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Here's a Whirligig, and Could I Get Some Sun with That???

Here in Nova Scotia, we don't see a lot of sunshine in the winter.  Winters here are damp and cloudy and cold, and I'm ready for some sun!  It's been one Nor'Easter followed by another by another, none of which have amounted to a whole lot, other than a lot of cold, damp wind.  So, a Whirligig quilt pattern seems in order to go with all that wind.  Here's the block.

Some Gorgeous Pictures to Share . . .

Happy Monday All!  (I still love Mondays; five whole days of quilting ahead . . . . .

Anyways last blog post I promised info about what becomes of the quilt tops I send off out into the big wide world all by themselves.  Here's the original quilt top:

It made its way to New Jersey, and the wonderful quilter who finished it sent me pictures!

Her detail work is wonderful . . . .

But this is my favorite . . . . 

And thank you so much D. for sending the pictures.  Your work is simply beautiful.

Time to turn up the music and get to work!

Think Spring

Its Thursday again, and its MARCH!  I realize some of you are buried in snow, but I'm pretty sure spring is coming!  (Actually, we've had spring-like weather here for most of the winter - very little snow, lots of rain, and ice, ice, and more ice!)

Anyways, in anticipation of spring arriving officially (in 20 days, to be exact), for today's Throwback Thursday quilt pattern, I have my childhood favorite.  My mother called the pattern "Bay Leaf" and she always used pastels;  come to think of it, she used pastels for everything. . . .

Nothing Grabs Your Attention Like a Good Fire Hydrant!

It's Throwback Thursday again!  This week I have a dog quilt block.  Keep reading for my inspiration . . .

I designed this in EQ7, loosely based on a pattern that Barbara Brackman credits to Nancy Cabot, which probably dates it back to the 1930's, since that's when Nancy Cabot wrote her quilting column for the Chicago Tribune.  It's a postage stamp type of pieced block, but wouldn't it be cute for a kids room??

There's more about Nancy Cabot's work here, and thanks to the blog writer for the incredible amount of work put into that blog!

Hearts and . . . . . Gizzards?

Since yesterday was St. Valentine's Day, I went looking for a traditional heart quilt, and remembered this block, known as . . . . . Hearts and Gizzards (among other things).  I can only imagine that the name must have something to do with eating chicken, but it is one of my favorite blocks, and I'm sure it has many other names. I think it probably dates back to the 1930's, and I seem to remember my mother attempting it and giving up.  But then she was before the age of rotary cutters and fusibles.

In any case, it makes really pretty heart quilt:

WIPs of All Sorts

In The Knitting Room, there's a pair of ladies lace socks on the needles.  I like knitting lace socks;  I get a sense of accomplishment after each pattern repeat.  These should be in my Etsy Shop by Friday.  (And yes - I do actually have a room called "The Knitting Room".  Other people might call it a bedroom, but it has a nice window, a good light and a comfy chair, so Knitting Room it is.)

These are more 4" challenge blocks for my quilting group meeting this afternoon.  My favorite is the Spool block (upper left).


I did it!  If you're reading this, the new website it LIVE!  And undoubtedly full of bugs, quirks, issues, and oopses.  But bear with me, I'm all over that!  And My Goodness they have large blog pictures! 


Have a great week.



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