Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fireplace Quilt

I needed some Art for over my Fireplace in the Family Room so I thought what better to put there than a quilt? I love really rich jewel type fabrics so I have put together some that are golden brown, purple, blue, green, etc. I have used the "Stack and Slash" method for these blocks. At this point, I am not sure that this is what I want but I will finish it anyway because I like the colors and fabric. This is after I cut the pieces and re-arranged the fabrics.


This is the stack of blocks.

This is them spread out to see all the colors. Love them! These started out as 10" squares of fabric and ended up being about 9" wide after sewing them back together.

We finally finished our back yard landscaping. Our yard is very small but we back up to a foothill and no one can build back there so it is very private and quiet! This is looking to the right.



This is looking to the left. That hill over there means no one can build on that side either. I love to cook with fresh herbs so there are my herbs in pots. We have 3 hummingbird feeders and they are very busy. I have been able to count 10 birds at one time on them. They are so fast.


This is the side yard. I have a vegetable plot there for tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. The soil is pretty poor here so I have tried to amend it a little but it will probably take some time to get it where I want it. I have a dwarf Lemon tree, too. Doesn't this look like a stream bed? I might put some of my Ozark Rocks, that I brought from Kansas City with me, in there. Kind of like a Japanese Rock Garden. That is decomposing Granite in the stream bed area. It glistens in the sun.

This is the other side. They built this little retaining wall at the bottom of the hill and put decomposing granite in the path. They did a really nice job. Jose was very much a perfectionist and a very nice man. I would recommend MNR Landscaping to anyone in the Southern California area. They like it when you make them toast for breakfast!


I taught my Crazy Quilt Embellishment class last night. This is the stuff I was putting together to take to show them. Threads, Beads, Ribbons, Sequins, Oh My!!!!

7 comments:

Bobbi Pohl said...

Oh, yes! Those are beautiful colors. It's going to be a spectacular quilt. Can't wait to see how it comes out. Love your environs, too.

LouAnne said...

Your backyard is coming along! Even here in No.Calif we know about amending. We've been here 24.5 years and we are STILL amending. My dh controls the garden now that he is sort of retired. Right now we are swamped with spaghetti squash-his current interest!

I love your batiks for your fireplace hanging. Cannot wait to see it finished!

Anonymous said...

Your blocks look great. I can hardly wait to see the quilt. Also, I'm looking forward to sitting on that patio.
Marci

Kerri Murphy said...

I am not sure this quilt will end up on the fireplace. I may start again. I do love the colors though. I know I love my new back yard. It is so relaxing!

Thanks Everyone!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Kerri, thanks so much for posting the latest batch of Ebay CQs on the message boards. I went and bid on one of them, just like that! It's the medallion one that you said you were going to print out.

Your yard indeed looks peaceful...and I too think the batiks are sumptuous...

Irish Kathi said...

When I saw the first photo of the block I thought you had cut very large pieces of the fabrics and were doing THAT as the piece for over your fireplace! Like a big unsewn stack n whack.You'd have to mount the fabric to a solid base and install seperately on the wall. That would be cool and very different! Just an idea...

Willa said...

I love crazyquilting..even the "stuff" is pretty to look at.