Congrats to Margaret(rosenbrookm) who was the lucky gal picked with the help of Random.org to win my Granny-Album block and kit! Margaret was contacted by email and will be receiving her gift as soon as the post offices in Canada and the USA can do their magic. Thanks to all of you for visiting and commenting!
I get so much inspiration for quilting from this blog community, but I also get inspiration for washing! Kaaren at The Painted Quilt recently shared a picture of a wonderful Dresden Plate quilt she made in 2008. It looked so beautiful hanging on the line, so on a beautiful sunny breezy day in Cape Breton last week, I too decided to wash and dry my Dresden Plate.
I made the quilt in 1992 and about a year after that, it won a prize in a hand-quilted category and toured Cape Breton Island during a Quilts of the Island exhibit. At that time, I used the "new" freezer template technique. Remember all those blues and pinks? Quilts may come and go over the years but right now this one has made it back to our bed.
Now from old to new. I sewed together my Wonky Houses that I received in Jane's Wonky House Swap. I wanted to keep the quilt a "cuddle" size, and also like the "wonkiness" of the houses in a tight little neighbourhood, so I chose to sew them without sashing and bordered them with a bright pink polkadot.
My next step is to create the backing. Each block came with a wonderful little signature block signed by the quilter, so I plan on framing them with bright purple polkadot fabric and joining them together with strips of some of my brightest fabrics to put together a wonky backing. Stay tuned! In the meantime, please visit Jane. She has another fun round of wonkiness starting...an exchange of wonky stars and 4-patches. We'd love to have you join us! To find out more, visit Jane's Flickr page here.
I finished Block 3 of Clover and Violet's Garden Steps quilt. I love their stitchery patterns and love the creative element of putting my own slant on it. It is also giving me lots of practice...I really hope to improve by the end of this. Am I the only one who still struggles with French knots? I swear I make them a different way every time!
There are only a few days left of Madame Samm's "Spring is in the Air" Table Topper Blog Hop! It has been fantastic...a slide show every day from some pretty talented folks across Blog Land. The Blog Hop started on April 16 and will finish on April 25.
Madame Samm says there will be huge prizes at the end, but I think the prize is just visiting the blogs every day for some eye candy, plus many of the participants are offering their own giveaways. So don't delay. There's a group of bloggers just waiting to welcome you to their parade of table toppers. My day was April 16 so check here to see my table toppers and to see the complete schedule. Thank you, Madame Samm, it has been a blast!
What's up for today? I've been away for a few days so it is going to be a great day for quilting! Thanks for coming by!