Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rescued - Quilt-as-you-go, strip-by-strip

So, now I have four strips of rescued blocks with their sashing, and four strips of backing. I cut the backing and batting strips an inch wider and two inches longer than needed, just for fudge factor, in case fudging is necessary. It makes me feel safer. The last thing I want to do is making a patch mid-process just because I didn't cut a straight strip.

The closet doors are useful.
Here's my first strip pinned to its batting and backing, both batting and backing cut slightly larger. I use straight pins, sparsely spaced, to make free-motion quilting easier. I used to use a lot of basting spray, but it's hard on my lungs, and this works fine.

Sewing very close to the edge of the quilt sandwich.
You can see I made a little rotary cutter booboo while cutting this strip. I'm ignoring it. I was listening to This American Life while quilting this Rescue quilt. My little round blue-tooth speaker is so handy!

Quilt, then trim the edge that will be sewn onto next.
Notice that I did not take the quilting design all the way to the edge. This is so that the quilting on the next strip will overlap into this one and blend in.

Now about this free-motion quilting I did. The loop-in-a-loop design was a complete experiment, and I'm very much a beginner. I would have done something different if I hadn't noticed too late that all my loop-in-a-loop designs looked like a bunch of pimiento olives. Jane said the design might drive her to drink!

Now for adding the next strip. As you know, quilting pulls up the fabric so that it seems shorter than when you started. I had to allow for this and make sure my next pieces, particularly the backing, were the same length as the first strip before it was quilted.

I pinned the new top strip to the top, and the new backing strip to the back.

The pinned layers.
 I used my walking foot for stitching the strips together, pulling all looseness out as I sewed. It went together easily.

This is the backing after it's been stitched and pressed.
The next step is to insert the batting. I've pressed both the front and back seams flat, above, but need to fold both back in order to add the batting. I learned, through sad experience, that it's a good idea to pin back the layers. It is all too easy to accidentally catch a fold of fabric in this next step. Note, in the photo below, the pin next to the needle, holding back both front and back layers. I butted the raw edge of the seam to the raw edge of the batting and used a wide "walking" zig-zag (is that a good name for this stitch?) to sew the edge of the batting and the seam allowance. If the batting slightly overlaps the seam allowance, no problem.

IMPORTANT: Your machine WILL stretch the batting. You can't let this happen. Or, let's say you can, but if you do, you will be unstitching and doing it over. I've forgotten this more times than I want to admit, but fortunately for me, ripping out these stitches is easy, and the extra threads handing around don't have to be removed. PREVENT the stretching by pushing the batting toward the needle as you stitch. Be very stubborn about this. Make it look like it's almost going to be gathering the batting. When you're done, everything will lie flat. This is a lot easier to do than I make it sound, and is actually one of my favorite things to do.

The finished "walking" zig zag.

After the batting is attached, I folded the top and backing back over the batting and smoothed it down, pinning the backing near the seam. I turned it over and smoothed the top, pinning it near the raw edge. I turned it over again, and smoothed from the back, repinning as needed. It always amazes me how much smoothing needs to be done, but I make sure my last smoothing is done on the top side. I always think there will be loose fabric that might cause little tucks, but I've never had it happen.

Backing smoothed and pinned near seam.

Top smoothed and pinned near raw edge.
Smoothing the backing again, moving front pins as needed.

When I was satisfied, I quilted the second strip, as before. You can see, below, how the quilting lines blend across the seam into the areas I had not quilted on the first strip.

The quilting blends across the seam line, which runs from top to bottom in this photo.
I continued following the same steps to add all the strips. I also added the top and bottom sashing/border, using the same method. I have done several quilts using this QAYGSBS technique, and I like it a lot. No more struggling with huge quilts in my domestic sewing machine! My quilting has improved since this quilt, too. You are not as relieved as I am. I gave the quilt back to Jane, who'd gotten the unfinished top at a garage sale, and encouraged her to use it for picnics.

The finished Rescue quilt

The finished back.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Rescued first steps

Rescuing the old quilt blocks Jane had picked up at the garage sale wasn't an easy process. Once the horrid yellow sashing was removed, I had 29 usable blocks, but they were of varying sizes, and some were very nearly falling apart. Some of the fabrics were stained -- had the quilters used the finished blocks as coasters for their coffee cups. Or maybe someone told a joke, and someone else spewed coffee all over. I carefully washed the stained blocks, and most of them washed out almost 100%.

