Tuesday, May 22, 2012
And on the way home, we stopped and had a short but sweet visit with Andrew, Amy, and happy Eli.
I had every intention of blogging about these events. As well as Caroline's dance recital the week before the baby came.
But I didn't. Came home to all of the hectivity of this time of year at a school with some additional wrinkles atop. I've tried for a week to catch up. That hasn't happened. Which is kind of odd for me. So I'm thinking that I just might need a bit of a Blog Break.
Now, please don't go far away! I'll be back. As soon as things settle down.
Posted by Nancy Near Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
I bought this pattern! And it is going to make a great quilt. Or two. Or three. I could see this becoming my go-to quilt. Truly I could.
Well, no, I haven't made the quilt yet. For pete's sake, I just downloaded the pattern. And I've got a few other things going on. But let me tell you some of the things that strike me about this pattern after perusing it:
. . . The delivery of the pdf was PDQ.
. . . The directions are clear.
. . . The illustrations are excellent.
. . . The cover picture is gorgeous.
. . . The designer provides alternate lay-outs.
. . . It would be easy to change the size of the quilt by increasing either the size of the block, the number of blocks, or both.
And, no, I have no affiliation with Kristy Daum (I never even heard of her until yesterday). Honestly I don't.
Could you see this made of batiks on white? On black? Could you see it made from left-over kid prints on cream? Could you see it totally and I mean totally scrappy? Could you see it a bazillion different ways? I know you could. Because I can. And once you start thinking about it and picturing all that you could do with this pattern, you're going to just have to go here and get yourself a copy. Really you will.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Before I declared my moratorium on one-line-of-fabric quilts, I had acquired four or five charm packs because I like the way they make into baby quilts, and there seems to be a need for baby quilts right now. Several quilt-worthy women are expecting in the next six-or-fewer months.
My solution has been to pick out a fabric that is not from the same line as the charms to use for the cornerstones and border. This is the second of the series that I've pieced (the first is already being hand quilted, photo when finished). The lattice finishes at 1-1/2" inches. I like the border fabric a lot.
Posted by Nancy Near Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Before long there were jelly rolls and turnovers and layer cakes and what-was-it-cinnamon buns? to tempt us. And we succumbed. For me, it was mostly because the products were so darned cute. I remember, though, buying that first jelly roll and wondering what the heck I was going to do with it.
Over time, as I've mentioned before, I have tired of the all-of-one-line look. I miss the fun of pulling bolts out and putting them together to see which I liked better with my feature fabric. And I've come to think of the all-of-one-line projects as lacking a certain spark, seasoning, zing, whatever.
I have two BOMs that have been in progress for a long time, and I've lost interest in them. I wonder how much of that loss of interest has to do with their being single line BOMs. Eventually I'll finish them.
I still have some charm packs, bought because of their downright cuteness and because they are a good solution to a need for a baby quilt in a bit of a hurry, and one layer cake that I was gifted. This week I started a baby quilt from a charm pack and chose a different line of fabric for the cornerstones and border and will use something I already have for the binding. I'm going to try not to buy any more precuts, and as I try to use up the ones I already have, adding at least one "outside" fabric will help, I think, to give the project a bit of a zing.
If I were more clever, I'd design a special button that would say something like "No More Precuts" or perhaps snappier phrasing for the same sentiment. Meanwhile, I've made up my mind to eschew those cute little charm packs, avoid those enticing jelly rolls and layer cakes and whatevers, and even try to by-pass FQ sets. Anyone else want to join me in taking this pledge?
Posted by Nancy Near Philadelphia on Sunday, May 06, 2012
Saturday, May 05, 2012
So, I'm keeping busy. Grocery store this morning. Made a meatloaf for us and one to take to Richmond when we go to meet the new baby who -- hasn't arrived yet. Have some chicken salad in progress, a meal for a Circle sister who's recovering from surgery. And, of course, sewing.
Marsha spent some of her precious White Oak time assembling the top. Last night I pieced the back from left-over whites. Bonnie contributed some fine white yarn and I'm in the process of getting all the knots tied so I can hand it over to Helen on Tuesday evening for binding.
Brian/Erin's quilt is literally four inches from finished, so there should be a photo of that project up soon.
Wishing you a lovely weekend. And continuing to wish for a phone call from Richmond.
Posted by Nancy Near Philadelphia on Saturday, May 05, 2012