Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's all about contrast!

Yes, it is all about contrast. No matter what you sew contrast makes or breaks your work.

We are so very lucky to be quilters in this day and age. I feel as if I am riding the big surf wave and winning!!!!
I am so grateful to designers like Bonnie Hunter ( for education about letting loose. I am no longer a matchy/matchy gal. Gotta have that contrast!!!! Thanks Bonnie!

I could not resist trying my hand at the pineapple block Bonnie has posted about for a few months now. I have been saving all my little triangles just for this project. As you can see I love browns and it shows in my use of color with this paper-pieced project.
Contrast...contrast...contrast.... Bingo-Bonnie ( is a great teacher too. She gently helps us learn about contrast through her swaps.
This is my batch that will be mailed off to her as soon as I get permission to do twenty sets instead of ten sets. I am a mega swapper!!!!!!!!

Now..on the home front...the chipmunks are really storing food away for the coming winter season. This one raids the bird feeder daily much to Baby (on the left) and Bess's dismay. The chipmunk KNOWS that they cannot get to the feeder and I swear the eye contact just drives Baby up the window in a total attack mode!!! Unfortunately for my blinds as Baby weighs 22 lbs.

I love Bess's expression...

I cannot get enough of this method of quilting. Kudos again to Bonnie Hunter for showing us how to do the Freehand Baptist Fans without any marking. It just flows around the quilt.

And the back looks just as good as the front. I am using a deep rust YLI quilting thread.
MaggieMae tries to help me with the sewing...lots of help.
Her fur is coming in so nice. And she likes being brushed now since there are no more tangles.


Quilt Hollow said...

Those pineapple blocks are very pretty and yes...all about contrast I think you've nailed it!

Elaine Adair said...

Oh wonderful - another beauty in the making, and beautiful values. I'm gonna love this one also.

Last week at our local quilt gathering, my friend brought in a Crabapple quilt, almost as lovely as yours. What fun!

julieQ said...

Oh, how pretty! Where did you get the pineapple pattern...and I love the squirrel...and I love the four patches!!!

SubeeSews said...

The pattern came from Blockbase a computer pattern program. Bonnie's are 5" so that is what I made mine too!

Quilter Kathy said...

Your quilting looks fabulous...I'm dying to try's on my to-do list for sure!

Diane said...

love the pineapple blocks too! I need to try that one!

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Poor Bess looks totally disgusted with the situation and like she would really like you to get out there and run that chipmunk off. Isn't that why a cat has take care of the things they can't. :-)

I've always thought it would be fun to make a pineapple quilt. I doubt I'll live long enough to make all the quilts I'd like to. I'd certainly have to sew faster than I do now.

bingo~bonnie said...

ooough la la - those pineapple paper pieced blocks look fantastic Sue! Your the first blog I've visited today and am already drooling! LOL

Your 4 patches are also pretty drool worthy too ;) and yes you have permission to go ahead and send them in... I'm headed to the board now to up the anny for the maximum number of sets to be 20

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Helen in the UK said...

LOVE that quilting! The 4patches look yummy too :)

Rose Marie said...

Love those pineapple blocks and that is a great way to use up triangles!

I wondered how long your cat's fur would take to grow back in...thanks for the update.

Your hand quilting is great!

John'aLee said...

Your quilting is beautiful! I agree...contrast is everything. Understanding value and scale too. Something hard to learn..but once you've got've got it.
Great blog!

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Bonnie K Hunter said...

Lots of good things going on at your blog Subee! I love the brown pineapples! and your fan quilting is coming along so nice, just look at that texture...LOVE IT!

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Bren said...

I love your Pineapples. Brown is my favorite too...I try to put it in every one of my quilts if possible.
Free hand Baptist Fans? I need to check that out!!!! Your quilting i beautiful.
Love that Baby!!!