Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

To all my readers in the U.S., I hope you have a fabulous 4th!  Here's an iconic American image - Betsy Ross showing off her handiwork to George Washington and friends.  Don't we all love to do that?  Well, maybe not to George.  hee hee!

We're having a quiet day here.  Just the 2 of us here - The Kid has to work - but we're having a good day.  Going to BBQ some steaks and veggies, and the neighborhood will have plenty of fireworks this evening.  Everyone has been "practicing" the fireworks for the last week, and the poor dog is just about beside herself.  She'll get crated this evening before it gets too crazy.  The cats will be hiding under the beds.  ;)

And here's another iconic American image - the classic Schoolhouse block.  As promised, here is a finished shot of the charity quilt with the binding all done.  I decided that red plaid would go real well, and I really like it!  Still wishing I could keep this one!  

Close up shot - of course I cut the binding on the bias!

I finally got the back for the Halloween quilt all pieced, and now it is at the long-armers waiting to be quilted. Sorry, I totally forgot to take a photo of the back.  I couldn't wait to get it sent off!

When the new Block Lotto block was announced for July, and I was all through with the Halloween quilt project and had some time,  I had to run and try those Silly Strings!  So, here's my first block.  Hopefully more to come.  This was a lot easier than I thought it might be.  Next time I may cut my curves a little more curvy.  We're supposed to use a light fabric for the background that is not white or cream, and I don't think I'll be using any more of this pink.  It's kind of blah for my taste.

Here's a sneak peek of what I'm doing now . . . putting the binding on String Thing 2!  It's going slowly, as my arthritic thumb is complaining pretty loudly right now.  So, only a few minutes a day of progress. But I'll get there!

We got good news the other day.  The Kid has been accepted into the University of Washington and will start there this fall!  I'm so proud of him!


  1. Congrats to the Kid. I am so glad that he is getting to go to the school he wanted.

  2. Your classic schoolhouse quilt looks great and the binding is the perfect touch. Congratulations for/to the Kid!!

  3. congrats to the kid! you all must be thrilled and proud.
    LOVE< LOVE<LOVE that schoolhouse quilt
    perfect choice for the binding in mho...
    hope the binding gets easier....ouch.

  4. woohoo, congrats to the kid! I went to UDub for summer school once and LOVED it. course it helped that Seattle had a drought - the weather was fabulous. Silly string is fun!

  5. I love the school house block, it's so iconic and very "quilty".

    Your silly string looks like fun, I am making something similar but in a larger size block. I like how you intersected the lines.It gives it lots of movement, the pink doesn't look too bad either!

    College will be here before you know it! Congratulations to him!

  6. Congratulations to your son! Love the schoolhouse quilt,look great with the red plaid binding. Sorry to hear about your thumb, does ice help?

  7. We enjoyed a quiet 4th, too. Mostly appreciating our air conditioning!
    I LOVE the schoolhouse quilt and can see why it will be hard to give it up.
    Congrats to The Kid! We have our youngest going off to Virginia Tech in the fall.
    Good luck in the block lotto. Surely you will win soon!

  8. Your house quilt is great. It is too bad you must let it go! I love the strings blocks. I have a book, Working Outside the Box, by Sandi Cummings (I think). I taught it at a workshop and I believe I had more fun with it than the students did!


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