Let it go…

I make quilts because I can’t not make them. But, once finished, I am more in love with the next quilt. Finished quilts tend to end up in my closet. It seems that I am not finished with the urge to tidy up because I can no longer ignore the shelves stuffed with quilts.

It began with the need to take better photos of my quilts. As I unload the shelves, I’ve found quilts that I haven’t seen in years, like this Amish pinwheel. It’s one of the few that I kept from before Linda and I started Piece O’ Cake in 1994. I had time to hand quilt back in the day!

Amish Pinwheel

I gave away most of the quilts that I made before-POC. I’ve given quilts away since then, but I kept way too many made for books and patterns. I thought that I might need them in the future! Well, the future is here and I don’t need to keep them all. What to do with the quilts that need a new home?

Several are finding new homes with my friends. It’s easier than I thought it would be to choose the right quilt for a particular person — it’s a lot like the wand choosing the wizard. Giving quilts is one of the funnest things ever. I LOVE putting a quilt-smile on a friend’s face.

I know that I will run out of quilts before I run out of friends to give them to, but that’s OK. There will be more quilts. And there are quilts that don’t fit anyone I know — those are traveling with me and will be offered for sale. One this is for sure, I’m done stuffing the closet!

Daisy

 

The Daisy quilt, above, was made for a magazine article for Rodale Press. Or maybe it was for inclusion in a book. 

Show & Tell…

I’m happy to be back home, even though it means I’m not in Hawaii. Home is indeed where the heart is.

Two very fine quilters sent photos of their quilts for me to share with you. In both cases, the applique colors shine against the black backgrounds.

MilliesGarden-JoyceLytle

Joyce Lytle wrote this about the first quilt:

In the retirement village where I live (Savannah Lakes Village) in South Carolina, we have a group that meets every week. Every 2-3 years we make a quilt, then give it to a non-profit organization in our town of McCormick to raise funds for their group. That way we do not have to sell the raffle tickets, they do. Of course we all purchase tickets and hope we win the quilt! LOL.

The binding still needs to be stitched to the back and a sleeve attached. We haven’t decided which organization will get the quilt yet, but we are sure they will be thrilled.

I agree—the winner will be thrilled. You all did a wonderful job!

StarsInGarden-RoseanneBullock

Roseanne Bullock, from Adelaide, Australia, sent the second photo. She wrote:

Have attached a photo of my version of your Stars In The Garden quilt, which I am happy to say came equal second in our exhibition jut last weekend.  No prize, but considering we had 108 quilts, hangings, etc, I feel very happy with the result.  Hope you are too!

Loved the pattern and only modified it slightly, as I was hand sewing, missed doing the hydrangea block… Did a mini stipple all around the flowers, took me two weeks!

This is a lovely quilt! I’m impressed that it only took 2 weeks for a mini-stipple :-).

I thank you both for sharing the photos of your lovely quilts. They are inspirational!

 

Pizza on Friday!

I grew up eating pizza on Friday nights—probably because I’m Catholic and it was a hold-over from Lent when pizza was a thing you could eat that was substantial without meat. Except that I’m pretty sure our family always had pepperoni on pizza, even during Lent. But never mind that :-). In my mind, pizza is a Friday night event.

I traveled all day today, with a 3+ hour delay in Washington, DC. During the delay, a small-plane-load of people shared a bus to and from the plane 3 times. We were in the bus, packed together, for at least 30 minutes per trip.

After this much togetherness, many of us got to visiting. Ben, if you happen to check my blog, it was nice to meet you and I wish you well in all you do. To the man who got way cranky at being delayed: I hope you figure out how to take these minor inconveniences in stride.

Side note: Isn’t it funny that when someone gets over-the-top angry, those around them chill more? Maybe the very angry man served a purpose. I know he made me chill completely out about the delays.

I finally got to White Plains and am in my nice hotel. I will visit the Northern Star Quilters tomorrow. Due to these travel circumstances beyond everyone’s control, I ordered a pizza for dinner. It came with it’s own cutter!

Pizza-1

And then I turned it over…

Pizza-2

How about that! Broadway North Pizzaria really is serious about being gluten free.

I know that many scoff at GF diets but I know that if I eat gluten, I’m going to have intestinal problems. Lorna has celiac and gluten just tears her up. So I’m happy to see a pizza place being so careful.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. If you aren’t on the mailing list, I should add that there is a new downloadable pattern on the site. And there’s a fabric sale! Click here and you can read the newsletter and find the info on the sale.