Monday, April 5, 2010

Lucky.....and jealous

Just when I thought I would never be lucky in a giveaway, I was selected for Quilt Hollow's book and fabric giveaway, by having the closest birthdate to the draw!  Yay for me, as I love books and I love fabric, so its a double dip.  Thank you so much, Mary, for having the giveaway.  Check out Quilt Hollow and her newest post on a new blog called Stash Manicure.

And now for the jealousy part...I talked to my sister tonight and she said she is going to Kentucky for the quilt show.  "You mean PADUCAH?" I exclaimed.  Yep, the very same.  J-e-a-l-o-u-s spells "I wanna go too, wah!"  Well, living in St. Louis means she's a lot closer to Kentucky than I am so I guess its alright.  But we're looking forward to another trip to the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach in late July.  Anyone else planning to be there? 

On the sewing/quilting front, I have now partially prepped two wool applique blocks for Greenpiece and cut out all the backgrounds.  Some of the pieces are so tiny I'm already getting palpitations about having to buttonhole quilt around them.  Seriously, one looks like a hole punch dot, and there are three stars no bigger than a nickel.  Maybe I'll put those pieces on at the end, after I've gotten a lot more practice with my buttonhole work.  Gulp.

In other news, the following is the last "squishy" item I got in the mail.

These are my received swap blocks for the Jewel Box swap through the Quiltbiddies Yahoo Group I belong to.  One gal who allegedly held up the swap included some fat quarters with her package, so sweet of her!

I'm thinking of setting these blocks in a barn raising style but will need to make about 12 more blocks to get the effect I want of at least three complete rounds.  I have plenty of fabric and they go together pretty quickly.  Isn't there another name for this block?  Sometimes I get it confused with Jacob's Ladder. 

Pardon me if I have shown this pic before of the finished center of the Quilts for kit quilt.   Now to get the borders on and get it put together.  I found a perfect sized piece of batting in the leftovers pile so that's sorted.
We spent Easter having BBQ with our kids, my mom and dad and Grant's mom.  Elaine and Chris brought Scully the granddog, wearing his new flannel.  He braved Russell the dog's incessant chasing and barking at him and appeared to have a good time despite that treatment.  I was too tired to sew after our guests left so retired to the bed and read the book Elaine gave me for Christmas, Water for Elephants.  Good story and characters, but pretty graphic in several different ways (sex, violence, etc).  Gritty times and deplorable conditions they had, those circuses in the Depression Era.  All in all, I would recommend it, but only if you don't mind being a little shocked and horrified!  I am a very fast reader and also cannot stop reading once I am into a story so I was through the book in two nights.  The books I won will be welcome addition to my library.  Lucky me.


Julie in the Barn said...

I loved Water For Elephants! It was one of my bookclub reads awhile back. I'll be in Escondido in early July but I don't think the dates work for the show in Long Beach. Bummer! Can't wait to see what you do with your jewel box blocks.

Cynthia L. said...

Sounds like you have been really busy. I like the blocks you recieved for your swap! I will have to look for the book!

Libby said...

Wow - what a lot of fun stuff you've got going on *s* Great blocks, sometimes are they called Road to California?

belinda said...

...OK.....EVERYBODY NOW....say "WAH"....Wah for Paducah....Wah for Long Beach.....Wah for good 'squishy' mail!!! WAH...WAH...WAH!!!

dee said...

Love those jewel box blocks. My cousin is headed for Paducah. Wish I could make it. Not this time. Thanks for the book review. I was wondering about that book since I see it often at the library. Next time I'll pick it up.
Have a great weekend.

Tanya said...

In July? Hmmm. I sure hope to be in California in July... I'll see if my son (in Long Beach!) can get me some information.

MARCIE said...

I loved Water for Elephants. I avoided it for a long time, but what a story, and a GREAT ending!