My sister's birthday is Valentine's Day so for our family February 14 is partly a holiday and mostly a birthday. (She called this evening to thank me for the books I gave her and said she had a nice day.)
I'm not sure where the week went! It was productive, both quilt- and otherwise.
I made a Valentine mug rug for my UMW (United Methodist Women) secret pal. I included it in a gift bag with a book, a mug, and some cookies.
I decided I'd make 30 Jacob's Ladder blocks. I found out I'd made enough brown HSTs for 33 blocks, so I went ahead and made more four-patches. Dear readers, do you have any suggestions for settings? (I don't want to make all the alternate blocks for Cathedral Stars .) Should I make sashing and cornerstones? I have some red-and-brown print fabric but not enough for sashing or for borders. Thanks for your advice!
I wrote that the NLCQG charity project this winter is HeartStrings blocks and that I said I'd quilt five flimsies made from guild members' blocks. Helen gave me two assembled flimsies at the February 2 meeting. I quilted them both this week. Stash for backing and binding: 5-3/4 yards.
Yesterday I went to the Gurnee Salvation Army. I found, and bought, a nice wool challis Coldwater Creek jacket. Then I went to the Community Thrift Store. That's a commercial entity (there are signs that say, "We are not associated with any charity"). The merchandise isn't any nicer than Sally Ann and the prices are usually higher. Still, I've gotten some good stuff there over the years, not the least of which was a set of very good quality everyday dishes. This time I got 7-1/2 yards (1-1/2, 3-1/2, and 2-1/2) of quilting fabric for $10.50, and three all-cotton bandanas (gotta replenish the stash I used for the mug rugs). The blue check fabric is dated 1990 and the gray kite fabric is dated 2013. (No date on the garish floral.)
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