Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Dear Jane solution

This is the first Dear Jane quilt I have quilted and although I always appreciate Betty's good workmanship,  I am not in a hurry to do another one real soon.  Betty told me she didn't want a lot of quilting - I wondered how on earth I could quilt this without doing a lot of quilting!  I remember seeing a Dear Jane quilt years ago at MQS that had been quilted with an all over large stipple. That was not my idea of a good solution to quilting a Dear Jane quilt. 

I ended up doing a lot of SID, more than I wanted to and no background quilting.  That kept it from looking heavily quilted.

This is Betty's SECOND Dear Jane quilt.  Some people are just gluttons for punishment!


It has been very windy here in Kansas lately but it looks like the weather may be nice just in time for MQS.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

From Stars on Mars to Armadillos


Gail Stepanek and I were thrilled when we found out that our quilt Stars on Mars has won Best of Show at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington.  We both really love
this quilt and it's fun to see it recognized. 

From the sublime to the ridiculous: today on driving home from Wichita I caught sight of an armadillo digging alongside the road.  Armadillos have been slowly moving north into Kansas and up until now the only ones I have seen were squashed by the side of the road.  This guy was digging up someone's front yard with great energy.  He let me get pretty close to get a picture with my cell phone.  What weird little creatures they are!  He looks like a cross between a rabbit and a turtle, or a dinosaur.  He was not happy with me getting close - he finally grunted and scuttled off.