Look - hand stitched!

OK, this one's got "character." If I'd made it myhself, I would be embarrassed, but since it's someone else's work, I can smile and enjoy. The stains came out.

I decided not to worry about points. If I had made that a criteria, only a few blocks would have been usable. Some of the pinwheels turned left, and some turned right. This made for a layout challenge, and also helped me decide which blocks to omit. I laid it all out on my floor, since my design wall is in my studio, which is closed for the cold winter, and pinned a number to each block so that I could put it back together again. Straight pins. I know. OUCH. But my fingers do not like safety pins, so straight pins it is.

I framed each block with 1" strips a la Ricky Tims' skinny trip trick (ask me if you want to know), and then decided to use a bright red sashing.

Quilt-as-you-go, strip by strip, was my plan, so sewing the whole top together only happens as the batting and batting are added, strip by strip.

These are the vertical strips, still separate. Apparently I used the camera flash for this one.

The next job was to prepare the backing. My quest is to use up what I have as much as possible, so I chose an old piece of chambray that had faded on its fold lines. It has fascinated me for years. I decided to cut it apart and piece it so that it would be interesting to look at.

My assistant, Buddy, approved of the completed strips. If he weren't blind, he'd like it even better.

Next is the quilt-as-you-go process. See my next entry for how that went.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


There's something about abandoned quilts-in-process than intrigues me. My good friend, Jane, bought this one at a garage sale, out of the kindness of her heart. She brought it to our Guilty Quilty Girls Quilting Guild and Friendship Garden Stitch and Itch guild, and we all agreed it was UGLEEE. The wide and unintentionally wavy sashing between the blocks was Pennzoil-yellow and varied by as much as two inches in width. Where they had run out of yellow, they used unbleached muslin. There were puckers everywhere. The block fabrics vary from very thin to very thick. The hand-sewn stitches are large and crooked.

Someone, at some unknown point in the past (probably many decades ago, considering the types of fabric) spent a lot of time hand sewing the blocks, with dreams of a beautiful, finished quilt, and then probably gave up when they saw the problems with it. I suspect that someone else, at a later time, added the ghastly yellow sashing, since that work was done with a machine. 

Once the garish yellow sashing was removed, the blocks looked better.

"Rescued" blocks
There had been 30 blocks, but one of them absolutely was not rescuable, so with 29 left, I've decided the completed quilt will use 24 of the blocks. It's interesting that the blocks visually spin in either direction; the fact that the upper right dark triangle is placed sometimes horizontally and sometimes vertically (and changes the orientation of the rest of the colors on the block) jumped out at me and makes my eyes go bonkers. I'll just have to ignore that. I think.

This will be the third abandoned quilt I have "rescued," and it's the most hopeless. A close look at most of the blocks reveal that I will lose most of the points. I will see what I can do, and will just have to live without points.

"Life Lessons" completed

I'm laughing to myself about the title -- as if life lessons could ever be completed!

Life Lessons, hanging on our gate
The checkerboard border ties in the blue from one of the blocks that, previously, had stood out like a sore thumb. Sometimes you just wonder why certain fabrics are chosen by the store for BOM blocks! I could have bought a solid piece of fabric and saved a lot of time, but since time is no longer money in my world, and I have more time than money, that's why I pieced the front border. Ditto for the back border, below,.
Life Lessons, back
This lap quilt is 56x71, quilt-as-you-go-strip-by-strip. The fabrics on the back are leftovers from the  "Going Postal"quilt.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Gladys Quilt

I think I am finally nearing the end of posting all my finished quilts of the last couple years.

I love my new in-laws. I have been lucky both times around in that my in-laws have been sweet and caring. So many people aren't as blessed as I am! When we visit each other, we have a great time. I've been wanting to make a quilt for MIL (Mom-in-law), and when she and I were running around garage saling back in September, I noticed she was looking for a quilt for her guest room, a room I've been privileged to use a lot! She was looking for something with blue flowers, I noticed. I was glad that she wasn't successful, because now I knew exactly what she wanted.

It took me awhile to find the right fabric. I wanted large flowers, somewhat realistic, not cartoony. Kaffe Fassett had the right stuff.

Like her son, she said she didn't want it too busy, so I designed large blocks that would go together quickly. If you squint at it just right, the blocks look like a curling ribbon.

