Monday, December 12, 2011

Design Wall Monday - Orca Bay progress - Step 4


Finally we get to use the main color.  I'm about halfway done with step 4 and I must say I am completely and utterly in love with string blocks!  I never really cared for strings and hadn't even tried until Roll Roll Cotton Bowl.  And I was bitten by the string bug then.  I loved the neutral strings.  I did another string quilt after that in black and white and really like that as well.  I've used strings (again mostly in neutrals) when I don't have a large enough piece of fabric for my project - I make one out of strings.  But this is the first time I'm doing strings in color and my goodness I'm totally smitten this time.  First the blue ones were so cute, and then the green ones - oh my I'm in heaven!!  Green is my favorite color and I just love how these look.

Now let me say that I have no idea how these are going to turn out, and actually I am 100% wrong so far at guess what Bonnie is going to do. So you can pretty much say it WON"T look like either of these :)  I just wanted to see how the colors all look together and I like it!!

Don't forget to check out the Give Away here, I'm giving away a copy of  "Fat Quarter Quilts" and 4 fat quarter.  You don't have to be a follower to enter.  The winner will be drawn on 12/17 so you still have time.  There are over 230 quilters participating in the give aways all week long at Quilting Gallery   Stop if you're feeling lucky :)

Linking up with Bonnie's to see the progress everyone is making on Orca Bay.  And there's always fun stuff going on the design walls at Judys  And check out Quilt Story on Fabric Tuesday, there's  also something creative going on there

28 comments:

  1. oh my your Ocra bay colors are fantastic and love your layouts-whatever Bonnie has planned your quilt will be stunning.

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  2. First off, I love the owl quilt in your header. So Cute!

    The switch from red to green in the Orca Bay mystery makes all the colors look so fresh. Good choice.

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  3. Really like your layouts. Good job.

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  4. Just love your blocks. It's fun trying to guess the layouts.

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  5. Hi Sue. Your blocks are looking fantastic and I love how you have been playing with the layout. String blocks are fab - completely hooked myslf!

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  6. Love your string blocks, Sue. I'm saving the clues to do later as I don't have time for Orca right now, but your possible layouts are tempting!

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  7. I also can never guess the final layout. I like your color choices.

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  8. love your layouts! and your greens- fantastic. I am betting one of yours will be the right one- you have Bonnie down good!

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  9. I've been bitten by the string bug and I love your layouts. It'll be fun to see what Bonnie does!

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  10. Our colors are the same except for blue I used yellow. Love the way you laid them out!

    Can I enter your drawing? I can always use a few more FQ

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  11. Oh I like what you are coming up with, trying to work out the mystery! I like your green blocks, I have done orange.

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  12. I love your guesses! They might not be what Bonnie has in mind, but they're definitely pretty.

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  13. Your colors are going to be great together. I haven't tried laying anything out. Don't want to spoil the surprise.

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  14. uhhh I love your ideas! looks so nice, I was just playing in EQ with orca layout ideas

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  15. Oh Sue, those are so pretty! Neat ideas on the layouts too.
    *hugs*

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  16. LOVE your colors.....and your layouts - either/both would make me happy. Love strings and mindless sewing at the holidays! Jan

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  17. Strings rule! Your green strings are so gorgeous.

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  18. Your blocks look great and I love the designs you are playing with! I'm getting closer to finishing my red strings!

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  19. Looks like you had some fun trying to read Bonnie's mind. I like what you came up with. Your blocks look great.

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  20. Beautiful green units, love your layout ideas.

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  21. love your orca bay colors... I may succumb to this mystery -- but later, much, much later. Keep up the good work!

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  22. Your blog is so inspirational! I've been working so hard to just keep up with the Orca Bay steps that I have not yet played with the pieces. Your combos look great! And that Owl quilt is just darling!

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  23. Great colors and I like both possibl layouts!

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  24. Such different color choices and I like them! Should be a beautiful quilt, like the design you've laid out :)

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  25. It Gorgeous Sue!!! Can wait to see it finished.

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  26. Great colors for the mystery quilt. I love string piecing. Love your idea to make your fabric when you don't have one big enough.

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  27. I've not started OB yet, but I'm keeping up with the clues and have pulled fabrics -- just too much to do before Christmas. I love the purple! I'll be using purple in place of Bonnie's red, and gold in place of the blue. Still black and white where she's using it. Just saw clue 5. Wow! Lots of work to do, but I'm inspired! You'll find me starting on 12/26 if I possibly can!

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