Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rhymes in the Cabin

I am making a quilt for one of my daughter's co-workers. This is a second baby and they are choosing not to find out the sex of the baby. I have made several nursery rhyme quilts .It makes a neat gift particularly if they are not finding out if it is a boy or girl. I found this neat nursery rhyme fabric at Wal-mart. Now let me say up front I am not a fan of Wal-mart but I love this fabric and it is very reasonably priced there.

I wanted to do something with the log cabin idea so I fussy cut the fabric and put the motifs in the middle.

This picture did not turn out as well as I wanted. A couple of these need a few more logs. My vision is to make the blocks the same width and then fill in ala Gwen Marston with sawtooth or just blocks.

I would love some feedback.

I have these neat yellow fabric that I could do something to fill in with. Ok blog friends give me some good ideas.

We have had such bad weather this winter. Snow and ice yesterday and today. The man that lives here that I am married to took out the garbage this morning and promptly slipped on the icy steps!

I also made some fantastic chicken soup yesterday. So good that it is all gone. I added a box of Uncle Ben's wild rice along with the seasoning pack. I also added a can of cream of chicken soup. I like a thicker soup and this was really good. My sweet grandson cut up the carrots and celery for me. I was thinking about posting a recipe but I can't give you the proportions I used. I just added stuff until it looked and tasted right.

I have had such wonderful comments lately. Thanks to all of you that read my blog and a special thanks to those of you that comment.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 2011

I hope everyone is looking forward to a great 2011. I hope you had your black eyed peas and collard greens yesterday to bring you happiness and wealth!

Back in November my aunt asked me to take her to the yarn shop. All the way there I was saying to myself, don't buy any yarn, don't buy any yarn. I have done some simple knitting but not much. My aunt asked the owner about some unique yarns and she showed us this silk and wool yarn made and hand dyed by a women's cooperative in Uruguay. I was sold! I love the idea of women helping other women.

The brand is malabrigo. I knitted a scarf for each of my daughter in laws and my daughter. This one is for me! The colors are luscious and so soft and warm.

That is the reason I didn't do a lot with my quilting during November and December.

If you have not gotten a copy of Word Play Quilts you are missing a real treat. Visit Tonya's blog. I know that many of you already follow her blog but she is a wonderful liberated quilter. She is so so creative. Her explanations in this book are amazing.

By the way, the "JOY" on the left side is mine!! I also sent her some letters that she is including in her Student Letters Quilt. So exciting to be included.

Her book inspired me to add my grandson's name to the quilt I am working on for him. I am ashamed to say he will be 2 soon and this is the first quilt I have made for him.

There is so much color and movement in this quilt I kept his name more controlled. This is the top of the quilt. I really enjoy doing HSTs. I make them by the square method where you cut the square diagonally. I have a special tool that makes them fairly easy to do.

I love the black and white for him. Now I just have to decide whether to hand or machine quilt.

I am leaning toward hand quilting although it will take a long time. If I do then I have to decide how to quilt it! So many decisions so early in the year.