There were three sisters whose Mother embroidered 6 quilt blocks for them. All 18 blocks were done in the same blue threads. None of the sisters sew or quilt. The oldest sister asked if I would make hers into a quilt. I said yes, but I won't quilt it. I will set it together for you. You get it quilted and then I will bind it.
This is what sister R's looked like. She had it machine quilted and it turned out beautiful. The quilter took the time to enhance the pattern, going around small pieces. The blocks and the pattern really stood out.
Sister M found out that I made R's into a quilt and asked me if I would piece one for her. Again I gave the same spiel. She too took it to the same quilter and it turned out beautiful. There was nice detailing going around all the points.
Sister M then saw the other two and asked me to set hers together too. What a challenge it was in our small town, with only 3 fabric stores to choose from, to find different blues all in the same shade. But I persevered and it all worked out good. I spent a little more time on this one, piecing the borders, which meant a lot more cutting of the fabrics. These blues had a little metallic threads in them and the fabric was just beautiful. The same quilter did this one.
Now I have nothing against machine quilting. I even used the same quilter several times and I know machine quilting can be just as beautiful as hand, maybe even more so.
And then it came back to me for binding and this is what I saw.
You see Karen at Sew many Ways had a red and white fabric swap. I sent in 125 - 5 inch squares and in exchange I got 125 different 5 inch squares!
I opened this package last night after our marathon canning fest and I was so tickled.
I played with every pieces. I grouped them, I regrouped them and then I started allover regrouping them again.
My mind is a whirl on how to set them together. For some reason blue and white vintage fabric keeps popping into my head. Then I think solid red. I sometimes see solid white. How about all polka dots? Maybe strips. I then fall back to the vintage blue and white.
As for as a pattern to use, I'm open to any suggestions.
In this group I love the leaf fabric, it has a white square just big enough to embroidery something on it. Something like thanks to Karen I got these awesome fabrics.
I spy puppy dog prints.
I spy birds.
Something here reminds me of candy canes.
Elephants and lady bugs in the same group!
Peppermint twist and horseshoes?
I love the simplicity of some of these.
Karen even included a gift. You do the math, there were 125 who participated. She made a lot of flowered Tee's.
And the bonus was a bag of selvages. I'm not sure how many of us won a bag, but I know I was sure glad to get one. Now I need to check out one of the selvage quilt books. Here's a neat selvage blog that always has a great show and tell.
I was up at 7:30 (Okay so I'm a late sleeper). The 3 grands were arriving about 8:10. At 7:45 the phone rings, it's my favorite BIL (the one that's like my little brother). He says "What time does the retiree blacksmith get up to pick corn?" I said "soon". So as soon as I hung up I woke hubby up and told him "time to pick the corn" (If only it was time to make the donuts I would have been happier.)
Grand kids came and I start frying bacon and making corn cakes for them. Just as it was time to eat, the blacksmith came home, they had picked 3 rows of corn. After his 2 bigger than bushel baskets were overflowing, they threw more in the back of his jeep.
After breakfast, this is what I really wanted to work on, 3/4 of a bushel of peaches to can, freeze and make peach salsa.
Or I wanted to show you the finished mattress pad, that I tied using my SIL quilt frame.
Or I wanted to talk about this quilt top
Instead this is what we did. We hired child labor.
Even the smallest of them was a big help.We shucked corn, lots of corn.
We ended up with 27 QUARTS of cut off corn.
We did take a break and went for a dip to cool off. After all it hit triple digits here today!
Here are half of the empty cobs.
After cooking the corn, you cool it down in ice water.
We took breaks for lunch, swimming, ice cream and blackberries, and lots of gatorade. The 3 grands went home about 5. The blacksmith and I continued to work up the corn until after 7:30.
And so once again tomorrow I hope to work up the peaches. Maybe even get my make up on and my hair washed!