderful blogging friends, Cindy Merilyn, Andrea, Betsy, Karen Margie, Gari, Sandra & Winona gave me some wonderful ideas about depth, foreground and background, which I'm never sure of, so thank you my friends.

 Several suggested that I put something above the grass line..... notice that I chose a fabric different from the two I auditioned the other day..... found it in my stash.... can you believe that.... ha!  Anyway, I went with a small floral fabric which definitely brought out the bushes behind the house.  Loved it.  Then I noticed that I had a lot of sky..... what to do, what to do...... ah..... mountains...... need to find so fabric for that.....
Digging around in that stash bin again, I ran across three fabrics from dark to light that I bought would work well..... once I cut and pasted those in, I needed something to add interest to them..... what now???? Ah, yes..... snow capped mountains.
The pathway is another problem. It is just too plain and the fence gate....... I'm just not sure about it.
To dress up the pathway, I trimmed it down and found some rock type fabric from my stash.

At this point, I'm toying with the rustic wooden fence that has seen its better days.  And I need to finish off the top of this block with a lighter fabric.

I found a great pinkish batik fabric that I loved on the spot and added it to the top of the mountains.  I decided not to use the gate and went with the skewed fence posts.
Next, I found some netting to add as a cloud line to soften the skyline from the bottom of the mountains.... Love it!
This is going to be the middle block or possibly the center of a quilt of indeterminate size..... LOL, you know how that is, right?
Now, for that stash talk and bustin'...... we, most of us know, have more that enough fabric for one person.... and I for one, have way too much but I always feel that I need more.  This year, 2011, I decided not to buy yardage for a change..... I tend to get carried away, over do, lose control, words escape me but you know what I mean. I've vowed to used as much of my stash as possible in all my projects including any backing, by piecing them from larger scraps.
I have to say that I'm a happy camper by doing it this way. When I do go shopping with my "wacky" buddies, I usually buy fat quarters, which is more than enough for the things I'm doing these days.  With me budgeting this way, I'll be able to sink my savings into my second passion.... embroidery designs..... OMG, there are so many out there, it makes my head spin just thinking about it.
Take a breath, calm down, relax..... that's what I say to myself when surfing the Net for designs...... does it work????  What do you think
P.S.  shhhh When Nature Calls (WNC) Block #1 is just around the corner (July 28th) so get ready for the fun.


Mrs A said...

i love this design, its lovely, although the mountains look like they are floating above the blue sky, would lowering them help ? just ignore me if you love it the way it is!

Fiesta said...

Rhonda, this design is truly coming along. I admire your talent to create your own designs. Did you actually have fence fabric or did you make the fence?

Barb said...

You are doing a splendid job....I love all the fabrics you are using.

JustCindy said...

You have done a wonderful job with block. You are very creative. I can't wait to see more.

Gari said...

You are traveling from quilting to embroidery. I went from machine embroidery to quilting. I still embroider but not as much as I used to. I think I figured out the other day that I have around 200,000 designs, most free. And I also figured I better get to using them again. ;-)

Doniene said...

Awesome!!!! I'm continually amazed at your artistic ability - you know me "Geometric Gem Girl"!!!!


Sandra :) said...

Rhonda you're the design WHISPERER! Each touch you add just takes the block to a new level of lovely - who knew that tiny little bits of fabric could sing so much?!

Merilyn said...

Your little scenic cottage block has turned out so beautifully!!! You have a good eye, I love all the additions!!! Very nicely done!!!!

Winona said...

I am loving your little cabin. Wow! It has been fun watching you create. I have a love for embroidery too. To think, I used to only do counted cross stitch, then moved to quilting, now I am also doing embroidery. Just give me a needle, some fabric, and some floss or thread and I am happy!

Joanne Lendaro said...

WOW!! This is amazing!! You planning on teaching landscape quilting??


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