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Friday, December 11, 2009

Dressing a Bed for an Artic Blast

I have three quilts on our bed right now.

A quilter should never be cold. Even quilts that you don't "love" (like the basket one in the pictures) can keep you warm. The Green Spiderweb Quilt is over 15 years old. It is the first full size quilt I finished. I made as many blocks as I thought I wanted (I was only going to make a twin size quilt)and as I had lots of strips left over so I sent them to Joanne. She made her blocks and put them together before I put mine together. I liked her finished quilt so much that I decided to make more blocks for a larger quilt. So, as I had "donated" all my strips to her I had to buy more fabric and cut more strips. You gotta laugh!

The 7 Sisters Quilt is a favorite of mine. I plan on doing another one someday. Lots of cutting, piecing and sewing but worth the effort.

The Basket Quilt was modeled after a quilt I had seen in a Fons & Porter book. Somehow I never liked mine as well as theirs. When this weather turned really cold, I added it to the other two on the bed. May not be a favorite of mine, but just as warm.

So at our house we are having "4 Dog,3 Quilt Nights".

I hope you are staying warm! (Oh! I know Joanne is staying warm. She and Jim are currently in Hawaii enjoying 80 degree temps!)


Monday, December 7, 2009

She Loves Circles, so...???

So where is the circle quilt? I've decided that the circle quilt I wanted to make will have to wait. Even tho' I have the circles cut for it, even tho' I've been making the cute little yo-yo's for it. I just can't get perfect enough circles. The original quilt ,, used raw edged circles. I wasn't wild about them so I decided that I wanted to do applique. But doing bright colors, on a white background, really show the flaws in an imperfect circle. So my choice raw edges or wait until I am able to make more perfect circles. The quilt size I was going to do requires 58 circles. Yikes! Too much time to spend on something that I may end up hating. So for now circles are out. Maybe I will learn to like raw edges!

So I am going to work on something easier to at least get one quilt top done this month. Something with soft colors maybe. Then maybe I will do the Cameo quilt (top left). It's circular without having to make "circles". What do you think?

Even tho' Christmas is coming...find time for yourself and do what you like to do!