Small Pleasures

 

 

I enjoy piecing large quilts. But, I really enjoy working on small pieces. Miniature quilts or small wall hangings give you the opportunity to try out or practice new skills without making a big investment in time or fabric.

They are an easy way to pull from your stash of fabrics that are too small to use anywhere else, or cut into some of the expensive stuff without having to use very much. You can try different color schemes without being committed to a king size version of something you don’t like.

In the small wall hanging above, I started in the center with a piece of shadow work – my initial. That became the center of my crazy patch block. I used beads, buttons, lace, and hand embroidery to complete the block. It was great fun keeping up on some of my skills and using up some stash. I finished by adding borders and backing. The backing was done using a pillow case turn so no binding needed. I am interested in what you’re working on, so send me pictures of your small pleasures.

 

 

 

Alphabet Soup

 

 

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When I was small we always looked forward to having alphabet chicken noodle soup when we were sick. I loved everything about it – the smell – the taste – the way it felt as you swallowed it – and the way it warmed your tummy and made you feel better. Why is it that we take something as simple as alphabet soup and turn it into something bad?

Years later while I was in high school/college they gave every student a small booklet titled Alphabet soup. The booklet contained the abbreviations of clubs and groups so you would not seem so lost. Some examples: FFA(Future Farmers of America), TC (Thespian Club), MAC (Medical Arts Club) – well you get the idea. Of course some of the more important ones needed no explanations – SAT,ACT, LSAT,MCAT.

When I started work, there it was the alphabet soup booklet that contained so many letters to memorize it would make you head swim. SOP(Standard Operating Procedure) , BP(Blood Pressure), HRT(Hormone Replacement Therapy), PRN(take as needed), NPO (nothing by mouth), etc. etc. Was this a never ending list of alphabet soup? How much soup can one person use?

Now that I am a quilter I thought I was free from the abbreviations. Not true! in fact we have our own special set. Here are a few of my favorites:

WIP (Work in Progress) this one is usually goes with Wednesday like –  WIP Wednesday.

UFO (Unfinished Object) this can be used to describe any WIP.

LQS (Local Quilt Shop) a place where you get the things needed to finish your UFO or WIP.

SMSB  (Saturday Morning Sampler Block) Blocks kits that you work on at your LQS on Saturday morning. Sometimes they become UFO’s or WIP’s.

QFF (Quilting Friends Forever ) People who become kindred spirits when they quilt together at the LQS. working on WIP’s, UFO’s, or SMSB’s.

LFSF ( Looking for Specific Fabric) Quilter in desperate need of a certain fabric to finish her UFO, WIP, or SMBS  so she will ask all her QFF’s and her LQS if they have any.

LOL ( Laughing out Loud) This is what we do when we finally LFSF, find it, then meet our QFF’s at the LQS on Wednesday to finish our WIP’s and UFO’s. Then meet again on Saturday to pick up our SMSB kits. We leave laughing out loud while we try to decide which AYCE breakfast place is still open.

P.S. AYCE stands for All you can eat Breakfast!

 

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Looking Forward to Autumn

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We have had some really hot days lately here in Oklahoma. The best part of the day is early in the morning. The reast of the day I just want to be inside under the airconditioning. While I enjoy every season, I always look forward to fall. The air is crisp and the colors of fall are outstanding.

Just like I look ahead to cooler days, quilters should look ahead at getting fall projects quilted. Just  give me a call (918-299-2750)  to save a spot for your project so we can have it done in time to display this fall. And remember it is never too early to put your name in line for your Christmas projects.

Enjoy your summer.

 

Feet First

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It is amazing to me how quilts can instantly get the attention of anyone, especially a small child. Everyone has a memory of someone in their family that made quilts or of a favorite quilt that they had as a child. I have meet teenagers who still use a tread bare quilt because it was made for them by their grand mother. I have even meet a young married lady in her twenty’s who kept the tattered corner of an old quilt in her pillow case to sleep with every night. Her mother made the quilt before she was born and had passed away while she was young. Her tangible connection to her mother was that tattered piece of quilt.

I needed to take some photos of a few quilts for a project. My grand daughter was busy riding the go cart so I thought I would take the pictures outside. The minute the quilts came out, the go cart stopped and she came running with offers to help. “You know what a great helper I am” she exclaimed. Who could refuse an offer like that!! After taking several pictures she decided that this was her favorite quilt. I asked her why she loved it so much. Was it the beautiful fabric? Could it be the lovely diamond shapes? Maybe the amazing quilting? No, none of those. “Why do you love it so much?” I asked. “Nan” she replied. “Can’t you see the colors in the quilt match my toenails!”

So, the next time a quilt gets your attention, I hope you appreciate its beauty, piecing and quilting design even if it doesn’t match your toenails.

 

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