I used a random number generator to choose a winner from those who commented on my post about Working With X-Blocks Rulers. Drumroll, please……..the winner is Linette Greene! Linette, I’ve sent you an email, please respond to that with your mailing address and I’ll send out your prize of a Mini X-Blocks ruler and a pattern. Thanks to everyone who played! And if any of you do decide to try an X-Blocks quilt, I’d love to see it!
If you couldn’t make it to my Quilt Market Review on Saturday, would you like to now join me on a photo tour of the Studio?
Here is the front entryway:
Don’t you love the hayfork? I found that in an antique store in Missouri a few years back:
This is the view that greets you as you come in the door to the Studio:
As you look to the left, you come to the “Civil War Corner”:
A closer look (hmm, I didn’t know they had stereos like that back then <grin>):
Looking across the room reveals more fabric, patterns, and Paintstick supplies & samples:
And to the right more books and the “Twirling Tulips” sample:
Let’s go into the back room now for some refreshments:
And while you’re snacking you can see a demo of the AccuQuilt GO!
or browse through some new books and lines of fabric:
Finally, if you need to sit for a while, maybe you would like to help me sew some blocks for this sample that isn’t quite finished yet?:
Thank you again for coming, whether in person or in a virtual visit. I hope you’ll come back very soon!
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It was a busy day at the shop – that was good. It helped keep my mind off of what I had to do when I left work today. In this post I showed you a picture of Annie. Annie is our lab mix who came to live with us on our first anniversary (hence her name – short for Anniversary Dog) back in 1995, when she was just 8 weeks old. Which makes her 14 now. That’s about 98 in human years. She doesn’t hear so well, doesn’t see so well, and for the last year or two has had trouble with her back legs. She had trouble standing up, her back end would start sinking. And she couldn’t always make it outside to do what should be done outside.
And in the last week or two she was pacing a lot and panting. Which the vet had told us were signs she was in pain. So we decided it was time to put her out of her misery. I *know* we did the right thing, but it still hurts. We had her all but one year of our married life. We lived with her in 5 different houses (plus 2 motels) in 3 different towns. And she caused us all kinds of problems, like chewing through the cable TV and telephone wires, and digging out of the backyard fence, and jumping out of the 6 foot high kennel – several times, and jumping out of the window of the rental house (ripping the screen and messing up the trim), and stressing out during thunderstorms, and, oh, – I can’t even think of all the other things. But you know what??? We loved her anyway. And no matter how much we ignored her or got mad at her or yelled at her, she loved us right back. Pets are funny that way. People should learn from their example.
So long, dear Annie. Thank you for sharing your life with us. We’ll look for you at the Rainbow Bridge…..
One of the guilds I belong to has an interesting way of creating a raffle quilt. A theme is chosen, fabrics are selected, and block kits cut. Anyone who wants to participate can purchase a block kit and make a block to fit the theme. The blocks are displayed at our quilt show and voted on by the public. The first 3 places are awarded cash prizes, and then all the blocks are assembled into the following year’s raffle quilt.
This year I was on the raffle quilt committee. We chose the theme “Everything Old is New Again”, and tried to incorporate the idea of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” by asking guild members to donate pieces of fabric from their stashes to use in the block kits. And one member offered to donate a Dream Green batting from Quilter’s Dream – it’s made from recycled pop bottles.
We gave them each a piece of this fabric to use as an inspiration for colors:
Then we sorted through the donated fabrics and chose ones to use for the kits.
I think we had about 14 blocks turned in. We also asked them to make 6″ finished blocks from any leftovers from their kits – these wouldn’t be judged but would be included in the finished quilt.
I had a plan on how to lay out all these blocks, but as often happens, the quilt had other ideas. So it took a bit longer to put together than we planned, but the piecing was finished the end of January, and I had the quilting done just 3 days before it’s first public display! Our Winter Farm Show (like a county fair) is held in February and we traditionally sell tickets for the quilt in the room where the needlework and crafts are displayed. This is the first time anyone can remember that the quilt has actually been totally finished for the Farm Show. Yay Us!!
Oh, you’d like to see pictures of the finished quilt???? Well, sure, here you go……