Posts Tagged ‘quilt’

I was in the mood to applique, so I made another 4½” Dear Jane block.  When I went to add it to the other blocks I’ve already made, I found that I’m missing 6 blocks.  I don’t know whether they’re just misplaced or got lost in the move.  Hopefully they will eventually show up, I’m not looking forward to making them again.  4½” is not the easiest size to work with in piecing or appliqueing blocks. 

The Dear Jane quilt is comprised of 225 patterns.  If I want to finish making this quilt, in my lifetime, I’d better pick up the pace a little. 

Jane Stickle Quilt

Below  are the blocks I’ve made so far.
Uncle Homer – A_6
Pinwheel Gone Awry – A_1

 I ripped out the bottom block 3 times, trying to match seams and points.  My rule is that after the third time it has to stay, no matter what.

Hunter’s Moon – A_3
Simple Simon – M_10


Jason’s Jacks – D_3
Dad’s Plaids – A_7


**Oops!** – Forgot to mention that I’m using Civil War and late 19th Century reproduction prints to make these blocks.

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As promised I have some pics from the quilt show.  There aren’t very many, because I tend to just photograph techniques or quilts, quilt blocks that I might like to try.

First off, let me say that there was a traveling exhibit that is a must see if it ever comes your way.  Actually it is 2 exhibits combined.  Women of the Bible, and Men of the Bible.  The small quilts in the Women’s part were pretty impressive and made by some truly talented women.  But the Men of the Bible quilts, all made by men, pretty much out shined the women’s quilts.

The first quilt picture is of a New York Beauty type quilt.  In the future, I really want to make a quilt with blocks like these.  Just not sure about all of those points, even with foundation piecing.


Then there was a star quilt that had stars within stars.  I had never seen this type of block before.  Carol Ann is trying to get a picture of a block.  She’s not touching the quilt.  That’s a no no at quilt shows.


Detail of block.


There were two other quilts, actually a quilt and a quilt top, that were different.  They were butterflies made using printed fabrics and then embellished.



Detail photo of butterflies.


This was the best quilt show I’ve been to in a long time.  For several years it seemed like all the shows were the same, not much variety.  This show was better, but all of the vendors seemed to be selling the same things.  Guess you can’t have everything.

August 1, was the beginning of new KAL (knit-a-long) with the Six Sox Knitalong group.  The pattern this time is a Gansey sock.  It has cables and heart designs.  I’m not big on hearts, so yesterday I reworked a thistle pattern to substitute instead.  So when I get around to knitting these socks I will have thistles down the front and back of my socks.

Our concrete driveway and sidewalk extension was poured on Tuesday.  Looks good, next year we want to go ahead and run the sidewalk along the side of house to the back patio.  That area doesn’t get much sun, so it stays bare and turns to mud when it rains.

Kerry survived her steroid shot to the spine.  When they brought her back to the room she was a little green around the gills.  The nurse kept asking if she was going to pass out.  Just a short while later she felt better and was released.  Since she hadn’t been able to eat anything since the night before, we headed to IHOP and had breakfast.  Talked to Kerry friday and she was feeling better.  Could be several days before she feels any effects from the shot.

I had taken my knitting to keep me occupied during all the waiting at the clinic.  I had pulled out Eve’s sock and was knitting away, when Kerry’s nurse came in.  The nurse asks me if I’m knitting socks and says that you never see anyone knitting socks anymore.  Turns out she was from Scotland and she was telling how they had to knit in school.  So we talked about knitting until she had to check another patient.
Finished the leg on Eve’s first sock and now I’m starting the heel flap.


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1344 more pages to go.  I made the mistake of watching “Severus Snape: Friend or Foe?” videos on the Borders website.  I evidently missed a lot of things or didn’t attach the same significance to certain events as other readers.  So now I have set myself the task of rereading Harry Potter books 5 and 6 before number 7 arrives on my doorstep, July 21st.  Sometimes when I’m reading, I get so involved in the story, that I miss little “red herrings?” that the author threw in.  So this time around I’m paying special attention to Snape’s worst memory and the unbreakable vow that he makes with Narcissa Malfoy.  There are other parts I’ll be concentrating on, but those are the 2 main ones.  Since I will have my nose in a book for the next week, there may not be many posts to the blog.   Nothing new.  Right? 

