Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I have two hexagon-block quilts currently in the works.  So when I ran across this one in the linen chest, I noticed for the first time that it is made of hexagons, too.  It dates from the time I first realized that '30s reproduction fabrics were readily available, late '90s.   It and and another quilt represent the first armful of fat quarters I ever bought.  I remember not being able to stop smiling!  The pattern, from McCall's Vintage Quilts magazine, Fall, 1997, is called Endless Chain.  Not quick and easy, no shortcuts.  It's done the old-fashioned way:   all set-in seams, with the centers hand-appliqued.  It's stitched in the ditch around the hexagons, then tied through the centers.  I didn't much care about the actual quilting but have since come to appreciate it.  ;o)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

One Block Wonder

I've never been even remotely tempted to try this quilt.  One fabric, one shape.  Not my style.  Until I started following the discussion of the upcoming class on the Learning Fiber Arts group.  So much excitement!  Then I remembered I have six yards of a beautiful Kaffe Fasset "Bekah" print.  The flowers are six to eight inches, a large print.  It was one of those what-was-I-thinking, whatever-will-I-do-with-it purchases.  It fits all the criteria; it hasn't even been washed (according to the directions, you aren't supposed to wash it) which is surprising, as I usually wash all fabric as it comes in the door.  I've signed up for the class and borrowed the book from my daughter and now I'm wondering, will I be able to wait until the class begins?  Is there any rule against getting a headstart?  I do work more slowly than most.  ;o)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

In My Back Yard

The bougainvillea is particularly showy now.  We've gone out with shears several times to trim it, but it's always abuzz with bees and butterflies and we don't have the heart.  We're told to expect a low of 27 to 31 degrees tonight and it's sure to be nipped.  Which will be good for it.  Then we can trim it. ;o)