Well, I let a couple of weeks go by without a note from me. That means this will be a busy post what with all the catching up. Here we go. . .
First up is step four of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt Easy Street. I skipped step three for the moment until I get around to getting a couple of special rulers to make those blocks.
Here is a challenge block I made for the Modern Quilt Guild using Madrona Road fabrics. As you can probably tell it is supposed to be a variation on a log cabin block. Well, this is a rather wonky log cabin, but I kind of like it anyway.
Pizza Box Challenge
We are doing a pizza box challenge at Chattanooga Quilt Guild this year. Each participant put six coordinating fabrics (1 yard each) in a pizza box that will be exchanged every month so that by the end of the year we will have enough blocks made by different people to put into a quit. Our challenge coordinator, Lauren, made up a clever murder mystery to go with the monthly exchange. The clue for the first block indicated that the block had to include a square.
That seemed simple enough. I decided to make a practice block before cutting into anyone’s good fabric and since I had more of the fabrics I sent in my pizza box, I use that to make the first one. My fabrics are mostly red and green and I hope to have a Christmas quilt when the challenge is done. This is paper pieced and from Vol. 1 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. This block is called, “Happiness in a Block.” I like the name and was happy that it came out to the right size. The block on the left is from my fabrics and the one on the right is the good one, and I think the second one has better contrast than the first, although I like both of them.
We exchanged boxes again at the February meeting, so after next month’s meeting, I will show you the next one. We got to see all the blocks made before the exchange and it was very exciting. I love this challenge.
If I am counting correctly, this is my fourteenth pair of socks since I learned how to knit them a couple of years ago. Wow! I can hardly believe that. And I have started another pair already. There is something comforting about sitting and knitting, and it makes watching TV feel a little less wasteful.
Week before last, Raymond came home with a couple very cool things and totally surprised me. He had been on his way home from the store and just happened to be driving by a house where they were taking things out to the side of the road. He stopped and talked with the couple and found out that they were moving and couldn’t take everything they had and were setting a few things out for people to take — for free! He had stopped when he saw this cute jewelry cabinet thinking that I could probably find something to put in it. Wow! This is one of those things that I have secretly coveted for years. Not particularly for jewelry, but gosh, can’t you just see all those little drawers filled with sewing things? I can. And it’s almost like new. The finish is beautiful, the drawers are lined with dusty rose velvety stuff. Wow! What a wonderful husband he is.
While chatting with the couple about their upcoming move and all, he mentioned that the only thing that would make the surprise even more perfect was if they were also getting rid of a treadle sewing machine. He was not sure at all why he even said that, but it turns out they did and he got it!
I have been talking about getting one of these for years. My friend Willa has started a treadle collection, and several quilters whose blogs I read love them. They like the straight stitches they get with a treadle, and the idea that they work when the electricity is down is cool too. This little beauty has seen some use, but I think we can get it up and running with a little TLC. It belonged to the woman’s great-grandmother. It came with a belt and one extra foot that I think is some kind of narrow hemmer. The hand crank turns smoothly, which is a good sign. According to the serial number this was probably made in 1914, which makes it 99 years old. How cool is that! Right after I got it, I sent an email to the Singer Company asking if they had any information on this one and today I got a message back from them. It is a model 127 and was manufactured on August 6, 1914 in Elizabeth, NJ., and I downloaded a free manual from their website. Isn’t that cool!
On the studio re-do front, I got the file cabinet cleaned out (who needs all those tax return papers anyway) and slid under my desk. I have some piles of files to go through and put back in the drawers, but there will be plenty of room for my quilting files too. One day we may get around to painting it white to match everything else, but for now this is fine.
We had a cuddle quilt workshop at Chattanooga Quilt Guild last Wednesday. The plan was to use three coordinating fabrics to make three different quilts with a nine-patch technique. I am not sure I like the fabrics I used, but here they are anyway. The print has different colored letter of the alphabet on it. These are just tops — I still have to quilt them.
Birds of a Feather
I also made more progress on my Birds of a Feather quilt. I cut and sewed the borders on. The next step is to applique some vines all around the center part and add some leaves. The original quilt has more birds in the border, but I don’t know if I will do that with mine. I am thinking of making the vine from one of my darker reds so the green leaves will contrast a little. Seems to me that would look better than all green on the border.
Pushing Up Spring
Here is a blast from the past – Pushing Up Spring – an online block of the month that I started working on a couple of years ago. I dug it out to look at the other day and decided to stitch on a few blocks. I’ve finished three more just in the last few days. If you remember, there are sixteen all together so the finish line is in sight. I love these bright colors.
Finally, I also made a few more pot holders. These are lemon ones. maybe I will end up with sets that I can use as gifts. I know I don’t need this many.
Hopefully, I will write to you again next week. Happy stitching!