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Monday, April 18, 2011

Just One Star

Like many groups (and individuals), my local group is making blocks for our armed forces. We're participating in the Just One Star challenge sponsored by Moda. The blocks are due by May 1, which gives everyone less than two more weeks to get a block made and mailed. I'm hoping they will receive many more blocks than they were expecting! :)

It's a very easy block to make, with oversized setting triangles to make trimming to size easy for those who are actually assembling these quilts.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An award ;)

I have my twin to thank for this one:

Thanks, Jill! Even though I had a difficult time figuring out how to meet all of the requirements for the award, I still appreciate it. So here are the rules:

Put the logo on your blog. (done!)
Thank the giver and give a link to her blog. (done!)
List seven characteristics of your personality. Hmmm … that's a hard one!
  1. I love being at home.
  2. I love to travel. (These two aren't mutually exclusive, after all!)
  3. I'm stubborn.
  4. I love my family.
  5. I'm a dog-lover.
  6. I love quilting — obviously. ;)
  7. I spend far too much time online.
List seven more blogs with their links and notify these people that they have "won" this award. Now, this is really difficult! It's not that I don't think at least seven people have amazing blogs; it's more a matter of will they be irritated at having to do the same thing? Oh well, here goes:

  1. My twin sister, Jill, whom I'm so proud of for coming so far so quickly in her quilting!
  2. Sally, who does some of the most gorgeous quilting I've ever seen — much of it feathered.
  3. Michelle, who has accomplished so much even while moving twice in just a few months.
  4. Diane, who designs and quilts beautiful quilts for various fabric manufacturers — and also has them published!
  5. Susan, who does lovely work and teaches her local (winter) group what she knows.
  6. Another Sandy, who also has a fun podcast that I enjoy.
  7. Geta, who does gorgeous work in Romania, where it's frequently difficult to find supplies.


That's it! I hope everyone enjoys visiting these blogs. :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dessert

It's been a while since I've posted anything I've cooked or baked, so I thought I'd post this today. It's a mango tart, courtesy of my sister. She knows how much I love mangos and kindly shared the recipe with me. Unfortunately, I can't really share the recipe, since it's not hers; I don't have permission to post it. But let me tell you, it's delicious and very easy to make. The green flecks you see are lime zest, and the crust is really puff pastry. I took this one to our daughter's house last night. :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Cecilia's Circles

Do you remember when I posted about making a lot of Drunkard's Path blocks? I've finally finished the quilt, including the label and a hanging sleeve, just in case I want to hang it at some point instead of using it to snuggle under. :) I had a lot of fun putting a zillion of the feathers I love so much on this one! You can see them better in these detail photos, one from the front …


and the other from the back. In this last photo, you can sort of see that the smaller partial circles were quilted exactly the same way as the larger ones; look near the center top.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My quilt inspector approves!

Bisou has her own quilt, a little braided one I made several years ago. It lives at the foot of our bed, and she sleeps on it every night and sometimes during the day. Today I stripped the sheets in order to wash them, and this is what I saw when I came back to the bedroom to put fresh sheets on the bed:


She'd put several of her toys on our new Winding Ways bed quilt and then made herself comfortable on top of her own quilt, which was on top of ours. Isn't she adorable?

Friday, April 1, 2011

A bag

I haven't posted lately, because I'm saving the handwork on my Drunkard's Path quilt to take with me to a quilting day on Sunday with some friends. Other than doing the hand sewing on the binding, though, the quilt is finished. :) I'll post a photo when I get that last bit done.

In the meantime, I've been working on a bag, which is something I rarely do. However, this time it's a special bag, nicely padded, that I'll be able to use with my iPad when it arrives. The pattern I used is by Annie Unrein, called the MiPad Case. It features an adjustable strap, a zippered outer pocket, an inner pocket, and a central front panel done with Texture Magic. I used Annie's Soft and Stable to pad the case, and I think it will work out great. :)

I already had the bamboo batik, the solid black and the bright pink I used for the piping, as well as the handle hardware, in my stash, so all I needed to purchase were the zippers and lining fabric. It's so nice to be able to make something from stash! :) The bamboo print is black and white, though it sometimes looks sort of navy, depending on the lighting, as you can see in the photos.

By the way, I had a couple of questions during the bag's construction, and I was delighted by how quickly Annie responded. :)