Thursday, July 23

Quilt back


I really love the artfulness of the reverse side almost as much as the back! Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, July 21


Okay, I can hardly believe I am posting this ridiculous video, but since I giggled my way through it, I thought you might, too.

Wednesday, July 8

More progress on Dutch friends’ quilt: blocks up on design wall!


This is one of my very favorite steps in the process – getting the blocks up on the wall.  It gives a pretty durn good idea of what the quilt top will look like when it’s all stitched together. After that’s all done, the borders will be added.

The quilt was MUCH larger than my existing design wall (the finished size will be 96” x 112” – a bit larger than a California King), so I tacked up several large additional pieces of fabric to hold all ‘dem little blocks.

I’ve got all the nine-patches (3.5” x 3.5”) completed – YAY! All 418 of ‘em. Then there are 418 squares, same size to bridge each set of nine-patches.

The next step is to take down each vertical row in neat little stacks and sew all the blocks together!

DSC_0014 Photo above taken with no flash, incandescent lighting supplemented with daylight. Photo below supplemented further with my big Ott-Light floor lamp (full-spectrum).


You can ALMOST see the entire thing in the two shots below. Click to enlarge any photo.



My readers who are quilters may like to know the following behind-the-scenes details. My permanent design wall is made by Block Butler. Then I added a big piece of flannel-backed tablecloth yardage from Jo-Ann Fabric. For the top three rows of blocks, I filled in the top with a long strip of yellow gauze yardage and the bottom three rows are backed by four flannel pillowcases, folded lengthwise. Phew!

I love how the little blocks magically float and flutter on the sticky wall:


Below are four shots showing the progression of blocks from the center out to the right edge. Click on any image to enlarge. DSC_0015




Click here and here and here if you’d like to see the earlier progress on this quilt. And click here to see where it all started.

Tuesday, July 7

I love Rumi

A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.

We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden's beauty
and the birds singing.
The stars will be watching us,
and we will show them
what it is to be a thin crescent moon.

You and I unselfed, will be together,
indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.
The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar
as we laugh together, you and I.
In one form upon this earth,
and in another form in a timeless sweet land.


Between Houses, ViensBetween Houses, Viens, by Susan Abbott