Sunday, April 3, 2011
Yes, the old saying - April showers bring May flowers. We are looking forward to heavy rains (maybe more snow) and severe lightening for the next week or so. But then we change the type of bird food put out for the new birds, change out the ice crytal salt for grass seed, change out the Christmas catalogs for Seed catalogs, and change out the snow shovels and snowblower for the rakes, clippers, and lawnmower.
Hop over to Sarah's blog - Confessions of a Fabric Addict(click the button) and check out the charity quilt challenge she's got planned. Hands2Help - quilts for Romanian children and families.
MAY FOR ME - TIP
It's time to think and plan on our May time and projects. Preparation is the key. Do you have a pattern you would love to do just for you? Do you have that special fabric chosen for a project just for you? It's time to hunt them up and start planning.
Example: I really need a new bag and have fabrics and a pattern I wish to use. I want all the little extras for my bag to. So I need to start bookmarking some on-line patterns for a zip purse, coupon and card wallet, and a key fob. And I need to find a pretty basket to start stacking my goodies in to sit right in sight. Then I know that is my plan and a great HINT to the family that this is the plan.
I finished up my UFO for my yahoo group - 'Pigs in the Barn' wallhanging. Paper pieced piggies with 3-D tails and ears, Hole in the Barn Door mini blocks - handquilted and I added some buttons for added whimsy.
And I finish up the snowball block quilt - 'Let's Play Marbles'. I was hoping this was the end of working with GREEN, but Judy's next UFO Challenge # is .... another green quilt. I'll save it for later in the month so I can play with some other colors.
Yes, the 2" square barrel was stuffed to over flowing, so a quilt called. 9-Patch blocks are easy work, but I put them together a little differently to aid in matching up those little rascals.
I lay out my squares - two sets of 9-patch at a time so I can chain those puppies without cutting threads. I sew the first 2 squares and leave the threads, keeping them attached.
Then I sew the next row of squares, again leaving the threads attached so you have a 'web'. I just finger press the first and third row seams out and the middle row in to help match seams when I sew rows together.
Here are some of my scrappy 9-patch blocks done. Using this method, I can do up a dozen or so blocks in 15 minutes. I will show the alternate block I am using with these on the next post.
April is Poetry Month
"Come, I come! ye have called me long,
I come o'er the mountain with light and song:
Ye may trace my step o'er the wakening earth,
By the winds which tell of the violet's birth,
By the primrose-stars in the shadowy grass,
By the green leaves, opening as I pass."
- Felicia D. Hemans, Voice of Spring