queen size quilt top in progress

6 inch squares

6 inch squares

 

I just love to sew squares together.  So, I did.  I started this a year or two ago and decided to finish it now, baste it, start quilting it and get it done before it is too warm to work it….

back of 6 inch squares

back of 6 inch squares

 

This will be the back.  I used a bunch of large floral prints that I didn’t want to cut up into tiny pieces.  I used a big piece of cardboard for a template and started sewing things together.  I really like that orange piece!!! It is so big that it is going to be a pain to baste straight…. I don’t plan on lining it, so it will be rather light.  The four squares in the center are seed packets.

corn moon!!!

corn moon!!!

 no new in nine.  no new in nine.  no new in nine.  no new in nine.  no new in nine.  no new in nine.  no new in nine.

RRRR

update

snow-017I  know it’s been a while since my last update… but I have been busy… not working on this “sort of” crazy patch so much.. actually I am in the middle of finishing up a queen size quilt top and alternately piecing the back from floral print blocks…. and kind of working on piecing the back for this one… lots of stuff at once.

kind of squirrelly

kind of squirrelly

 

I  like the way that you can hide holes or gaps with some extra stitching or an applique…. this little squirrel scrap has been kicking around aimlessly for a while and fit just perfectly over a big gap….

close-up crazy

close-up crazy

I am not really loving the extra stitiching, but as with all things, it will probably get easier, more fun and better looking as I get used to doing it…..as with most of my quilts, I can get most of it sewn together and add on embellishment later…. I’ve been sleeping with the moon quilt but haven’t finished all the quilting or the binding yet.

no new in nine

“all rileyed up” is having a give-away…. go on over and check it out!!!!!  http://allrileyedup.com/

let’s get crazy!!!!

It’s the perfect combination!

a chance to use up scraps!

a chance to practice new stitches!!

no rules! no guides!! no limits!!!

4 crazy blocks!

4 crazy blocks!

I had some 11 inch square scraps and I just started sewing some scraps on…playing around a bit.  I have never done crazy patch on a backing… but I have sewn scraps together before.  It’s kind of tricky keeping it all straight and I have a few  ” mistakes”, but the embellishing and the embroidery will cover them up.  I am kind of experimenting, but I have a great book to refer to and this afternoon I will try out some new embroidery. I have sewn 4 blocks together, now it’s a good size to do some lap quilting.  My mom said that her mother worked small projects  and did some feather stitching like I am planning to do.  I envy my cousin (hello WA cousin!!!) because she got to spend time with our grandmother and learn some stitching…. I wish I could hang out with her and we could work on this together….

 

back side crazy patchwork

back side crazy patchwork

I have lots and lots of scraps, so I will probably make 3 more sets like this and put together a quilt size project.  I think the slow part will be the fancy stitching.  The stitching will  be total experimentation and I can try out lots of ideas and put all the books on my shelf about embroidery to good use.
If anyone has any tips or advice for me…. bring it on!!!!    encouragement, technique and inspiration is welcome!
Listen deeply for what
your soul already knows,
weave your overflowing
love for the earth
into your daily life.
excerpt   Patricia Dines 2007, from We’Moon 09.

 

Want to buy a brick???

one drop
one drop

 

my friend maura, otherwise known as Tik-Tiki, sent me this information which I want to pass on to you.  I am inspired by Maura because of her grass roots contributions to those around her.  She is creative and crafty and has fabulous ideas.  She puts this energy to good use and I admire that.  She’s my idol and I can only hope to be as generous and wonderful as she is. Check her blog (link below) for more information and if you would like to get involved, please contact either her or me… thanks for looking!!!

WHAT IS “MUSTARD SEEDS”?


     Mustard Seeds is a small project our family created.  Although we are small, we feel our efforts can be effective.  Among other activities carried out locally in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), we try to raise financial support and encouragement to various small social welfare and vocational skills training projects here.  Calcutta 100 Club is a simple idea meant to raise money on a more regular basis to provide specific things for these groups that we work with quite closely.  We want to keep it “small-scale and workable” for both the participants and us.  We hope to gather at least 100 friends who are willing to give approximately $10.00 as a donation twice a year. If we get 100 people involved, the amount will eventually come to $1000 each time, a significant amount to make a difference on a specific “mustard-size” project in and around Kolkata. We hope you can contribute just a little.
     Some examples of what we have done so far? Sent ten women from Jeevika Development Society to a tailoring and design course; Built a house for a village artist and her family; provided money to Sangeeta Mondal who had a very successful leg operation and is now walking; bought embroidered handicrafts that were sold by volunteers for various fair trade producer groups, etc.  See below for further information on the current fund-raising project (also check http://dalbhat.blogspot.com for more projects and updates on our current fundraising effort).
       If you know of one other person who might be willing to join, please pass this on.  We currently have approx. 34 members.

