Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy Scrappy

Now that the quilt show is over I couldn't put off this little chore any longer.  We all have scraps, right?  I think they divide and multiply while we sleep.  I had a big tub of them that I finally sorted by color one rainy day.  My intention was to sit at the dreaded sewing machine and make string blocks.  And I did. But the pile didn't go down one bit so I thought of sorting them into pieces that could be cut into 2 1/4 inch widths and sew them all together by color to make scrappy binding.  It did the trick.
  I know, I could have thought of more creative ways to use them, but my intention is to use them UP.  However that way might be. Whatever color I saw when I looked at them is the pile they were assigned to.  I do love a scrappy binding.
Sewn into strips of color with variations for interest I stood at the ironing board and ironed them in half  and
 rolled them up and now they're ready. Yes, I could have varied the color with them and I tried that but didn't like it so all green-ish, blue-ish, etc. are together and waiting.
 and the tub of scraps is considerably smaller.  I'll still tackle string blocks but it has to be raining first. Until then, I'm happy this little task is done. 

Sun is shining, birds are singing, it rained last night and below are some pictures of July

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Quilts

 Early Sunday morning and all packed up and ready to go.  Today we had a date with our church festival to host another quilt show in the church.
 There wasn't room for an envelope in my car.  I neglected to take a picture of PH's car but it was basically the same. 
 We had well over 100 quilts in the two cars, ridin' low.
 My workbox and the signs, my cameras and more quilts.  It was a full load.  A few people brought their quilts to the church and it's a good thing!  I don't know how we would have fit them in!
 This is what we did today!  I had a lot of help setting up and I'm so grateful for all of it. Because of the helpers we were able to set this up in 30 minutes.  As I talked to people and got the promise of their treasures I realized that last year we had 105 quilts on display and this year we counted 137!  As I realized the number was growing I panicked a little wondering where to put them.  We hung some from the balcony, another person brought an A-frame rack that we folded some onto, and somehow it worked. 
It was truly beautiful and we hosted well over 500 people.  Everyone was thrilled to see the differences in antique quilts and new.  Color choices and styles.  Of course this completely transforms the church and the colors are phenomenal.  What a 4 hour thrill!

Approval Junkie

Approval Junkie by Faith Salie

     Well.  I’m not one for self-help books and paused a long minute before requesting this.  The tipping point was Faith Salie.  We laugh with her and at her when she is a panelist on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Nor am I interested in being told yet again that we are all just asking for and acting out for approval rather than blame.  I broke my promise to myself to never buy nor read self help.  It all depended on Faith and her sense of humor.
     Thank Goodness I took a chance!  I can’t remember when I shook my head in agreement and laughed out loud quite so much in one book.  This is a collection of essays that Faith uses to address what we DO all do.  We go against our better judgement, stretch ourselves past the comfort zone and just can’t quite say no, all in the name of approval. 
I loved this book.  Thank you, Faith.