Gladys quilt
The finishing was done QAYG, strip-by-strip, adding an unquilted strip, front and back, to each finished quilted strip as I went. No skinny sashings, no folding over raw edges and pinning and hoping you actually caught the fold in your front stitching. As I quilted, I left an inch or two unquilted at the raw edge of each strip, so that after adding the new strip, I could blend in the new quilting stitches over the seam, and you can't tell at all that it is QAYG. I could quilt about two strips per day before needing to let my body do something different.

The Gladys quilt, finished
The Gladys quilt back
I used scrap fabric I had on hand for the back. The borders are leftovers from any blue quilt I'd made in recent years. Whew! Was that ever a lot of work! It took longer to put the back border together than it did all the rest of the quilt put together. So the end result is reversible: front for summer, back for winter.

Oregon Ducks

Back in Woodland I had noticed I had a plethora of green scraps, so I started sewing them together in strips, simultaneously fusing them (stitch and flip) to triangles of fusible, planning on making another string quilt. The fusible would make it stiffer, which is good for a quilt destined to be a hanging or a picnic quilt.

Then, on moving to Oregon, I took note of the Oregon Ducks logo, and the loyalty of nearby residents, so I decided to make an Oregon Ducks quilt. My O isn't quite the right roundish shape. I wonder if that matters!

Putting this together was a quickie, once I decided what I wanted to do -- and I didn't need to spend a week piecing a border!

Oregon Ducks

Above are the triangular blocks on my design wall -- a couple of Walmart blankets stapled to tack board that is nailed to my studio wall. Those cheap blankets work better than any flannel or fleece I have tried for the purpose.

Oregon Ducks, back
QAYG: On the back you can see the quilting lines. For the first time I worked up enough courage to try just anything I felt like trying. I let the machine take me where it wanted. Each triangle has a different quilting design that I came up with on the fly. Each strip was quilted before I attached a new unquilted strip. The back is made of leftover fabrics that I wouldn't have used for anything else. I added the plaid patches just because I thought they would make a boring back interesting. After all, who wants a boring back? *snicker* I added a sleeve for hanging.

Oregon Ducks, complete
I was dismayed at the waviness of the edges, but it was a lesson learned; next time I will pull the binding a little tighter. I soaked the finished quilt in the washer, ran it through the dryer for a little while on very low, then finished drying by hanging it outside over the deck railing. The waviness disappeared. Hurrah!

Going Postal

Going Postal
This quilt is a kind of landmark that starts my new quilting life in Oregon. It's the first one that was completely made here, not started somewhere else.

My sweetie helped me pick the fabrics, which was interesting. It's so much fun going to a fabric store with a man who really wants to be there! He wanted novelty fabrics that depicted his hobbies: postage stamps, primarily, bicycling. Since there weren't enough fabrics in these categories, we added some that included bridges and boats.

The back almost looks like a solid piece of fabric, though it is quilt-as-you-go, block by block, from the method used in Beth Donaldson's Block by Block book.

Going Postal, block stack
Above are the blocks, sandwiched and ready for quilting. I used spray basting, though I realized in retrospect that it wasn't necessary. A few straight pins would have been enough.

Going Postal, quilting in progress

I'm still moving into my new 10x20 studio. It's quite a change from my 40x40 Hideaway, so I haven't organized my excess junque yet. During my first months here, I added laminate flooring on top the previous plywood, and then tore out all the ugly, sagging shelving on the right. IKEA was the source of the wire basket storage -- I love them for the fabrics.

I quilted each block, mostly just straight lines, or stitching parallel to the seam lines about 1/8" away. Deliver me from stitch-in-the-ditch (SITD)! SITD is about the most difficult quilting possible, at least for me, because I want to stay in the ditch, and that sewing machine will wander out of it, and then my quilting isn't perfect. If you are not trying to stay in the ditch, it isn't so noticeable if your lines are a tiny bit off.

Using Beth Donaldson's method for joining the QAYG blocks didn't require an extra strip of fabric, a big plus, IMO, but it still involved folding the raw edge in the back over the seamline just right and stitching it just right, even though you are working from the opposite side when stitching. It is easier than it sounds, but not as efficient as the QAYG row by row method I used for Oregon Ducks (yet to be posted), or the reproduction one I posted last night.

When it was all put together, I still needed to quilt down the sashing, but that wasn't too bad. The quilting looks primitive, because my experience is primitive, but it's done, and on the bed, and matches the walls.

