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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.

Comment Contest

Here it is.  A One More Quilt mug full of goodies.  Enter this drawing by posting a comment to this post ( http://www.onemorequilt.net/blogs/laurel/2009/09/comment_contest )  telling us which quilt pattern is your favorite!

The Teaser

The last week saw a slow-down here on the One More Quilt blog.  I was feeling a bit under the weather, and was a little slow to get the blog posts out.  I'm better now, and back to blogging.  We all have things that comfort us when we're not feeling well.  My favorite is to be snuggled under one of my favorite quilts with my daughter serving me hot tea.  No matter what my ailment, that helps me feel better.

Buchanan Scarecrows

Here is a sampling of the Buchanan Scarecrows I've talked about!!!  These scarecrows are fantastic.  I am very happy to have found out about these works of art and am delighted the creators are able to use up my humble batting scraps.  I'm not sure if it's because I was born to parents who lived through the Great Depression and taught me to be frugal or if it's just my nature but I hate to throw anything away.  I also like to do my part and reuse and recycle as much as I can.

I See Quilts!!!

Even when I am not quilting, many things make me think about quilting.  I'll see a tiled floor or wall and see a quilt pattern.  I'll see a child's drawing and imagine how it would look in a quilt.  I have to admit I am a doodler and have been known to doodle quilting designs and patterns during a staff meeting here and there.

I was working with Tangrams ( a set of plastic shapes you use to duplicate a shape or design shown on a card ) with my class at school and found it very easy to move the shapes and develop quilt patterns!  The shape cards have abstract shapes and things such as animals, boats, tents, houses and more.  All of the shapes can easily be cut out of fabric and pieced into a quilt!!!

Respect the Quilts

A quilter came to pick up a couple of her quilts I just finished quilting and in the course of our conversation she told me that one day when she went over to her son's house she found one of the quilts she had made laying on the garage floor!!! 

She did say that her daughter-in-law had used the quilt while taking the baby for a walk and it had fallen out of the stroller onto the floor, but,  it had not been picked up.  It was just lying there.  She was not happy.

Baby Quilts

I love baby quilts.  I love babies.  All of a sudden I have the opportunity for several!!!  Two of my fellow teachers are going to be new parents and one of them found out she is expecting twins.

I would love to hear from you.  What is your favorite pattern for a baby quilt?

The expecting parents have not decided  yet how the nurseries will be decorated but I am anxious to at least decide on the patterns.

School Quilt

The beginning of the school year is always very busy.  We attend teacher institute days, take part in training sessions for new curriculum and computer programs, decorate our classrooms, shop for supplies, copy worksheets, hold meetings, organize grading systems and lesson plan books, plan the new class quilt project and this year we are in the process of negotiating a new contract.

Paint Chips and Quilting

I survived the first week of the new school year and decided to reward myself with a little trip to the fabric store.  I wanted to buy some fabric for a quilt for one of the newly painted rooms in my son's house.  Off I went with paint chips in my hand.

Next time you paint a room, you might want to try this:  Take your paint chips (the little strips with several paint colors from the paint store that you use to choose the perfect color when you paint a room) to the fabric store with you.  Use the paint chips to choose the perfect fabric to match your walls.  It is amazing what a room looks like when the quilt you create truly matches the color of the room instead of just being close.

Happy Meal

My grandson, who is also my little quilting buddy, was very disappointed when he found the girl's toy in his Happy Meal today.  He was not at all happy to find the American Girl toy rather than the expected toy car.  This was, after all, the back to school celebratory Happy Meal!!!

Finally, after a long time, Little Fish decided to at least look through the little book about a girl named Addy.  Pretty soon his disappointment turned to excitement.  The little book talks about making a Story Quilt and contains two templates and two sheets of stickers so he could create his own story quilt.  Little Fish said to his mom, "I can make quiilts just like my Grandma.  You've got to see this.  I did it all by myself." 

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