Design Wall: Four patch strips

Here’s what I have on the design wall today. These are four patches that Mother pieced into strips. With only one functional arm and poor vision, her seams are variable so I squared the edges from the center seam and trimmed all strips to the same length. The sashing strips are 2-1/2 inches. Because everything is accurately cut, I am using glue on each end of the strips and in the center and then easing the side fullness in with glue and steam to fit. Hopefully, I’ll end up with a perfect rectangle.

Only two strips are pieced at this point, but they went together well. Here’s the design wall:

Strips made from four patch blocks pieced by Mother
Strips made from four patch blocks pieced by Mother

Wednesday – on the frame (12/2/2009)

Here’s a photo of the quilt I finished yesterday. It’s a t-shirt quilt for Emily for Christmas. These are her sports shirts (tennis and softball) from high school. It is quilted with a freehand overall swirl pattern. Now it’s ready to be bound, washed and dried, wrapped and put under the tree.


Goodbye and Hello!

A reception was held yesterday for my retirement from the Clinical Research Center at UNC. It was a wonderful party, and I am sad to be leaving but excited about the opportunities that it will create. I felt humbled by the kind and generous comments about my work and grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success. Who would have expected a cake with one of my own quilting designs on it? And what a surprise to see all of the former Program Directors and to have them speak about what we accomplished together over the years. The very funny farewell video was so professional and funny.  Here are some images from the party, and I’ll have more after another dinner tonight.


Another Friday

Fridays come so fast, so much to be done in a week and so quickly they pass whether I get it all done or not. Fridays bring a new excitement for my “short week” of Saturday and Sunday. I can completely change gears, doing and thinking about new things. And lately I haven’t been making plans for the short week, so maybe haven’t created a lot of new things. Sometimes I just need time to let things simmer. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my dragon. I think she needs to be redrawn. And instead of applique, I may use paint. And she’s sort of prissy, she needs to have a little more flair.  

Spring is coming and warmth is needed to do painting. I think this year it will be nice to have Ezri to help me do some fabric marbling and fabric painting. She has been so delightful lately. The seizures have not been apparent for the last 2-3 weeks. Hopefully the bad colds will stay at bay for awhile. Today is only the second day I’ve felt human in the last week, so I know I’m on the mend.

Off to finish the long week and get ready for the short one. 

Weekend Baby Quilt Finished

Here’s a quilt I finished this weekend. Mother pieced it, and I quilted it. This quilt is for the twins–one quilt for the two of them. I used my Quilt EZ template system for the spirals. The stylus isn’t working very well anymore–have written Quilt EZ, but no response yet. I got the idea for quilting the corners from Janet’s example of the Bullseye quilt on LAC. I made the “corner” square where she made it circular. I think I like the way she did it better.

The piecing design is great for Mother as her piecing is not as accurate now that she only has the use of one arm. This is a square with sashing on two sides in an L-shape. I can square this pieced unit up perfectly and it goes together like a dream. It makes a beautiful quilt that can be made from scraps or a coordinated fabric medley.


Backpack for a little girl

Made a cute backpack for Ezri today. Have had this idea for awhile. There’s a great free pattern for a tote bag on the Lazy Girls Design blog. I just changed the straps around to make it into a backpack. Here are some pictures.  Here are more detailed pictures in a pdf file: childs-backpack1 




Bag showing configuration of straps for backpack.
Bag showing configuration of straps for backpack.



Bag showing both straps attached and bottom of bag boxed.
Bag showing both straps attached and bottom of bag boxed.



A cute little girl and her backpack.
A cute little girl and her backpack.

Happy New Year – mid-January

Somehow, I am just now beginning to feel as if life is getting back to normal after a year and a half of worry about Ezriel and her HH. In the meantime three other grandchildren have been born. 

I am just beginning to re-learn my machine after having it retrofitted with a stitch regulator. My first attempts were actually worse than non-stitch regulated. 

But the best news of all–Ezri has decided to talk. She is naming everything and seems to finally be able to say anything she wants. And all this just days after being evaluated as being delayed in her speech. 

Am in Cincy with the twins–will post pictures when I have some.


An Introduction to the Twins

I haven’t written about the twins, but they were born November 19, weighed 5 lbs 9oz and 6 lbs and now weigh almost 8 pounds each. They are growing like weeds. 

Here’s a slide show of these two cute little fellows: