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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.


  1. Very nice Linda! And your husband ironing HST...That is so sweet!
    It's going to be a beautiful quilt, already is!

  2. So cute that you two work together to create the layout.

  3. Great looking quilt tops! You have found a really good partner :)


    1. Thank you, Soma, he truly completes me on so many levels. A dear friend of over a decade calls it pair-bonding and I honestly feel best when he's nearby. We've done the "across the country while we try to change coasts" and have to live part for a bit; that lasted nine of the worst months of our lives. Hope never have to repeat it but it ended with us in northern California in a place we afford and love so here's to having to be apart for the long-term good of the relationship... clinking cider cups...

      He has designed several of the pieces I have made in the last couple years. He fashioned a hanging rack for the strips I love to work with. It attaches to the wall with a swinging hinge so I can move it away from the wall to load or unload it. It's so brilliantly thought out and executed, my friends marvel at the wonderfully creative stuff he thinks about, designs and executes. There have been hundreds of little inventions over the last thirty years that I never would have seen anywhere but with him.

  4. You have a great helper! too know ironing! this is wonderful!
    These quilts are a great job, Lynda!
    You have a happy day!