Saturday, June 27, 2009

here's your chance to play....

With the 4th of July quickly approaching,
our family is making a list of food that each of us would like to have on the picnic table.... So...I want to know what your favorite picnic food is....
leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite picnic food is by the 2nd of July and include your email address so that I can contact you and ask for the recipe.

Monday, June 22, 2009

my heart pines for things familiar....

no longer able to make Lancaster by lunch,
or even in a day for that matter...
and too far to be called a "quick trip" my heart aches for things that brought smiles....
a great quilt for showing off hand quilting...
sweet simplicity!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

7 naughty quilting words that begin with R...

rip repeat re-iron re-measure re-cut re-pin re-stitch
I also thought about calling this post..."Now you see it...
....now you don't!" Or how about "A bad week quilting is still better than a good week at work!"
I had a shoulda, woulda, coulda moment... in that I shoulda remeasured the blocks and sashing and I woulda not had waving sashings and borders and I coulda been done with this top and I'd be quilting it by now. I was just a few basting stitches away from preparing this top for quilting, but I know better that to think that everything can be quilted out. Once I stepped away from the quilt and came back the next morning I knew that had I gone forward with the quilting.... I would have been forever haunted by the waving sashing and borders and the little verse I heard my mother say many times when I was a child...... ALWAYS FINISH If a task is once begun Never leave it till it's done. Be the labor great or small, Do it well or not at all. UNKNOWN I think this little verse will find it's way onto the label that eventually will be stitched onto the back of the finished quilt.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

one link leads to the next...and a little bit more

One of my favorite quilters has a website, but no blog... and while popping over to see what's new in her little corner of the world, I noticed on the bottom of her web page the mention of one of her quilts in an upcoming quilt magazine. A quick trip to town to search for a copy of the magazine and a raid on some fabrics Sarah and I found at the quilt show last summer ...
One child away to the symphony and another lost in an old war movie....who can resist trying a block or two from the pattern in the magazine.
I'd love to find a blue and cheddar repro for the border, but I am trying to use up and make do with what I have. A LITTLE BIT MORE: The miniature Chimney Sweep block shown above was machine pieced by me using the pattern by Ann Hermes that appears in the August/September 2009 of Quilt magazine. Using the fabrics from my stash I was able to reproduce a block very similar to the one shown in the magazine. The fabrics I used for the block were from Judie Rothermel's Lancaster County III collection.