Tuesday, April 26, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

I finally did it! I did at least fifteen minutes every day this week.

Tuesday, April 19 - trimmed HSTs and sewed blocks together
Wednesday, April 20 - same
Thursday, April 21 - same
Friday, April 22 - same
Saturday, April 23 - same
Sunday, April 24 - same
Monday, April 25 - same


Yesterday I said it was finally raining. It lasted all of two or three minutes. Every time the radar shows a big storm coming this way, it either separates and goes around us, or it changes direction before getting to us. That was probably a good thing yesterday as there were a reported 18 tornadoes in the area.

Check out Kate's blog, Life in Pieces to see how many people have taken up the challenge.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Floor Monday/Stash Buster Report

Oops. Fixed.

Thanks to Kate's 15 Minute Challenge, I am finally making headway on the Depression Block Quilt, and it has enough blocks to move permanently from the wall to the floor.


I have to break into this quilt report for a big announcement. It's raining!!!!! Hallelujah, it's finally raining! I hope it continues for more than a few minutes. Now back to the regularly scheduled post.


I am including my stash report here too, not because my totals have changed, they haven't. But I have continued measuring my stash and wanted to keep it current.

I hope I don't step on any toes, but I want to say a few things. I would venture to guess that all bloggers like to receive comments. Some people like to reply to comments via email, some people reply by commenting on the other's blog, and some people don't reply at all. I hope you are not the latter. I've turned off my email on my profile; spammers found it much too easily. I miss the interaction with other bloggers, but I really really don't need any V*agra, free money, secret shoppers, or to know what Heather, Misty, Kirsten, or Keri (why was it always women?) are wearing, so it had to go. It's amazing how fast those annoying spamails stopped after I turned it off. I'm sorry for the inconvenience for those of you who like the ease of replying that way and hope the folks at blogger will find a way to have the email show to the recipients of a comment without being vulnerable to spammers.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Granny's Old Quilt

Many years ago when we were moving some furniture, my mother-in-law gave us a couple of old quilts her mother had made. She thought we could wrap the furniture in them and then throw them away. They were utility quilts made from single pieces of ticking, and I kept them because I thought they were the only quilts she had from her mother. Turns out she had another quilt that belonged to her mother. It was a signature quilt made by her mother's Sunday school class. It was in perfect condition and as my favorite type of quilt is signature quilts, I told her that was the one thing I would really like to have when they passed down family heirlooms. Some time later, when we went to visit, I noticed the quilt was gone, and she said a great niece had admired it so she gave it to her. Mind you, this was a great niece she had never met before that day. To say I was crushed was an understatement. But, it was her quilt, her family, and her decision. Mother-in-law has a huge need to be loved and this was her way of trying to buy that love from this newly met grand niece.

When the in-laws were moving here, mother-in-law showed me another quilt made by father-in-law's mother. She didn't know whether to put it in the auction or throw it out, and she asked me if I wanted it. I took it without hesitation. It's not in great shape, but it's not a cutter, and most importantly, my girls will have a quilt from their dad's side of the family as well as all the quilts from my side.

I don't know why there is a strip of aqua on one side. I thought at first that it was just a filler to make the quilt fit a bed, and maybe it was. But the more I look at it, the more I like the offset way it accents the blocks. Another interesting thing is that some of the fabrics in it are very similar to some quilts my great grandmother made. Ok, maybe that's not terribly interesting, most fabrics from the 1930's have similarities. But what is interesting is that in the 1930's his grandmother and my great grandmother lived less than fifty miles apart. It's fun to think they might have even met one time.

By the way, I love these websites to identify quilt patterns: Blockcrazy.com, McCalls Quilting

I didn't find this pattern at either website though. If anyone knows it, please let me know.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

This was a busy week, and I didn't get much done.

Tuesday, 4/12 - More HST trimming
Wednesday, 4/13 - Sewing HST together
Thursday, 4/14 - HST trimming and sewing
Friday, 4/15 - No sewing, just cleaning and sweeping stuff under the rug
Saturday, 4/15 - No sewing, trip to air show
Sunday, 4/16 - No sewing, enjoyed company
Monday, 4/17 - No sewing, dr appt and errands all day

Whew! Need to get busy this week. Linked to Life in Pieces

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Finally Did the 15 Minute Challenge

Kate at Life in Pieces has a weekly 15 minute challenge. It was just what I needed to help me keep working on this Depression Block Quilt. Trimming the HSTs on a low table was killing my back, and I considered stuffing the project in a bag and putting it in the back of the closet. But I didn't. Instead, I decided to work on it for at least 15 minutes, part of it trimming and part of it sewing blocks. It worked. I am finally making progress. Slow. But progress.

Tuesday, April 5 - Trimmed 8 HSTs and sewed together
Wednesday, April 6 - 8 more HSTs, and finished a block
Thursday, April 7 - 8 more HSTs, sewed together
Friday, April 8 - 8 more and finished a block
Saturday, April 9 - No quilting - worked in garden
Sunday, April 10 - 8 more HSTs
Monday, April 11 - No quilting - no electricity after storm

And what a storm it was. I've got pictures for the next post.