We had several days of sunshine which brought extremely high humidity due to the waterlogged soil.  But now the rains are back.  We have already received the equivalent of our yearly average.  The garden is struggling but it’s pretty much a write off.  One struggling eggplant got a bloom, but then it fell off a day later.  The only herbs that are doing well are the globe basil and the salad burnet.  Of course the rosemary and sage that I have in pots on the patio, are doing fine.

While the sun was out, we did get the big flower bed in the front weeded and mulched.  Looks good.  I’ll post pictures when I can.

A little knitting has been done here and there, but not enough to talk about.

I’ve found fabrics and patterns for my first blocks in the Progressive Blocks Round Robin.  Now I just need to get busy.

The other day, I drove across town to Oklahoma Quiltworks.  Didn’t find the fabric I was looking for, but that didn’t stop some other fabrics from following me home.  When I left Quiltworks, I walked down the sidewalk to “get the point…”.  It’s a needlework shop that Ann had told me about.  Chatted with the friendly ladies that worked there about Ann’s crazy quilting, and promised to bring some of my work when I go back.  Then I found some Needlepoint Silk and a skein of Silk ‘N Colors in the color “Monster Mash”, that I thought might work for my CQ seascape.

The rain has stopped and the radar isn’t showing any more coming for a while.  So I’m going to try and get to the grocery store and back without getting wet.



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Today is the 16th consecutive day that we have received rain.  Only lack 4″ of receiving the average yearly total.  I’m beginning to think it might be a good idea to turn the back raised garden bed into a Koi pond.   
Bill added 12 bags of topsoil last week and it still flooded.  The cantaloupe plants were swimming.  We are having a cookout on the 4th of July.  It would be nice if the sun came out and dried things up a bit.

Haven’t been doing much.  Friend Ann was on call last weekend so she stayed in the city.  Saturday we checked out the new yarn shop in Norman, it’s called Yarn & Loops.  They have a lot of really nice yarn, but sock and lace yarns were limited.  I did find some mottled grey sock yarn that pleaded to come home with me.  Then we went to Patchwork Place where I found the perfect fabric for the snowball blocks of my Tennessee Waltz quilt.  We checked out a scrapbook store and then to a nursery/landscape place.  I finally found some Rosemary to replace the one that drowned.  Oh, we fit Hobby Lobby in there somewhere too.

Yesterday I made a tablecloth for the 4th cookout.  Mindless sewing, just serged the edges and then topstitched.  Haven’t knit much in the past few days, joint pain in my fingers and wrists.  Also why I haven’t posted much either. 

I’m off to put the new Rosemary plant in a pot.  There’s no way I’m going to put it in the “swampy” herb garden.  At least, not for a while.


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Waffle — verb — pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness.

I was going through folders yesterday, to find a pic of the string quilt I want to do for retreat.  I needed to see a picture so I could start doing the math and figuring out how many foundation sheets I need to cut.  Unfortunately, I also found another string quilt pic and now I’m waffling between the two.  I can’t make up my mind.  It’s times like these that I wish I weren’t a Libra and could be more decisive.   Sometimes it’s terrible being able to see the best of both choices.  I’m asking for your help.  Which one of these quilts should I make?  Or should I say quilt top or beginning of a quilt top.  Like the blog title line says “place of good intentions”.

 Diamond String 


Indian Hatchet

Yesterday Bill built one of the garden boxes and filled it with soil.  We decided that the box isn’t filled enough, so he’s off to buy more top soil today.  While he was box building, I was cleaning up the large front flower bed.  I don’t think any of the Hostas survived winter this year.  The Hydrangea and the Mums all have new growth showing and the Dianthus is perking up nicely.  Now I just have to clear all the Creeping Phlox out of the smaller front bed and get it ready for planting Hostas and Violas.  Does anyone know of any small bushes that grow well in north facing shade?  I need something that will look nice in the winter when all of the flowers are gone.

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