Sunday, February 21, 2021

Weekly update: OMG February, two finishes, a whole lot of potential, and reading

 My One Monthly Goal for February was to put labels on finished quilts.  One evening I went to work and got them done.  

I print multiple labels on printer-fabric sheets. Some include my name and others are just Hilyard Studio. I write the name, date, and occasion when those are relevant. When a quilt doesn't have a destination I don't include that information. (If I donate a quilt that I made in 2017 to an event in 2021 I don't want it to appear that I dusted off an old project, even if that's pretty much what I did. 



Here's the stack.  The February OMG Finish Link Up is here







I surprised myself and quilted two flimsies this week.  (I labeled them, too.)  

The zigzag pinwheels were shown in last week's post.  (I used the rest of the blue-green check [see it in the labeled stack, above?] and dipped into the endless supply of mini 9-patches for the pieced back. 

 


I used a variety of blues for the back of the jewel box quilt.  I made the top in early January as part of the Civil War Repro Stash Reduction Project.  

I think this one has a name -- New Tricks, because the setting demonstrates that you can teach an old block new tricks.  

the flimsy 


One batch of potential arrived mid-week.  Batting was on sale on the Joann's website. I had a coupon for free shipping and two gift cards.   The 40-yard bolt will wait until I've used up the rest of the previous bolt which you can see in the first photo in this post.  (That is Warm & Plush which came in a 30-yard bolt from Amazon. It's definitely "plusher" than Warm & Natural. I'll stick with the latter from now on out.  (Yes, the new bolt is Warm & White. That's fine with me.)

I remember back 25 years ago when I lived in Fargo. Joann's had W&N on sale and I splurged and bought a bolt. That was a lot of  money at the time, even with a coupon.  I thought they might never have it on sale again (was I wrong!). I also thought it would be years before I'd use it up (wrong again).





The other potential is the result of a months-long, now-and-again project.  I admire the ways that Wanda (Exuberant Color) combines simple units that burst with color. I've made two quilts that use bright-and-neutral batik  3.5" unfin HSTs (here and here).   Now I have 1,000 of them in the box, enough for several future projects.   (BTW, 1,000 3.5" HSTs = 9.5 yards. Just sayin'.)

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This week's reading and listening: 

Anne Youngson's debut Meet Me at the Museum is a lovely epistolary novel about two lonely people in late middle age.  Tina is a farmer's wife in East Anglia. Anders is a museum curator in Denmark. Over the course of sixteen months their correspondence allows both to articulate their innermost feelings. The ending is unpredictable, which is a good thing.   

Desolation Mountain is #17 in the Cork O'Connor series. I've now listened to all of them -- in order -- with the excellent narration by David Chandler. (If I ever hear William Kent Krueger speak I'm sure I'll be surprised that he doesn't sound like Chandler.)   It's been great to see the O'Connor kids grow up, to see Cork and Rainey's relationship deepen, and of course to know that the Ojibwe mide (wise man) Henry Meloux is still around.  

Krueger's most recent book, This Tender Land, is a stand-alone.  (I haven't read it yet.)  He plans to write at least three more Cork books. 


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17 comments:

The Joyful Quilter said...

Love, love, LOVE that you taught an old block New Tricks!!!

Sara said...

Great job on all the labels. I often neglect that step. Love Krueger’s books.

Sharon said...

I love the setting you used for the Jewel Box blocks!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Wow, 1000 HSTs just waiting for a project! That's impressive! Such a good idea to go back and label all your quilts. I should do the same. I enjoy the Cork O'Connor books, too - I have to figure out where I left off! This Tender Land is a wonderful story! I definitely recommend it.

Bonnie said...

Definitely like the New Tricks quilt. I tend to buy a roll of Pellon 80/20 batting every other year at Mid-Atlantic Quilt show. Very good price and I can still drag it out to the car. I've made a real dent in last year's roll. I may have to hunt around for another one or watch the ads at JoAnns and buy a couple of packaged battings. That is a whole lot of little HSTs. Good grief... at least they are bigger than the 1.5" ones I have and have pretty well given up ever using them -- too small for me these days! What was I thinking of? Thanks for the book recommendations. I'm checking at the library to see if it has either.

Ellie said...

Thanks again for the book suggestions. I’ve just checked out Meet Me at the Museum. Sounds good. Really like what you did with the Jewel Box blocks! Gives it an entirely new look. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with all those HSTs. You always have such creative ideas.

cityquilter grace said...

love the new tricks finish....and glad to hear about more cork books...

Kathy S. said...

I can't believe how much the price has gone up on W&N batting. Glad you had a coupon and some gift cards. It is still my favorite batting to use. I love the effect of it after it is washed and dried. I love the softness and durability.

Cathy said...

Congrats to you on getting those quilt labeled. That's something I usually neglect to do. If I want to know about a quilt I usually go look it up on my blog but I guess that won't be around like a label when I'm not around anymore.

I like Hobb's 80/20 for hand quilting and quilts I keep but I make so many donation quilts that I've had to go with a lot of polyester rolls of batting in order to afford to finish anything at all. I watch for sales at Walmart or JoAnn's and have it delivered to my home.

Love New Tricks!

Libby in TN said...

I didn't even recognize the block as jewel box! Love the setting.

Ann said...

I noticed several of my older quilts don't have my name on them but you remind me to get that done soon. You've been very productive. Backs are good places to use our older fabrics, aren't they?
I buy six-packs of my batting because I can't find large bolts. It's hot enough in Houston {most of the time} that a thin batt works best for me. But I'll keep looking for these large rolls.

Marsha Cooper said...

I'm a poor quilter so I've never bought batting new. I've bought it at yard sales and have had some donated to me. Otherwise I have thin blankets and such in a tote to use if I need to.

Cathy said...

Getting those quilts labeled is a great accomplishment. I always forget that usually until the quilt is done! I love Warm and Plush and keep a roll of that on hand for my personal quilts. For the donation quilts, I’ keep a roll of cheaper stuff - Pellon cotton batting or Hobbs 80/20 - whatever I can get on sale.

Mary said...

OMG (in the other sense), 1000 HSTs! I had a basket of a few hundred after a swap a few years ago and it took FOREVER to get then used up. You go!

Deb A said...

Love the nine patches on the backing. I have a roll of that batting in my sewing room but it does take me a few years to go through it. Great finishes.

Kate said...

Wow lots of potential energy in this post. Love both finishes. I like the idea of teaching an old block a new trick, it's such a fun quilt.

Patty said...

Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.