Friday, March 23, 2018

Progress on canal houses....nearing the end.

I need to get a good photo of this quilt. Light comes into my room from the left and that distorts the color. Also I could not get it up on the design wall straight nor get a straight non distorted photo. So the colors are off and the buildings look crooked. It looks a lot better in person. I still need to decide about the railing and the trees.

I added the sidewalk and stairs and it looks good. I did not add a lot of details because these areas would be in shadow. I took it apart and am starting to sew the buildings down from the right to the left. I am checking one last time that they are straight up and down. I know that canal houses are crooked, but in my original photo they do not look that crooked. From that perspective they did not look that crooked. Plus having them a little crooked will just make it look a little off like it was a mistake on my part. Other views of canal houses really show their crookedness so maybe that will be for a future quilt. It will be great to get the houses sewn down. The parts have be flapping around and sometimes fall off when it gets moved from the table to the wall. I spent 10 minutes yesterday looking for a piece that fell off. That was a big hint to clean up the room. 

Of course now I have to come up with a title. So far I am thinking about "When the dark night seems endless."

I have nixed the title my husband came up with for my red and white house quilt. He wanted "Houses of the Holy."  I am thinking about "Ain't that America." 

Linking to Nina-Marie.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rethinking the canal houses

I've decided to add the stairs and sidewalk to the bottom of the canal house quilt. Here is the new "cartoon" with the additions. I think this is better at giving the perspective of looking down the street. What do you think?

So I am not done yet!

Tomorrow we head to NJ to march in the NYC parade for St Patrick's day on Saturday. Many of you that have followed my blog for years know that my husband is a bagpiper. I just hope that it's not too cold on Saturday. At least there's no snow in the forecast.

Linking to Nina-Marie a day early.....

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Whew that was a lot of work

Still some tweaking to do, but it is nearly done. I see some pieces that have slipped out of place. Also I am rethinking about the railing since I don't think I need it. Plus the original sketch had bare tree branches in it. I think I want to include them. See sketch below.
What do you think?
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