Monday, May 31, 2010
Today was a day of remembering. I came across this little cake topper in my mother-in-laws things after we cleaned out her house upon moving her to assisted living. There was a note explaining it.
It read: "This bride and groom was on top of our wedding cake December 7, 1940. Russ bought the cake at Saunders and it cost $6.00. Everyone had a piece of the cake."
One year later, my father-in-law was called up for World War II. He brought back this bottle of "Carnation perfume" bought in Paris for my mother-in-law sometime while he was in the war.
I always wondered why she loved Carnation perfume so much. Now I know. She now wears Belodgia (carnation fragrance) and it is my favorite perfume, too.
Another thing that I came across while going through her household things was this little creamer. I love toile and just couldn't pass up keeping it.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Met up with my "quilty chicks" today and we did a little show'n'tell along with some eating and chatting....lots of chatting.
Here is Sharon with her lovely red and green applique. She just got it back from the quilter's, so I am sure binding is in her near future. I just love her choices of fabric. Can you see the subtle pinwheels in the big open areas. This is a lovely quilt.
Here is Nancy's quilt She is another one who chooses lovely colors and quilt patterns. I love the idea of using a large white border to showcase the beautiful quilting that one of our favorite quilters, Karen McDavitt, did for her. With the extra blocks, she centered them on the back of the quilt. I am thinking this could easily be a reversible quilt.
I cut numerous strips, cut each end at 45 degrees, sewed them together, pressed them and after measuring and finding out I now have enough binding for two quilts, it is all wrapped up and ready for the phone call telling me that my Zen quilt is ready to be picked up. Guess I will be making another quilt with my brown batik scraps just so I can use my extra binding.
Ok, onto block #8 of the Cherry Trees.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Two more UFO's have bit the dust.
The binding is all hand stitched down on my black and cream toile quilt.
So here is the completed quilt.
The binding is, also, on the Painted Daisy quilt.
....and here is the completed quilt.
Of course my goal was to get these two done before the 10th when the new Beyond the Cherry Trees block was available, but I missed it by only one day. I guess if I hadn't taken a couple days off to rest the 'ole wrists, I would have been ahead of schedule, but that's ok. I still think I am doing good.
So, the next project is #8 BOM (Cherry Trees). I will be printing up that block and getting busy on it tomorrow. ( http://sentimentalstitches.net/free-stuff/polka-dot-garden/beyond-the-cherry-trees-album-quilt/ )
My goal this month after making the next Cherry Tree block is to make the binding for the brown batik quilt that is at the quilters right now (my Zen quilt) and just maybe get to a "crayon challenge" quilt that is due at a retreat in June. I am not going to hold my breath on that one, but we will see. I will have it started for sure. It can be as small as 22" square, so we will see. I am just trying to keep up the momentum.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Went to check what I had left over from my pallette of fabrics thinking I might just piece the whole back for the Home Sweet Home quilt, but there really wasn't enough to get very far, so I think I will be doing some shopping soon to look for a backing. I am just going to incorporate this into my stash instead.
Don't know if you remember my saying that I thought I had plenty of the border fabric left over just in case I didn't want to remove the scallops that I had already done (incorrectly) and was thinking of starting from scratch.....well upon looking for the fabric this evening to make binding, this is all I had left of the border fabric. Certainly not enough to re-do borders. Good thing I went with what I had and didn't ruin them while I was picking out threads.
So I figured I would try and cut out my binding from this. I cut my binding at 2 1/8". I know...a little crazy, but that's the size that I like. Anyways, I got the full length that I needed.
It is all sewn together, pressed and rolled and ready to apply to the quilt with this much to spare.
Is that cutting it close or what?
Well, I was on the "binding making roll" tonight so got the bindings made for the cream and black toile and the painted daisy quilt, too
So, my plans for this weekend are to get the bindings on the two black quilts. Hope to get to one of my favorite quilt shops to find backing for the house quilt soon and really need to cut up scraps for the binding for the brown batik "Zen" quilt, but that seemed like too much work tonight.
It's only a couple days before the next Beyond the Cherry Trees block of the month comes out and all else will stop once I get that, so I figure progress is progress and I should be happy with that. So....happy quilting.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I am so excited to report that the fourth border is now attached.
For this border I didn't have to remove one scallop, but the two outside ones had their tips loosen so that I could scootch those in so that scallop #5 and #6 could be added in their respective spots. That was just way too lucky.
I have been a little worried as to whether or not I would have enough space for the corner scallops, but was afraid to check until I was to this point. I am thinking it looks pretty good. Then.....
I laid out the first scallop and it works just fine!
My giddiness is now from my toes to my stomach. I am seeing the light at the end of this tunnel and it really hasn't been all that bad of a road. Too bad I didn't have the patience a year ago to sit down and work out the mathematics to make my scallops fit. I would have had this done a long time ago.
Well, the four cornerstones are now basted on. I am heading over to my easy chair and am going to get started on this. If I get these four done in the next day or two, I will have some time to do a couple bindings before the next Beyond the Cherry Trees block comes out.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
They really packed the quilts into this quaint little church.
The quilts were draped over all the pews and there were plenty of quilts hung on the walls. Some new, some antiques. I thought I would share some of our favorites.
The one that I hoped would win the "best of show" was this one.
Those 9-patches were each 1 1/2" in size. (each little square was then 1/2"). I forget how many thousand she said were in there. It was to die for!!!
Then there was this very pretty 9-patch (but laid out differently than most). I believe this quilt was an antique and it had a very different edge.
One more antique that caught our eyes was this Texas star. I sure would have loved to see this one hanging. Texas stars are almost always impressive.
Well, I hope you enjoyed what little I could share with you at this lovely little country church quilt show.
I am now off to work on my fourth scallop border which I did manage to rip out only a couple tips to scootch them in (no full scallop removal on this one thank goodness) and have the last two full scallops basted one. I will be sharing this with you very soon.
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