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?

8 comments:

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!