Seeing Colors — Thinking About my Next Quilt

I’ve been thinking about my next quilting project. I’ve pulled some fabrics and have ordered a few more pieces. Here’s where I’m starting…


This selection isn’t final. But it’s a basis for where I’m going. They’re all Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics. I have a big piece of that turquoise zig zag that I’ll use for the backing.

I’ve been playing around with ideas on a pattern. I was even, at one point, completely sold on using this gorgeous soft dahlia fabric as a sashing…


Even got so far as adding… MORE SPOTS!


But I’ve pretty much completely abandoned that idea because I don’t think it lets the fabrics play with each other the way I want them to and it’s just not the effect I was hoping for. And also because I’m a little tired of sashing right now. But I will use that pastel dahlia fabric in the future. It’s really gorgeous! I’m ruminating on some ideas for that fabric.

So my next KFC quilt will likely be sashing free. I’m pretty sure I’ve landed on a pattern. I’ll decide for sure once I get the fabric pieces I’ve ordered and see it all together.

I’m planning on getting a lot of progress made this weekend on the second aboriginal quilt that will look pretty much exactly like the one in this post. 

I had enough blocks left over for an entire quilt so I decided to make one for my nephew/godson for Christmas. The blocks are almost done. They just need the sashing and cornerstones applied to one side of each block and then they can go up on the design wall. I’d like to get this all sewn and the backing pieced before I start working on the new Kaffe Fassett Collective quilt. I should be able to get it done this weekend. I’m planning on taking next week off of work to get some rest and relaxation in before all hell breaks loose later in August. I’d like to be working on a new quilt next week and not finishing up this one.

I had my first salad with my garden tomatoes for dinner tonight. I really love the tomatoes in the summer.

mon3It’s a little difficult to grow tomatoes in Portland. I have much better luck with cherry varieties. I get a pretty good yield… definitely enough to keep my salads really tasty for a few months. But it’s tough to make a BLT with cherry tomatoes.

My plants don’t look terribly healthy. I hope I can keep them producing through August, at least. I’ve never had tomato plants turn yellow like this.


But look at all those little beauties ripening!

it’s been really hot here the last couple of days. It was over 100 today. I didn’t get a walk mid day because it was 90 degrees by 11 am. That’s just too hot to be out in the sun. The pavement can get hot enough to burn the dogs’ feet, so I try to curb our walking when it’s that bad. Luckily, I have central air so the house is comfy. I work with a lot of people who don’t have more than fans. It will be a tough few days for them. I actually had to go outside this afternoon to warm up because I got so cold sitting at my desk.

So the boys and I walked tonight after the sun went down. It was still hot, but much better than earlier in the day. We had to go out because they were driving me crazy! They had so little activity today that they were really rearing to go. We got about 3.5 miles in, which is what we typically do in the evening. Only saw two or three other people. We got home just as it got dark.


I’ve started carrying a mask in my pocket as I walk so I can put it on when I get onto the local trail. There tends to be more foot traffic on the trail and it’s harder to get good distance from other people. So I’m getting into the habit of popping my mask on when I get onto the trail.


This mask is made from the pattern found on this post. I’ve added a larger size pattern to this post as well. I’ve made a few masks for myself on the larger pattern because when it’s really hot or when I’m using one during more activity, I felt like the other one was just a little too snug. This one allows just a little more space and helps the mask stay in place as I’m moving around.

I just love that gecko fabric! Like I’ve said before, if you have to wear a mask, it should at least make you smile.




12 Replies to “Seeing Colors — Thinking About my Next Quilt”

  1. I live in the Australian tropics, and I find it hard to grow tomatoes too. Cherry toms are the most resilient. I get around the BLT problem by oven roasting them with olive oil and garlic, and using a spoonful of the roasted tomatoes instead of slices. Looking forward to seeing your next KFC extravaganza 🙂

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    1. I usually get around the BLT issue by having friends who have better luck growing tomatoes than I do! I’m anxious for my new fabric to arrive so I can finalize my fabric selection and get cutting!


  2. Yes! That soft Dahlia print is so pretty! That big leaves print would be a great backing too. Looking forward to seeing your next pattern. Your tomatoes look great! There’s just nothing to compare to a homegrown tomato. I have better luck with the cherry ones too. Your sunset pic with the boys is so cute 🙂 I have fallen in love with the kaleidoscope quilt pattern after seeing this one on “”. She had to pick her favorite quilt and this was it. She’s in the Seattle Modern quilt guild. So, I have started cutting from greens,blues,turquoise…

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    1. Hmmmm. I’m not having any luck finding the kaleidoscope quilt on that blog. Can you send a link to the specific post with that quilt? I’m familiar with a pattern called kaleidoscope, but after looking at her quilts,I’m guessing it’s not the same pattern. She has some really amazing stuff there! I’d really like to see the one you’re talking about.


      1. – I hope that works for you. I found it on pinterest and loved it so I just HAD to order a Kaleidoscope marti Michelle ruler to make my own. I love the secondary design the block makes with how you place lights or darks. Are you on pinterest? I am Pam Dempsey and my first 3 boards are Chattanooga, just a little Kiss and Awesome so you know which Pam Dempsey. 🙂

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      2. this is the other one of hers I love -

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  3. Can’t wait to see what the new pattern will be for those glorious Kaffe fabrics! I’m using the a Yellow Brick Road pattern with low value neutrals to make a background for my Dresden Plate block collection. I want this piece to be very freeform. It’s good to be working on something other than Kaffe and Australian fabrics. Love that sunset photo!

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    1. Your quilt sounds interesting. I’ve never made Dresden plates. My pattern for these fabrics will show off the big prints in some of the fabrics and will let the colors pop!


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