Monday, April 30, 2007

Finds & Finishes


I got an email from Lucy this morning saying she made it home safe, and they didn't even question her at customs! Lucy is the QUEEN of packing...she had all this fabric, all these gifts for her family, clothes she bought while here, and TWO QUILTS to get home and she managed to fit it ALL in two suitcases and kept them both under 50lbs each, and got by customs without being checked! Whewwww!

Today is Queen's Day in the Netherlands, so she is at the Kermis (carnival) with her kids. I'm sure she will be pooped by the end of the day and it may be a few days before she gets her body clock back on Netherlands time and can catch up with her posts.

I spent last night finishing the last of the flying geese border to go around the crazy string lone star with the atomic orange background. At first I thought it was going to be "over the top" to do a double geese border, but I'm glad I did because it made the orange spaces look not so HUGE. I'm happy with it. I used the last of my light 2.5" strips to cut the background triangles for the geese....so now I will begin the process of cutting up the culled fabrics bit by bit to spice up my scrap strip bins.

Here is the fun string quilt I bought in TN! Isn't it Fab?! I love that there is one block that makes a complete bullseye...and the rest of them are jumbled. This was definately a scrap bag project and the fabrics scan many decades. There is a poison green that is probably before the turn of the 20th century. The mourning print could be nearly as old, but could be dated through the early 1900's. The plaids and stripes are so great as are the dots. And then here and there are some 30's and 40's (and I think even 50's fabrics! The quilting is done on the diagonal in the blocks, and the sashings have 3 lines of quilting in them, all the stitching is quite primitive. For $75 it was quite a find!


I've cleaned the house, done the laundry, got Jeff off to school....so it's back to the real world for me. And I can't find my daytimer! I'm lost without it. I don't know if I have any massage clients today....maybe I left it in my drawer when I worked all day before going to the airport to get Lucy. I called the office to see if it was there, left a msg on the answering machine....I think it is going to take a few days to get my brain straight too!

Bonnie

16 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Lovely quilts, as always... the "bargain" quilt is a treasure! Sounds like you have a wonderful, albeit busy, time in Quilt City; thanks for sharing your adventures.

anne bebbington said...

You know Bonnie - you're right, that orange doesn't look half as ORANGE!!! now - those geese really make that quilt - looking forward to seeing how you quilt it

Tonya R said...

Wheee, so glad you and Lucy had such a great time. At a $1 a fat quarter I'd have been buying like a fiend too. And I love your string quilt treasure too. Good that quilt found a happy home.

Your flying geese border is fabulous. You are completely right - I'm amazed at how much that helps to tame that enthusiastic orange.

Nancy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with Lucy! And that string quilt would have folled me home if I'd found it for just $75! I love that "unmaverick" block in the midst of all the maverick ones!

swooze said...

Great quilts! That was a great find. I love looking through those old quilts. You never know what treasures you will find.

Lynn Dykstra said...

The bulls-eye block looks like she was showing us, "Yes, I know how to do this, I just don't want to," and she went on to make the rest of the quilt.
Love the orange on your quilt--a good color for Queen's Day.

Dawn said...

It is wonderful Bonnie! Well both of them are, your string star and the string bullseye one! What great finds you and Lucy got!

YankeeQuilter said...

Sounds like you had a great time...love the string bullseye and the geese around your sting quilt really pulls it together!

Alycia said...

You had a wonderful time didn't you! That is great! I love the quilt find. And the fact that you have run out of strips - I never thought it could happen to you *grin* Hope you have recovered back to real likfe and found your daytimer!

gwen said...

I could not have left the fun string quilt behing me either. What a geat bargain! The two rows of flying geese do cool down the orange and are a nice extension. As usual great job. Take care.

Jane Ann said...

The flying geese border is perfect. Anything else would have looked like a weak sister next to that atomic orange and the Lone Star itself.

Hate to think that string quilt was living just a few miles from me and I didn't even know it. I need to get out more, apparently!

Helen in the UK said...

THe lone star is looking FAB. Great border :)

Elaine Adair said...

Wow! In a hundred years, someone is going to see that amazing star quilt and wonder "who was that woman?". You will be around for another hundred years, in one way or another. Your Star is simply ... interesting!

But it's a great star!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Bonnie, what a great time you had, a fantastic find with the quilt and I love what you have done with your string star, Tracey

kristin La Flamme said...

The lone star keeps getting better and better each time we look at it! LOVE it!

Lynda said...

You are so lucky to find that fabulous scrap quilt at such a good price! Over here in the UK it's very rare to find anything, and then it's usually hexagons! (And then, usually unfinished!)