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Back in quilting mode

I recently stumbled across the “stack and whack” method of making kaleidoscope quilts. I was fascinated, and decided to fool around with some of the fabrics in my stash.

Well, this turned out to be some kind of serious fun …

The ladybug fabric is the backing. I’m thinking a “thousand-miler”* option is a good idea for a table runner.

* A “thousand-miler” is my mother’s definition of a dress that could be worn for “a thousand miles” and not show any wear (like food spills!).



TEAny Hats

These are #16 – 21. Who, me addicted?

Seamen’s Church Institute is sponsoring a knitting project called “Teany Hats”. In conjunction with several Starbucks outlets in New Jersey, they are launching a program to inform customers about the importance and conditions of seamen. As an inveterate knitter, I just have to participate. I think there’s a crochet version, too … so all you yarnies out there, check this out. [These use about ten yards of a light worsted weight yarn—worthy stash-buster and easy-to-carry along handwork!]

My latest quilting adventure

I just couldn’t resist. Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Daily Deal had a gorgeous batik “jelly roll” as the Daily Deal a few weeks back, so I of course I bought it. And if you want to or do quilt, but don’t know about jelly rolls, honey buns, turnovers and layer cakes, just buzz on over to MSQ and dive in!

I thought about it for a few weeks, and then my sister sent me some great fabric and a jelly roll quilt pattern book for my birthday. There it was, the perfect pattern for my batiks. Not only is this really easy, quick and rewarding to create, the result is just beautiful! Can’t wait to finish the top and send it back to Jenny Doan and company at MSQ to quilt for me.

The book pattern is called “Decadent Victorian” (they used lovely Victorian patterns for the book photos), so I guess this one is a Decadent Batik. Fine by me.

When finished, this quilt will eventually show up in our online store—or maybe some lucky soul will contribute a zillion dollars to our capital campaign and this will be their thank you gift! Woohoo!

Quilt Jones Update

The table runner, which was made using the we-built-the-airplane-as-we-flew-it method, is ready to send off to the quilter. In this photo the finished top is sitting on the backing. We have a large table, so this works for us (52″ x 16″). But I think it’s going to end up in the for-sale department when we get our little online store set up.

I was also fascinated by a faux pleated pillow project, and I just got a “jelly roll” (a series of coordinated fabrics cut to fabric width x 2.5″), which is exactly what’s needed to make this project. Here’s how that turned out (18″ x 18″):

I’m just a sewin’ fool …