Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Summer Projects

Last week I painted my living room. When I moved into this house 9 years ago, all the walls were white. The living-dining room is now a light camel. The hall and entry way are terracota. The dining room used to have the table pushed up against the wall and we used it for a computer table for the kids. The computer is now on a desk upstairs, and I got my dining room back. The quilt, of course, was made by moi, and the black and white photos were taken by my daughter. Those are my smaller Madonna quilts in the hall. I was planning to paint these chairs black, but I'm sort of sick of painting right now.
Curtains are next. I have the fabric, I just have to sit down and sew them. Not as fun as quilting.

I'm planning my next 12x12x12 quilt, following my bird theme and being inspired by Finn's recent posts about using orphan blocks. My take on orphans is a bit different. I found this one block, which is an orphan because having made one (wonky) hand-pieced pickle dish block, I never wanted to make another. But I recently retrieved it from the bottom of the drawer...
...and paired it with these drawings, which are inspired from some Mexican ceramics. I'm off on my next bird quilt. Let's see what develops...

10 comments:

Sequana said...

This is a beautiful room now! You know, I bet you could spray paint the chair legs outside and have it finished in no time. Black against the black of the quilt would look really classy.

Beautiful quilt, too.

Scrapmaker said...

Your room looks great,love the quilt and photographs with your new colors. Isn't it funny how we put off the sewing projects that aren't quilts? I'm right there with you.
I second the spray paint idea. I have done it and it works well. Jen

Debra Spincic said...

Well I see you have come up for air! Lovely looking dining room and very inviting! Great wall space for your quilt too!

Deb Geyer said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the bird quilt!!

Allison Ann Aller said...

That pickle block is astounding! I am so glad you resurrected it..and the addition of your current thinking and work will make it extra special...

p.s. I happen to loathe painting myself, which is why my walls have all been white for 15 years...

Rian said...

Great colors! Two thumbs up. And that's a gorgeous quilt you made. I hate to paint too.

Granny Fran said...

The idea of using orphans as the base for a 12 x 12 is great! I love that camel and terra cotta color scheme. Painting is horrible job, but it looks so great once you're finished. Black chairs would look good with that lovely quilt and the photos.

Susan said...

Love the colors you chose, and the quilt looks just fantabulous against that color wall! I can hardly wait to see what you do on the 12 x 12.

Jane Ann said...

Your new look is wonderful--as is your quilt. I vote for the black chairs too.

Vicky aka stichr said...

My soultion to painting was to have my girls do it...We went for orange and ...well I call it a sand color, tho it has more yellow in it. I love your terracotta color too.