Sunday, August 28, 2011


President Obama has just confirmed that the DC earthquake that occurred this past week is on a rare and obscure fault-line, apparently known as "Bush's Fault". President Obama also announced that the Secret Service and Maxine Waters continues an investigation of the quake's suspicious ties to the Tea Party. Conservatives, however, have proven that it was caused by our Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves.~

Hee! Hee!
I love this country where humor often gets us through the tough times.
Prayers for the eastern seaboard.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Finished Starry 36Patch

Finished the 36 patch top by using star blocks between the 36Ps and really like the way it turned out. I'm thinking I might like a baby quilt done with just pink, yellow, blue and mint pastel 36Ps. Or maybe mixed brights with a single contrasting color that reads solid. One thing I did different with my 36Ps was to make a 6 strip stripset and the subcut into the 2 1/2" alternating rows. It went really fast. Remember you can click on any picture to make it bigger and them click on your browser's back button to come back here.  You can do that with any "blogger" blog, I think.

I used the remnants from the top to piece this back. Used up a bunch of odds and ends with this. And cut the scraps into 2 and 2 1/2" squares for leaders and enders. All those blues will go well with the Quincy House quilts I'm making for my friend Tim.  Those 7 quilts are coming together a bit at a time.  I think my husband liked this one because he asked me who I was making it for.  I might just have to make him his own or surprise him one day with his bed all made up (that alone would shock him) with a new quilt on top.
Stopped at a yard sale and picked up these 6 shirts for a quarter each. Don't you love that orange?  And check out that RWB cotton curtain panel--50 cents! Fairly long chunk of fabric! It has a nice fat double hem that I'll be able to get 2 long strings out of and a even fatter double rod pocket that will net me four 2 1/2" strips. So often that would just be waste because of the stitching. Another bonus was the buttons on 2 of the shirts that are a kind I've been saving with a goal of getting a full quart saved of those buttons.  I call them tortoise shell and my jar is nearly full. I started saving them when I was doing denim and flannel raggy quilts for our clothing boutique at my church.  I love recycling pleasures my soul and prospers my pocket book.
Life is truly abundant.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Starry 36Patch--I think this will work.

Please excuse the makeshift design wall but the regular one is full and I don't want to move what's on it till I'm ready to stitch it together. I've been using up some leftover 2 1/2" strips to put together some 36P's. They are fun and quick made with a stripset of 6 alternating strips subcut 2 1/2", flip every other one and stich them back together creating the checkerboard.
 I think they are just a bit too much without something between them so I grabbed some 2 1/2" HSTs and squares and stitched them around a 4 1/2" center, and a 8 1/2" strip to each side and a 12 1/2" strip top and bottom to create the star block. I think it'll work. I'm planning 5 blocks across and 7 down.  I can see now I need to do a few more of the really light colored squares to give it some balance. I'm liking that my 2 1/2" strip bin is emptying out. 50-60 more quilts should do it.
Also had to make one of the Stacks blocks they've been talking about in Stashbusters. And of course, cut a few extra pieces to leader/ender them as I'm working on the 36Ps. This isn't doing much for the UFO challenge except adding to the list for next year but I'm enjoying myself. 
Here's what's on the design wall.  It's a D9P that was pretty but too little contrast so I decided to dress it up with some flowers.  I still need to position some and stitch down the rickrack stems and leaves and it will be ready for sandwiching...unless I decide to do a border.  Not sure if I will put the extra's on the back or make a small wall hanging with them.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Soft and Sweet

I finished up a child's quilt.  It's made with the 10 minute block pattern from Suzanne McNeill. It's a 3D bow tie that goes FAST and was fun to make. I used flannel and had this pair of near new jammies I'd never worn but liked the color of the dark plaid and the character on the shirt so put that in it. I backed it with Tshirt weight Jersey knit and wrapped the back around for the binding.  I stitched around each of the 3D centers and did a straight stitch diagonal X on each block to complete the quilting.  This is an incredibly soft quilt.

 For obvious reasons, I'm calling it Pooh In The Corner.

This marks off another of my UFOs. but I have got to get a hustle on if I am going to get all of that list finished by the end of the year.