JANUARY 2009 FUNDRAISING:
SUCHANA is a community group working in rural West Bengal, focusing on education and health. The education project (the Early Learning Group) is a group of children and teachers that meets three times a week to participate in an activity-based learning curriculum aiming to support and encourage those children who attend regular school, and provide an introduction to literacy to those who don’t. Currently, 150 children participate. There is also a health project. This time Mustard Seeds would like to begin to help by providing the new school building (currently under construction) with its electric and phone connections. We need to raise approximately $350 to do this. Any amount over this, however, will go toward putting roofs over the verandah areas so classroom space can be expanded and used in the monsoon seasons.

life is a verb.

I got my sister a book for christmas that I knew nothing about.  Something that I find very brilliant and extremely clever business-wise that AMAZON does is recommend other books/music based on previous purchases… I knew nothing about the book, but the reviews and the overall description looked good.  The author has a blog so I checked that out and it looked good,  too… I don’t have the book, yet, but I am continuing to watch the blog and http://37days.typepad.com/37days/2009/01/when-i-was-little-i-used-to-hear-people-talk-about-getting-jewed-down-all-the-time-because-in-my-southern-baptist-universe.html caught my eye.   I am going to order the book for myself and I am expecting good things.  I think that one of my permanent New Year’s resolutions is that I think more about the words that come out of my mouth and that I need to learn to think first… and speak (or not speak) later.

AAAAAAOOOOOOOHHHH!!!!!

my logo

my logo

the full moon that you look up at tonight

will be the wolf  moon.

I will not be seeing that moon

because it is snowing.

snow

snow

 

wolf moon

wolf moon

it is so cold (in the house) that I am wearing fingerless gloves,  a hot pack in my back pocket and a honey bottle filled with hot water is tucked between my legs with a quilt over to keep the heat in.  It is how we survive in a Japanese house in the winter…. other people have electric carpets and “kotatsu tables” with heaters under and quilts over, but we do not.  We also do not have a heated toilet seat which is not as frivolous as it sounds if your toilet is in the unheated part of the house.

 

anyway, the cold spell will pass soon.  the snow is beautiful and tomorrow is the  -bonfire and hot soup – neighborhood get -together to burn all the new year’s decorations and good luck charms. Sake will be heated to be drunk from bamboo cups and mochi (pounded rice formed into little balls) will be roasted and eaten gooey hot. I will take pictures and share them later.

 

 

Happy Wolf  Moon Everybody!!!

*****

Busy, normal people: the world is here.

Can you hear it wailing, crying, whispering?

Listen: the world is here.

Don’t you hear it,

Praying and sighing and groaning for wholeness?

Sighing and whispering: wholeness,

Wholeness, wholeness?

*****

from “An African Call for Life”

FULL MOON FEAST 

by Jessica Prentice 

more cows

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MILK MOON

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milk moon

milk moon

 

In keeping with the whole cow thing we got going, this year being the year of the cow/ox… I thought I would share with you the “MILK MOON” from the MOON QUILT a.k.a.. “the ugly quilt”.   So far I have been able to find plenty of moons  to embellish and stitch from my current stash…. It’s great to be able to create a quilt from stuff on hand!!!

Continuing on with the whole cow theme…. I found some great words of wisdom over at the “GOOD OLD DAYS” magazine e-letter from one of the greats, Gene Autry…

Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code

  1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.
  2. He must never go back on his word or a trust confided in him.
  3. He must always tell the truth.
  4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly and animals.
  5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
  6. He must help people in distress.
  7. He must be a good worker.
  8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits.
  9. He must respect women, parents and his nation’s laws.
  10. The Cowboy is a patriot.

and finally…. the middle child, the only girl, has had a birthday… she is 11 now… and she got TWO cakes.  one with friends (homemade from scratch) and one with the family (from a bakery)

happy birthday 1

happy birthday 1

happy birthday 2

happy birthday 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in the second picture

a few candles were sputtering

that’s why the worried/grumpy face.

Happy Birthday Kayla!!!

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