Well, yesterday didn’t go as I planned! If you read the PS on yesterday’s post you’ll remember that I hopped in the car, put the key in the ignition, and…click click…rrrrrrrr…nada!
It’s a good thing that DH works only 6 miles away (A big reason we bought this house, we wanted a close commute!) and was able to come jump-start the car. It drove fine for the rest of the day, but I got a bit of a late start, and by the time I was done running my errands, and headed home, it was near 5pm! Still, it was so great to meet up with Nane and pick up the display quilts, and meet Karen for lunch and a quilt shuffle, giving her display quilt back to her..the big pass off! ((This is as close to football as I get!))
I’ve also got a weird thing going on. Around lunch time my eyes started feeling itchy. A couple hours later they were puffy, gritty and red and narrowed to little slits I don’t know if this is an allergic reaction, but my first thought was “Benedryl”. We ate dinner, I got in my jammies, and I went to BED by 8:30pm because the light from the TV really was too bright for my poor eyes.
I slept 12 hours! And they are still sticky and puffy this morning, but not as bad I don’t think. Kind of a fluke thing.
SO! Due to lack of ANYTHING quilty yesterday, and no stitching going on in the basement today---I want to do a Trunk Show Thursday!
I received a lovely email from Claire with some photos of quilts she’s made! She writes:
I wanted to write and say how much I have enjoyed your website and your book Scraps and Shirttails. This year, I whipped up a Sister's Choice for a wedding gift. It came out great. I recently finished 2 quilts from your book. My father passed away last December, and I made these quilts from shirts (some his, some not) as Christmas gifts for my mother and my brother in his honor. Everyone loves the blue and white one, especially my husband--I may have to make another one for him! I am really hooked on "shirt-quilting" and plan to make at least 2 more of your patterns.
I am attaching photos. Your website and techniques are really popular among the ladies in our guild--thanks for bringing us so many fun quilt ideas!
Claire, Common Threads Quilt Guild, Columbus, OH.
Claire! Thanks so much for sending the photos! they are just BEAUTIFUL and I love what you have done with them!
Click these to biggie size them!
I love the springy colors she used for her sister’s choice quilt….this pattern is one of my faves! We’ve all got 6” 9 patch blocks we’ve swapped either on the net, or via our guilds, and they are the perfect starting point for this quilt. Super simple block, but it looks so great when the quilt is set together! I don’t even think some quilts need borders, and I like how she just bound this one when it was the size she needed!
The other two Awesome!! I love the “Swing Your Partner” with the red border, and the “Union Square” quilt is made with the center block from the “Shirttails” quilt. Both of these are from “Scraps & Shirttails I”. I LOVE the red accent cornerstones in the Union Square, and see how effective that red stripe inner border is? It’s just a bit of a hint of a color, and wow…what a nice finish! And look! She’s used the buttons in the center of each red cornerstone!
Here is the center of this block with the “Brooks Brothers” label plainly visible! Crisp blues and whites with a hint of red….I just love this!
Claire, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful quilts with me. It’s wonderful to get a glimpse into your world, and find out just where these quilts end up!
Tomorrow –Friday!—Be ready for the LAST INSTALLMENT of Roll Roll Cotton Boll! I’m sure by now you have all figured out what we are doing with those pieced parallelograms….but this is the big finale!