Let's play True Confessions, shall we? I'll go first: I don't want to be one of those people - you know, those people who whine about the sun and the heat, but apparently I am...and it's hot here, stinkin' hot...but here's the worst part of being one of those people...we have air conditioning. I know, I know! I have nothing to complain about...yet I do because when I open the front door to the furnace and walk outside to my car or walk to the mailbox...I melt. I'm a 76 degree kind of gal...could go as high as 78 but then that's it, I'm done. DONE. D.O.N.E.! For 11 months of the year it's cool/cold/freezing here so when it get hots I can't breath!! I'm like a mole coming up from the ground into the light!! The sun is KILLING me!!! I'm a weather whiner. There, I said it. I whine about the weather, it seems to be one of my talents as I'm quite good at it. I feel so much better now, having gotten that off my chest! Now it's your turn...while you think of what you're going to confess, let's look at some quilts...
The color for our charity blocks this month was yellow...and since there were only 6 of us at our meeting we only had 6 blocks! When it gets hot here people leave town...they escape to cooler climates, at least, that's what I want to think because who wants to be hot and miserable in a strange place?!?
These quilt blocks speak to me! Nay, they scream! Stephanie made these - all of those leaves are sewn to an interfacing and then turned right-side-out and pressed onto the backing so they have a nice, crisp, finished edge. Stephanie started to machine applique the leaves onto the squares but her machine wasn't cooperating and she was thinking she would finish them by hand! AND get this...Stephanie said she was going to DONATE this quilt!!! As in GIVE IT AWAY!! Well, we all had a fit! This is not the kind of quilt you give away!!! So Helen made her an offer she couldn't refuse...she volunteered to finish machine appliqueing all of the blocks as long as Stephanie agreed to keep the quilt! Stephanie reluctantly agreed...but really, how could anyone give away something so wonderful!?! Stephanie made this out of charm packs...two or three of them! Yours truly came home and ordered three Americana charm packs from Missouri Star Quilt Company because I'm so smitten with this quilt that I decided I needed one for myself!
Helen was looking through her stash and happened upon this great little circle quilt she made a while back...now, how could one forget something like this?!?! It's crazy colorful and fun - Helen said she is going to hand-quilt it, which must mean she has some good movies she wants to watch! Speaking of, there is nothing on TV but reruns...so what good movies have you watched lately?!?
This is what Helen has been working on lately - a "kitchen-sink-scrap-quilt." Just look at how tiny some of those pieces are!!! I can't say I have ever saved any pieces that small...my trash can would probably make a whole bunch of scrap quilts! Helen has amazing patience...or a love for crazy, not sure which, because I would have to be crazy to make something like this!
Michelle made this quilt. Michelle is Helen's daughter so the thimble didn't fall far from the spool. Helen brought this to show us - I love the border fabric and the Irish Chain block is a bit different - the square in the middle is larger, see? Love that subtle little change. Michelle used to be in our group, so seeing what she's been doing was fun for us.
This is another one of Michelle's creations. She used Helen's scraps to make this beautiful top - is this Paris Flew Market fabric? Looks familiar - and it just screams Princess, no?
Denise made this top and it's all paper-pieced! She is the wizard of paper-piecing!! If I remember correctly, Denise and her friend scored big on Aunt Gracie fabrics at a garage sale and these fabrics were from that find!! Way to go Denise! I wonder if she'll keep this or give it to her grand-daughter?
Denise unfurled this huge Jar Quilt at our meeting and told us she bought it at a garage sale for $4.00. That's right, FOUR DOLLARS! And here's the kicker...Claudia, who used to be a member of our group, was the one who sold it!! It was sold all pinned and ready to be quilted! I talked with Claudia a few days later and she told me she just needed to get it out of her house - she was never going to finish it so it made her feel good to know it was going to a good home. It will make a great picnic quilt! Or even a bed quilt because it's huge! I remember when Claudia made this quilt - she shopped for "food fabric" for quite a while - check out the border, it's pieced with 2-inch squares all the way around!
That's it...time for your turn at True Confessions...in the meantime, hope you're finding ways to stay cool because no one likes weather whiners except other weather whiners - it's a very exclusive club!