Every so often I pick questions that come up from readers either through email or through the comment section. Today is one of those days.
From Belinda: Hi, I see that you made a quilt some time ago of Moda “Swanky” Do you know where I may get ahold of some of this fabric…. just need to finish a quilt! Been searnching the net. Thank you, Belinda”
This is my quilt that I made with “Swanky”. You can read more about the quilt here along with the pattern. No Belinda, sadly I don’t have any left overs of Swanky. I know how frustrating that can be to have a quilt in progress but not being able to find the fabric. It’s happened to me many times. Luckily Swanky is a fabric line that I think would be easy to find a coordinating fabric even if it doesn’t match. So many lines are in similar bright colors that might work..but we might lucky and I have a reader who has some and willing to share. Does anyone have any yardage of Swanky?? If you do leave a comment in the comment section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next comment from Libby, “Glad to see your Smith Mountain Morning is something other than the plaids in Bonnie’s because that is what I have planned for mine and I wasn’t sure it would be as attractive as hers. I am using the blue and brown color scheme too, mainly because I think that is what attracted my husband to the quilt. But I’m not sure he’s going to want it with some of my flowery scraps in there! I did test blocks and have decided that the quarter square and pinwheel centers need more light/dark contrast. I hate to put all that effort into matching up the intersecting seams and not have the work show! It will be my first really scrappy (read that uncontrolled) quilt.”
About the center pinwheels…. Kelli had made one before I started mine.
When I started mine, Kelli advised me to not make the pinwheels in the center of the star blocks. She said they don’t show up for how much work they are. She suggested that I just put hour glass blocks that are in the center of the chimney and cornerstone blocks in the center of the stars too and that’s what I am doing. Here’s how they look.
I don’t think it changes the pattern a lot but I do think that it’s really makes it easier.
After writing a post about finding a hand made dishcloth at the thrift store, I got a note a from a reader Tisha asking if I she could send me some hand made dishcloths. The next thing I knew a package came in the mail with some all handmade by Tisha.
I had to promise that I would use them…and yes I will but I did concede that I am saving them for the new house. It will be such a treat to have something nice and new!! THANKS Tisha. It’s one of the best gifts ever!! I am so lucky.
That’s what is new from the comments section and in the mail box. Feel free to drop a note anytime and I’ll try to answer it either here on the blog or personally.
Each day as a count down to Thanksgiving I write about something I am thankful for.
Today I am thankful that I have finally after years and years, found a place that I feel like I fit in…right here on the world wide web. I’ve never fit the regular mold. I made my first doll quilt as a kid and my first bed quilt as a young 20 something mom. I sewed and lived a simple life as mom and wife to my brood. Often in the community where we live comments come my way along the lines that I don’t work…what is my job anyway..quilting is for old people…you can’t possible make money with an internet job…you’re not working so you can volunteer…those type of comments that aren’t out right criticisms..but criticism non the less…and often a bit painful for me. I honestly think people think I am sitting home watching soap operas all day long.
Having the blog somehow makes me feel a little more legitimate. As you read my blog everyone can see that yes, even though I am at home, I do work. I am busy. I do volunteer. I am taking care of my family. You know that I am giving back to the community…doing my part and working to care for my kiddos even though the kids aren’t home anymore…you read it in my daily blog posts. If you’re a long time reader you know that I also created a large free early learning printables website, Making Learning Fun, and that it started out as a hobby and turned into a job. You can see that I am actually not watching soap operas all day long.
I will still get snide comments from people in my community who criticize and I am honestly finally getting to the point that it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to because there are a whole lot more people that use my website or read my blog and appreciate having a little peak into what’s happening here at the Junction. Thanks readers for giving me a place to fit in.