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Friday
Feb262010

Granny's Quilt

I received this quilt top from my Granny.  She told me I could have it if I would finish it, so I better get to work.  It was made for her as a wedding gift in Humphrey, MO in 1935.  At least that's the date and location on most of the blocks.  Each block was hand embroidered and then sashed together with a yellow fabric.  I have yet to find any blocks that are the same size and the sashing was quite wonky.  I picked it all apart and I'm adding a blue border around each block.  Then I will trim them all to the same size.  I didn't want to cut the original blocks at all. 

I also need to do a bit of research, because some of the blocks say Humphreys and others say Humphrey.  I know it's hard to see, but the embroidery work is really beautiful.  I have no idea how I am going to do the quilting, but I will have quite a bit of time to think about it while I prepare the blocks.  Definitely quilted by hand and something that doesn't interfere with the embroideries.  Stay tuned for more blocks as I get them sashed.

Tuesday
Feb232010

Home Cooking

I just finished reading "Home Cooking" by Laurie Colwin.  Although it sounds like a cookbook and there are recipes in the book, it is not really a cookbook.  Each chapter is an essay about an experience or memory of cooking.  She has definite food opinions and writes about both the good and the bad, which I found quite refreshing.   I really enjoyed reading this book and definitely recommend reading it if you enjoy cooking. 

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin

 

 

 

 

 

The next book on my list is "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Diana Gabaldon from her "Outlander" series.  It's a monster with 978 pages.  I've read all the other books in the series, so I have to read this one too.   Can't leave Claire and Jamie just hanging. 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb172010

Saturday Sampler

I see that I haven't posted about my Saturday Sampler progress in a while.  Thankfully, its not because I am behind, it's my slow picture taking.  This is the December block called "Crossings."  I did mine a little different than the pattern, but I like it better this way. 

The next block is Whirligigs.  It is a set of 3 blocks sewn together.

For February, we are starting the large center star block.  All we had to do was sew three strips of fabric together.  That is not too exciting, so no photo.  

Sunday
Feb142010

Road Trip

We finally got a date sorted out to deliver "The Quilt".  Not all of us could go, but that's kind of the way life is.  Brigitte, Kim and I drove down together.  Sally had already been planning a trip down, so we would meet up with her on Saturday.  By the way, "down" is the Washington D.C. area.  We arrived late Friday night and stayed up chatting for a while.  Then we tucked into bed. 

Saturday was our shop hop day.  We met up with Sally at G Street Fabrics.  I was a little disappointed as it was not like I remembered.  When I lived in the area, that store was packed with fabrics, fancy fabrics, patterns, trims, buttons and just about anything sewing related you could think of.  It still has a huge selection, just not as overwhelming as it used to be.  I guess people don't sew much anymore.  The second stop was a very cute store in Burke, The Artful Quilter.  My purchases there included clothesline (don't ask, but you may see it in a project) and a new marking pencil.  I try every marking pencil know to man searching for the perfect one. 

We were hungry and stopped for lunch at Aladdin's.  I had a delicious hummus sandwich and tried a green smoothie, which I liked a lot.  I may start juicing, we can go into that if I ever decide to share my odd eating habits.  We gave Cheryl her quilt and she was so surprised.  No picture because I still haven't learned to take pictures of everything. 

The best stop was the third stop.  We went to Jinny Beyer's Studio.  What a charming shop.  What fabulous fabrics.  We each bought a tiny charm quilt kit to commemorate our trip.  I also purchased "The Quilter's Album" by Jinny Beyer.  There are over 4000 blocks in there with both line drawings of the blocks and pictures of pieced blocks.  Each block is noted with the date and source it first appeared in print.  It really is an amazing reference book.  The shop started getting a little busy, so a few minutes later Jinny herself appeared to help out.  I'm not sure who was chatting with her, but she wanted to see the quilt we made.  How exciting is that!!!  Here we are at her shop.

That's me, Kim, Cheryl, Sally, and Brigitte.  Here's another picture.

Look, that's Jinny Beyer in the picture with us.  Just too exciting!  Thank you to the very nice lady that took these pictures for us. 

The last stop of the day was a knitting shop by Cheryl's house.  I don't remember the name.  2 balls of sock yarn and a pair of the shortest circular needles I have ever seen.  Then we went to Cheryl's house to rally for dinner.  Here is another picture of us and the quilt.

In case you don't remember who we are, that's Kim, Cheryl, Sally, Brigitte and me.

We had dinner at a crab restaurant, which was really tasty, but also a lot of messy work.  Then it was back to Cheryl's and off to bed.   Sunday was spa day and that was a real treat.  We went to Poplar Springs Inn.  I had a manicure, a Dr. Hauschka facial, and a Raindrop Therapy massage.  It would be very easy to do that every Sunday.  We had a lovely lunch and then it was time to go.  What a great weekend.  Maybe we'll do it again sometime.

Tuesday
Feb092010

More Quilt Blocks

Ok, more of the individual blocks of Cheryl's quilt.  Most of us are or were members of Turtle Creek Quilt Guild so Sally did this block.  A turtle dancing in the flowers.  It is just too cute.

Next up is Lois' block.  She's standing on a shovel in her garden.

I saved Brigitte's block for last.  It's because she is an overachiever.  She had her block done about two weeks after we started this project.  Umm, the rest of us weren't quite so quick.

Don't you just love those silver beaks.  She came up with the sunglasses idea too.  After all the blocks were done, we gave everything to Betty.  She is a master at putting a mishmash together into something wonderful.  She made a few extra blocks like these flowers and sunshine.

I did the quilting and Sandy sewed on the binding.  Kim and Brigitte made this label.

We were so pleased with ourselves when it was all done.  We couldn't just mail it off.  It deserved a road trip to be delivered in person.   And what a road trip it was!  That will be in the next post.