I learned that making a quilt to someone else's design specifications is difficult. Sweetie thought all the prints in my blocks looked "too busy," hence all the plain blue and white sashing, but then he was so enamored with the look of the reproduction fabric quilt, which is very busy, that I'm beginning to think he would have liked Going Postal just as well if it were as busy as I'd originally planned it.

One benefit of QAYG, besides not having to have a wrestling match inside the neck of your sewing machine, is that only minimal pinning is needed, and you can use up pieces of batting left over from other projects; you don't need a new bed-sized piece.

Falling Stars

You may have noticed that I seldom post photos of my entire quilt laid out (or held up) flat any more. That's because I had one design "stolen" from me, adapted very slightly, and sold as a pattern online. I know that we all inspire each other, and  we often use someone else's idea as a stepping stone for our own new creations, but to take one, almost verbatim, and SELL it, well, that takes the cake. I'd rather make them work for it just a little. Smile.

This next one is a charity quilt, made from blocks donated to me for the purpose. I interspersed the gifted blocks with purple fabric I had on hand. It has embossed stars on it, which I learned are somewhat plasticky. The sewing machine got a little stuck on their stickiness, AND they melted when ironed! I don't know where I got that fabric, but it was also donated to me, and I donated my remnants to someone else after I warned them about its shortfalls.

We had a big garage sale in September, 2014, and between customers, I put these blocks out on the ping pong table in the garage and arranged them, preparatory to quilting. They turned out to be a real conversation piece. Quilting is a big thing in this locale. We are about 30 miles from Sisters, renowned for its annual outdoor quilt show in its quaint downtown area.

Falling Stars, in production

I used spray basting for this one, as I have for most of mine until I started doing QAYG. I didn't have any batting on hand that was unpacked, so I used a brand new twin mattress pad. I hadn't realized how thick a new mattress pad can be!  This is probably one very warm quilt. When doing the free-motion quilting, I alternated large stars and loops, free motion, down each row. It went pretty fast, but it probably didn't help my physical therapy issues any. I need to take a look at the ergonomics of my various sewing stations.

This quilt is the first of several recent quilts where the borders are pieced scraps that I had on hand. It saves buy more fabric, and it whittles down the stored scraps, but it is a lot of work. It took longer to cut and sew and trim those borders than it did to put the rest of the donated blocks together. I'm using a lot of my donated threads, too. I will need to make a pink quilt in order to use up my pink thread. Pink, hmm... Not my favorite color.

Falling Stars, complete
When Falling Stars was finished in the spring of this year, it was given to a lady who has a terminal diagnosis. She was thrilled with the quilt.

Thunderbird blocks

I mentioned, before, the quilt I'd made that brought $2,000 at a benefit auction in 2013 inspired others in my high school to repeat the performance. In 2014 I was asked to join a group to make 12" quilt blocks that specifically represented our school. So many made promises and didn't come through that I ended up making three blocks. I can only find photos of two of them. I made them from fabric I had dyed myself.

The first is a silhouette of our water tower. The second is a depiction of our Center Campus (I cropped it crooked in photoshop, but it really is straight in real life), a circle with four benches around it where we often gathered to shoot the breeze. The third, not pictured, is a picture of a burning yellow candle on a purple background, with words something like, "In memory of our dear friends who have gone before." I don't remember the exact wording.

The total number of donated blocks was 12, and since there was no color theme, they didn't go together well, at least to my eyes (my colors were very strong and bold compared to the rest), but many said the result, made by a friend who collected the blocks, was beautiful. That donated quilt was lost for a year and when finally brought up for auction, had a dozen others to compete against, so it didn't bring as much as our class had hoped. The end result was wall hanging size.

Goodbye to Woodland

I've decided to name this quilt "Goodbye to Woodland," because while making it I made the Big Move from single widowhood in Woodland to marital bliss in Oregon. The first photo does not show the true colors, probably due to the warm light florescents above it when I took the picture in Woodland. It was spread out on my ping pong table in my huge (40x40) Hideaway studio. A ping pong table, by the way, is a marvelous tool for quilters, providing you have the room. I don't have room for it here in Oregon and have been trying to find a home for it.

"Goodbye to Woodland" was the 2012 Block of the Month from Beverly's, and maybe my last ever BOM. I added the plain blocks so that it would be big enough to go on my queen size bed. The BOM blocks were all from a book about log cabin blocks, the name of which I will share once I get A Round Tuit. It remained in this unfinished condition for 18 months.

