Happy to be Scrappy

Happy to be Scrappy

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Finally a little progress on the red/white/blue 4 patch quilt.  Here is what was laid out as of 4:00 today.  This WAS my dining room.  I tried laying this out in the living room and it was a no go.  With the blocks laid side by side it measures right at 106" and that was not going to leave me any room to get around.  Therefore, the move to the the dining room.  However, most of the chairs are in the living room, so at least I get more choices of where to sit and rest between bending over to lay out blocks.

Here it is as of 6:30.  Half of the blocks are laid out and I have started sewing two of the rows together.  I decided to sew them in blocks of four to make it more manageable.  If you click on the picture you can get a better idea of my plan.  You can also see how I made use of the table feet to  gain some more room.  There is absolutely no way I can lay this whole thing out with the area I have.  So with a lot of hope and some prayer this will go together the way it's supposed to.
I am excited to be getting something done on this instead of just making four patches.  I love the way it looks laid out even with only half of it down.  The yellow room dulls the colors, but trust me, it is bright.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Wall Monday May 23, 2011


   New Monday same old quilt.  But as of last night the blocks are all done.  Yippee!  I finally took the time to draw out my plan on a piece of graph paper which then let me know how many of each color I was actually going to need.  I was not even close.  Last week I had 364 blocks made.  After drawing it out I knew I needed 529.  Yes, really, that odd number of 529.  That will make it a 92" x92" top.  You can see the drawing above the blocks.  I am planning to use the upper of the two drawing plans. 
   On the back left are the few pieces I have cut out for the border blocks on Road to Brownville.  The center of the top is sewn together.  But doesn't look any different than it did last week so no new picture.

Please remember those people that were killed and injured in this weekends tornados.  The pictures above and below are what we saw when we tried to do a drive by of the damage in Reading, Kansas.  A road block turning people away while they tried to assess the damage and restore power.

The tornado all but destroyed the town of 250 people.  Here is a link to one of the local Topeka news items about the town. www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Reading_Target_Of_Serious_Storm_122400579.html Reading is about 20 miles south of where I live.  I work with several people that live there and several years ago had worked with the man that died as a result of the storm.  So you never know. 

There were numerous tornadoes on Sunday.  Especially hard hit was Joplin, Missouri where many people were killed.  Just keep all of the victims in your prayers.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Design Wall May 16, 2011

Here is what I have done on my Road to Brownwood. You can probably tell that not all of my rows are sewn together.  And no, I have not even started on my border blocks.  There is still a lot of work to do.
                                Click on the picture to enlarge.  It removes some of the camera distortion.

This is what the livingroom floor looked like Saturday morning. Still needed to set the corners.  However, it is not there this morning.  Invited over the family for dinner and I didn't think a few hundred 4" squares and a three year old would mix well.  So now I have to start laying it out all over again.  Since the corners weren't laid out I couldn't pick it up in rows.  Oh, well it is good excercise.

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I'm sure that I am not the only one who does not know how to respond to viewers comments.  There must be some directions out there that I can read. 

What keeps turning up is that I can select Google e-mail to be my first/primary source and then I can respond to comments.  I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE where and how I view my e-mail.  And I am not sure that if I select Google that I can unselect it to change it back.  ( Can you imagine, I had to add the word "unselect" to my dictionary. I'm just sure it's a word. OK, maybe not.)

Anyway, trust me.  I want to respond.  I really do.  So far I just don't know how.  But I'll learn.  EVENTUALLY.  Where is someone under the age of 30 when you need one.  Guess I'll have to get one of my kids to show me yet something else on the computer.

By the way the picture is of Granddaughter Grace she was a little over a year old at the time.  She picked up a little booklet/trash at a ball game and was reading me a story. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Design Wall May 9, 2011

Here is what I have done for Road to Brownwood.  I have enjoyed putting together these blocks.  It seems to be going very fast.  Thanks to Judy at patchworktimes.com for a great pattern. Just need to get busy on that sashing.

The red/white/blue hasn't made it any farther than this on the wall.  However I have made more of the 4" blocks.  Almost ready to take it to the floor to decide on the final layout.

Also I found as I checked my e-mail this morning that I was a lucky winner of one of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazines.  Mine will be coming courtesy of  Robin Gallagher at robingallagher.blogspot.com.  Thanks so much to Robin for the magazine.  She did a terrific block.