Show ‘n Tell Sunday…Take Two

I finally found the photos of Michele’s Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt I told you about last week. Seems they were there in my e-mail all along where’d I’d sent them from my phone. It would have helped tremendously I guess had I put on my glasses when typing “FWS” in the subject line. That’s not what was actually typed though which is why I couldn’t find the photos in my e-mail where they were sitting, just waiting to be found. Yes, another example of operator stupidity error.

So, without further ado, here’s Michele’s quilt top. She hand pieced the WHOLE thing while her husband was deployed overseas. Most months I’d drop her new kits off at her work and she’d be ready and waiting for them. She used the templates on the CD that came with the book along with the fabrics that were in the kits. She made a few fabric substitutions when those templates needed a little more fabric than allowed for in the kits. Now all she has to do (ALL she has to do…) is the quilting. Will she continue going down the “hand” avenue or will she detour to the “machine” avenue. Either way, I have no doubt that the end result will be fantastic!

The other thing I wanted to show you is the autograph blocks that have come in so far. I’m so excited! I’ve gotten enough that I can put some together and try to decide how I want to lay out the quilt. I could go this way and make an interesting design, but you might have to turn your head to the side in order to read some of the names, etc.

Or, I could lay them out side by side so all the names go the same way which would make it very easy to read. This option would give and interesting design as well. Decisions, decisions…you know how bad I am about making decisions.

There’s still time to make a block so you’ll be included in the quilt. Just click on the “Free Pattern” tab at the top and then on the Autograph Block link. It might take two or three clicks to get to the pattern but persevere please. I’d really love to have a block from you.

Lastly, I want to show you what I got last weekend for my 24th wedding anniversary. It came as a complete surprise. I’d shown Rick the photo in the Victorian Trading Company’s catalog of their Ironing Day Station and told him I needed something like that for my new sewing space. I never dreamed he’d buy it for our anniversary. The section where you iron is broken into three sections so you can have as much or as little ironing board as you need. I love the rose chintz fabric on the board by the way. In addition to the surprise of getting it there was the surprise that the three baskets pull out from the center section giving a large storage area behind the door. It sits on casters so it can be moved easily. The dimensions given on their website are 33”x30”x13” extended with the ironing board being 58” when opened out. Right now I have all the board sections open but am seriously considering putting down the left hand side so that I can use the top of the white cabinet for my cutting mat. Now all I have to do is decide (there’s that word again) just how to put all my “stuff” in it to make the most use of the space. I’m still in the thinking process which could last a year or two knowing me. Regardless of how I set it up, or how long it takes me, I know I’m going to enjoy using this wonderful gift.

We’ve just returned from an afternoon of music at Sewanee. This is the end of the first week of their music festival and the first concert that we’ve gotten to see Victoria in. It was a great concert, despite the lack of cool air in the auditorium. If you like orchestral music, some with a Latin beat, you can see what we saw by visiting UStream. Type Sewanee Music Festival into the search box at the top and click on the icon that comes up. Then go to the Cumberland Orchestra tab for today’s date. The harps actually played in three out of four pieces which I thought was amazing. That’s a lot of music to learn in a one week timeframe. You can also click on the Student Chamber tab and go over to about 47 minutes. There were seven harpists playing together last night and it sounds lovely. The young lady on the far right in blue is Ashlyn, Victoria’s Bridge Street playing partner. Victoria is second from the left in purple. You can see how much she’s concentrating by watching her “eat” her lips, as Mr. Rothwell used to say. Old habits do die hard…

After they finished we were unexpectedly treated to a Carillon concert. If you like this type of music there will be another on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 I believe which is just before the parade which begins at 2:00. If you need something special or different to do this Wednesday then you’ll want to go to Sewanee for their celebration. There’s a lot going on in that little town.

One more thing…Don’t forget to leave a comment on either the previous blog or this one answering the question regarding what technique(s) you’d like to learn. We’ve had several great ideas already. I’ll be drawing for the winner of the Bits and Pieces book on Wednesday evening so try to get your comment in before 7:00 p.m. CST. You’re going to kick yourself if you don’t!

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