Friday, March 18, 2011

Just One Star

Just One Star can comfort a soldier. Everyday brave men and women are injured in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as they fight for our nation's freedom and security. Moda is extending an invitation to quilters to help with their newest challenge. The challenge is to piece, quilt and bind 100 quilts in 100 days. They need 1800 star blocks to complete their goal. The star blocks are very simple to make and the instructions are very clear. Stars are to be made using a medium red or blue and a cream background. I made my block yesterday and it didn't take very long at all. The blocks are to be sent to Dallas, Texas and the deadline is May 1, 2011. Please check out their website and get involved.

Monday, March 14, 2011

How was your weekend?

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We did although I didn't get much sewing time in. We celebrated our little twin grandson's first birthday with a big birthday bash. We also had company and did a little shopping. Awhile ago I lost my 6 inch square ruler. I didn't realize how much I used that ruler until it came up awol. So while shopping on Friday I used my coupon at JoAnn Fabric and bought a new ruler. I can't get over how clear all of the numbers are on the new ruler. Today was a busy day in the office and I have a meeting tonight. I managed to get a binding sewn onto a small quilt after work and before starting dinner. The next few days look pretty busy so I don't know if I will get back to any sewing for a few days. How about you? What are you working on?

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Blizzard Bunch Quilt

This quilt was a block of the month that we did at Guild several years ago. It is just such a fun quilt and always make me happy when I look at it. I used fusible web and button hole stitched all of the appliques. Then I hand quilted it. I love all of the colors and the fun snow people. Do you have "happy" quilts?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Prairie Women's Sewing Circle

Yesterday I attended the second meeting of the Prairie Women's Circle Club at Delphine's Quilt Shop in Gaylord. This club meets six times, once every other month for the year. We are exploring the lives of women from about 1840 to the turn of the century. It is very interesting. We have a home work assignment after every class. The first quilt we made was named Leap of Faith. The size if 17 inches by 21 inches. I machine pieced my quilt and hand quilted it and I am really happy with the way it turned out. One of the things we talk about is the fact that women made do with what they had available to make quilts for their families. Some members of the class are trading fabric and using the fabrics in their quilts. I have decided that my make do will be to use fabrics from my stash (and perhaps from my Mom's stash too). Our new home work assignment is to make a log cabin quilt that will be 38 inches by 38 inches. I really loved the sample that Delphine made and I am anxious to get started on mine.
Today is open sewing at Guild and I have decided to take some hand work to do. I am just not in the mood to haul my sewing machine and all of the things I will need to take. Plus I am at a point with my scrappy quilt that I need to cut more 1 1/2 inch squares.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cuter Than Two Bugs In A Rug

Our twin grandsons Gavin and Grady will be one year old this weekend. It is hard to believe. I watched them one day last week and they were so cute. I laid Aunt Heather's hand quilted sunflower quilt on on the floor before Dad brought them in. He just laughed when he saw the quilt and said that the boys are now into power crawling. And that is exactly what they did. The only time they used the quilt was at nap time. Dad is a huge Cubs fan so their other Grandma made the fleece blankets for them before they were born. The blankets were even used in the NICU to cover their isolates. Hard to believe that was almost a year ago already. Both of them have several teeth and as of this moment neither is walking but they aren't very far from it. Happy Birthday to our sweet little guys.