Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Growlery

Growlery growl'er-ee, n (English; cf. Dutch grollen, to grumble)
A retreat for times of ill humour. This term has largely become obsolete, which is strange, given that so many people seem to have a place to go when they are in a bad mood - a place to be alone and think. It's similar in meaning to the Latin-derived sanctum sanctorum, with the added connotation that the individual in question is going to the place to be alone while upset. (From Forthright's Favourite Words)
An excellent word of the day, don't you think? It also happens to be perfect to describe my sewing room this past week: I had a few days where I really needed the escape!

Good thing I had a bunch of stuff already cut, eh?

I have *LOTS* of pictures to share, so I'll start with a yummy stack of fabric. That's right, my fabric for the Kaleidoscope Quilt Along arrived this week! It's mostly Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain (SO PRETTY OMG), and the 'solid' I found is a white tone-on-tone that has adorable flowers and vines that go perfectly with the other fabric.

Kaleidoscope QAL: Fabric!

There's still time to join! C'mon, you know you want to...

And follow the cut for many many pictures!

Quilt of Valor: The blocks so far...

I've now got EIGHT(!) blocks done for the Quilt of Valor I'm making as a Jelly Roll QAL with my MIL. (I've passed her! She's only got 5 blocks done!) It's getting kind of tough, now, as the strips are dwindling, and I'm trying to stay away from the pinks in the line since I don't want the quilt to be too girly. Do you think it's working?

How about some close-ups of the five blocks I finished since my last post? (As always, click for bigger.) The fourth block:

Quilt of Valor: Block 4

Block five (This is the order I made them in, not the order in the 'official' QAL):

Quilt of Valor: Block 5

Block six:

Quilt of Valor: Block 6

Block seven:

Quilt of Valor: Block 7

Block eight (which may be my favorite. Maybe.):

Quilt of Valor: Block 8

I *ALSO* got one more block done on my Layer Cake QAL quilt, and I adore how this block turned out:

Layer Cake QAL: Block 5

I've started sewing rows together for the Spring Wallhanging (I had some time at the car dealership yesterday), and the bigger seams are...interesting, to say the least! I think I'm really going to enjoy the borders, when I don't have to work around all the seams in the blocks and I can just sew. Plus there were a couple other people in the waiting room who were pretty interested in what I was doing, so that was kind of nifty.

Aaaaand I haven't done an official 'stats' check in a while, so let's see:

This week's stats:
New projects: 0 (it doesn't count until I start cutting! *grin*)
Completed projects: 0
In progress: 6

(My husband stopped in to my sewing room the other day, when I showed him my stack of kaleidoscope fabric, and he sort of eyeballed the closet--with my fabric stacks and such--and he went, "You've...got a lot going on there, huh." And I was like, UM. YES? :P

I'll be linking this to WIP Wednesday at Lee's tomorrow--stop back and check everyone's out!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Look at you! You are rocking it! I love your Quilts of Valor blocks, especially blocks 4 and 8. And your kaleidoscope quilt will be so pretty!

    Thanks (in advance!) for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  2. You said it, an excellent word of the day! I Googled growlery just to learn more as I was intrigued. Your eight QofV blocks are so beautiful and it makes me want to run out and buy more Bliss fabric, or perhaps Ruby. :) No Kaleidescope QA for me as I'm still backed up with other QA's that I want to finish - the fabrics you chose are lovely.

  3. LOL - love the hubby comment. Men are so funny!! Love the kaleidoscope fabric you chose - that is going to be an awesome quilt!

  4. The Bliss fabrics look lovely with all the different blocks in this quilt!

  5. I love your jelly roll blocks. So cute.

  6. super cute blocks, the colors go well with your designs. Have fun on the QAL, such a cool one!

  7. I think I will be bringing Growlery into my vocabulary as well! Thanks for sharing it. Your blocks are looking really nice!