Friday, March 30, 2012

Project Linus

Recognize what these blocks are?  They are split four patch, making a nine patch.  I really love the way they turn out.  This quilt is for Project Linus, and hopefully it will bring warm hugs to a youngster going through a difficult time.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bunny quilt top

Even though it's just the quilt top, I was so excited to get this pieced, that I have to show it here.  This bunny pattern is in the March/April Quiltmaker magazine.  When I saw the pattern, I knew immediately that I just had to make it.  (Like I needed another project?  Seriously?)  Anyway, it was fun to piece, and after a few misplaced squares, etc., I think it's got everything where it's supposed to be.

It's Spring Break here for the school children, so we've had one or more of the DGC a fair amount this week.  We're so very fortunate to have them so close by.

One week from today and we're off to New York, and then Washington, D.C.  Can you tell who's excited?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring? Really? travel and Quilting (of course)

Well, I hear that quite a bit of our great country is having terrific spring weather.  We have had a few little dustings of snow in the last week or so, and then on Wednesday night much bigger flakes started falling and we woke up to probably 3 or 4 inches of the white stuff on the ground.  The poor daffodils are so unhappy, and branches have broken off the flowering plum and cherry trees.  Usually I love having snow, because we generally don't get much, but this is a month or so too late, seriously!

I am pleased to report though that today is very nice and sunny and the weather folks say we are to have several spring-like days, so I think there is hope for us.

I have been doing some research and planning for our upcoming trip to New York City and then Washington, D.C.  After our time in NYC, we will rent a car and see some sights and end up our trip in D.C.  It's been quite some time since we have been to either place, and we are very excited about going again.  The last time was just about four months before the tragic events of  9/11.  One of our sons and his family will be in NYC with us most of the time, so that will make it extra special.

I was thinking of a quilt this morning that I made the latter part of last year, and I don't think I posted it.  It was a block-of-the-month from Bunny Hill Designs, called Henrietta Whiskers.  It was such fun to make.  I really love their patterns.  I'm working on another one of their patterns called The Night Before Christmas, but not very diligently, so it will be quite a while before much is done with it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Project Linus, Wildlife quilt and Sallie's Quilt blocks

This is the latest Project Linus Quilt I made.  The car fabric was given to me and it is English cars - MGs, Jaguars and some unknowns.  It was cute though, and hopefully some little guy will enjoy the quilt.
The quilt above I actually made two of in 2011 - one for each of our adult sons. I used portions of two June Jaeger patterns:  Gone Fishin' and From the Wild, and some of my own design.

 The following quilt was at first intended to be for Project Linus, for a bigger boy, but DH looked at it and said he would like to have it, so it is his now.  The bears and fish blocks were fussy cut from some fabric that I used a bit of in our sons' quilts.
And then - the project I am working on now.  I think I showed a few stars in my last post, but I have continued to make these stars since the retreat.  The pattern is called Sallie's Quilt.  I don't have a design wall, so our guest bed has to do.  I think I have 36 blocks done and I need 41.  I am a glutton for punishment, and have increased the size from queen to king sized, so it will go on our bed.  There are border blocks and sashing between the blocks, and they will be set on point.  I am anxious to move on to working on another part of it.
The quilt peeking out from beneath the blocks is one a I made a few years ago called Spring Beauty by Rabbit Factory.

Sunday was just a beautiful spring day and then this morning we woke to a dusting of snow, which is almost unheard of in our part.  The poor crocuses, daffodils and azaleas just don't know what to think!

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