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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Adding a Little Color


Spring in the Atlantic Canadian Maritimes 
is often synonymous with 
relentless rain and lingering cold temperatures.
Even if the sun comes out, the winds are bitter cold. 

And June isn't getting off to a very good start.  
It can't last much longer!
Can it?

So, what do you do when it's windy, cold, 
and usually wet, day after day after day?

You work with the brightest, 
most colorful fabrics in your stash, of course!

Luckily, I had a fat quarter bundle 
of rich, brilliant Free Spirit Solids 
just screaming to be used, 
and a Preppy the Whale pattern calling my name!

I have been working with two colors at a time, 
and making four whales at a sitting.
This is only half of what I've accomplished so far.




I am chain piecing this project, 
and making a scrappy leader/ender quilt at the same time.  
I like to play the 'don't break the chain' game 
and see how long I can sew without starting over.

I'm also participating in Lori Kennedy's FMQ-a-long
over at The Inbox Jaunt.
I was fortunate to have a little box full of bonus HSTs 
leftover from another project to prep.
I need all the practice I can get!




This has been knee replacement week for The Ranger,
and I'm a little behind on my sewing,
so I guess I'd better 
get back to work!

Happy June!


31 comments:

Jeanna said...

Oh my goodness. Those fabrics are perfect for a Preppy the Whale project. Leader ender projects make for efficient sewing.

Carol S. said...

Knee replacement is such a big deal...hope The Ranger is recovering nicely. Those whales are so cute!

Tish Stemple said...

Nothing better than bright beautiful colors to help warm your days up. Your whales are looking great. Hope for a speedy recovery for the Ranger. I hear physical therapy is key.

hetty said...

Relentless rains here too. I love your whale project. Lovely colours! Wishing the Ranger a speedy recovery.

Sondra said...

Wish our spring would stay cooler...it has been muggy and hot but we have been having thunder storms almost daily...and that helps bring in some cooler air. When I had my upholstery shop we used to sew our cord strips in long chains...maybe 30 yds long in the end! It could become quite a tangle if it fell on the floor! Enjoy your project, looks great so far.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

I love your bright and colourful whales Karen, they look such fun. You are so organised with your leader and Enders projects, I keep meaning to start one bot I still haven't sorted my mountain of irregular shaped scraps yet. Glad to hear Ranger Ron is recovering, it will be well worth it in the end.

Karen said...

Love how cute and happy those whales are :)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Your bright and colorful whales are great! I hope The Ranger is getting along well, speedy healing! Wishing you warm breezes and sunshine for a change of pace, at least so that walking outside can be added to the rehab regimen. Hugs~

Louise said...

Preppy is so cute! And I love those bright colors in rainbow order :) I'm glad you have some nice, varied projects to work on when you have time. I'm sure you're doing more other stuff than normal, to help with The Ranger's recovery. I hope that's going well and he's back to Irish dancing and pogo stick practice as soon as possible! (Those ARE his knee exercises, right? :)

Abby and Stephanie said...

Such Happy Whales! A fun and colorful project. Hope the Ranger is "dancing in the streets" soon. He's sure had a time of it lately. Hope there is a wind of change very soon for the weather and the Ranger.

Needled Mom said...

You are definitely making the best of the weather. I LOVE those little colorful whales.

Looking forward to seeing what becomes of the HSTs.

Good luck to the Ranger with the knee replacement.

Lin said...

Your whales are lovely - those colours work really well. Haha, yes, the more pieceing I can do without cutting the thread the more satisfaction! Little things. Best wishes to The Ranger, hope he is back out ranging again soon. xx

FlourishingPalms said...

Love seeing the brightness you've been working on! Those whales are precious. And your Don't Break the Chain game is one that I occasionally play too. It's fun to see the leader/enders accumulate, though I do think they slow down progress on the main focus project. Sorry that you've been having icky weather and needing to play nursemaid too. Didn't Ranger have surgery last year too?! Please, please send rain south. We are in drought conditions in Central Florida. As of June 1, there's once-a-week rationing of water for yard irrigation.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

They are happy whales , they made me smile

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh the whales are just glorious - that should brighten up those chilly days for sure!!!! I hope The Ranger is feeling better, a knee replacement is no fun....I remember when my aunt had hers done...

Sheila said...

Those whales are just adorable, their bright colours make me smile . Hope the Ranger is doing well and the weather will eventually improve , it always does 😉

JanineMarie said...

These whales are delightful--perfect for sewing when the weather's cold and dark! What a trick to see how long you can chain piece. I have to confess that I can get terribly confused when I chain piece. That design wall is intriguing. What is it made of? I hope the knee surgery went well and that recovery is smooth and quick!

Sandi said...

Your whales are so happy and colourful! What a fun piece this will be.

Lesley said...

Your whales are too cute, and I bet they are a little addictive too! All the best to the Ranger and hopes for a quick recovery!

Createology said...

Healing Energy for the Ranger. I love how you are sewing bright fun whales in your cold and damp Spring. I am a huge fan of August because it is sincerely a nice warm month of Sunshine Bliss. <3

Sandra Walker said...

LOVE your whales Karen! Yeah, that big ol' ocean sure plays a major role in Spring weather methinks...kind of like my Lake Erie, but yours is to rather a vast-er degree. Love the bright colours and how do you like the Free Spirit solids? I love chain piecing and getting a second project 'for free'. :-)

desertskyquilts said...

Those bright fabrics are making wonderful projects. Every time I see that whale pattern, it makes me smile.

Preeti said...

I am a big believer in bright colors, whatever the season :-D I am so glad you posted, because it had been a while.Thrilled that you are back with a bang and a school of Preppy whales. Sending healing vibes and best wishes for The Ranger.

Chookyblue...... said...

oh how funny........I had tagged this post to come back and comment on the whales...........and one of the girls who was here on the weekend turned up to make her whale quilt.........well done they look great......I'll post some pics tomorrow hopefully.....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Loving all the colorful whales.

Judy said...

What an awesome, vibrant quilt!! I love how those colors just resonate together-a great way to deal with cloudy, rainy weather :-) Here's hoping for a speedy recovery from the knee surgery!

Maybe you'll be getting some sunshine and warmer weather soon,
Judy

O'faigh said...

Love the brights colourway for the whales, Best Wishes for the Ranger in his recovery.

Jo Ferguson said...

What a brilliant quilt. Loving the colours.

Nann said...

What cheerful cetaceans!
When we went to Grand Manan we learned about whales but the day we went whale-watching turned out to be their day off.

Linda said...

What glorious colour! I really need to get my act together and work on Preppy too.

Sandra :) said...

Preppy is coming along well - you'll be done those blocks before you know it! I just love the colours :)