Thursday, October 26, 2023

A Mystery Quilt

Happy Friday, quilters! The weather here is divine! Texas is enjoying our one month of Fall per year. Just as well I can leave my windows open since my AC/heat is broken again.

This first quilt was sent in quite a while back anonymously and I never have found out who it came from.  It's very pretty and I love the birds in the quilting. Do any of you recognize this one? 

Next up, two tops Jeanine sent in with backings and even batting that I was able to quickly finish up.  Both of them have scrappy fabrics that will be great for a man.

The kitties always enjoy the boxes that get shipped here and this one in particular has been getting heavy use, along with the crinkly packing paper. We're rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year and I feel refreshed and renewed. Wishing the same for all of you!  

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Orphan block quilts for comfort

Hello, friends! Louise here with more of the great orphan blocks that you've donated. First we have Priscilla's fun crumb blocks. 

I sashed them in purple and added a townhouse border print. One of the great things about super scrappy blocks like this is that any color works for sashing. Why not choose purple?

This next quilt was made with these lovely, low contrast sampler blocks sent in by an anonymous donor.

The colors are so soft and pretty! I added darker sashing and borders to make the blocks stand out. I was tickled to find just the right pale pink in my stash for the cornerstones.

The third quilt is the "Texas Twister" pattern in blue, yellow and pink. The fabrics arrived on my doorstep all cut out into the wonky "twister" shapes so it was just a matter of stitching them all together.

The center squares are reproductions of vintage hankies with Texas maps on them. So fun! And I think the background fabric is Texas bluebells?

The original pattern was intended to be much larger, so I used all the extra precut fabrics on the back.

And finally, here's a bold red, white and black quilt. It started with the group of blocks in the lower left. They were created and donated by Kelly and arrived all sewn together. 

The remaining blocks were clearly part of a block of the month kit and arrived partially finished. The kit included fabrics for different sizes of blocks, so I added borders to bring them all up to the same size. I think they play nicely with Kelly's section.

Many thanks to Kelly, Priscilla, and everyone else who donated these super blocks! Linking up to Finished or Not Friday.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Pretty Quilt and Pretty Cats

Often when Linda returns a box of block-drive quilts she has long-armed she will include at least one of her own quilts. I especially loved the creative quilting on this one. 

This border is awesome, with the curves intersecting the straight lines and the tiny feathers in the green border. 

Linda does all this with programming on a computerized machine. It's not the same as free motion but still very impressive to me. 

I wanted to remind everyone that Cynthia has a block drive going right now with bright kids blocks. I am thinking that CiL might have a block drive in January. Don't hold me to that, but fingers crossed. 

It's still pretty hot here, in the 90s during the day, but it's finally cooling off at night and I can sleep with my windows open. It's starting to smell like Fall. I did visit Portland a couple weeks ago and the weather was wonderful. 

I thought you would like to see some updates on Mama Squeaky's kittens who were born in the spring.  

The two female kittens went together to one of my coworkers and I get regular updates. They are farm cats and much loved by her children.

Here is a photo of one of the boy kittens, the wild little man who was half white/half orange. As you can see he's settled right in with his new kitty family. 

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