Design Wall Monday

……or design bed as the case is today.  This is a framed nine patch from Jan’s tutorial here made with a bundle of fat quarters.  This is a scrap club project that I think I’ll want to make a little bigger with borders of some kind.  We’ll see.

We took a drive through some rural farming country this weekend and were looking at the animals on the farms.  DH and I both did a double take at this one:

Take a closer look:

What the heck????  Where do you get a zebra in southern Illinois?

I did a favor for a friend and she gave me a gift certificate to Hancock’s of Paducah……which explains why this was on my doorstep when I got home tonight.  Beefing up my neutrals and a beautiful purple piece 🙂  Gotta love the Hancock’s yellow/green florescent shipping bags 😉  Thanks, Margaret!!

Linking up with Judy’s DWM post.

 

For the Record III

A few more 2016 things I want to capture for my reference.  Hanging out with quilting friends last year I acquired some 6 yard cuts of one of my favorite fabric designers…..Jo Morton.  They were a fantastic deal, really great, but I always allow myself to buy Jo Morton because they don’t sell them in my LQS’s.    

Jo Morton did this patriotic print…..isn’t it fabulous? 

And some shirt additions…..the dark purple stripe on top has already been used in my RSC17 blocks 🙂 

And I think that wraps up what I missed blogging about in 2016 🙂

Spelunking

Spelunking: sport or practice of exploring or studying a cave. 

I’ve been exploring a cave, a quilt cave to be specific and to be more specific, Kevin the Quilter’s Quilt Cave 🙂  This past week I was thrilled to get together with Kevin, Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic and Dar of Dar’s Patchwork Garden at the Quilt Cave.  You can see Kevin’s post about it here, Dar’s post here and Jan’s post here.  We got to visit the chicken coup and see Henny Penny & friends, then we got to check out the three newest members of the chicken brood (a group of chickens is call a brood, I looked it up 🙂 ). 

I totally swiped this pic from Kevin’s blog so you could see how cute the little guys are.

Our task, should we accept it, was to make QOV quilt blocks…..I might have sneaked off a couple of times to cuddle the chicks as they are so darn cute!!  But back to the program….

I was so inspired by this quilt top in a shop window in Paducah that I blogged about it.

Jan read the post and remembered the top (I drug her past the window three times, I’m surprised she could have forgotten).  She drafted it in EQ and Kevin said, let’s all come to the Quilt Cave and make these blocks.  And so we did.  Jan made a test block….good thing too, as she imparted the wisdom she learned doing this pretty very challenging block.  Kevin found Barbara Brackman’s post about the snake pattern here.  Very interesting……

We all managed to make an entire block by ourselves…….let’s not talk about how friendly we got with our seam rippers 😉  It always takes a bit to get back into the paper piecing groove.

Dar is camera shy but I got her in this pic of the wonderful accommodations the Quilt Cave offers.  See her blue and white polka dots in the back there, lol?

A wonderful part of the Quilt Cave was we didn’t have to lug and set up our machines…..Kevin had vintage machines ready to go…..it was just sit and sew time!  We had a blast and when we were calling it quits for the day, we had 14 blocks done! 

We are all pleased with the progress but even more so with how awesome the blocks look.  So Kevin, thank you for asking us to join you, for the fabulous accommodations, the fine dining experience and thanks also to Jan & Dar along with Kevin for the great camaraderie.  The Cave Quilters will return 😉

 

 

   

DWM 1-23-17

Soooo, we need new potholders but I haven’t been inspired to make them.  I dug around in the orphan bin, no inspiration.  There was a loud crack and a flash (well maybe that was all in my head), but inspiration struck.  I could make Abstracts in Solids potholders!  And they didn’t have to be square or rectangle, they could lean, if they wanted to 🙂  And they could be made from the scrap bags of Cherrywood fabrics I’ve purchased over the years.  And I. LOVE. THEM. Of course I’m not the cook in the family, but still!

I finished one and two are ready for sandwiching 🙂  Hop over to Judy’s DWM post and check out what inspiring things popping up on design walls across the land.