Cleansing My Palate

After focusing on a larger project that isn’t at a particularly stimulating stage, I like to cleanse my quilting palate and reward myself with something fun and quick.

So, after finishing my Jewel Frames quilt top last night I decided to play with more of the fabrics left over from that quilt and make a couple of panels for another Frankenbag. I didn’t like the colors of the blocks that are still sitting in that project bin, so I dug out some pink fabric that’s left over from the pink, orange and purple Another Sixteen patch quilt I made a couple of months ago.

I cut some strips and squares and started sewing and cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing.

I started with a couple sixteen patch blocks.

Then I cut some pink squares and bordered them with black and then cut them into quarters and put them back together in a strip.

Then I tossed some pieces up on my design wall to see how it looked.

I still need to figure out what to do with that section at the lower left. I may do something similar to the vertical strip on the right. I want that section to be interesting because I like having the option to flip the orientation of the panel.

Here’s everything on my design wall as I called it quits tonight.

I won’t show you the mess on my cutting table!

I’ll probably finish these panels tomorrow night and see if I can get them quilted.

It rained most of the day today and the wind howled until later tonight. We finally got a break in the rain so I took the boys for a nice three-mile walk after dinner. It was actually nice and warm for January, but the wind was pretty crazy. I was paying attention to the trees as I walked in case one decided to fall on my head.

Bender and Rico were good boys considering how little activity they got today. They snoozed quietly most of the day as I worked. There’s something very relaxing about sleeping dogs in the room.

Peas in a pod.

21 Replies to “Cleansing My Palate”

  1. You are one bust woman! Love that your dogs love each other & rest together! They are the best! So well trained to be let off the leash & run! Awesome!

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  2. Hmmm, I think of a palate cleanser as something totally different. Your still quilting. You just can’t shut that brain down 😂. I take a hiatus instead of sewing/quilting. I knit or try to get my space re-organized. Great bag! The colors are pretty. I love the Magenta Cloisonné. Your creativity is never ending.

    Rico and Bender just know when to chill when you’re in the groove. Such good boys.

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    1. It’s a palate cleanser for me because finishing that quilt wasn’t much fun for me. it was like a job I HAD to do, not one I wanted to do. The bag is free form… no rules…where it goes will be a surprise to me. That’s the inspiration break I need after finishing that quilt top!

      Anne

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      1. I understand and see how that Frankenbag is a palate cleanser for you. I haven’t done any free-form quilting yet but it is one of the things on my list for this year.

        After all the “Jimmy quilts” I needed to do something different, quick and satisfying. So I did a set of placemats ( new for me) out of scraps. And tried a different binding technique. Now onto finishing up reorganization and then playing with fabric. I knit when I watch TV with my husband and Stella (my cat). Yes she watches, and changes the channel.

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  3. Always love your Frankenbag combos and these are no exception. Can’t wait to see your next bag! Sending hugs to those very good boys. I was always happiest sewing with a dog sleeping nearby. One day there’ll be another.

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  4. My Ginger mutt decided I can’t be left alone ever. And now Ruby the beagle has decided I need her company in my sewing room too. And then they decide to wrestle! I love the picture of your two dogs on their bed, they look expectant of a walk.

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    1. They’re always expectant of a walk!!!

      I love dogs that like to hang out in my sewing room, but I hate having them underfoot all the time! I constantly have to ask Bender to move so I can press, or move so I can get to the cutting table, or the design wall, or the machine. he’s always where I need to be! Rico stays out of the room except for occasional visits for a pat on the head.

      Anne

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      1. The weirdest thing just happened:  I read your reply to my comment about dogs and went to Pinterest to see if there was anything interesting and there was a quilt by you there. August 20, 2019. I read your artic

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  5. The hits of orange are great. Really wakes the other colors up. Can’t wait to see what you pick for the inside!!! Nice that you have supervisors to keep you company late at night. I don’t think you sleep much? Thanks for the link to the zipper pulls!

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  6. Loving the new panels in progress. The boys look so cute laying together 🥰, you’re a good Mama! We have started walking our neighbor’s dog for him since his heart attack last week. He pulls hard sometimes but it’s good exercise for us too. You must be very strong to walk 2 at once!

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    1. My boys are pretty sell behaved on their walks and don’t pull too badly… until we get close to the park and they think I’m going to let them run loose. the park is so wet now, like a swamp, that they don’t get to run much there because they come out of it a muddy mess!

      Anne

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    1. I feel like finishing that quilt was doing a job I didn’t really want to do. So this bag is a fun little project that doesn’t have any rules. I like that! Helps me feel more inspired!

      Anne

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  7. Beautiful panels!! I think the picture of your “peas in a pod” is my favorite since I started following you. Hope you’re greeted with sunshine soon.

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  8. Rico and Bender 🥰🥰🥰
    I love the colors you pull together ❤️
    I am pre occupied with painting my master bathroom. Grey colors.

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