Saturday, June 26, 2010


OK, I promise to make a couple (actually several) extra blocks for the Rainbow Around The Block project.

The pillow on the left is the one I made a few years ago after my first official quilting class. I had lots of the postage stamp size strips left and used them in blocks for the project. However, this block on the right just seemed to be a great mate for the original, especially since I still had some of the piping trim all cut and stashed away. Luckily as I was going through my stash of fabric pieces I came across 3 log cabin blocks EXACTLY the right size for the project. So then I didn't feel quite so guilty for lifting this one.

Oh, and since we are going to have AT LEAST 18 extra people as overnight house guests next weekend, I might just need some extra pillows--even if they're not bed pillows. I think this size pillow might be just right for some sweet little heads that will be ready for sleep after long days playing with cousins.

Ah, and a couple of those cousins I mentioned will have sweaters made from these yarns come January.

Hmmmm, maybe I need to get off a few e-mail lists. Too many tempting sales! But at least now I'm only buying for a particular purpose in mind, not just 'cause it's a bargain.

As for the August birthday, I'm making progress. That's the back of the sweater draped over the arm of the chair and the front is almost finished as well.

Not sure when I'll be back here in cyber land. But my guess is the next time I'll get to show you some photos of those cousins!

Can you tell I can hardly wait!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I've been having lots of fun the past couple days using up some "postage stamp" strips that I've had left over for a few years. (They are from one of my very first quilting projects. I am pretty much a "self taught" quilter, but I did take one class a few years ago, just to learn some basics. The class available at the time happened to be for a postage stamp quilt, so I took that class and made a couple pillows. I don't think I'd ever have the patience to make a whole quilt with such little pieces (1 inch squares {finished}). Anyway, I had a lot of strips left over and decided that my daughter Anna Maria's "Rainbow Around the Block" project would be a good use of that part of my stash.
So this is what I have come up with. All of these blocks, as you see, do not use the postage stamp strips. I simply used up the fabrics that I had put with the strips.
There were several blues and greens:

and a few in the reds:

And although the postage stamp stash is gone, I still have lots of other little pieces to use somehow.
And I see that there are a few (down in the bottom right corner) that will go with the above blues. Hooray.

Oh, and since we've been doing patchwork inside and out around here, I even did it in the kitchen the other day.
If you don't have enough of one kind of fruit to make a pie, might as well make a patchwork pie, too.


Oh, and yes, it was quite yummy!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Hooray, I have finished the Irish Chain blocks for my block exchange and have them all packed up and ready to take to the post office today.

This is what it would have looked like had I kept all of my blocks for a quilt. I will look forward to seeing the different blocks that I get in the mail over the coming weeks and play with the arrangement.

Oh, and on the outdoor "patchwork". Mission accomplished. AND we had a good rain yesterday afternoon with NO water going where we didn't want it.

Now to get on with my next quilting fun: blocks for my daughter, Anna Maria's "Rainbow Around the Bloc"

Friday, June 4, 2010


Well, in this case, not the "pudding" but the piles.
See, I really am working on a bit of quilting, even if it has been going rather slowly the last couple weeks.
At least I now have all my blocks trimmed so I can start the final assembly. FINALLY!

Oh, and a project that is no longer a WIP (For those not familiar with the lingo: that's "Work in Progress".) but completed.
So here is another birthday sweater ready for August.

At least, I'm ahead somewhere, instead of behind.

Hope to get caught up real soon.