Friday, July 23, 2010


Oh my, I hope I'm not the only one that does this: sews right side to wrong side of fabric instead of right sides together. Seems like I've been doing a lot of seam ripping lately,

but, not to worry: I'm still getting lots of fun blocks for daughter Anna Maria's Rainbow Around the Block project

I thought I had all my stashed half square triangle blocks used only to find that there were more hiding under my scraps. So I guess I've got to come up with some more inventive ideas to use them attractively. That is after I do a few simple children's charity quilts.

Speaking of attractive, I'm sure my grandson is going to look quite handsome in this sweater that I finally completed. I'm hoping it's not too terribly large for him. It's supposed to be one of those "oversized" sweaters, but even though I made it a size 12 (and he'll be 13), I'm sure he'll swim in it until he grows a bit more.

I got the sweetest phone call a couple evenings ago from my almost 8 year old granddaughter in New York. I answered the phone, thinking I would be talking to my son and heard this little voice say, "Thank you for the present; the sweater is gorgeous." A "Nani" can not ask for much better appreciation than that. (Photo of that sweater on my June 4 blog)

So now to get back to the matching (though different color) sweater for her big sister's October birthday.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Hmmm, I can't think of this one bloc of "crazy quilting" without being reminded of my friend "Crazy Ann" who calls herself that because she likes crazy quilts. Also thinking I should open my internet Pandora and listen to Patsy Cline!

At any rate, this is the first time I've ever really done any crazy quilting. I'm more of a structured kind of gal. But I also don't like to waste ANYTHING. All I had left after this bit of piecing on the left were a few pieces of the 30s reproduction fabric -- the largest piece being about 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. So I guess I didn't waste much.

The 30s repro fabric was from this baby quilt that I made a few years ago.

Of course, if you've been reading my blog lately, you know that I'm making blocs for daughter Anna Maria's Rainbow Around the Block project to benefit victims of the May Nashville flooding.

These are a few other blocs I've whipped out in the last couple days -- mostly starting with leftover blocs or strips from other quilts.

Those of you who sent me fabric for our "light / dark" fabric exchange a couple years ago might recognize your fabrics in most of these blocs.

Now, before I can get on to any other sewing, I MUST figure out just how I'm going to use the fabric pieces sitting on my cutting table. Then there's a bag full of more half-sqaure-triangles to use up. Oh, my--I've got my work cut out for me!

But it might just be time to go cook some pasta to put under the sauce that's been simmering on the stove all afternoon -- Yep, from our garden tomatoes.
Ah, and then a quiet evening back to the knitting needles and that sweater for my grandson.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Well, I haven't gotten any quilting or knitting done for the past few day.

And this is why. (Just so you don't have to count, there are 12 grandchildren.)

As much as I love my needle work, I'll forego it any day to spend time with family. Our 3 children and their families were with us for the holiday weekend.

I think I can speak for all when I say: A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL !