Friday, October 3, 2008

My family forbids me to....

join another swap before the end of the year. And I say to them...."Thank you...just right after I finish the three Pay It Forward gifts that I need to finish and send out...after that I am done!" But in case a really fun swap comes along, I had my fingers crossed behind my back and no one thought to look. But I had a blast stitching the pillow for Anne as part of Rhonda's Pincushion Swap at Down To Earth. This week in between caring for two sick children and then coming down with my own bit of terrible cold, I was able to convert the stitching into a pincushion and stuff it and stitch it closed. I backed it with a bit of left over fabric that was the perfect shade of green. Though with the October skies taking over, I'm not sure that it looks that perfect in the photo. This is a quilt that was intended to be a wedding gift for the daughter of the pastor of a church we were attending a few years ago. When the bride heard that I was making a quilt for her, she sent back word through the grapevine that she really was only looking to receive gifts from her Target bridal registry. Which leaves me only two things to say.... We don't go to that church any more and the quilt will look great on my couch! I've decided to call it "The Big Red Barn" and will have to decide whether to put borders on her as she is already more than large enough for our couch. The search is on for a snuggly flannel backing and then that will only leave the quilting and binding. Perfect quilting for a chilly autumn day. Using the best of my time while my family was away in Indianapolis for last weekend's hockey tournament, I finished up a quilt top that is for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. The quilt will be given to the family of an Ohio soldier who has fallen in the line of duty. Ohio has lost 186 soldiers to date, and not all of the families have received a quilt. This is the third quilt that I have worked on. The blocks were pieced by quilter's across the country and I assembled the top. The quilt top will be passed along to another quilter who will quilt, bind and sew on a special label and then the quilt will be presented to the fallen soldier's family. If you don't have time to piece an entire quilt...could you spare a few minutes to piece a 9 patch block? Email me if you are interested in donating a block or two to a special project. When I first began hand piecing I began with these easy 9 patch blocks. I was amazed at how quickly a 9 patch block could be hand pieced. The blocks were pieced two years ago before moving to the farm. Last winter I machine pieced the blocks into the rows and added the sashing. I had a difficult time choosing the fabric for a border, but when I finally came across a bit of Thimbleberries with acorns, I decided that it was just what I needed to finish the quilt. The top will go into my "To be quilted" pile and wait for a spot in the quilt frame and eventually be hung in Douglas' bedroom as a wall warmer. And last but not least a sampling of fabrics that were a gift from my family when they went to my favorite quilt shop...Quilts Plus in Indianapolis! I began playing with the fabrics and I think I feel another Log Cabin coming along.