Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Too much hand-quilting over the weekend.  Now I've got pain in my wrist, at the base of my thumb.  Does anyone have good tips about this?  I don't have numbness or tingling, thank goodness.  And I'm resting it.  Thank you!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fun with Victoria

Victoria came to Seattle this week, and we got to spend a few days sewing together.  What could be more fun than sewing with friends?!  

On Monday, Buffy (Sally) and I picked her up from the airport and wisked her off to Goodwill for supplies.  Here's the loot, and Victoria and Sally with their purchases.  Sally took her purchases home, and Victoria and I got to work.

Mine on the left, Victoria's on the right.  Victoria had a Christmas quilt in mind, so she collected red and green.   I found two long, narrow curtains in black floral chintz.  I saw wonky Chinese Coins immediately.

54 x 80"

By Wednesday morning, here's what we had!  Then we quickly got dressed headed out to meet up with the Rebels.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The $21 Bathroom Redo

A special visitor is coming tomorrow.  Just the motivation I needed to redo the half-bathroom in my quilting space!   

Here are the "before" photos. 

I didn't want to get out the paint brushes and look for new wallpaper.  Who wants to take that much time away from playing with fabric?  Ah, FABRIC!  Why not?  I measured the upper wall and found I'd need 8 yards.  Hmm, what do I have 8 yards of?  Wa-la!

I stapled it to the walls, and then glued on ribbon to hide the staples.

I busted out the old plastic in these doors and used spring rods to install curtains.

It took me about a day and a half.  And the $21?  That was for the ribbon.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Betcha Can't Make Just One!

Thank you to everyone--quilt makers, historians, cheer leaders and viewers--for making Corduroy Appreciation Day so much fun!  I loved seeing the many creations in corduroy, from the old and well-loved to the new and innovative.

I was so inspired by you all, I couldn't wait to make another one!  My sister-in-law, Bonnie, visited this weekend.  We took one afternoon and built this quilt for her to take home.  Fast and fun!

We started with two blocks--one she had made, and one I had made--from the scraps of my 11-11-11 quilt. 

Then we just started adding strips, round and round.  

Three hours later... Ta-da!  The final piece is about 65" x 50".

  And only a handful of scraps leftover!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Corduroy Appreciation Day!!

The date that most resembles corduroy, 11-11-11, is finally here!

To celebrate, the Corduroy Quilt Enthusiasts have prepared a show for you.  

Click on the links below to see over 30 quilts made from corduroy!   And while you're touring the show, you might like to celebrate the day by wearing corduroy, eating long skinny foods, or recalling your fondest corduroy moments.

 Remember to send your appreciation to our Veterans and their families too!

First, I'll show you my corduroy quilt.  I took the Rebels challenge with the gold and green floral corduroy, added some thrift store clothing and a few bits of yardage.

It's a nice, long size, perfect for a nap on the couch.

Here's a bit of the Rebels challenge fabric.

I used wool batting, tied it with wool yarn...

And backed it with a nice, cozy flannel. 

Now, enjoy the show!

Barbara Brackman's Material Culture

Monday, November 7, 2011

Preparing for Corduroy Day!

The fuzz is flying all over the globe! From Australia to Canada, from Europe to all corners of the U.S., quilt makers are preparing their corduroy quilts to show on Corduroy Appreciation Day, 11-11-11.

Check back here on Friday for a list of links that will take you on a show of more than 30 corduroy quilts!

                                                     Save the wales!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Corduroy Excitement is Building!

There's even a billboard Chattanooga, Tennessee!  Photo sent  by Mary.
The Corduroy Quilt Enthusiasts will be showing over 30 quilts on Corduroy Appreciation Day!  (Anybody got a better name for this group?)     Look for the links here on 11-11-11.

                                 Here's a sneak peek of what will be shown.

Part of Cindy's H quilt

Part of Buffy's Chinese Coins quilt

Part of Miki's pillow.

There's still time to join the party!  Just let me know if you're going to post a corduroy quilt or sewing project -- in any stage of construction -- on 11-11-11.   I'll post a link to your blog.

The Corduroy Appreciation Club has been celebrating since 11-1-11 with 11 days of events.  I can't think of a better way to celebrate than sewing something corduroy!