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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Whoopie Pies, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Oreos–Or Cacti!?

MarksQuilt 001We arrived home last night just about dark.

It felt later than it was ---it was only 6pm but look at the beautiful sunset as we arrived closer to home.

Yes, through the windshield, so excuse the bug splats please!

I’m happy it is lighter in the morning. I’m not happy that it is getting dark so early.

If I stay in the basement with my daylight fluorescent bulbs brightly shining, and don’t look out the window, maybe I won’t feel like it’s time to go to bed 2 hours past dark.

I remember just a few months ago, how it was light in Soldotna, Alaska past 11pm ---and light again by 4am.  What a contrast it must be there now…getting close to being dark 24/7.

No wonder quilting thrives there ----it keeps quilters warm, and quilter’s hands busy when it is too dark to want to be out in it.

After unloading the pickup, and moving all the perishable food from the cooler to the fridge, I brought Mark’s quilt top down stairs to see about putting a backing together for it.

Where is that cactus fabric?!

Here it is!

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Rats!  Not quite enough for two full lengths!

I figure I could get one full width length, and if I took the remainders, and cut them in half length-wise, and sewed those two narrower pieces end to end it would make a narrower width that was long enough.  I could insert something between the two pieces in a wide stripe that would go top to bottom of the quilt.

But as I’m digging –I took another look at this cactus fabric and saw….Oreo cookies with cream filling?  Or are they Ice Cream Sandwiches?  Or perhaps Whoopie pies?  Is there a hidden message in this fabric? LOL

Quilters can not live by Fabric alone..they must have CHOCOLATE!

A plaid that matches what is going on in the front of the quilt was found…remains of a previous backing.  Perfect.

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Treadling the pieces together on the 227M!

This machine just runs SO smooth ---and she can sew in reverse so I can back tack the ends of seams.

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It’s an odd match, maybe ---but definitely masculine and will use up both of these pieces of yardage.

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Yep.  I still see Oreos.  LOL!

The quilt will be loaded today and I will get the quilting started.  My only hiatus today is a planned lunch date with my friend Mary!  Then I’ll be back at it.

Several have asked when the next Quilt-Cam will be.  I’m taking a break this week.  Emotions are too close to the surface and I have other things to take care of, but I promise we will get back to it as soon as I am able.  I’m off to Texas on Thursday!

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36 comments:

elively said...

I see Oreos too! Lol ! Glad you are taking care of yourself with lunch with a friend, best medicine for a hurting soul. Will continue to keep your brother a his family in my prayers . Please keep us up to date on him as privacy allows.

Ellie

cityquilter grace said...

i see whoopie pies i'm afraid but i just returned from Lancaster....LOL; keeping you and your family in my thoughts this week bonnie....

Allison in Plano said...

You did it! Made that backing work. Glad to hear you are taking care of priorities and yourself. You know what is best. Enjoy your lunch with Mary today. Many hugs, Allison

Becky's Bees said...

Thank you for sharing yourself each and everyday through your quilting patterns and blog posts....you provide so much happiness and solace to those of us on the other end of the internet. Please accept out love, concern and prayers for you and your family as our expressions in return. Take care of yourself, enjoy time with close friends and know that "your extended circle of friends" wish you and your family happiness and healing.
Have a enjoyable day!

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

Looking forward to seeing your brothers quilt finished. Love those front blocks.
I have a bunch of 1/2 sq triangles 2.5 inches, wonder what they'd look like sliced :)
Be well, hang tough.

Sharon Hughson said...

Bonnie, please take your time to heal and calm yourself. We can wait for quilt cam. XOXO

dorothy said...

Please take care and focus on what YOU need for you and your family! We will appreciate everything you do, but you have to take care of family and you FIRST! Hugs and Prayers!!

onetexaslady said...

Sometimes we have to take time for ourselves and put aside the crochet, quilting or whatever to focus on ourselves.. I dont know what is going on but God will take care of it.. just pray about it. In the meantime.. Just a quick note of good news. My friend Mildred created a monster. Went to the Quilt show in Houston and bought stuff to do. Will post as I finish each project... lol.. am thinking of taking my sewing machine to my sister in laws for the long weekend to do some sewing... but then.. If the great niece is there wont get much done.. will be playing with her. Oh well.. we will persevere. Love the Cactus and the plaid together.. hang in there.. you are in my prayers.

Jennifer Schifano Thomas said...

I see the Oreos! Lookin' good. That is a nice match. Take care of yourself and your family. We'll still be here when you feel better. Hugs!

JudyP said...

I see Oreos too, Bonnie! Love the cactus and the plaid looks wonderful with it! Your brother will love this quilt! Hugs and prayers to all of you!

Leah said...

Hee! Yes, a bit of an odd match, but a surprisingly nice one. It works! When I look at those clusters of smaller cacti, I see clams or mollusks! :) Weird, I know, esp. since I'm 1200 miles from the nearest ocean.

Take care of yourself this week. We're all behind you!

