My friend, Felicia, called me this afternoon and asked me what I’ve been doing – since sitting in a chair is not normal for me. It’s pretty boring at times but necessary as is therapy. If I want to garden and mow lawn this spring, I’ll put up with it. Right?
The feed truck came today so we are supplied with feed till spring. The dogs watched from the house.
One of the things I’ve been doing is working on another rug. This doesn’t take up much room and I can add a few rows each day without getting totally bored with it. This technique is called twining and is explained completely in our book Rugs From Rags with DVD. Cost is $20.00 to Country Threads.
Another thing I’ve been doing is looking at quilt books – some of which belong to me and some which I’ve received from Martingale for review and give away. Quilt books are an endless supply of fun! Connie and I have always said we have never thought we needed to physically make all the quilts we admire but just choosing them and reading the directions, picking colors and thinking about techniques is sometimes enough. Nobody can make all the quilts they love but studying a quilt is the next best thing!
Last night I went to my sewing room and sorted 1-1/2″ squares – just sorted them! I love sorting colors and my tubs of squares are all thrown together – not helpful when starting a project.
I’m behind on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt called Frolic. Darn. I’m willing to try clicking on ads again. Bonnie thanks her readers each and every time she posts. She says closing an ad is a thank you for all the work she puts into writing the blog. Let’s try it.
We got this picture of Rick’s granddaughter last nite – Camber, age 3-1/2. It was dance night at the care center.
Let’s talk books!
Here’s Sisterhood of Scraps, Book I, by Lissa Alexander, 12 scrap quilts from different designers. We’ve been asked to submit a scrap quilt for Sisterhood of Scraps, Book II. Connie is working on that quilt now. And it’s going to be wonderful!
Connie and I both love this quilt by Lissa!
I think someone sent me a similar photo to this quilt and asked me if I knew the pattern. Here it is!
This is a great book for anybody wanting to make NICE scrap quilts – controlled scrap quilts, not every color or every piece in your collection but selected colors that relate to each other. We’ve been making this kind of scrap quilt for 40 years.
Jan Patek has a new book and all of you know that we have been “Jan” fans for as many years as Country Threads has been in existence. I love looking at all my Jan and Linda books and make many of them in my mind as I study the pictures. Sunny Days is a folk art quilt measuring 86″ x 87″, a perfect queen size quilt for your bed. Mostly primitive appliqué with some piecing fills the bill for anyone!
This post is getting long so I’m going to save the other three books for tomorrow. I’ll also talk about the Dirty Dozen tomorrow – so I’ll sign off until then!