Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Have you ever lost a sock in the dryer? How does that happen? I think there is another dimension in my laundry room and that is where all those missing socks are hanging out together.
When I saw the Sunflower Patch book by Teri Christopherson, I noticed the applique quilt called Lost Socks. I am still new to applique and this quilt did not have any hard angles. I had fun making it using Pearl Periera's freezer paper method. I finally got it quilted during my Christmas break; simple stipple. I love the way it turned out. It is nice and long so it will be used while I am stretched out in the recliner.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Jane A. Blakely Stickle made the original Dear Jane quilt in 1863 during the Civil war. It has 225 patterns or blocks, with triangles, and four unique corner pieces for the border. There are over 5,000 individual pieces in Jane's original quilt. The blocks are about 4.5 inches square.
You can read more about her at the Dear Jane web-site
Just before Christmas I had an appointment with a new quilting client. She brought me a Dear Jane quilt done by a friend who had passed away. The quilt has 10 rows of 14 blocks each. There is no border. The workmanship is excellent. This was the first time that I had ever seen a Dear Jane except in books. The blocks are so small and the piecing is so intricate, I couldn't take my eyes off it. My client wanted stitch-in-the-ditch (SID) throughout. Wow, that was going to be a lot of work. I was excited and scared to death all at the same time.
I started work on the quilt on New Year's Eve. I wanted to document my progress with this special quilt. I have a few photos of blocks that I quilted and photos of blocked that I quilted, ripped out and quilted again.
The little red things are plastic to hold the quilt in place. That is how the quilt came to me. I decided that I would leave those pieces in unitl I get to that block and then snip them off. They fly all over the room when clipped. And the litter the floor of my studio. Here is my progress so far.
December 31st - 9 blocks
January 1st - 18 blocks
January 2nd - 14 blcoks
January 3rd - 22 blocks
January 4th - 21 blocks
January 5th - 10 blocks
January 6th - 7 blocks
January 7th - 0 (slacker)
January 8th - 10 blocks
Sunday, January 02, 2011
I love having a Dwarf Meyers Lemon tree in the yard. I can grab a lemon for chicken or shrimp and it is nothing but fresh.
On Christmas day, my grandkids came to visit. I needed a lemon and asked the Gavin, age 5 and Madison, age 3 to go out and get a couple lemons off the tree. Well, that was so new and so exciting to them that they brought in about a dozen lemons. They had fun and we might as well get them off the tree before the next rain or before the gophers get the tree.
Since Christmas, we have had another storm and very cold temperatures, in the 20's and 30's. I'm fixing chicken tonight so I needed a lemon. This is what my husband brought in from the tree. Yeah, that is way more lemons than I need. But now I know where the grandkids get their ideas of portion control. We are supposed to get freezing temps again tonight so I'll just squeeze those lemons into ice cube trays and save the cubes in zip-loc bags.
My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.
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