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Signature Quilt

My husband and I went to a wedding this weekend.  I am making a signature quilt for the happy couple. 

When I make a signature quilt I precut the squares to be written on (for this quilt they are six inch square, white on white pieces) and take them to the reception to be filled out by the guests. If you place the fabric piece on a piece of oatmeal paper, they don't wiggle and slide around so it is easier to write on them. 

I provide several fabric pens so several people can complete squares at the same time and not have to wait in line.  Often guests will take the supplies back to their table to complete their square.

Busy, Busy, Busy

This has been one of "THOSE" weeks.  Besides the usual crazyness of a school week, I've had negotiations meetings, union meetings, mentoring meetings, meetings with parents, and a school board meeting.  This hectic schedule reminds me of one of the many reasons I love quilting.  Quilting can be done for hours or days at a time but you can also  work on quilting projects for minutes at a time.  I truly appreciate this aspect of quilting when I have such a busy week.  I can come home and play in my studio for a few minutes or even an hour before I drift off to sleep.

Easy, Inexpensive Cutting Table

Not everybody has the need, money or space for a permanent cutting table.  Most people use their kitchen table, dining room table or banquet table as a cutting table to layout and cut out quilts.  Although using one of these tables as a cutting table will work,  I always end up with a sore back for a day or two because those tables are a little bit too low and standing half bent over for hours pulls on the wrong muscles.  

I have found a solution ----- and better yet, I have found an inexpensive solution ----- and even better yet, I found this inexpensive solution on clearance!!!

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a holiday in the state of Illinois so I was fortunate enough to have a three-day weekend this weekend.  Even though I had extra time, I kept very busy.  I got to see both of my sisters --- but not together!

We took a ride to Michigan to visit one of my sisters.  While we were up there we took another ride through Buchanan to look at the Buchanan Scarecrows.  They are all on display in their glory and are soooo much better to see in person.  We stopped for lunch at a great  little place called the Diesel Diner, which by the way, has a scarecrow by the cash register!  The ride was exceptionally pleasant too as the leaves are starting to turn colors.  I do hope you get a chance to see them (the scarecrows and the leaves).

Quilting For Dummies

I guess I am a little slow on the draw sometimes.  I'm sure you have seen the recognizable black and yellow books for dummies.  These are "how to" books for everything imaginable.  I have even joked when something didn't turn out quite right around the house saying things like "Maybe I should buy Cooking For Dummies."  or  "I guess I need  Computers For Dummies."  I never imagined they had one for quilters!

Through the Eyes of a Child

I sometimes find myself being very conservative, especially with color.  I love earth tones, muted colors, pastels, brights, tone on tones and basic colors.  I find myself asking if the colors "go together" rather than if they "look good together".  I like balance.

I know what I like when I see it but am sometimes leary of taking the leep to create unconventional combinations myself.

Ready, Set, Quilt!

You already know I love quilting!! In fact I have to make a habit of sitting down at the computer BEFORE I begin working on a quilt, designing, or playing in my studio. Otherwise, I quilt until I'm so tired I can't focus on the computer screen and then tell myself I'll catch up tomorrow!!!  If anyone knows how to put more time in my day, or more days in my week (especially the weekends!) please let me know.

Comment Contest

Congratulations to Cat from Davenport, Iowa who posted the following comment and won the One More Quilt mug full of goodies!

Patterns, patterns, who's got the patterns?

 I am a simple soul . . . because I don't have time right now for anything fancy! My favorite pattern is the nine patch, at the moment. You can change the look and style with just a few simple steps - add borders, turn them on their points, etc, and get a different feel and a fantastic quilt every time. :)

 

Quilt Revival

I've been working on reviving some old quilts this week.

I love working on and finishing old quilts for people because I believe every quilt should be finished, used and loved.  Besides --- it's not a quilt until it's quilted!!!

Many people inherit, find, or are given old quilt tops.  Most don't know what to do with them or how to finish them.  I am delighted when they bring them to me.  The person who made the quilt top intended it to be a quilt and for some reason never completed the process.  When I get to work on these treasures,  I get to to finish the quilts so they can be used and loved as intended by the original creator.  If there is a story that goes with the quilt top --- its a bonus.

Hawaiian Quilting

This is the week at school when I introduce quilting and my yearly quilt project to my class of second graders.  Our reading story this week is Luka's Quilt.  Luka's Quilt is about a little girl and her tutu (grandmother in Hawaiian ).  This is a cute story which includes much information about traditional Hawaiian  quilting and the quilting process.  There is also some conflict resolution thrown in for good measure.

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