Wednesday, February 17, 2010
What I'm Working on Wednesday::Snow Days
I finished the flimsy for the little doll quilt yesterday. I decided to go with the brown for the setting triangles after all and I love the way it turned out. If you haven't been following this, I found the pattern in an old Fons and Porter magazine from summer, 2008. It was designed by Kathleen Tracy, at A Sentimental Quilter. She is the one who wrote Prairie Children and Their Quilts. I love the look of these little six inch blocks--and it's nice to be able to finish something in just a couple of days.
We are on our second snow day of this week. The big (at least for this area) 8 inches of snow that hit us Monday has hung around because of the cold temperatures, like a house guest who just won't leave. The school district that I work for includes both city and rural areas, and while our city streets are for the most part clear, the rural roads are still icy and treacherous. The thing is, we've used up all of our built-in snow days for this year, so these "extra" days mean that we'll be in school until well into June. Not that I mind, you understand, I just thought I'd mention it.
This weekend I'm going to a mini-retreat with my sewing group, so I've spent part of the day trying to decide which projects to take with me. I've found that, for me, smaller projects are best in the cramped quarters at retreats. Poking around in the UFO boxes in my sewing room I found some small pastel basket blocks that I won a couple of years ago in a guild BOM raffle. I have eight completed blocks and this afternoon I dug up a yard of muslin and some pastel scraps. I cut out enough fabric to make four more blocks. I even found the fabric that I had bought to make the borders. It's plenty enough for a little baby quilt.
Another project that I've had my eye on is the Moda Bakeshop 1800's Vintage Quilt. It's a replica of an antique doll quilt. (I think there may be a trend here!) I've had a charm pack of Civil War reproductions just waiting for the right project, so this afternoon I cut those up along with the background fabric, also from stash.
And, just in case I finish (!) the other two I thought I'd start on The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. I have a rather large and over-flowing bin of reproduction scraps and crumbs which will be perfect. I don't think I'm going to try to make all 111 blocks, maybe just a lap size quilt.
Does that seem like enough to keep me busy Saturday and Sunday?
They are predicting another round of accumulating snow for Sunday night into Monday. Not that I mind. I just thought I'd mention it.