Saturday, February 05, 2011

fairy quilt

A quilt for a friend's school fundraiser. The fairy is a bit wonky, but still cute.
(((ADDED: The quilt brought in $50 towards college scholarships for Chicago Public School students.)))

Thursday, February 03, 2011

16 patches and variable stars

There is a wonderful old quilt on the frontispiece of Elise Schebler Roberts' The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form that has me cutting 2 inch strips of my plaids and making 16 patches. I love the asymmetry of the block and it is rather mindless sewing that yields a good result. The blocks finish at 6 inches.

I am also piecing 8 inch two fabric variable stars with pieced centers. They are not mindless in that I have to think what am I going to do in the center with each fabric.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


It was an impressive storm. 20.5 inches. 60 mph winds.
Had to move our Rahm sign to higher ground.

The city plows first the snow routes, then the arterials, followed by the major streets, and then, the secondaries, ie, residential streets. And last, the alleys.
This means it will be at least two more days until the plows will reach us, so the block went out and dug out the street along with the sidewalks. By hand with shovels and a couple of snowblowers. A citizens brigade. (The alleys may need to wait until spring.)