Sunday, November 28, 2010

Three Done

I finished my third Roseville Album block. Well, almost. I have circles on the ends of the handles in the second one to do, but I spent a whole day looking for the right fabric, even making a trip to the quilt store down the street, but nothing hit me. I'll have to move on and get back to it later.









I'm not sure about the big blooms on this one, either. I may have to change them later.






Now on to Block 4. Rufus was studying the pattern today, trying to help me with fabric selection.




We have some new ones to pick from after my trip to Shipshewana last weekend. I didn't know there were that many fabrics I didn't have!






I also bought Remembering Adelia, my first Kathleen Tracy book, for a challenge on the smallquilttalk board on Yahoo, and stocked up on .005 Micron pens, a staple for me. I have a friend that said every time she sees one she thinks of me. I picked up the large set of Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles, too. I don't usually work on anything that large, but some of the circles on Roseville were a bit too large for the smaller set.



I put a poll up on my sidebar. Do you wash your fabrics first or not? I'm curious because I have to for a swap and I don't. I realize this is like Bernina v. Viking as far as do or don't, but I'm wondering what the percentages are. So don't forget to vote!

21 comments:

Karen said...

You have used some very interesting fabrics. One of the pinks looks like it has bugs on it.

Kate said...

Your Roseville Album blocks are looking great Lisa! Love the vase with the octopus arms.

Quilt Station said...

Hi Lisa, ...hey, we're becoming a bit telepathic, I just got back from Threadbear with the larger circles, I decided my Ohio Star needs a bigger circle.
Your Roseville is looking great, I spied some fave fabrics in there including 5 smithsonians I think.
Cute cat too.
Til soon, Cheers M

Sue said...

Love the fabrics you have chosen for your Roseville.
All Kathleen Tracys books are really good- I have all of them, so many good projects to chose in any one of them .
If only our pets could tell us what they are thinking.

Cheryl said...

Your blocks are exquisite! The colors are so vibrant that they make me smile and oh and ah!

cynthia collier said...

I love seeing your blocks in the reproduction prints. I wouldn't change a thing!

Lori said...

Your blocks are wonderful!! I'm in awe every time I see the quilt blocks!!
Rufus is beautiful!!

Emma said...

I love those! They're gorgeous! I'm not usually one to do someone else's quilt designs, but your blocks make me want to do that design in my typically crazy bright colored fabrics.

Julie said...

Hi Lisa,
I took a week long workshop with Bill Kerr from Funquilts. He's a long time designer, etc. in the fabric field. He talked to us about the chemicals and other conditions fabrics are kept under in warehouses (NOT clean places) and always washes his fabrics before touching. Some of the stuff our fabric sees before we get it just all that safe for us to be exposed to. I now wash everything, especially before I expose my stash to YUCKY things. Just my 2 cents.

Nancy said...

Great progress on your blocks. They look wonderful. I'm sure input from Rufus is priceless! You couldn't do it without the cat, right?

Sheila said...

Hi Lisa,
Love your Roseville blocks. They look great. Rufus looks like a huge help. Plus, he can read upside down!

Mary said...

Beautiful blocks, Lisa! I voted but should probably have said it depends. I just bought a really big stack of fabric and there's one, a homespun, that I'll prewash but normally I don't. I wait till after I finish the quilt completely and then toss it in the washer. Even with intricate applique and red fabrics, I've never had a problem. I know there are chemicals but some of them seem to help keep the fabric stable while I work with it. So I guess I'm with you on this even though it looks like more do than not.

Una said...

Your blocks are absolutely wonderful!

Hilda said...

Hi Lisa,
Great blocks - must've kept you very busy! The fabrics look wonderful together.
I tried to vote but the button won't connect for me....anyway - "it depends" is my answer. I sometimes wash strong colours (particularly reds) especially if they are going on a light background. But usually not, and have never had a run.
Rufus looks like a very wise fellow - or maybe he's just intent on reading upside down!

Janet said...

Your blocks are gorgeous.
I voted depends. If it is a stripe or design that I do not wanted distorted or homespun that I want the sizing left in it,I do not wash, otherwise all my fabrics are washed.
Would love to have Rufus on my lap right now.
Janet

Beth said...

Lisa, your Roseville blocks are awesome! I LOVE all the colors in these blocks :-)

Beth

taylorsoutback said...

Fascinating choices of fabric - your blocks are wonderful!

liz said...

I love your version of The Roseville Album. Seeing only Kaffe fabrics being used is very limiting especially since there are so many fantastic fabrics available to us these days. Good for you for bucking the trend.

Joan said...

You are doing a great job with your Rosevilles. You said you were fast, but I didn't know you were that fast! Maybe could do a Baltimore BOM if you wanted to...

Taryn said...

The Roseville blocks are gorgeous. I will do the poll but I am a devout pre-washer. I am loving your cat and trying to convince the hubby that I totally need one myself.

Miriam said...

Looove your RA blocks!! The urn in the 2nd block is amazing!!
Rufus looks like he is making some wise decisions!
Great new fabrics.
I love using the Micron pens too.
Those circles look like a great idea!