Today was the last 2014 meeting for our local quilt club and
it was also the day we kicked off the holiday season with a party. The members were invited to surprise our
outgoing president with 12 ½ inch basket blocks. Here’s the one I made for her. The pattern came from the Summer 2011
Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue and was designed by Dawn Heese of Linen Closet Designs.
The top row for my Jane Stickle quilt, complete with two
corner kites, is on the design wall. Had
I known just how troublesome those corner kites would prove to be…including
inset seams, I might have stopped with the center blocks and left well enough
alone. The right corner block was
especially troublesome and I’m still not sure if the time-honored ooch method
will make it work. I haven’t figured out
what went wrong making it shorter than the other blocks in the row, but I
surely do not want to re-do it.
We are having a cloudy day and I had to use the “auto
contrast” feature for this photograph.
So, the colors are not quite true, but they are close.
The first row of border triangles for my Jane Stickle quilt
is done…maybe. Somehow I managed to
reverse the order of the triangles for what is supposed to be the bottom
border. You would have thought that by my age I could tell the difference between right and left. I will put it up against the
center, and see if by chance I like the way it looks.
I am so ready to wrap up this multi-year project. The orange block in the center reminds me of a mask with a smiley face.
I started prepping one of the corner kites for applique
today. It will go with me to Sit ‘N Sew
We are scheduled to do a final walk-through of the ranch house Wednesday.
Sometimes a girl just has to play, and that’s what I did
this week. I arrived home last night with
two sore feet and many good memories from the 2014 Houston International Quilt
Festival. Thanks to a good friend who generously offered me a ride and a place to stay, I was able to go. It had been four years since I last attended and as always
the experience was made up of equal parts exhilaration, fatigue, inspiration
Here are just three of the many quilts that caught my eye.
I am always amazed at what some artists can do with fabric
There were, of course, a gazillion vendors. Here is the loot that came home with me.
I finished stitching sashings to the last five rows of my
Jane Stickle quilt last night. Slow
progress, but progress nonetheless. Here
they are with the eight rows that have already been joined.
Work on the ranch house rebuild is nearing completion and we
spent yesterday unloading boxes that the ServiceMaster crew had packed in April. I honestly thought that over the years we had
discarded most of the stuff we no longer need or can use. But, as the boxes were opened, I discovered
how wrong I was. Much of what they
contained originated with my parents including some 1934 nursing textbooks that
had been squirreled away on shelving we no longer have.
I was emotionally and physically drained by the time we
returned to town yesterday, but we really got a lot accomplished. We pressed as hard as we could since the
construction guys are scheduled to haul trash away this week. The house is a mess as the crews are still
at work, and mice have taken advantage of open doors and windows to move back
in. Appliances and furniture are back in
place, though, and it will be habitable by the time hunting season arrives. That makes my husband very happy.