Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Nothing New Here

I'm going to post some more pictures of baby quilts today, as I really have nothing new to write about! No progress on the quilt studio, no quilting done, nothing noteworthy around here.

This first picture is the first baby quilt I made for the 'next generation' in our circle of friends and family. This was for our friend K's first grandson. The pattern is "Square Dance" from a book of the same name by Martha Thompson. (This is a favorite pattern of mine, and I'll show you more in another post.) This was another "kind-of" I Spy quilt with lots of things to find in the fabrics. And this was my first attempt at doing this pattern in a larger scale, and also doing more purposeful placement of colors.

The second quilt is one I made for my daughter's friend H. for her little boy. H. and her husband have a cat , so I found this bright all-over-cats fabric I wanted to use. It looks kind of "mushy" in the photo, but looks good "in person". I used commercial "hand-dyed" fabrics for the 9-patches. I didn't want to cut up the cat fabric, so decided to try using it as a center medallion with a pieced border around it. I like the way it came out.

And the last photo is the latest baby quilt made. It was a pattern in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, from 2006, I think. (sorry, I don't remember what issue) My quilting bee in California all made this together, and we shared fabrics, so all the quilts are similar. It was a free-pieced pattern and lots of fun to do.

I finally got the last tulip bulbs planted yesterday! I'd had to wait until I got some more pots to put them in. I'm trying not to do any gardening in the ground anymore, as I'm terrible at the up-keep. I had the granddaughters help me, and they thought it was a lot of fun to play in the dirt! I found that something, either the squirrels or racoons, have been digging up the previously planted tulip bulbs and gnawing on them! So, I re-planted and then sprinkled the pot with red pepper. It didn't work! I found another bulb out of the pot this morning. Rats! They (whoever they are) haven't bothered the daffodils at all. Those are about 3 inches tall now - except for the 5 that I forgot to plant until yesterday. Oh well, they'll bloom sometime this year!

Well, I'm off to the quilt studio - I have an idea for a little quilt that I want to explore. DH is being kind enough to wash dishes and fix tonight's dinner. Yay!


  1. I like the triangles quilt. Carlene did one also in bright colors and it is so neat. I never got around to doing the Square Dance quilt. It is on my "To Do" list.

  2. Sharon, I just sent you an email too, but wanted to say how much I like your quilts here. Thank you for sharing. Would love to see a picture of your sewing studio when you get it done... you must be really busy now. (It may be rats or mice or moles that are getting your bulbs) I'd be interested to hear when you find out. I planted the autumn crocus one year (from which saffron comes from), failing to put the cautioned netting around it... every one was eaten.&%^$$##!%&&


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