Postage stamps have been my leaders-and-enders of late. This flimsy has 168 "waffle stamps" blocks made from 1.5" postage stamps and 1.5" x 6.5" strips. The trimmed blocks are 5.5" (5" finished).(See a previous version here . ) When all the blocks were completed. I did NOT put them up on the design wall. I sewed 2's and then 4's together, then three long strips of seven 4's. The only concerns were keeping the horizontal/vertical orientation of the bars, that no two bar fabrics adjoined, and that there was some light/dark color balance. I don't think I will put a border on it. The flimsy is 60 x 70 and used 5-3/4 yards.
Alycia, who I consider the Queen of Quilts of Valor, announced a QOV block drive for November. (Details are here .) I made 20 blocks and have another 20 underway. I found a cache of 2.5" tan strips left over from a quilt I made more than a decade ago. Every time I came across them I thought, "These will be useful some day." That "some day" finally arrived.
I have a very busy schedule this week with evening meetings:
Monday -- report on philanthropic projects for P.E.O.
Tuesday -- "Every Quilt Tells a Story" program for the Chicago NW Suburban Alumnae of Alpha Gamma Delta . Preparation for this has taken a lot of thought-time and actual time. I am not doing a power point because (a) I am not good at power point and (b) the program will be in the hostess's living room and I don't know if there is wall space on which to project. (And, (c) I don't own a projector.) How do you condense centuries of quilt history into a 30-minute program for non-quilters? I have a selection of vintage quilts and quilts that I've made. I have pictures of historic quilts to pass around. And -- audience interaction -- I've invited people to bring quilts that are special to them. I know enough quilt history to be able to identify styles and general time-frame. I am going to repeat the program for the Arlington Heights AAUW branch on November 10. I hope that I can develop EQTAS into a program that I can present to women's groups in the Chicago area. And I will eventually develop a power point.
|Spelling bee donation|
Thursday -- 9th annual Spelling Bee -- I am on the library team once again (see last year's results in this post) I'm donating this quilt to the silent auction. (I made it a year ago with blocks on hand.)
Friday -- to Springfield for some sightseeing the day prior to the AAUW-Illiinois fall conference (Saturday 9-noon).
See what other quiltmakers have on their design walls this Monday at Judy's Patchwork Times .
P.S. Tomorrow is election day!