Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Lizard Sighting and a Little Quilty News
DD saw a lizard out on their patio yesterday.She reported that after a little Googling, she was able to identify it as a five lined skink. She estimated it to be about 11” long (including the tail). T#4 went outside and told it that it didn’t want to mess with her. The boys went on a mission to keep the house safe, and T#2 begged to be able to keep it as a pet (she’s definitely an animal lover!). DD and I both had the same opinion: Ewwwwwwwwww!
I spent part of Monday morning piecing blocks for the spiral log cabin … I have 1/2 of the 72 blocks finished and have begun piecing another 15 blocks. I’m so ready to be done piecing … I’m ready to put this together so I can see how it looks … and so I can start the FUN part: hand quilting!
Even though I’ve been quilting for 30+ years, I’m a newcomer to chain piecing and have finally figured out what the hub-bub is about leaders and enders. I wracked my brain to try to think of a quilt that I’d like to make from small pieces that I could make from my leaders and enders, when I remembered that I’ve been wanting to make another Primitive Picnic Quilt. I made a smallish quilt in January, 2012 I’ve long wanted to make a bigger one, big enough to curl up in on a cold winter’s night. I found some Kansas Troubles fabric I love, but I got to thinking that #1 I used KT fabrics on my first one, so would the second really look that much different? (not that there would necessarily be anything wrong with that as I do love my KT fabrics – ha!) and #2 I’ve got so much fabric in my stash … why not use some of it up. I’m a big fan of the classic simplicity of two color quilts and have been wanting to make a red and white/neutral quilt (I’ve been making so many blue and white/neutral quilts) … and I have a lot of leftover Minick and Simpson Midwinter Reds. Ding ding ding! We have a winner! I cut 2.5” squares yesterday afternoon and am now making slow but steady progress on another quilt top … when I’ve got all my squares pieced, I’ll cut and piece the 2.5” strips.
It’s been HOT and HUMID here! After very springlike weather for most of the summer, we’re certainly getting summer weather – with a vengeance! We hit 100 the last couple of days, with heat indices of 111+.
I hope that whatever you have planned today includes a little something that brings you joy. Have a terrific Tuesday!