Monday, September 05, 2011

Tying Up Loose Ends

One of my goals for summer had been to make the things that some people requested in exchange for the cow blocks (another one arrived in the mail this week -- will post a pic in another day or so).  Today, being the last day of summer, was finally when I at least started these odds and ends.  Brenda asked for a "B" and it is finished and will go in the mail to her tomorrow.  Liz's scraps for her pineapple blocks have been cut and sitting waiting waiting waiting to go in the mail and tomorrow is the day for them, too.

Gari's cow mug rug is bonded and ready to hand stitch as are Nancy's dancing ladies.  Going to work on those two in front of the Phillies this week and hope to have them mailed by this time next week.  I'm annoyed at myself for letting them hang around so long.

I also have a PIF to do for Anya.  Our PIF has turned out to be a crafty exchange and I had one idea in mind for her, but the gift she made for me (picture to follow) arrived and is so lovely that I've changed my plan.  Bought some Kaffe fabric for Anya's project on Friday and getting it made is on the schedule for sometime in the next two weeks.

As for Muddy and Murky, the winner of those blocks is blogless [so far] Judi who writes:


Blogger Judi said...

I'd love to take your blocks and turn them into a Hospice quilt for Bonnie!
So, Judi, darling, send me your address one more time (you'd think I'd know it by now) and the M&Ms will go in the mail next Monday along with the aforementioned reciprocities.
Here's an update on the Prairie Women Journey Two Project One progress.  Slowly and steadily it is coming together.  I like this intricate lattice-and-cornerstone arrangement (click to enlarge).
No picture, but something else I did this weekend was to put satin binding on a frayed, ancient blanket.  I've recently made the acquaintance of a young woman -- early 20s, I think -- who grew up in a home of absolutely horrific abuse, robbed of her childhood, her self respect, and her potential by two horrible parents, one of whom is now beyond bars for what he did to her.  She has a security blanket, a hand-me-down from a mutual friend, and it is falling apart.  When I was asked what could be done to salvage it, I knew the only possible thing was to buy it a little more time by covering the frayed edges.  Took most of last evening to get it done, but it felt good to bring a little kindness into this kid's life.
I'm not the only one tying up loose ends.  Our dining room chairs have cane seats and for years, when one would wear out, we'd send it home with Joe's dad for a couple of months, and it would return recaned and beautiful.  Pop's been gone for a number of years, and last summer Joe took a caning class while we were at Chautauqua.  He made a small stool for his project.  This summer, he practiced the skill by making a second stool, and this weekend he began work on the chair seat that has been crying out for attention.
So it's been a pleasant and productive weekend, Near Philadelphia, and I hope the same is true wherever you happen to be!

7 comments:

Janet O. said...

I love that sashing and cornerstone design on your "Prairie" quilt.
That is great that Joe learned caning. A handy guy to have around!

KQ Sue said...

How are Joe's hands? I completely destroyed my quilter's callus'(SP?)in a caning class. Lucky you having a hubby that is preserving your chairs and the art of caning.

LizA. said...

You can hold off on mailing those pineapple scraps for a few days. We are out and about traveling near Boise and then eastern Oregon later this week. Will return home 9/11. I finally brought my completed pineapple blocks to Tuesday quilting group and 4 of them went out and bought the ruler/book. I think I started something.......

LizA. said...

You can hold off on mailing those pineapple scraps for a few days. We are out and about traveling near Boise and then eastern Oregon later this week. Will return home 9/11. I finally brought my completed pineapple blocks to Tuesday quilting group and 4 of them went out and bought the ruler/book. I think I started something.......

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The Prarie Women would be proud of your accomplishment. I love caned chair seats, my grandmother had a lovely set of chairs and when I see a chair with caning it always reminds me of her and happy times at her home when I was little; that's a skill and art form that needs to live on. :)

Brenda said...

I'm looking forward to seeing that B! thanks!

Salem Stitcher said...

It sounds like you've made a lot of progress in the past few days. I, on the other hand, haven't even taken my Bernina back out of the carrying case.

I hope you take a photo or two of Joe's chairs once he's done. I'd love to see.