Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Use up those cute blocks!

I was practicing my machine quilting, hoping recent repairs solved the issues, and decided to make  pillows as practice blocks.  At the last All Day Sew, Jody was using really BRIGHTS, for a quilt and kept bringing the trimmed strings to me, hoping I'd use them.  Well, I did!  Dig those two bright and happy string pillows!  DH said I should also show the backs.  I'll send the 2 string pillows home with her, and donate the other two.  They were fun to make, and I learned about Velcro on the backs.  I had the folds across the mid-backs and they tended to pooch out too much so Velcro was needed.

BTW, so far, so good with the quilting, but I DID use Sewers Aid to keep the stitches as nice as possible. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thursday, August 06, 2015


This spring I visited my brother and sister-in-law in Denver.  Brother is retired Engineer, SIL Mary is a retired Art Teacher, and their home is always interesting, filled with unusual arty things, (including a beautiful canoe in their living room!).  As I looked around at all Mary's arty items, I noticed a stunningly beautiful cookie tin, and was thrilled to learn it was meant for ME, and filled with 500 Swedish cookies.  How did she know I'd love both the cookies and the tin itself?  I imagined a quilt made with the unusual colors, totally unlike anything I've made before.

Fast forward, delicious, paper-thin cookies are gone, and the lovely tin is on the top of my refrigerator, collecting some dust, but I DO admire it every day.  OK self, one of these days you'll get to that quilt.

In the meantime, spring came and went, summer came and is almost done for, so I started an easy  Linus quilt, using what I had in my stash, ala  I had no intention for it to turn out like it did!!! Apparently inspiration DID stay in my overcrowded brain.    Thank you Mary and Dave.  8-)