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Sunday, January 5, 2014

DWM: end of vacation, stars, and tea towel decision

Tomorrow I go back to work after two weeks' vacation. I'll miss the afternoon naps the most! In addition to catching up on library business, my schedule this week includes the quilt guild meeting on Wednesday (with our annual "raffle mania" event). On Friday morning I host the Coalitionn for Healthy Communities board at the library, after which I head to Bloomington for the AAUW-IL winter board meeting.

I changed my plans for the Steelers quilt.  I couldn't get the wonky stars to a uniform size and the points got chopped off. That would work for one block, but it was glaring when it happened on all of them.  I turned to Random Ohio Stars, one of Bonnie's free Quiltvile patterns.  I'm having fun combining different black, gold, and white prints.  Fun beats frustration by miles! 

  I wrote a post about my hoard collection of towels: here .  Here is the towel I've chosen for the Tea Towel Challenge.  The tropical bouquet from Key West has never been used so it's crisp with sizing.   Next task: select fabrics and consider how to design the borders.
These are the runner-up towels. The two on the right are more accurately screen-printed hangings. The center has been enhanced with embroidery. The right is a chart of kitchen measures and substitutions. (I bought it because of the seven-daisy motif ( P.E.O. had seven founders and its flower is the daisy).  If the Key West bouquet turns out well I may try my hand at repurposing these. 
I'm linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times and with Sophie Junction   


  1. I love your star blocks! Making them from the yellow and gold really makes them shine. The Steelers colors are the same colors as the college team I follow. I might have to consider making one of these myself!

  2. Your steelers quilt is coming along nicely! My husband has told me he wants his very own quilt--this has inspired me to maybe do something similar but with his team's colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

    I am giving away a fat quarter bundle on my blog today! I would love for you to come over and enter! Happy New Year!

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  3. I made Bonnie's Random Ohio Stars a while back -- in OSU colors (scarlet and gray) with white. For a young man who was matriculating to THE Ohio State University. Love your addition of the pinwheel to the center block on top right!

  4. The Steelers logo has a bit of red and a bit of blue along with black/white/gold, so I'm doing that with these blocks. (Haven't made the one with blue yet, though.)

  5. love your stars, hope you survived the week....

  6. Great stars, Nann, and just right for a young man - so hard to keep it masculine! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting. I do love your strap-line - I value connections also, and one of the most pleasurable things about blogging is the connections I am making with others all around the world!

  7. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I love your tea towel idea.


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