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Sunday, February 24, 2008

While the Ice Falls, I Quilt and Cook


I went outside to take some pics and I couldn't even walk on the driveway as it's sheer ice. It was raining while I was outside so the sheet of ice on the road is now covered in water, which will freeze tonight.

Since I live on a seldom used dead end road, it won't get plowed or salted until all the main roads are taken care of.

On top of this we are supposed to get 4 inches of snow tonight. I am not looking forward to getting to work tomorrow.

At the moment I am not going to worry about it. It's a wonderful day to enjoy being home.


I spent all day yesterday making the border blocks for the star quilt. I think I made 36 of them.



Now that they are done, I don't like them. At all.


I tried different arrangements.



Nothing works.
The blocks are just too overpowering for the stars.

This is quite disappointing as I do not have enough of the same fabrics to attempt another border. So either I use these or just leave it as is.

It really hurts to have done all that work for nothing.

I decided to test the size without the last border. I did add one border to turn the triangles into squares.

Just about perfect!


So perfect in fact, that I decided to spend about two hours under it to finish reading my murder mystery.


And talk about a quilt nut....just look what I am reading. The murder victim was found under a stack of quilts!



Maybe all my work will not be in vain. Perhaps I can use them for a table topper. I played around to see what could be made


They will make a 40.5 square which might be nice to cover a side table. I am confident that I will find a use for all of them. Now I feel better about spending all that time making them.


Early this morning I roasted a chicken.

With all the ice DH thought power lines may be going down and I wanted to be prepared with a meal. So far we have not lost electrical power, but my dinner is all cooked and just waiting for me to reheat.

All in all I am having a wonderful Sunday. I hope you are, too.

Nanette's Paper-Pieced Rooster




A few weeks ago I wandered into a new blog. The author posted a pic of a very cute table runner with a rooster block. It was much cuter than the rather elementary chicken block I made last spring. Most of you know that I have an affinity for roosters.

I left a comment for Nanette at Displaced Yoooper asking her where she found the pattern. Without hesitation she emailed me back and offered to send me the pattern! I was amazed at her generosity. She had no idea of who I was. It was my first visit to her blog.

True to her word, I received the pattern a few days later.

Today I finally had time to work on the block. I made my share of errors, and did a lot of ripping out and restarting. There were no labels on the pattern telling me what parts were body, tail, background, etc. It can be tough to figure that out with a black and white pattern that's printed in reverse of the finished block (as all foundation piecing is).

Anyway I finally finished one block. It finished a lot smaller than I thought it would be (I am sure the directions probably told me it would be only 6", but I didn't really read the directions).

I decided to turn it into the center of a star symbolizing the sun...you know, rooster waking up as the sun rises...
My original thought was to turn the rooster into a window valance for a set of new summer window coverings. That was when I thought the rooster was taller. But still I pinned it up to the window to see what it would look like.


It seems like a lot work to add fabric to the sides, the top and the bottom and make it all work....I do like that it matches the rooster above the window.

Maybe I will just add batting and backing and let it drape over the kitchen china cabinet.

It goes pretty well with the chickens and flowers that are already on top of the cabinet.

Another thought I have is to make it the front of a Farmer's Market tote bag. Wouldn't that be cute? It would also be very useful when we go the Farmer's market on Saturday during the summer months. Since I have never made a tote bag, I am not sure just how to do it. Perhaps I can take a pattern I already have and rework it somehow....

Anyway it was fun to make. Nanette, thank you again for sending it to me. I am always amazed at how friendly people are in blogville.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It Started as a Small Project

I thought I'd just make 4 blocks to use as a throw on the back of the sofa.

Somehow it turned into twelve blocks and it's 3 ft by 4 ft long! So now I will just have to add a border or two and it will be big enough to curl up with a good book on a lazy spring afternoon.

I like the pink bandana fabric in this block that I made before going to work this morning:

The center is almost identical to the whole block.

I wish had more of that bandana fabric for a border, but alas, I don't. I guess I should make the border so it finishes the pink square. Hmmm....will have to think about the options.

Can you tell that some of the green fabric in the center is wrong side up? I didn't think it was very noticeable, so I left it.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sometimes You Just Have to Rip Out

Last night I turned that little 7-inch flower block into a big 21-inch flower-within-a-star block.
I made a little "oops" in it. That dark green on the bottom left sticks out like Zoey would in a Miss America bathing suit competition....Not a pretty sight!

I was tempted to just leave it because ripping out tiny stitches is not fun.

But I decided if I was putting this much effort into these babies, they might as well look their best.

So early this morning I ripped it out.

Oh, look at the book underneath. . . that ribbon sure does match...


Monday, February 4, 2008

Citrus Sorbet

Don't you think 'Citrus Sorbet' is a fitting name for this block?


It's for the main deck quilt. I am loving the geometric--almost retro-- look of this citrus-colored block.. It would take a gazillion of these to make just a small deck quilt to toss over the glider. Well, maybe not a gazillion. I could probably get by with 100 of them.

But do I really want to do that much work for a deck quilt?

I need to make a lot more than one quilt. I would need three other smaller quilts for the chair backs and a lot of pillows. If you are new to this blog, or don't remember the deck quilts, you can click here "Deck-or-ate" to see last year's quilt color scheme. I've used them for two summers now. They are still in perfect shape.

Oh, but I am so loving these new colors. Just look at sixteen blocks together.





I guess I will just sew merrily along until I get sick of it. If I end up with enough to do the deck, then I will. If not, this design would make a cool table runner.
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