Saturday, February 24, 2007

Blocks of the Day

This is what I did Friday night and most of Saturday... about 52 crumb blocks. There is a noticeable change in my scrap box. However, it's just a small box, and I have more scraps in other boxes. I could do these blocks for the next month... in fact, some time, if it wouldn't drive me insane, I should try that -- a whole month, or perhaps my entire summer when I have lots of time off, do nothing but crumb blocks and scrap sewing. I wonder if even that would make a dent?

Thanks for the comments that say you like my red, white & blue top with the light blues. I do, too, I think. I'll know for sure when it's a complete quilt. This week I hope to get it to the machine quilter. I think (I hope) I'll love the quilt when it is done.
We're getting an all-weekend snow storm. It started out slowly, but finally tonight (Saturday night) we have some good accumulation. It will continue to snow for the next 24 hours, they say. I love a fresh, deep snowfall, especially when it comes on a weekend.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Long Weekend

Hooray, I have today off! I have been so naughty this weekend. I stay up sooo late into the wee hours. I'm embarssed even to admit how late I stayed up on Saturday and Sunday nights. I have never been up so late, even when I was a young night owl. Anyway, I have spent most of the weekend sewing on this quilt for my brother-in-law. I promised him a red, white & blue quilt. He doesn't remember asking for one in those colors, but he did. I'm a little disappointed that I used so many light blues and that I'm not as fond of how they look. A mixture is nice, but I think I have too many lights in there.

As you can see, my design wall doesn't accommodate a very big quilt. This is 40 x 60 and takes up every inch. I actually have two design areas about the same size, but they are not side by side. And one is currently my make-do "bulletin board." I keep hanging reminder items on there "temporarily." I just never seem to get around to removing them so I can use it for its intended purpose.

This quilt is now on the living room floor so I can add to it. I think I'm nearing completion. Good thing, too, because I am running out of the background fabric.

I made another fabric postcard this weekend, similar to the last one I posted. Can you see my tiny initials on there? Look for CE. This one is going to a LQS that is sponsoring a postcard challenge. Next month all the postcards they receive will be on display. And everyone who sent one in will get one back from the shop. It'll be fun to see what I get from them. The shop owner is in the artist category whereas I'm in the putzy category, so I look forward to seeing what she sends.
Oh, I just remembered another postcard I made, just for fun. Here's that one:

I'm trying to convince myself to do some housework instead of sewing, but I'm so close to getting this top all assembled.... I hate to interrupt the flow. Have a great, sunshiney day, everyone!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Postcard Connection

I found out about a fun place where people can exchange postcards with others around the world. It is here:

I made this postcard for a person in Finland. She said she likes homemade cards. I hope she likes this one.

Monday, February 12, 2007


I made this valentine for my husband. It's about 6" x 12". Clothes pin is there to show you scale. I'm still looking for the perfect little dowel and string for hanging. It's fat-free, carb-free, sugar-free. Think he'll like it?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Quilt Show Photos

Thought I'd share some photos from the quilt show. Enjoy!

These are my dolls, displayed in a glass cube. The standing doll is my "bride doll" (remember those?) from probably 1960 or so. My mom made her that coat and a little muff and a whole bunch of other clothes. The only thing I have left is this coat. The baby doll is modern. I made both dolls' quilts.

I made this one (below) from a pattern called "You Just Can't Cut It," designed for large print fabrics that you don't want to cut up.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Set-Up Complete

We set up our quilt show today. Wow! It gets better every year. Here is a picture of the set up process, almost done.

Here is a picture of the quilt that I plan to vote for (Viewer's Choice). The ribbon is from one of the show committee members. We decided to let the show committee vote for their faves. I put my ribbon on a different quilt but plan to vote for this one as viewer's choice. It's just beautifully done in felted wool.

Quilters in Denmark?

First a question: I know a quilter from the USA who will travel to Denmark this spring. She would love to make a connection with a quilter in Denmark or at least find some information about quilting there, visit some shops, whatever she can find. Does anyone have some info I could share with her? Just FYI, she is a very talented long-arm quilter.

Second: this is my challenge quilt that I only showed the back of last month. It's nothing to brag about, but I had fun making it. It is made in honor of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith. We are setting up the quilt show tomorrow! I will share photos with you soon.