Tuesday, January 16, 2018

three generations postscript

seven years ago...

 the Fat Quarter Shop had a Christmas Block of the Month available... 

 Everyone and Her Sisters were making the blocks and posting them each month... 

really cute blocks... 

and, of course, i drank the Kool Aid... 

the FQS kits were generous with fabric, and there were almost enough leftovers each month for Melissa to make a block, too... 

one of my Favorite Bloggers in the Whole Wide World offered us her scraps and leftovers...

 and Melissa and i were off to the races...

we made each of the blocks as the kits arrived...

yep, we actually kept up with the Rest of the World
 and had all twelve blocks (times two) finished In A Timely Manner...

Melissa wanted to finish hers just like the pattern, and ordered the finishing kit... 

 i wanted to use green instead of blue, so i ordered some yardage for the sashings and the borders...

since we were on a roll 
and it looked like we were actually gonna get the flimsies put together,
 we ordered backing and binding fabrics, too...

all of the goodies arrived
 and we ooohed and aaahed at them...

we put everything together with the binder of the monthly patterns and the finished blocks...

fast forward seven years...

 a couple of months ago we found all those Goodies in the Great Pile of Stuff...

i said
  i'm gonna put my blocks together and get mine outta here!

and Melissa said
i'm gonna finish mine before you finish yours!!!

a few hours later, we both had flimsies...

seriously, it couldn't have taken more than three or fours hours...

it was another hour or two to get the backings together and prep the bindings...

in the meantime...

LuLu added a few more squares to her Very First Ever flimsy 
and chose a sweet reindeer flannel for her backing and solid red for her binding...
my sweet LuLu and her sweet flimsy

we sent off all of them to Liz Bowman for quilting...

 and they came back from Michigan full of frosty quilted goodness...

a few more hours for the bindings...
dianne's FQS 2010 Christmas BOM finally finished in 2017
Melissa's FQS 2010 Christmas BOM  finally finished in 2017
LuLu's Very First Quilt Ever
LuLu is NOT fond of sewing down her own binding, so i helped
 and our three generations had three completely finished quilts in time for Christmas...
we were MADE FOR EACH OTHER!!!

woo hootie hoo!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

majority rules

yikes - apply the brakes!!!

progress came to a screeching halt on the thistle quilt...

i twiddled my thumbs for a few days
 waiting for SOMEONE out there to agree with ME - ha ha ha!!!

it turns out that Melissa and Jennifer and Amy were the Majority and, 
keeping Samuel Adams* in mind, i listened to the People...

*It doesn't take a majority to prevail
but rather a tireless, irate minority,
keen to set brush fires in the people's minds.

no more peeper borders
no more cream background
one batik for the sashings, the other for the binding
and 
corner stones

big problem, though...

 of the two purple and green batik fabrics - which were supposed to be sashing and/or binding - exactly NONE of them played nicely with the thistles... 
this was supposed to be a From Stash quilt, so Melissa and i searched for ANYTHING in the Great Pile of Stuff that would work 
and found Not One Thing... 

unless...

maybe...

i had 14 inches left of a half-yard cut of my favorite purple from the thistle blossoms...
and it just happened to have the name of the fabric line in the selvage - Timeless Treasure The Reclaimed West by Judy & Judel Niemeyer - so i started searching for more of it...
neither of the nearby brick and mortar shops had it, but Over the Rainbow did... 
 so i placed an order...
put all of the bits and pieces away...
and waited...

and that's okay cuz there are puh-lenty of Other Things To Do around here...

anywho, when three yards of kinda bright purple fabric arrived a couple of days later, i thought it was gonna be too much purple and waaay too bright...

so i dragged my feet getting it pre-washed 
and dried 
and pressed
 and folded to cut...

i had to make corner stones anyway, right?!? 
the sashing and corner stones needed to be 3 inches wide - and 9 square inches of any one of those greens was gonna be about  5 square inches too much...

nine patches or square in a square?!?

there wasn't enough of most of the greens to cut more than a few little squares, so nine patches won out...

and after i put all of those little squares together into bigger squares, i was still not Feelin' the Love for the purple... 

having already gone through the first 22 letters of the alphabet
 i came up with Plan W - just in case - and started cutting a bunch more little green squares to sew into 8 inch strips for the middle of those purple 24-square-inch rectangles...

which was a Total Waste of Time cuz the purple actually looks pretty doggone good...
the blocks are sewn into rows...
and after the Oppressive Heat 
drops from the high 90's to the mid 70's tonight
i'm gonna press the seams...
Melissa, Melissa
little sistuh

how does your garden grow?
and see if the tireless, irate minority is keen to set more brush fires...


Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns;
 so also the mind of Man.
Teresa of Avila

p.s. - i'm linking up with Mama Spark's WIPs With Friends

Thursday, June 8, 2017

wwyd?

i had a plan for Melissa's thistle quilt 
and i thought it was pretty much a done deal till this...
wicked looking, aren't they?!?
1) i think that the peach inner border needs to lose an inch, and i was gonna do that by trimming it down and then adding a purple peeper border...
 but then i thought that maybe it should be a green peeper border... 
so i asked Melissa what she would do, and she said that it doesn't need a peeper border cuz it already has that little purple border around the center and another border would be redundant...

hmmm...

secondly) i had planned to use a purple/green batik for sashing around the thistle blocks, but when i saw the blocks next to the center, i thought that maybe the cream background fabric would be a better choice...
so i asked Melissa what she would do, and she said that there is puh-lenty of cream already and since it's gonna be a wall hanging it needs to be darker and not lighter so it doesn't always look dirty...

hmmmm...

c) i was not gonna use corner stones... 
but then i thought that maybe the thistle blocks need that extra definition...
so i asked Melissa what she would do by that time she was starting to get really annoyed with me, and she said of course it needs corner stones...

hmmmmm...

and lastly) i have a limited amount of the purple/green batik - well, actually i have a limited amount of TWO purple/green batiks, and there isn't enough of either of them for the sashings and the binding...
and i thought that maybe i should use the rest of the peach inner border fabric for the binding...
so i asked Melissa what she would do, and she told me that i didn't need to worry about the doggone 'cept she didn't say doggone binding till i have the doggone 'cept she didn't say doggone that time, either top together...

hmmmmmm...

and that is why the thistles are no further along now than they were two days ago...

well, that and the strawberry jam challenge...

i dunno ... what would YOU do?!?

It is easier to prevent thistles and habits
than to uproot them.
Austin O'Malley

p.s. -  i'm linking up with Mama Spark's WIPs With Friends