Sunday, December 27, 2009
But, I don't want you to miss the joy of the Block Lotto Blog, so go to my previous post, click on the title, or the different colored words in my post, and it will take you to the blog. Anyone can join. Just make some blocks!
Hugs to all my readers,
Pat from FL and MI
The January block is Tick-Tac-Toe. Picture x's and o's in the quilting. I think it would make a wonderful child's quilt. The blocks go together very quickly, and I made my nine completely from stash.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I'll think of you, and you'll think of me, while sitting around the Christmas tree.
Merry Christmas to all my quilting friends all around the world!
My dear friend, Carol, and I often say this little saying to each other -- leaving out the Christmas bit. I'll email her, "Hey Carol, it's half-past three. I'm thinking of you. Are you thinking of me?" and vice-versa. It's nice to see this sweet poem surface on the SBS list this year, coming from Connie.
Oh, and proper tea drinkers, I know that cup is turned wrong, but I wanted you to be able to see the "Family and Friends". The other side says, 'The stories never end." It's perfect to use for half-past three tea during the Christmas season.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
In 2009 they have been using traditional blocks. I have never seen the block before. It was first published in 1958 in a pamphlet called Easy Quilts by Aunt Martha Studios. I can't imagine getting perfect circles was easy with cardboard templates in 1958, but it is easy with KK Buckley Perfect Circles! And all done by hand -- love it!
These are my first 4 blocks. They are 6" finished size with 4" circles. You can make up to nine blocks this month, so I may do five more. It's very quick.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I know Robin has had a tough year, and I often went without gifts. So maybe Cindy T., who sent me the prior gift, was being a quilt angel?
In any event, aren't quilters just the best? What a group of gals with big hearts!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
That's a lot of thanks for making one 12" block for her charity quilts. But that is just like her!
You can scroll back a few posts, to see my "Rock-a-Bye Baby" quilt block which I made. You had to choose a block pattern that represented something you are thankful for, and this year I'm especially thankful for my 6 grandchildren. I love how Jennifer really gets into the names of the traditional quilt blocks and their meanings/origins.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
This past week my beautiful blue/browns arrived. This is a swap of Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks, done in only blue and brown. I made 10 sets of 5, so I have 50 blocks back. Pictures are the first 20 that I've taken pictures of.
Friday, December 4, 2009
In Jennifer Chiaverini's newest book, A Quilter's Holiday, the characters get together to quilt the day after Thanksgiving. That's what I did too this year. It was much better than fighting the crowds at the shops!
Jennifer recently asked her fans to create a quilt block representing what they are thankful for this year, and just like in her new book, she will be gathering the blocks to make quilts for charity. The only requirement for these 12" blocks was that it represent what you are thankful for this year, as well as be in autumn colors.
The block pattern I chose is called, "Rock-a-Bye-Baby." It represents my thankfulness for my six grandchildren, ages 18 months thru ten years old. Each and every child on earth is such a glorious gift from God.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
If you are like me, and tend to start more than you finish, Stashbusters can help you get it under control.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Splinters and Threads quilt shop is collecting 6" signature blocks to make quilts for the families who lost loved ones in the Ft. Hood tragedy. They plan to give the completed quilts to the families for Christmas, so they need the blocks asap. I made four of the pictured block and am mailing them off today. If you are interested in joining this effort click on the shop name or the title of this post to connect to the details. They give a sampling of blocks that might be used, or choose your own. Hopefully they will receive so many blocks that they will be able to continue this project in January, to give quilts to those injured as well. It is one small thing we quilters can do to spread a hug and our appreciation for all the military does for us.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Today, the mail lady brought my Christmas Ornament Swap. Aren't these sweet??? I just love the batik colors, and the tiny, wonderful workmanship. You only had to make one ornament, but I received a set of three. How lucky is that???
Monday, November 16, 2009
Here's my little Humbug Bag, all complete. They are called Humbug Bags because they are shaped like the British treat, humbug. Or, humbug also means nonsense, and the tricky shape of the bag is nonsensical. Or the little things you store in it are nonsense. Or, or...........
The inside is a 'quilters' print. And the wrist loop is a repurposed twill from a jelly roll. It had been so long since I put in a zipper that I didn't even recognize my zipper foot! But like riding a bike, it comes right back, and was really pretty easy.
Using normally cast off selvages, it is totally, completely, eco friendly! I think my Humbug Bag will work really well for taking notions to class.
Here's the back side.
I sewed the selvages to the background with a fairly sturdy interfacing in the middle.
You can tell by the ruler on my mat about how big it is. Can anyone guess what I'm making?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today in America we are honoring all of our military, past and present. My "USA" things live in this little display in my family room year around. The flag in the photo is from by Dad's casket. He was in the Navy during WWII. My oldest son made the wooden case for it. I didn't make the table topper, but won it at a quilt retreat. Love the patriotic Mickey & Minnie. Doesn't Minnie look great as Betsy Ross? The little angel ornaments are really Christmas, but I leave then out year round. And the framed "America" I made at a Stampin' Up workshop.
I want to say "Thank You" today, and everyday, to all our military men and women.
Monday, November 9, 2009
My first set is block E-5, Rising Sun.
This one, K-7, Rose of Sharing, is done in Christmas With Aunt Grace fabric, and a white on white background. Don't you love that block name?
Two sets done, four to go.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This project left me with some really neat "crumbs" to play with later!
And the scraps and crumbs fit neatly in the original box.