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Sunday, August 26, 2012

DWM: another finish and swaps updated

Thursday evening we spent our wedding anniversary in the company of 70 strangers. That was our debut as Road Scholar Ambassadors.  We gave a presentation at the Del Webb Grand Dominion retirement community.  We tried to provide more information than "photos from our vacation," and the audience appeared to enjoy it. There were several in the group who had been on Road Scholar trips and their enthusiasm confirmed ours. 

What's missing in this picture?   People!  There were only a half-dozen people at the beach on Friday afternoon. It was a beautiful day and the water was warm.  It was hotter on Saturday and I'm sure it was more crowded, but I stayed home.  Sunday afternoon it rained, which we need badly, and gave me an excuse to sew.

Driftwood at water's edge

Batik 4 Patch is finished. I used the red circle batik for the inner border and the binding. The back is another example of finding a use for a possibly ugly fabric. This one came from a thrift store and was just right.  I used zig-zag stitches and variegated thread for all the quilting.

Purple, turquoise and olive!
I turned to the box of flimsies for my next project.  This bright sampler was on top of the stack. It was a block of the month on RCTQ circa 2007.  I set the blocks a couple of years later.  I used four different bright fabrics for the back.  The quilting is all-over meandering.  This will be donated to a worthy cause (though I don't know what that will be).

Here's my first-ever Block Lotto entry. This month's blocks are "Cool Ladders."

Sew Many Swaps is doing a D9P swap in blue, tan, and brown.  Participants are to send in the 9-patches and the recipients will cut them up. The color scheme grew on me as I cut and sewed six sets of six blocks.  The second photo shows what the D9P might look like.

I'm coordinating two swaps for Block Swappers.  Both are Friendship Stars, one in homespun and one in Christmas reds and greens.  I finished three sets of homespuns and the sample Christmas blocks.  They're not due for another month.  It's nice to have a head start.

I'm using 1.5" batik squares as leaders-and-enders. I'm not sure where these little 9-patches will end up.

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


  1. Your Jacob's Ladder lotto blocks are truly cool.

  2. Loving the colours in your ladder blocks (just finished a lap quilt of that block myself). Your little batik 9patches are divine :)

  3. 44Great post! Full of beauty. Love your batik quilt. Good idea to use up those batik scraps.


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