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Sunday, May 13, 2012

DWM: Bag Lady Swap for May, and progress

My big accomplishment this week was to clean the bookshelves in the living room. It had been years since I had taken the books off and moved the bookcases to vacuum and dust. In the process I culled two boxes of books that I haven't gotten around to reading or won't read again.  I'll take some books to the library sale and others to the silent auction at the AAUW luncheon next month. 

Here is the May installment of the Bag Lady swap.  Lynne's starter block is the dahlia, top row center.  Her focus fabrics are a pale print that has old-fashioned postcards and a peacock-feather print.  Carla's and Janet's blocks are on either side.  I made the Corner Star in the lower row and four 6" Ohio Stars. 

I mentioned two projects that I had to work on. Once I finished Diamond Stamps (see previous post) I tackled them. 

Several weeks ago a co-worker's mother asked if I could finish a comforter. I said I'd be glad to take a look at it. Her 85-year-old father made the Broken Dishes blocks and assembled them. He started to make them into a comforter -- with batting and a bedsheet for backing -- but wasn't able to finish the project.   The bedsheet wasn't large enough; it wasn't basted; the edges were pinned with straight pins.  I took the sheet and batting off and pressed the top well.  I had 6 yards of an aqua leaf print, just right for the backing.  I used new batting, layered, basted, and quilted with diagonal lines.  The variety of fabrics in the blocks is so cheerful! They're not all quilting cottons -- some shirtings, a couple of piques, and probably some polyester.  It's 72 x 86.

The second "deadline" project is well underway....I hope to be able to post a finished photo next week. 

See what other quiltmakers are working on at Judy's Patchwork Times.


  1. I love the story of your quilt rescue! And love the scrappy broken dishes design of the quilt! Were they delighted when you returned this finished quilt?!?!

  2. Love the quilt that you saved. What a treasure.

  3. It will be a wonderful gift to salvage the quilt made by your friend's father. I hope she will treasure it always.

  4. Your blocks are great. Your story is motivating me to pull apart a quilt that was being finished by a gramdma in law. That pinwheel is pretty cool.

  5. You've had a very productive week! Love that scrappy broken dishes quilt that you rescued.

  6. The rescue quilt looks beautiful, as do your new blocks. Love all the colors.

  7. Love your "save" story. Honestly, take books off the shelf and dust? What a concept... maybe that is why we've moved so much -- to keep the dust to a minimum! And, we weed books when we move also.
    Nice blocks ...


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