Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Bit of a Break

Joe and I had a wonderful time visiting Aberdeen Elizabeth and her brother and parents weekend before last. It felt so good to snuggle with someone that little. It was great to see Tom and Anastasia and to play with Nate.

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.

First, though, I really must share my Degas photo.

Now, please don't go far away! I'll be back. As soon as things settle down.

I promise.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

She's Here!

Aberdeen Elizabeth
May 10, 2012

Look What I Bought!

No, I didn't buy fabric. Really I didn't.

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

Babies Abound . . .

. . . except for the one who is most on my mind, now eleven days late. But enough said about that.

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.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Pondering Precuts

I remember so clearly the first time I discovered a charm pack. It was on a shopping trip on a Friday afternoon, on the way to White Oak. I bought one and bought some yardage of a different fabric and made a baby quilt, framing each charm with one of the different fabrics and making cornerstones out of something I already had with me. I was delighted with the outcome. Other White Oakers had also bought these cute little packs and were busily sewing charm to charm for quick, easy quits.

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?

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Tie One On

Here's Blackberry, who's indignant because Joe has been away from home for two days (though he came home to sleep late last night) attending the Synod Assembly. The two of them are pretty much inseparable and while the dog likes me well enough, it just isn't the same. And I'm getting tired of the dirty looks, as if it had been my idea for this to happen!

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.

The Uvulati became aware of a need for a quilt or two for military veterans who are undergoing hospice care. One of our members contributed some terrific red, white and blue fabrics, and each of us made two star blocks. 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.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Never Forget

Allison Krause
Jeffrey Miller
Sandra Scheuer
William Schroeder