Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday's Orts--April 26, 2011

April is flying by--and will soon be gone!   Orts again are a rushed affair this week.
  • Since I have a daughter getting married soon, I've been watching Say Yes to the Dress and some of the other wedding shows.  The prices some brides are willing to pay are gasp-worthy to this thrifty gal (I wore a white suit with embroidery and cutouts on the front edges of the jacket in my wedding).  Coincidentally, I'm going wedding dress shopping with DD Elaine this weekend.  It will be a first!  I hope picture taking is allowed
  • Saturday I found out a somewhat local quilt shop is closing so I drove up to check out the goods.  I learned it is hard to find a specific fabric on sales racks.  I kept going around and around, looking over the same bolts for an hour.  Finally I did come away with just a few cuts for the wedding quilt.
  • I boxed up my Brown Bag Quilt Contest quilt for Quilts for Japan after putting a label on it.  Unfortunately my timing was off--the post office closed 15 minutes before I was ready to leave the house.  Fortunately I checked the Saturday hours online first!
  • Traffic rant:  Speeders who think they can zoom up beside you and try to squeeze between cars at the last second to pass you.  I like it when that doesn't work out so well for them and they have to slam on their brakes.  Suckers!
  • Distraction is a great creative incentive sometimes. On Stephanie's blog she posted here about an antique quilt she saw. I loved the hourglass cornerstones and felt they were perfect for my broken dishes project.

I didn't even feel bad about wasting the excess to cut 2" blocks from 3.5" leftover HSTs made into hourglass units.
    Trying out sashing options also resulted in an effect I liked.  First I tried a white on white.  Very blah.  Then a brighter red with white dot.  Too blendy. I settled on this darker red dotted fabric and like the octagonal effect very much in the finished runner.  
    Aren't the little hourglasses cute?


Quilter Kathy said...

They are cute! Adorable tablerunner!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Yes they are adorable. I love red and white triangles. I can't believe what people will plunk down for a wedding gown. I don't consider myself cheap at all. I'm not even really that frugal but I'm very practical. I just can't get into the big wedding thing at all including the dress. But I do like watching the shows.

Stephanie said...

Love the red and white table runner. The hour glass corners are perfect.

Michele said...

I love the table runner! Good sashing choice :-)

Shay said...

That table runner is so cute!

Bridal salons are usually a bit toey about you taking pictures so it may be that we have to wait until the actual wedding day to see Elaine in her wedding finery. I cant wait because I know she's going to be gorgeous.

I empathise on your quilt shop expedition. I cannot find any fabric online I want to buy at the moment which is not fair since the AUD$ is doing so well!

jovaliquilts said...

I like the tablerunner -- classic yet fun! The dotted border with the little cornerstones is a great finish.

Kate said...

Beautiful table runner.

Have fun with the wedding dress shopping. My siser went with me and she made me try on dresses I would never have looked at. I didn't end up buying any of those, but it was fun and it helped me know that I had the right dress.

Joyful Quilter said...

Now I really want to make something with your block design - LOVE the table runner!