Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ready but for the label!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I am thrilled with how this quilt turned out, and you all had a hand in it (with Marianne in lieu of Allison). I'm calling it Dancing Shoo Flies I, in the expectation that someday there may be II, III and more.

This weekend I finished sewing the binding and today I bought the prepared printer fabric for the label. To my surprise, there are two blocks I cannot attribute. One is Sharon's (but which one?) and the other is by another one of you artists. Would you please read what I'm preparing for the label and let me know (a) who did which of the mystery blocks, and (b) if I made any mistakes? I've deleted your surnames from this sample to preserve your privacy. Your full names will be on the label.

Added Jan 27: The jpeg didn't print well, so here's the text. "From top to bottom, left to right, the blocks were made by (Row 1) Suzanna, Solidia, Marianne, ???, (Row 2) Lesly, Jennifer, Lydia, ???, (Row 3) Claudia, Joan, Solidia, Jessica, (Row 4) Madeline, Dee, Claudia, Lydia (and Sharon), members of the online quilting bee The Incredible Shrinking Quilters. Based on Gwen Marston's Liberated Quiltmaking. Sewn together and machine quilted by Suzanna, Ottawa, Ontario, 2011."

The whole quilt is more vibrant than what you see here, especially Madeline's block in the lower left corner. I will take more pictures and post them to our flickr page in the next day or two. Unfortunately, the quilt itself is a little wonky because, for reasons I won't go into now, I had to sew on the binding before the quilt was quilted. Still, I'm going to enter it into our non-juried quilt show this spring.
Thanks again. Suzanna

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Solidia's Block

Our final block---this one is Solidia's.  She chose some really cute fabrics, don't you think?  The block was easy and fun to make.  I'll put it in the mail tomorrow. 

~ Madeline

Friday, January 14, 2011


Debuting here!
The last little star is on the table waiting to be tucked in!

Princess Wee-kips taking a stroll and trying to decide which star she likes best!

Thank you all so much for helping me make this quilt top.
It will be a family treasure and personal favorite forever!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Starry Eye Candy

Here's a peek at the five blocks that I've received from (in order) Dee, Solidia, Jennifer, Lesly, and Lydia.
  If I didn't thank you before I'm doing it now.  They look amazing and will play nicely together, 
don't you think so, too?

I started this quilt then ran out of fabric.  I can't seem to find the fabric anywhere or anything that blends/matches tonally with what I have already.  Any suggestions?  What I was trying not to do is cut up the centre piece of toile from France since I like it intact.

Has anyone tried, or signed up, for the new WW PointsPlus program?  A little flyer I got in the mail shows all fruit as zero points.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Year, A New Project

Happy 2011, everyone!!!

Lady in the Lake quilt block

Sorry guys, I just had a "brain fart" and posted here instead on my own blog page.  I've moved the post there ... you can read here:

Criss Cross-Apple Sauce

was the theme running in my head with Solidia's block.
What fun fabric to play with.  I love the fish!
Thank you Solidia for letting me play with all the fun, quiltey goodness!

In fact, I loved piecing this so much, and the way it looked, I'm using it as my block for the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild bee I'm in.

I've been collecting oranges for a long time and just knew they had to be what this block was made from.
Plus, in cutting out one and having the other hst's returned to me, I'll have two quilts for my Quilts for Comfort project I've started this year.

For two years I've wanted to start making quilts for cancer patients at the center where my mom receives her treatments, but feeling frustrated because every time I'd try to start...Life and circumstances would not let me.

I finally have the opportunity and a new year to commit to this project that's near and dear to my heart.

So, thank you Solidia for the inspiration and the pattern to help me get started!

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 31, 2010

I'm finished!

I had two blocks to finish up the Bee and was able to put both together yesterday afternoon.

Here's Madeline's:

I had a hard time initially cutting into her fabrics because I was afraid I'd mess up but I think it came out okay.  The center pieces are small and a bit wonky but the block turned out a scant "9, which is what she wanted, so I'm pleased.


I love scrappy quilting, and this was a fun block.


I'm looking forward to seeing some quilts now that many of us should have completed blocks.

Happy New Year !!!