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Monday, November 23, 2015

DWM: fabric finds me, finishes, and pieced backs

The week began with sunshine and ended with the biggest November snowfall in 120 years. The storm was forecast well in advance and behaved exactly as predicted: heavy, wet snow from Friday night to mid-afternoon Saturday.  The United Methodist Women had a table at the library craft fair Saturday. I drove on slippery, partially-plowed streets for my 1:30-3:30 shift.  Usually the craft fair is a bustling event but we packed up our table at 2:30.  The baked goods were sold at coffee hour after the Sunday service. The craft items will be packed away for next year.  (Of my contributions: the five
table runners sold and seven out of twenty potholders sold.)

I hosted  P.E.O. on Monday -- a nice coincidence for me because I was initiated 30 years ago this week (November 19, 1985).  The program was a report by Pat W., our delegate to the international convention. Each delegate represents seven chapters (I was the delegate  in 2009).  Pat is a member of a chapter in the southwest corner of the county and she's also on a state committee with me.  I made this mug rug to thank her for her presentation.

I needed a tablecloth for the dining table to serve Monday's refreshments. I opened the bottom drawer of the butler's desk, which I don't open very often. I found the autumn-theme table runner that I wanted to use.  I also found this tablecloth.  I made it out of five yards of cotton print (cut in half and seamed lengthwise)  for a barbecue-themed dinner we hosted.  That was in 1981 when we lived in Pittsburg, Kansas -- many years and many miles ago!  I think we used the tablecloth just one other time.  This week I looked at it in a different light -- that's five yards of fabric, already seamed, just right for a quilt back!

I put my Block Lotto winnings on the design wall.  The straight setting looks okay, but the on-point setting looks better!
 I have an idea for sashing . . . stay tuned.

I appreciated last week's comments about the pieced backing I used on the t-shirt quilt.  I did the same for two flimsies this week -- yep, two finishes!  Add 6 yards to the "used" column for the backing and binding of these scrappy quilts.

This is the October HeartStrings (2.5" strips) here . The front is folded over the back. The backing fabric is a 36" wide vintage print.  I used 2.5" strips for the insert.

This is the 9x9 postage stamp ( here ).  Again, the front is folded over in this photo.  The backing is another vintage print, 44" wide, by VIP.  I made a stack of "Mary's Triangles" units years ago. I thought this would be a good way to use some of them.

I'm linking up with
 Patchwork Times
 Oh Scrap!
Love Laugh Quilt

P.S. The butler's desk closed, and opened. Stevens' grandmother bought it from a neighbor in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, sometime before 1920.


  1. Love the butler's desk. Did the butler come with it?? You've been getting things done. I'm so impressed. Those lotto blocks really shine. I'm not sure I would sash them. Of course it would be bigger with sashing. You did pretty well selling your personal items. A snowstorm sure can wreck havoc. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Teehee, tablecloth becomes quilt back. Quick thinking! Butler's desk is such an interesting piece. I can just imagine the butler working away at it, keeping the household straight.

  3. Love those stars! So striking on the black background.

  4. Gosh, you have a lot going on! Those stars look stunning, especially on point. I also really love the pieced backs, it's like having two quilts in one. :)

  5. Your block lotto stars are going to make a great quilt. What a wonderful win. Thanks for sharing all your projects with Oh Scrap!

  6. sorry about the snow! we have not been hit as of yet....and lovely block lotto quilt....and ooh scrap triangles, you know how giddy that makes me!

  7. Sorry the snow put a damper on your craft show. No snow here yet, but they say maybe ice this weekend. Your Block Lotto Stars look great, lots of very pretty color in all those blocks.

  8. I like both the straight and on point settings of your Lotto blocks, I'm glad that I don't have to choose between them.

  9. Love the runner with the crazy quilt blocks - so scrappy! Sorry about your sale, but weather waits for no one.

  10. I like all your pieces, but as I'm working on a postage stamp I particularly like that one, especially how you are going to edge it. Thanks for showing all those goodies.

  11. Your Lotto blocks are going to be a gorgeous quilt! And I love those pieced backs.

    I lived just north of St Johnsbury, VT for over 25 years. I miss it. (Though I suspect it's a bit different now than it was in 1920...)


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