Karen said...

You are so creative. I am referring to this quilt as the Plaid Oreos quilt. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy Clayton said...

I think the back for your quilt is perfect for a fella from Arizona. Happy quilting after enjoying some time with a friend. Just what a body needs...a good friend to talk with. Safe travels to Texas.

Kim Andrews said...

Definitely Oreo cookies there! Take care and do what you need to do.

Elaine said...

Love you and praying for your brother and all the family. I am sure it is the best quilt of love and caring for a special brother. I have been through similar and love my brothers very much. We will be here when you come back so for now keep your thoughts on family!

mascanlon said...

A perfect solution! Take care, enjoy lunch with your friend. our thoughts and prayer s are with you.

Deborah said...

wonderful quilt to snuggle under. My prayers are with you and your brother. Take care of yourself this week.

Julie Vee said...

HEY, YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THERE ARE FOLKS WANTING quilt cam this week. HAVE MERCY FOLKS .. SHAKING MY HEAD AND WONDERING GRRR

The backing is so perfect. See there I would have passed up the cactus print ... glad you did get it. Love that blue plaid with it.

Walk gently, breath deeply and trust that all will be well.
hugs
JulieinTN

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

They DO look like Oreos!! LOL Did you see the article that said Oreos are as addictive as cocaine? Maybe the fabric designer was having Oreo withdrawal. :)

Marci said...

I didn't see Oreos until you said that, now I can't "unsee" them. I may be looking for Oreos when I see cactus fabric. Your quilt looks like it has love sewn in.

Linda Scott said...

I say that back deserves a SNOOPY dance. You go Bonnie.

Terri in BC said...

Beautiful backing - I would never have done that. Now I have to look at my stash differently. Here at the 49th parallel, the sun is now down before 5 pm, and I have to drive home in complete darkness. I remember when I lived much further north (not as north as Alaska, but close and yes, it gets dark waaaaay too early this time of year. Blessings to you and yours, and take all the time you need. In the meantime, I have been sewing up a storm as I send my prayers your way. Sewing is good therapy!

ajsgramie said...

Great backing. I wanted to tell you that I'm making Sister's Choice blocks and I can't believe how easy you make a nine patch. I finally understand the concept of leaders and enders so I'm using one nine patch as the leader ender for the next. I will be cutting out some pieces to use for leaders and enders. Thanks so much for the patterns you provide.
Sue
Upstate NY

Jean said...

Your sooo funny... that's all I can see in the fabric now too! A girls gotta eat! Now you've made me hungry! Oops...
When my SIL, FIL, were dealing with their cancer keeping warm was hard at times. I made feed corn sack's for heating pads (I made them out of fleece, some people use rice but the feed corn is more of a moist heat) and you heat them in the microwave for around 5 minutes. They both seemed to enjoy them a lot. Also, sometimes after kemo or radiation treatments the insides of the mouth/throat get extremely sore; (they don't want to eat) so we made shakes/smoothies with either carnation instant breakfast or a store brand and ice cream.... the coolness made it go down easier... and they got the nutrients they needed to keep up their strength. He is in our prayers; along with the rest of his/your family.

Jittina said...

Love the cactus fabric. And yes, I also see oreo's! But very prickly ones, I don't think they will taste that good.
You just take care of yourself and your family, I'm keeping you and your brother (and family) in my thoughts.

Nann said...

The cactus fabric is perfect! The blue plaid goes really well with it.

Now, get some rest, dear.

Quiltingloulou said...

Looks great with the colors together. All this talk of oreos and other foodstuff is making me hungry. Hope all goes well with the quilting.

Deborah DeBerry said...

You said the perfect things. Thank you as I'm sure you speak for all of us. God bless you and your family, Bonnie!!

Ivani said...

I see Oreos. The plaid fabric you found is just perfect and matchs very well with the cactus fabric. Beautiful sunset photo. Take care Bonnie.

Design Originals by KC said...

will miss quilt cam but glad you are putting it off for now... it is the RIGHT decision :) Love how you did the backing... hope you show it washed and wrinkley :) Kathi

Peg said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I'm sure your brother will feel your love when he wraps up in it. My prayers are with you, your brother and family. Take care of yourself.

Tantie said...

Your quilt is a masterpiece especially with the love in each stitch. Your brother will most definitely feel the love from his sister when wrapped up in it. Take care of you please for as long as necessary. Your fans will understand
Linda

JaneB said...

I agree, Julie! Who ARE those people . . . seriously.

JaneB said...

I see the Oreos, too (with prickles! Yikes.) I knew you'd get this one done, remember that Love Conquers All.

Nancy E said...

My husband sees mussels... and Pickles (prickles)... Love how you throw things at each other and they just get along! Thanks for sharing.

Deanna W said...

Oreos for sure....I am always afraid of piecing backings, but your's looks great..that plaid touch is what it needed.I love the relaxing time I get when stitching down a binding. We will miss quilt cam but understand you have other priorities this week!