Monday, February 17, 2014

More Civil War

Apparently I am a woman on a mission. During my spare moments, I work a little more on the Civil War sampler. So, here are the next three of the sampler blocks.

This third block is not in the Civil War Sampler book. I’ve almost run out of the ones from the book that I’m going to make, so most of what I do from here on out I’m pulling from BlockBase. This one is number 2179 or “Double X.”

Besides getting to work with these lovely fabrics, I am also feeling very lucky on the weather front these days. Nothing like the weather we’ve been having lately (and parts of the country are currently having!) to make you really appreciate some warmer temperatures. In a little bit, I’ll be heading out for a walk with Mr. Cooper and my own true love (who is off for the holiday). After that, I’ll only be wishing I’d be going back to the sewing room. Instead, it’s that time again: grading, grading, grading. (Bah).

Still, pretty fabrics, pretty blocks. I’m a happy camper.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

More Progress

Creeping along on the Civil War sashing. So many more to make, but, hey – progress.

I have twelve more of the actual sampler blocks to sew up, but I’m going to replace a good number of the ones from the book with blocks I’m finding in BlockBase. Inset seams? Nah. Applique? Uh, NO. It will still be a great quilt. (I hope).

Today? Some fun sew time with my sister. Which is as good a way to make it through this chilly winter as any, I say. (Is it Spring yet?)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bit by Bit

Well, it has been cold. When I opened the curtains in my office the other morning, this is what I saw.

Pretty, but . . .  brrrrr!

Still, aren’t cold winter days the perfect time to spend in the sewing room working on a quilt?

I think so.   I was definitely thinking so on those days I had to be on campus last week  when it was below zero as I was walking to and from class!

But I have been dropping in the sewing room now and then. So progress is continuing to be made on the Barbara Brackman Civil War Sampler.

A couple more of the sampler blocks and working on some sashing strips and cornerstones as well.

I don’t suppose I’ll ever get tired of Civil War fabrics. I love a lot of different fabric styles – modern, batiks, French General (well, of course), but there’s always a little extra spark when I’m pulling out the reproductions. They warm my heart.

How about you? Any special fabrics that speak to you?

Monday, February 3, 2014


Well, to begin, there’s the sad story of my MacBook Pro. Which all too soon has gone to the great MacBook Haven in the Sky.  The good news is this guy:

A brand new MacBook Pro. Pretty, pretty. 

A lot of time is going to sorting out computer stuff right now, but my own true love, whose work day is spent in cubicle land, has asked me to finish up an old quilt project for him. He’s windowless so this will be his take on a room with a view. 

This one is from a class I took years ago. Amazing class, really.  Here’s a close-up.

I need to add the final borders and then quilt it up.  I made another version of this years ago but gave it away as a present. It’s going to be nice to see this one finished. Hubby already has a couple of my little quilts in his office. And, hey, it makes me happy that he spends his day with some part of me there with him. (We are coming up on Valentine’s. Romantic smoosh allowed and encouraged . . . )