Sorry its been so long since I last posted. Its been a very busy week. But I was thinking about you all.
Early in the week, I worked on these two pillowcases for my Dad. These are the first pillow cases I've done, so the experience was a new one. He actually picked out the fabric for these at a quilt shop I dragged him to last October. Yes, I know the main fabric is on sideways, but when I got down to cutting it all out, there wasn't enough fabric for two pillow cases if I wanted the design to go the right way (who knew when I bought the fabric that it would matter -- apparently not the lady who sold me the fabric and she knew that I was making pillow cases!). Anyway, these are going out in the mail today.
Last Saturday I went shop hopping and while at the LQS I picked up 3 block kits for the Thangles BOM that the shop is sponsoring. So here's the first block that I've been working on. Its a double block -- a block within a block. Two more to go before I put those away and work on something else.
The "something else" has been going around and around in my head all week. I've got loads of fabric that I've bought for the past 6 months with "projects" in mind. I'm thinking I'd better work on a quilt for my dad in FL before he comes back for the summer. I bought a bunch of Florida fabric -- shells, palm trees, etc, when I was in FL at Christmas time, so I'm thinking that those warm weather fabrics might help me out of my mid-winter blues.
Speaking of mid-winter blues, it snowing outside. Snowing SIDEWAYS!. I'm only about a quarter of a mile from Lake Michigan and the snow is blowing off the lake from the east. Now as most people in the midwest know, weather here comes in from the west, or sometimes from the south. But rarely from the east. It must be some kind of swirl coming back around off of the lake. And its not a diagonal. No, its pretty much horizontal. We're supposed to get 3-5 inches today up here north of Milwaukee. South of Milwaukee is supposed to get 5-7". Yuck!
Tuesday night I went to DD's Girl Scout meeting to tell the girls what we'd be doing at the campout next month (relax, the campout is in a winterized building). I showed them some quilts that I had done and showed them the sample quilt like they were going to make. They are really excited. There's 15 signed up. I had them fill out a questionnaire on color preferences and I was really surprised that many of them picked animal print and green! I have no idea where the green came from. Even my own daughter (who is a very pink and purple person) voted for green. So I've been looking at animal fabric both on line and in some stores. I talked to a lady in the fabric department at WalMart last night about them donating fabric or thread or batting to the cause. She told me to call during the week and talk to the department manager. So I guess I'll have to wait until Monday. But even if I get the fabric for $3.00 a yard, the fabric alone will cost almost $100. Plus the batting, thread, pins, etc. I know the girls have money in their account, but it just seems like alot. So I'm hoping to get a bunch donated.
I did hear from a lovely lady in GA who works for the GS and runs quilt workshops with the girls in GA. Wow! What a wonderful operation. It would be cool if this campout expanded that far, but I need to take it one step at a time. Here's the link to the group in GA. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OhSewEasyQuilters/
Later today we're supposed to go get DD signed up for summer softball and then pick up the Girl Scout cookies that we sold and get them ready for delivery. So we'll be out trudging through the snow and cold both today and tomorrow. Before I knew how much snow we were going to get today, I thought we'd drive over to Madison and check out the quilt shops over there. But with this kind of snow, I'd hate to get stuck 100 miles away from home, so I think we'll just stick close.
Well, that's all that's new in my part of the world. Hope you all have a wonderful, warm weekend.