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Monday, April 14, 2014
I recently went on a shop hop to three of my favorite shops (Quilters Corner in Ithaca, NY; O'Susannah's in Watkins Glen, NY; and Endless Mountains Quiltworks in Tunkhannock, PA). They were part of a larger hop that included two other great shops in the Syracuse, NY area (but a bit too far for me this time).
Although I didn't get to all five shops, I did get a free fat quarter from the ones I did visit -- very nice additions to my stash, I must say.
I resisted buying any more fabric at these shops (and boy, do they have gorgeous fabrics to tempt me!), but I did buy a new ruler to try....let's see if I ever get around to using it!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Fabric keeps finding its way into my stash...
This isn't a lot of fabric, only six fat eighths, but it's now part of my stash. At least I didn't have to spend any money on it.
Since I'm a member of the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild, I was given these thanks to the Modern Quilt Guild for its latest Michael Miller fabric challenge.
Now all I have to do is figure out what to make....but until then, I think I'll just fondle it.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Over the last couple of years, I've finished a bunch of quilts without potential recipients in mind, and I just put the quilts away in a tote, thinking that someday they'll find homes. I finally got tired of having them hidden away in my house, so I recently offered quilts to family and friends on Facebook. To my delight, a number of people took me up on my offer, so now eight of my quilts are in the process of being adopted! A couple are already with their new owners, a few are ready to be shipped to various places across the country, and a couple will be delivered locally. Some of the new owners will be using the quilts as fundraisers for worthwhile organizations.
Most of these quilts are among my favorites (well, frankly, all of my quilts are my favorites...that's why I make them!), but it makes me feel good knowing who the new owners are and knowing that the quilts will be dearly loved and well taken care of.
This is now a great excuse to make some more quilts!
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
I was recently diagnosed with being Civil-War reproduction fabric-challenged.
I'm participating in a group project and needed to contribute a 3 1/2-inch block using a cream center with some CW-style fabric. I have tons of scraps of fabric, but finding something that would work was very difficult, even this small in size...thankfully, I found a small scrap that worked.
Then, as part of this project, I was also asked if I could contribute a few small nine-patch blocks, but there was no way I could find enough CW fabric for that...even if all I needed were 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch strips!
The project manager knows me well and realized that I am CW fabric-challenged, so she gave me a pass. Thank goodness!
Monday, March 31, 2014
I finished the binding on this quilt last night, just in time for it to count as a finish for March.
Closeup of the backing and binding...
And a closeup of the simple meandering quilting...
The pattern is my favorite quick go-to pattern for a child's quilt, thanks to Mary at Maryquilts.com -- it's the Quick Strippie pattern.
This uses up another four yards of my pre-2014 stash (2 1/2 yards are from pre-2013)!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I don't care if it was 12 degrees with a fresh coating of snow yesterday morning, but the flannel quilts and pillows on the sofas are outta here and replaced with bright, cheery spring/summer ones!
The flannel quilt on the bed is another story, however....