Saturday, August 23, 2008

Super Sized Round Robin

My all-time favorite on-line quilting group is Block Buddies, sponsored by The Spiders' Web Quilt Shop, my favorite on-line quilt shop.( Donna, the owner of the list and shop, always provides a pleasant experience for quilters. The best part of all is enjoying Christian fellowship no matter where we are across the miles.

We have a regular round robin that comes home to us at 14 1/2 inches square, but this swap was something special! We started with large centers and added rounds up to 6 1/2 inches. My 18 inch center went to West Virginia, Texas and Michigan before it landed home a whopping 54 inches square! Am thrilled with the final block and plan to finish it just as it is--will make a wonderful lap quilt.

So, if would enjoy swapping blocks with a group of talented, kindhearted ladies, then think about joining Block Buddies on Yahoo groups.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Quick, Before He's in High School!

Well, it's finally done! When my brother and sister-in-love called me back in February to tell me that they were expecting their first child, "excited" is an understatement! Our guild was having a quilt show the next day, so I searched out the vendor that would have the best fabric to welcome this little love. My brother is a history major and it made sense to pick reproduction fabrics. Since the gender was unknown, red and blue fat quarter packs to make a controlled scrappy quilt seemed to fit the bill. Found the baby "talking quilt" package and then set out to create a design.
Unfortunately, after the quilt show I experienced significant back problems and subsequent back surgery, which delayed its completion. Did manage to finish a couple "drag around" quilts, but wanted him to have a quilt that told him how much he was loved, literally.
My brother and sister-in-love honored my hubby and I in asking us to be their pride and joy's godparents, so the quilt needed to be done. Didn't quite get done in time for the baptism--not for lack of trying. On second thought, this plan may work out just fine--a quiet time as a family without the audience of a party.
So, tomorrow morning, the quilt is going to live at its new home, where a sweet little boy can drag it around and enjoy it for a long time to come.