Charity for Calgary

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I made my #justoneslab block for Alberta disaster recovery and I’m mailing it (typical for me) at the absolute last minute! Cheryl Arkison organized it based on a block from her “Sunday Morning Quilts” book. I loved this book and it was really fun to improvise this block. Thank you Naptimequilter for organizing such a fun charity project!

I had to include this irresistable “Goodnight Moon” fabric. This book had special meaning in our house because my partner and I memorized it to recite to our oldest daughter when we were trying to transition her to her own room. I hope it helps someone transitioning in Canada.

That orange number

Yesterday was a gorgeous sunshiney day to take a walk through Fremont and Ballard – my legs even got sunburned!  Then I rushed home with the borrowed SLR to snap this finish.Image

It is a little too orange for me, but it was great to take my #scrappytripalong blocks into my exploration of modern quilt design.  These were supposed to look like transistor chips, and so I was really happy when my SIL looked at the quilting and her first comment was “Oh these look like circuits!” I feel like this was my first improvisational work in quite a while and I loved piecing the back, which once again took longer than the front.

I put together a design wall this past weekend and I can only imagine what a difference this will make: I was laying out quilt sections and blocks and strips on my floor before!

First finishes of 2013

I started piecing this the day after Christmas and was able to present it to my mom and her husband last week. It was only started 8 years ago! I no longer have most of the fabrics that were used in this quilt because I gave them away when we had to move in Vancouver. So it is a little trip down memory lane and includes childhood clothing scraps and stuff. In some ways I like the back better, which is pieced from some Amy Butler I’d been hoarding over the years – good colors for my mama too.

Log Cabin Hearts


Log Cabin Hearts - back


And while I’m sharing, I taped my #scrappytripalong top up too…I kind of lost interest after four blocks (used some of my log cabin scraps too, had plenty left even after the pieced binding) and turned them into these little postage stamp dust bunny thingies. That is a lot of orange. My friend Toni loves orange but I wonder if this is too much for her.

Dustbunnies top

Bread Tabs


Although I had Halloween costumes to make and hoped to finish two smaller quilts at the end of this month, inspiration struck me in the weirdest way when I was putting a bread tab into the junk drawer and noticed my collection. Saving bread tabs seems to say a lot about me as a enviro-hoarder, but I also really loved the shape, I mean how perfect is it for square block applique? And of course a hand applique project is just what I needed right now (no, it isn’t). I just finished my 4th blue one so I am almost ready to make a THIRD quilt this month. Can I do it, or will video games keep me away?