Don’t I always have lots to say? Yes! But today I made a list of things.
First of all – who uses Best Press? Our friend Gloria said her quilt guild published the recipe so I feel like I can pass it on.
24 ounces distilled water
3 tablespoons vodka – the cheapest kind
2-3 drops of essence oil such as lavender
Use in a spray bottle.
Jo in Wyoming who sews with the inmates wants me to thank all of you who sent her gift cards, etc. For those who did not include your name and address, please know she would have liked to thank you herself.
On that same subject – Connie and I worked on orders this morning – how many times do I have to remind you to tell us what pattern you’re ordering? If you haven’t specified and you get a pattern that you didn’t intend to order, there will be no refunds and no additional patterns sent.
A couple of notes about the Bullseye quilt – next Tuesday I’ll talk about borders and the following week I’ll talk about the quilting. The original finished quilt measures 58″ x 74″. I’m going to make mine bigger so I won’t have it on the quilting machine just right away but I’ll show you a couple different ways to have it quilted.
Here’s the story behind the Bullseye quilt. In 1998 we took Aunt Amy’s original sampler quilt to market because it was 100 years old that year and our friends at Martingale saw it. Here it is today.
My mother’s aunt made this quilt in Britt, IA in 1898 – it’s embroidered on a block. Martingale picked 12 blocks that they wanted us to make into quilts , one of which was a traditional curved seam bullseye block. Not wanting to sew curved seams led to this raw edge block. We had no idea if this would work but it did! After quilting and binding, we washed the quilt to come up with this soft and cuddly quilt that then appeared on the cover of our book “Quilts From Aunt Amy”.
Connie is lagging behind on her pincushions but we’ll give her a pass because she’s making two quilts for her son Joe who is a dentist in Des Moines. Connie’s husband Roy is a dentist in Garner and has always decorated his office with quilts. When it’s chilly in the office, patients can request a quilt to keep them warm while their teeth are being examined.
I am working on another Bonnie Hunter quilt using my brother Jim’s shirts. Here’s one block.
And here’s a few rows put together.
The only fabric I added was the red. Now to finish piecing and get it quilted for his wife, Barb. Hope she doesn’t read this blog – I’d like it to be a surprise!
Look at these sweet vintage Valentines sent to me from a reader.
How about making a quilted Valentine for someone special in your life? Order our I Love You pattern for $3.00 which includes postage. We’d so appreciate an address label as well. Since we have other patterns still available, you must specify what you’re ordering.
Our new book “Beyond The Battlefield ” will be available very soon. To receive your autographed copy send your check for $29.50 (includes tax and shipping) to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438.
Tomorrow I’m going to review several new books – very fun for me to really look at a book closely to see what I’m going to make next!
And I will close with a short description of Hazel’s most annoying behavior. She just has to chase the ball endlessly until we take it away from her. I had to get a Chuck-It because I can’t throw it far enough.
What makes this even more annoying is that Lucy, Connie’s yellow lab, used to have the same behavior and I always said I was so glad my dogs didn’t do that. And then came Hazel!
That’s it until tomorrow when we look at some great new books on the market!