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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Saying good-bye to my Frankie was one of the hardest things I had to do this summer.

She sent me this picture today with the note: "I saw this just outside my dorm."

Remember, my sweet, that I am always with you.

Ormond's Flimsy... or How To Totally "Redesign" a Quilt Top Without Knowing It !~!

The Design as seen last week:

It took Ormond an hour or so of playing with my four-patch blocks
to achieve this design.

The Flimsy Hanging on the Porch Now:

There's a definite resemblance.

That's about all that can be said for my sewing the squares together in the correct spaces.

Oh well, he insists that I not take it apart and redo it and for that I love him.

So I have batting and will audition backings but the top stays in its current semi-designed style. No one has to love it for it to be warm and inviting when Ormond's ready to sleep.

Linking up with Kelly's N&TT at Quilt Infatuation and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Here's a picture of the hanging rack Ormond made for my strips. It's mounted on the wall behind my sewing machine and lifts away on a hinge across the top, a piano hinge I think, for easy loading and choosing strips. He's a great designer and developer.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend; be safe. Fire safe, driving safe, food poisoning safe, sharp objects safe: it's all fun and games til someone gets an eye... well, you know the rest of that one !~!

Thanks for reading and commenting, it really does make my day when someone feels the urge to spend a few extra moments saying Hi, Lynda.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quilty Confessions

Blasting thru my quilting blogs I have come across many with Ten Quilting Confessions.

So here are mine:

1. Square up what !~! If my quilts were square, people wouldn't believe they were mine.

2. Prewash is for reds. The rest can take their best shot !~

3. I am ALL about wonky. The wonkier the better, I want it to be known that it wasn't supposed to be anything other than what it is.

4. I wouldn't know a designer or a fabric line if they marched thru my living room with a Drum & Fife corps leading the way.

5. I seldom know what the end product will look like when I begin the process.

6. I prefer that one dimension be no more than 44-45 inches, makes the backing easier.

7. Cutting up clothing and using it is how I started my quilting journey-I continue to do that.

8. Tying quilts is So Much Easier than trying to quilt them on my little Singer.

9. I wonder if the people to whom I have sent quilts actually use them or if they get tossed on a shelf...

10. How long will the fun last ?~!

Hope to see some of your quilting confessions too.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back Into the School Year Swing of Things

Little Wyatt comes back in a few hours for the school year. His mom starts back to work tomorrow. Gone is the little baby that wanted to be held and loved on all day long; now it's "take me outside so I can ride that trike and the little car and swing and go for walks and chase the kitty and visit the neighbors." No guarantee that he will nap either...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ormond's New Quilt

My husband has been an active part of my quilting journey since the first large one we made: I sewed blocks, handed them to him and he put them into order using our bed as a design wall. I cannot see the pattern until a photo is taken of it and I look at that.

Our first collaboration, now hangs on wall in living room where it is admired all day, every day by Ormond and me. Over 700 pieces, that's a lot.

Current Quilt in progress will be for Sleeping With

His quilt started with 208 4.5 inch HSTs that I made using the four to a square technique. Good instructions are out there by the pageful but they really are too simple. Two squares of differing fabrics sewn right sides tog all the way around, 3/8s of an inch from the edge. Press to set the seams and cut diagonally in both directions. Press open the four units and enjoy making the many different squares that can be done. It's kinda addictive actually for design freaks. Not like anyone we Know !~!

Pressing the HSTs open. He wields that iron with his mighty forearm.
Time out
Musical Interlude

Leonard Cohen in London in 2009

Democracy is Coming to the USA...

Ok, where were we before I had to have a Leonard Cohen moment ?~! IS he not one of the most inspirational men of our generation !~! I love his style, his lyrics, his backup singers

and that woodwind player--my next husband...

"Shhhh, Jesus is ok with it but we can't tell Dad." Who said that and when, my BBT buds ?~!

Back to the quilt...

So he plays around for over an hour... I was getting a bit impatient to get it sewn together, it was On. My. Bed... where I nap; so that day I napped on the floor next to the quilt. {thx, hon, for not taking the drooling-bed-head picture}

Pondering a pattern from the cacophony.


There it is !~! You'd think that would be simple enough, right ?
Close but not quite...

Coming soon
pic of completed flimsy
Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation N&TT.