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Monday, November 3, 2014

DWM: scrappy delight

October stash report:  acquired 28-7/8.  Used 37-3/4.  Yay!


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
Wednesday -- Northern Lake County Quilters Guild monthly meeting -- program by Gayle Bong 

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!





10 comments:

  1. Love your waffle quilt. I don't think it needs a border either. See you Wed.

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  2. Wow...your quilt is amazing! I like that you are not doing a power point presentation. Viewing the actual quilts is so much more interesting.

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  3. the postage stamp quilt is charming! there is so much there - nothing clashes! I am not able to rotary cut a postage stamp without it being wonky. :(

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  4. OMG!!! Loving that waffle quilt! Rich colors and small pieces--just yummy! hugs, Julierose

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  5. Your postage stamp quilt is wonderful! What a neat design. It looks like there are lights in the quilt with the bright pops of color. Lovely.

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  6. Have fun making your presentation. Talk about make do -- I have two quilts made from jersey bathing suit fabric because my grandma had a friend who worked for one of the manufacturers in Los Angeles. I loved the quilt while I was growing up and some how got the second one that isn't backed. My original one wasn't (isn't) particularly pretty but was/is very soft.

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    1. That jersey must have been tricky to sew.

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  7. Your quilt sparkles. Are all of the long strips solids, or tone on tone?

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    1. No solids. The strips are mostly tone on tone, some prints (that are pretty blendy).

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  8. fabulous waffle quilt top! what a wonderful idea

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