Goodbye to Woodland

My new husband was very interested in getting a new quilt for his (soon to be our) king sized bed, so that presented a border matching problem for me if I was going to enlarge this one. I began perusing quilt shops for fabric. Even at that, I knew it would be temporary, because the colors were not attractive to his color-blind eyes. He says they look rusty brown, or something like that, but he probably doesn't really know what rusty brown looks like. He can see and likes blue.

No longer owning a huge Hideaway Studio, I set my ping pong table up in our new garage and spray basted the top, batting, and back together. Then I started quilting it on my Janome. I did the quilting in the house, since my new studio is too cold in the winter to spend long stretches of time while running the ex$pen$ive wall heater. Instead of tedious rolling and unrolling, I bunched it and quilted one block at a time. My neck ached, and then my shoulders, and then my arms. My rotator cuff complained.

Goodbye to Woodland, being quilted

The above photo, by the way, is truest in color of these three shots. I could check my journal and see how long the quilting took, but I think it was about a week, or maybe two, a few hours a day. We had lots of other things going on, so I didn't do it every day. My favorite block of this quilt, by the way, is the one showing at the top. I wish I could find the directions for it, or the name for it, so I could make more without having to do any math, even though I profess not to be a traditional quilt-making enthusiast. I want to make one-of-a-kind original, artsy quilts, whether or not they would ever be used for warmth or bed decoration.

Goodbye to Woodland, in use
Buddy Dog thought I'd made the quilt just for him, I think. He was most appreciative. Every time I lay out a quilt for photographing, he tries it out.

Six weeks of physical therapy later, I decided that never again would I quilt an entire quilt on my machine. I know I don't want a long-arm, because I wouldn't use it enough to justify the expense, and I don't really want to spend tons sending my quilts out for someone else to do. Enter the Serious QAYG (quilt as you go) phase.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hammered Dulcimer Cover

About five years ago I discovered a new difficulty with my right hand while playing the piano. I went to a hand surgeon, but he could see nothing wrong. Two years later it was worse. I had difficulty reaching an octave (8 notes), where before I had been able to easily reach 9 notes and could stretch to 10. I was beginning to have trouble playing even three-note chords. Then, with a little help from the internet, I diagnosed myself: Dupuytren's contracture. It tends to run in Scandinavian families, and surprised not the next hand surgeon I visited, who, when he learned I was Swedish, agreed with my self diagnosis.

Piano playing for fun and pleasure had become an exercise in frustration and pain. I decided to learn a new instrument. I wanted to take up something that not everyone played, because thereby I could more easily become an expert. Haha. I decided on a hammered dulcimer, since it didn't involve breathing (problem: asthma; recognizing myself as a mere mortal is so difficult. I decided not to renew my so-called skill with the clarinet or trombone) or as much finger dexterity as many other instruments.

So I perused eBay and bought a hammered dulcimer from a man who had purchased one for his grandson for Christmas. The grandson had been begging and begging, and then decided in November that he wanted a keyboard instead, right after his grandpa had bought him the HD. So I got a good deal, though not a steal, on a brand new Songbird 16-17 chromatic HD.

My hammered dulcimer

Living on a dusty farm, as I did in 2012, I knew I needed to protect my instrument from dust. I covered the HD with a towel for awhile, but it wasn't pretty.

I decided to quilt a cover about the time a friend invited me to go and peruse the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. It was a super experience, the beautiful work so inspiring, after which we went shopping at Hancock's of Paducah, and I found just the music-themed fabric I needed. It was soooo tempting to buy more, but I resisted. Sometimes my buying resistance is too strong.

Hammered dulcimer cover
I made a wonky music-themed cover, and quilted a big treble clef right in the middle of it, meandering and looping elsewhere. It is reversible, should I want to turn the cover over for a quieter look. The other side is all one piece:

HD Cover, reverse side
What I learned while making this cover:
  1. I trimmed this quilt to the shape of the hammered dulcimer. Next time I would leave it as a rectangle and let the corners hang down. The weight of the corners would more likely keep the cover from slipping and let it drape better.
  2. Next time I might use flannel as batting instead of the 80-20 I used, which turned out to be a little stiff and not as drapey as I would like (see #1.

Life Lessons

Our local Beverly's in Sacramento did a Block of the Month  (BOM) every year, and after several of them turned out to be batiks every time, I happened to mention, within hearing of the woman who chose the fabrics, that I was tired of batiks and wanted to try something else. So this time, 2011, she chose tiny prints. I guess you could call them reproduction fabrics. Some of the combinations I didn't like, so I replaced them with prints from my own stash.

