Welcome to new readers! I have had several new followers this week, and I haven’t written anything. It’s that busy Quilt Guild meeting week syndrome. We had our “first meeting” of the fiscal year on Monday at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in Lewes DE where the new officers were “sworn in”, and it was membership renewal time. Guess who is one of the co-chairs? Yes…..(hard word to stop saying)…..At least I am sharing the job, and I don’t have a lot of “STUFF” to cart home! We have 250+ members and over 1/2 renewed during the hour before the meeting began. Thank goodness for great volunteers, who worked the tables and who accepted checks, handed out membership cards and checked details for the roster. They did all the work while my co-chair and I helped 7 new members ! So exciting to see the guild continuing to grow. If you are in our little part of the world, and you are looking for a guild, find our website Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Lewes DE.
Of course, along with the membership rosters to update, I had to “balance the books” with the receipts for the day, and spent Tuesday afternoon with the Treasurer getting checks ready for deposit. We got together at a local quilt shop, Serendipity Quilt Shop in Dagsboro DE, and filled out deposit slips etc. Before she arrived, I did manage a little shopping. I have a class coming up in Dover with Sandi Blackwell. The workshop is called “Spiral Out Workshop” . The pattern in the workshop instructions showed Christmas colors, and I decided that is what I would use as well. I managed to get everything pre-washed, ironed, and pre-cut as instructed. It is all in a basket, and ready for Tuesday, a week from now. Watch for that project in an upcoming blog post! (This class is sponsored by Helping Hands Quilt Guild, Dover DE. )
Wednesday is the release for Pat Sloan’s block of the week, Grandma’s Kitchen. This week she talked about the kitchen door leading outside from Grandma’s kitchen. Sorry, not 1 kitchen door story comes to mind. My Grandma Bessie lived in an old fashioned trailer with a few rooms attached, and the door from the kitchen area led right out into the living room. Pat talked about setting out all your blocks and looking for colors that needed more representation if you were using more than 2 or 3 colors. I did that before I chose my colors, but I pretty well decided after block 11 what would be next, regardless of the pattern. I knew I wanted more yellow and more orange.
I think there is a fair amount of red, pink blue green and purple already in the project. That yellow from block one, upper left corner, needed to be used again, and I played a bit with “which orange” to use. I wanted it to show as the “dark color”, so I chose the deeper orange. I liked this one in particular because it had a touch of blue, and there is a lot of blue elements showing in the yellow patterns. I used a tone on tone white floral again for the background, the same one as the “apron” block.
I also was able to get my applique stitching done on block 11 and block 8, since my JANOME 8900 is finally home from the repair. (She is purring like a kitten!!) I am happy to be caught up again!
I got a chance to go on a bus trip on Thursday, with the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. It was held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA. Huge place! Lots of quilts and lots of shopping opportunity. Since I had a “big day” shopping for fabric on Tuesday, I restrained myself. I did pick up 3 more red 1930’s reproduction pieces. I am saving those for another block!
I took my “list” of Superior Threads on hand/needed, and only bought 1 cone of thread, and two packs of needles at their booth. Usually I buy in bundles of 3, to save about $3-5 per cone. I had stocked up at the Hershey show in July, so I just needed 1 color. (Talk about restraint, I wanted one of EVERYTHING). I did treat myself to some “1 yard cuts” of fabric from a vendor who is “getting out of the cotton and going to wool” business. You can’t pass up $5 / yard quilt fabric. He was also selling his fat quarters for $1.25 which is about 1/3 of the price everyone else was charging. I did pick up a few from him. I was shopping for floral though, and he really did not have what I wanted in fat quarters. I did find a vendor that had just what I was looking for, and I got 8 or 10. I then found another “bundle” at that same dealer, that had a lovely collection, and I couldn’t resist. No self restraint there.
My plan for the floral fabric is another log cabin cross wall hanging. I did all the cutting on Friday. On Saturday, I managed to get 2 rectangular sections made. Then, I realized I had done 2 identical units, and they needed to be opposing units. BIG SIGH. The pattern I am following is one I have made twice before. You would have thought I would know better. I guess, since it was 2 years ago, I can forgive myself. Last time I made this pattern, I wrote about it here – New Log Cabin Cross Banner .
Oh well, I cut more fabric, and made different fabric choices too. Before I started cutting more fabric, I decided to eliminate the pinks, and went with yellows. By the end of the evening Sunday, I have the top ready to layer and quilt. I’m much happier with the fabric choices too.
Course, I still have those 2 blue & pink rectangle log cabin blocks that I have to come up with “a plan” for. Hubby said I should figure out how to use them on the back of this project! Not sure about that idea, but I am sure I can ind a way to use them for something.
What did you work on this past week? Anything exciting in the coming week???