4/18/13

Spring Green

Today I made my little green girls for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

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It takes quite a while to piece these together.  The faces and hair take the longest.  With the dresses being paper-pieced together, they come out the reverse of what you think they will.  That means the challenge is to get the right sleeves and skin tones matched up from top to bottom.  Today I strategized by making the top portion first, and then paper-piecing the dresses together.  From there I made the sleeves and the legs, and it all went together without me having to strain my brain too much.  Believe me, my brain can't take much.


There's almost not enough contrast between the skin tone for the little lady on the right and the background.  I'll remember that in future blocks, but I'm leaving this one as is.  It takes about two hours to make one of these.

And here are all my little ladies so far.


That was this afternoon's sewing.  This morning, I finished up the largest of the two stitcheries I've been working on for the Gardener's Journal quilt.  I'm really glad to be finished with this one.  Lots of stitches.


I had just enough brown floss left from doing the fence to stitch the dog's bone for the little dog house stitchery.  This one is small, and so I should be able to finish it in a couple of sittings.


I'll be linking this post to Slow Sunday Stitching.



Also this morning, I turned the second corner on the binding for the Plain and Simple quilt.  I'm hoping to finish it by this weekend so that I can take a picture of it while Mike is here to help me hold it up.  And wouldn't it be great if we got some sunshine so that we could do it outside and avoid rearranging the furniture to make room for a picture?  That would be something.  It is supposed to warm up next week, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Tomorrow morning I'm walking with my friend Sue.  There's a very good chance we'll walk in the rain.  I was supposed to go to Curves this morning, but my knees have been bothering me all week.  I decided to take a break especially given that I'll be doing a lot of walking tomorrow.  It's a very good excuse, don't you think?  Tomorrow afternoon I'm going to make a block for the Block Lotto.  I'm trying not to put it off until the last minute as I usually do.

So that's my Thursday.  Time to get going on dinner.  The power went out twice today...just for a second or so...just enough so that all the clocks in the house are messed up now.  So annoying.

How was your day today?

22 comments from clever and witty friends:

Diane Wild said...

Shoveling snow today. Five inches so far. Sloppy slush under it all so very heavy. Your little ladies are very cute. And I really like the Gardener's Journal stitching. Will I have a garden to journal about this year?

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Thursday: start at 530 am. Continue until 5 pm. Resume at 8 pm and hope to finish by midnight. Long Thursday preceding a busy Friday but all at home tomorrow !~! Babies, driving lessons, toddlers, school kids... it's all there for me today and tomorrow.

Kate said...

Long day today, but off work tomorrow! I get to sew all day with no interruptions!

Love your fashion forward ladies!

Brown Family said...

You did have a lot of stitches in that one. Love the little ladies.

Nan

Celtic Thistle said...

Your ladies are so sweet! Hope you don't get rained on too much on your walk.

Rosa said...

The little ladies are lovely!

LynCC said...

Hey! The stitchery looks great all finished. :D And the ladies are so happy-looking. The pale gal is fine!

Needled Mom said...

The stitchery is so pretty and the color challenge girls are great!

I hope the rain lets up for you soon.

LethargicLass said...

I'm pretty much as pale as the low contrast girl so you can pretend she is me LOL

Mrs.Pickles said...

oh my those are the cutest thing I have seen in a while!! lovely work

Nita said...

Makes sense that the disappearing lady is a redhead...they often have such fair skin.

Teresa in Music City said...

Love your little girls!!! The greens sparkle with the others. I hate it when the clocks get messed up!

Lynne said...

I'm reading this on Saturday night here so Thursday seems like eons ago! That was the day the removalists took away my DD's goods and chattels to their new home far away. :-( But I digress, the girls look so cute all in a row,. You could always add some backstitching along her legs if you think she blends into the background too much!

Junebug613 said...

Oh, I like the green! Some people are much fairer skinned than others! LOL I'm sure it's easier to see her in person than on the camera. Wow, that was a lot of stitching on the block. I can't wait to see the doggy block finished! We have been told it was going to rain here all week, but we only got a very sparse sprinkle for about 5 minutes one day. Today looks like it might finally give us some needed precipitation. I hope your Friday was good. Yes, clock setting is annoying.

Sheila said...

Your ladies are so sweet!!

quiltzyx said...

All of your rainbow ladies look fun together. :D

Hope you have sunny weather for the quilt portrait!

Edith said...

Your little ladies are so cute, I believe they take a while to make, I'm having the same issue with my hearts, it's a brain stretcher.

Denise :) said...

Your gals are looking good!! And as always, your stitchery is fun and looks terrific, too. I was perusing the patterns on Crabapple Hill's site and came across one -- their "A Gardener's Alphabet Block of the Month" -- that I'd love to do! Have you ever seen that one? :)

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness Barbara I LOVE your rainbow girls! What a great project! I love seeing the skin and hair colour fabrics you picked, and all the socks and dresses you sewed...adorable!
Congrats on finishing your stitchery block...it looks fab!

Lyndsey said...

I love your ladies, they are coming along very nicely. The stitchery is great.

katie z. said...

Two hours? Wow! I don't think I would want to spend that long on one block, so good work!

Deb A said...

They are such cute blocks! I just love the rainbow of ladies you have built.