|Mackerel clouds, Christmas Day|
My husband's gift to me was a check. He said, "I expect you to spend this all on quilting." In anticipation of that I ordered three dozen spools of Aurifil from the Fat Quarter Shop when it had a flash sale (50% off, free shipping). I haven't spent the rest of the gift....yet.
The Hallmark store is in the same shopping plaza as the Salvation Army. On Monday I went to the former to get yet another sympathy card. I stopped at the latter to see if there was anything interesting. P.E.O.s gravitate toward anything with daisies and this 1970's basket purse was just $1.99. (I posted the photo on the P.E.O. Facebook page and got more than 400 "likes." If I had a penny for each I'd have paid for the purse twice over.) I always wanted a basket purse but I never had one. Nowadays I'd consider it very inconvenient (no interior pockets, no clasp, inflexible).
On Saturday I took a box of "misc. household" (as I write on the receipt) to Goodwill. (Sometimes I give to Goodwill, sometimes to Salvation Army. It depends on where my other errands take me.) I came home with this, all in a bag for $3.00. The pillowcases were what I wanted! I'll give the patterns to a friend who does blackwork embroidery. (Will I ever finish the embroidery? Probably not.) I looked up Molter-Reinhard and found this historical information .
Last week I posted a picture of two cake stand blocks. Here is how that project turned out -- 33 x 33, 2 yards. The backing is a tropical floral print that I got on our 2008 trip to Bermuda . Time to use it!
And while I had the batiks out . . . I chose Stars and Nines in batiks for both the 2012 and 2015 Block Swappers birthday block exchange. Everyone sent wonderful, colorful blocks -- but all together on the design wall they were too varied. I took the blocks apart, resulting in 6" nine-patches and 6" Ohio Stars. I tried setting the stars as the center surrounded by nine-patches, and vice versa. I realized the two blocks were visually unbalanced. On to this design! Some of the nine-patches had light corners and some had dark corners. I made many more of both. I tried a straight setting. Nah.
I tried a diagonal setting. Yes, indeed! It's 54 x 70, 4 yards, and will not have a border. Eventually I will find a way to use the Ohio Star portions.
I'm linking up with other quiltmakers for
Design Wall Monday
P.S. Happy 90th birthday, in memoriam, to my mother. (Photo: December 28, 1963.)