Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I told myself I was going to get lots of sewing done last night.  Wrong!  I couldn't help myself - once I turned on the election returns, I couldn't pull myself away.  Luckily, before I grabbed the remote, I got some other things done.

I made a stop at Goodwill to pick up materials for my READY TO QUILT workshop with the kids, which starts next week.  On Day 1, we are going to start prepping our materials for the Denim Comfort Quilt that we are going to make and donate, so I needed some denim.  And I was thinking of the backside of the quilt being made from upcycled shirts, but I realized it was going to cost too much at our thrift store to get enough shirts for that, even using the really big ones.  After all, they are $3.50 each.  Instead, I picked up a forest green flat sheet for a dollar and a pair of pretty floral cotton valances for $2.95, so for just a bit more than the cost of one shirt, I have enough fabric (and fabric that won't need as much deconstruction) for the whole back.

Then, before watching the returns, I had Donald pop some popcorn while I melted the butter so we could spend some time catching up with the Huxtables in The Cosby Show.  Funny thing, I put the butter in the microwave to melt, and went into the other room to do something, and came back to find Donald on the floor cleaning up a sea of popcorn.  He forgot to put the bowl under the chute of the air-popper.  I think he thought I'd be mad, but I laughed because that is exactly the kind of thing I would do.  While watching, I grabbed my spring-loaded snips and cut each pair of jeans apart through the middle so that I can give each kid a pant leg to deconstruct while I read The Quiltmaker's Gift to them on Monday.  I meant to take a photo, but I forgot.

I did remember to photograph the scrap of fabric I picked up for myself at Goodwill - isn't it pretty?

So, no new photos of the mini that I was supposed to be working on last night, although my husband's team has a scrimmage tonight, so I will take it and work on it there.

I also didn't get a Sandy Relief quilt top assembled last night.  I received 7 more Sandy blocks yesterday (and a donation check to help with batting - my list of Heroes is growing!),
So pretty - Thanks, Julie and Toni!
but I am undecided about arrangement.  Do I make it completely random?  Do I make stripes or blocks of a particular color run through the top?  Do I try to make dark and light placements rather than color placements?  I tried so many different arrangements.  I think that yesterday, I was just too distracted to make a decision, but today, now that's a different story.  Look for a quilt top photo tomorrow for sure!  I want to have at least 3 done by weekend's end if I receive enough blocks so I can send them out to the ANGELS who have volunteered to quilt them.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!


jirons42 said...

I love the Quiltmaker's Gift. I bought it just for me and also got the book that has patterns for all the quilts.

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

I have friends getting together tomorrow to make quilt blocks for victims of Sandy and need your snail mail address. Please send asap - thanks.
ggmpm2000 at aol dot com

Becky said...

Blocks in the mail today!

Julierose said...

Hi Erin--I hopped on over from Rosemary's (The Knitting Quilter) and have made 2 blocks for your relief quilt(s). Could you email me your address so I can get them out to you. I will post right now about your relief effort--Another star in your crown, as my Irish mother used to say....Great idea Julierose

Unknown said...

You should be getting a box of blocks from me today. I won't be able to send out the flannel sheets for quilt backs until Friday, hope that is okay! Let us know if you need more blocks. :)

Wacky Woman said...

The good thin is you can choose several different ways to set this, as I am certain you will have many blocks. Good for you Erin.

Barbara Arcement said...

My box will be sent out today.
hope they are ok...I am not a professional but I love to quilt!


Kim said...

Congratulations on your win over at Victoria' must have good quilting karma to be such a lucky winner :0). Probably comes from doing good things for those in need Nice work Erin :0).

Happy Sewing

Shay said...

Totally random is the way to go in my opinion.

I promise myself I'll blitz sewing almost every night but honestly by the time I get home from work all I do is blob on the lounge!

Char said...

I agree with Shay, go random!