Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quilts and books

A long time ago, years actually, I put this together on a lazy afternoon. It was intended to be a beach quilt, just using up scraps of bindings and a big border.  Now it could almost be called modern except it's not gray (am I the only one who has noticed a "modern" quilt is also a gray quilt?)
Anyway, I pinned it and folded it up and put it away and found it again while I was purging a closet.  So, I decided to take it to a place that rents a long arm machine for cheap and just run ditch stitches to hold it and then bind it later.

 Well, that was a mistake!  What a mess.  This is a prime example why I don't use a sewing machine.  I was all over the map and it was so full of knots and glitches I just got mad and took it home and sat with the seam ripper.  I am ripping out all of the seams I machined in and am using big sewing card stitches to hand quilt it.
 Here east meets west
 My big stitches look funky and cute and will do the job for this utility quilt. It's going really fast, too.  Big fat stitches don't take time and they look cute. But what a mess. Don't ever let me get near a sewing machine again.

This week I read a couple of MY favorites to the kids at school. It's still Women's History Month so I picked one of my special strong, brave and smart characters, Sweetness.
 It's the wild west and Tex is the sheriff.  Sweetness is an orphan and stuck scrubbing floors with a toothbrush because Mrs. Sump says so.  Sweetness runs away and Tex has to go out and find her. He is completely unprepared, of course, and Sweetness appears to be following him because she happens along at just the right time with water, food, and a rock.  In the end she convinces Tex to adopt her and all the orphans and put Mrs. Sump out of business.
 In the sequel Tex finds minding the children a little taxing and his ideas of recipes and housekeeping are out of the norm.  Goodness, even the kids know it.  They keep asking him if he ever thought of getting married.  Again, Sweetness saves the day and their happy home.  Love these.  You need to read them with the accent, though.
 Kevin Henkes is a genius.  That's about all I can say about him.  In this story little Chrysanthemum leads a loved life....until she goes to school.  She is tormented about her name, it's a flower, it's long, it's weird.  And Chrysanthemum's little life crumbles.  Until the class meets the music teacher, Ms. Delphinium.  Things turn around quickly for Chrysanthemum after that. 
Lois Ehlert is another genius.  I love her books and her illustrations.  Simplicity at it's best.  In fact, I am making a quilt with one illustration from all of her books.   In Mole's hill, the Fox tells Mole that the other animals want a path to the pond and his hill is in the way and he will have to move by the time the trees turn colors.  Mole has a plan to save his hill and it works.  Wonderful story.  It's one Adelaide picks regularly.

1 comment:

  1. Love the books! I watched a comedy show titled "Black Books" it's a very politically incorrect comedy series about a shop run by an Irishman who hates customers and drinks and smokes way too much! In one episode he and his assistant sit down to write a children's book, "How hard could it be?" And they would become wealthy. The episode is of course hilarious. Every time I read a great children's book, I remember snippets and quotes from this comedy! I love that scrappy quilt, and I do also love big chunky hand quilting, I am about to embark on one of those quilts myself, when I get a few more projects sorted, could be a little time yet, but I have the cotton, I have the will happen. 30 days to retirement!!