It turned out that not too many quilters liked this particular BOM choice, so Beverly's went back to the tried-and-true batiks the following year.

I have a little rule I follow when it comes to BOMs: Make the block immediately after picking it up. Therefore, I have had these finished blocks sitting in my UFO bin since December 2011:

Life Lessons
I decided to call this one Life Lessons. I learned a lot while doing this quilt, which I started putting together last week.

At first I looked at the blocks and thought: How is this every going to turn out anything but ugly?
Then I looked at my fabric stash and thought: I need to buy fabric for sashing and borders.
Then I looked at our post-property-tax bank account and thought: I don't have money to buy extra fabric; I'll have to make do with my stash. So I did. That's a life lesson -- making do. Sweetie was pleased.

Having needed six weeks of physical therapy after quilting my last big quilt on my domestic Janome, I have decided I am not going to do that again. Since making these quilts overlapped, there is no way I could make these posts chronological. I did QAYG, quilt-as-you-go, row-by-row. I like this method better than quilting the blocks and then dealing with folding seam allowances on strips of fabric to attach the blocks, front and back. If anyone is interested enough to ask, I'll write a post about how I did it.

This is where I am now, put together and quilted, border to come (ignore the blue quilt underneath):

Life Lessons
I actually kind of like it now. It looks old and comfy, like something I might have pulled out of my great-grandma's trunk. My favorite block is the one in the upper right. The colors and prints in it just make my eyes happy. Sweetie likes this one, too, which surprises me, because he doesn't like "busy-ness," and with all the scrappiness of this quilt, I thought it would be too busy for him.

The backing is leftovers from a previous quilt, and the border will be little squares of scraps on hand. It will have a different color combo than the main part of the quilt. I am hoping it will look okay! More to come on this one. I hope to finish it by next week. Will share front and back photos when done.

Visalia Star

I saw a quilt that had this intriguing star on it, couldn't find a pattern, so I drew it up myself, only later learning that it is called Hunter's Star. I am calling it Visalia Star, because the dear person who donated the fabric to me is from there. We decided it would also be a charity quilt, so it has gone to the children's Oncology unit at the Mercy Hospital in Sacramento.

Below is the finished layout of the top. I think it might be crib-sized, but works for a lap quilt. This was done in February, 2013, before going on trips to Missouri, Iowa, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, etc., during the rest of the year, eventually ended up with my meeting my sweetie in the fall of the year.

Visalia Star layout

By November, 2013, the quilt was finished. I actually did some more demanding quilting -- my first all-over meander (woohoo!) -- than my usual wavy or straight lines. I like the look.

Visalia Star, finished

The saga of Friendship Grows

I've shown the progress of the making of this quilt in a couple of previous posts. Click on the labels at the bottom to see its beginnings. A friend gave me the fabric scraps with the stipulation that it be a charity quilt. Most of my charity quilts have gone to children in the hospital and to law enforcement for comfort for children taken from their homes in scary circumstances.

At first I liked this quilt so much that I could hardly give it away, but I'd made a promise, so I kept to it. When I heard that my high school was looking for a quilt to auction for a fund raiser, I offered this one. It was auctioned off at the 2013 Reunion for $500. Then those who'd purchased it thought they could raise even more, so they took it to the Arizona Adventist Camp Meeting, and auctioned it off for $2,000! That's a lot for a little 42x42 quilt like this, but it went for a good cause.

The auction made such a splash that the next year everyone wanted to make a quilt to auction, and there were so many quilts that they didn't get nearly the proceeds that my one lonely quilt had gotten. I heard they were lucky to get $50.00 for a quilt. I count mine "lucky" i.e. blessed, to have brought in so much.

Friendship Grows

Onward we go

See my other blog, Mrs. Noodles for details on my life's series of Speed Humps.

I'm going to be catching up on my quilts now, or soon.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pieced words

For some reason, the image of this quilt has been sitting in my blog drafts for a very long time. Perhaps it is because I'm not sure if I've already posted it or not. In addition, the letters that I so painstakingly pieced don't stand out in the photo, though they are quite visible in the quilt itself.

This was a charity quilt that I donated to the children's oncology ward at the local hospital.

I used graph paper to draft the letters, used only straight strips of fabric with no curved seams. I wish I had taken pictures of the process! It was a challenge - but fun - and something that I want to do again.