Monday, April 30, 2012


I recently checked Joan Ford's "Scrap Therapy" book out from the library. (I subscribe to the theory that the more quilting and knitting books I check out, the more new ones the library will acquire, and it seems to be working!)

Anyway, my closet is becoming overrun with scraps and even a year and more of the rainbow scrap challenge isn't having enough effect... possibly because they're such a mess that I don't want to look at them, and because every time I do the scraps fluff themselves up and refuse to fit back in their bins -- resulting in more bins.

So anyway, the theory in the book is to cut all your scraps into 3 sizes of squares that can be easily used together; to do this a bit at a time but make steady progress; and then to make some cool quilts out of them.  I started with a shoe-box sized container of reds, all mushed together, and after about 3 days ended up with this:
You'll notice that I'm actually cutting the squares in 4 sizes instead of 3 because Ford doesn't include 2.5" ones in her mix and I had a lot of scraps that begged for that size. If I'd known that the scrap challenge color for May was going to be yellow, I wouldn't have started with red...  but since I have such a tiny collection of yellow scraps this year, I made quick work of them tonight:

I've saved out the scraps that were width-of-fabric strips, but the rest are cut into squares.  Of course, while looking for my yellow scraps I found another whole container of red ones.  And blue -- I'm not looking forward to those...

In other news, I attended a birthday party for a one-year-old neighbor yesterday and couldn't go empty-handed. Since she's recently started walking, I decided she needed her own tote-bag.  Lots of fun! It's about 9" square.

Coming up soon -- a review of the new Modern Quilts Illustrated magazine published by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  And -- a finished quilt.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Greetings from Philadelphia -- just needed to prove I was here!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Day in Philadelphia

I am heading off to Philly for some meetings next week, and it's a city I've never visited before. I have most of one day free -- Sunday -- to see what I can see before being locked up in a conference room.  If you had just one day, what would you HAVE to see in Philly?  I'll be downtown, and don't mind walking a bit...

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Whackie World

I love this quilt!  It's a pattern called "whackie girl" that I first saw on Nancy's blog a couple of years ago. I made a tiny version of it for a swap, and then this big one from a FQ set of "Indigo" fabric.

Edited to add: the pattern is available only from the designer, Lorena Laumer, as far as I know. Send me a note if you'd like her address.
The backing is some wild & crazy stuff from the stash -- maybe I meant to make a curtain for the laundry room out of it?  The quilting was nicely done by Margaret in Maine, and you can find some detail photos here.
And I've been doing some knitting, too. My new technique is to have two pairs of socks going in rotation, so I don't have to do two of the same sock in a row!  This is a simple rib made from some Abstract Fiber "Matisse".

Sunday, April 01, 2012

a tiny finish, and braggin' on my sister

This is my latest UFO finish -- finally. It's a tiny village, started in a class with Karen Eckmeier at least two or three years ago. I can't remember if it was at PIQF or Long Beach... 

Better, though, are these two fabulous baby quilts that my uber-creative sister made for her new grandies. She lives in Tasmania and loves the wildlife there, so she designed these fun quilts to highlight some of her favorite beasties.

 This one has a dingo and a bandicoot...
 And this one features a wombat and a ring-tailed possum...

The babies are at home and doing really well now, getting bigger and growing quickly.