Saturday, March 29, 2008

We interrupt these proceedings..........

I haven't come out of my heart phase yet, but I spotted a teeny little quilt the other day on a yahoo list I belong to which employed the clever use of churn dash blocks and fabric shading to hint at a larger block over the top.
I emailed the maker, who doesn't have a blog to my knowledge, and asked her permission to use the idea
She very sweetly agreed and so here we are the very early stages
Hers was a miniscule 5.5" finished in shades of green and beige with all the sub-units measuring in at half an inch square - I couldn't stomach something that tiny (yet) so have gone for a more manageable version at around 13.5" (using 1.5" units) in zany purple and yellow!
Lots of HSTs and QSTs but as it's only nine blocks I think I can keep the enthusiasm going - watch this space - I'll revert to appliqueing hearts when I feel my own personal piecing overflow level being reached
Then there was a wonderful treat in the post today
Dawn had a draw on her blog to celebrate 500 posts - WOW!
I was one of the lucky people and here is the most darling little quilt I received yesterday - please excuse the Heath Robinson fashion of hanging - I was so excited I couldn't wait to stitch on the hanger or put a nail in the wall
Along with it came some scrummy chocolate and a lovely little sewing case
Thank you Dawn they're lovely
Here's my boy sporting a terrific black eye - he was punched by a classmate at school yesterday lunchtime during a game of kickaround football - so that meant a visit to the school yesterday afternoon - however the school have been magnificent and are dealing with the issue in a way which totally satisfies our family, the boy who threw the unprovoked punches has serious anger management problems and comes from a terrible background, but the school's attitude, while needing to offer help to this unfortunate boy, is also to ensure a safe environment for his peers - Nick does look a bit of a bruiser though doesn't he? There's now a big competition in our house between him and his elder sister as to who's had the better black eye - Kids!!!

12 comments:

jovaliquilts said...

If you like that kind of overlay design of the same pattern, see if you can find a copy of Ruth B. McDowell's first book, "Pattern on Pattern: Spectacular Quilts from Traditional Blocks." It's amazing! She does all sorts of blocks where there seem to be smaller ones of the same pattern under larger ones. Awesome! I love stuff like that, can't wait to see yours!

Margery said...

Hi, Anne - aren't you good, following up on an inspiration so quickly! and thank you for the "clever"! VBG I watch your blog regularly, and will be looking out for the churn dash result. The colours are really spring-y - crocuses and other stuff - very promising.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh my, poor thing! I'm so glad to hear that it all being handled well by the school...(not something we've experienced with our local school...and why after Easter my DD2 is going to a new school...there is a long story there, can you tell!?) Hope it heals up soon!

JUST A MOM said...

oh it is so hard not to go punch the kids mom huh been there... he does look pretty cool now. have a great weekend,

Dawn said...

Oh your little quilt looks so happy there! I hope you enjoy it all! Love the black eye!

Cascade Lily said...

Zany yellow and purple works for me!

Oh your poor boy - being punched in the face...and so hard! Good to hear the school is dealing with it.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Oh, you could call this post "A change of heart!!" Sorry, that just came to me. Lucky you on the win, when is your 500th? A fair way from mine! Intersted to see what this becomes...and he doesn't look too concerned about his eye-but I would be! Tracey

Hedgehog said...

Lucky us to receive Dawn's gifts!

Karen said...

Hi, Anne, ouch, that punch must have really hurt. Glad that the school is handling it well. Don't know about this overlay notion, will be interested to see your result.

Libby said...

Well let's all just hope the argument over shiners doesn't result in coming to blows *s* Ahhhh . . .sibling rivalry. Love your prize package from Dawn. Congrats on being one of the lucky winners.

miniaturequilter said...

If you'd like to do some hand piecing, I found a good way to use up those fabric samples in a heart quilt-(sorry, don't know how to send picture, and its in my flickr photos and will not transfer to my blog (blogspot is not one it transfers to)The little quilt was pretty and easy-just time consuming.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/miniaturequilter/2227483922/in/set-72157603831358463/

Nursedude said...

Ma'am, I have to ask, in your school system, if kids fight, are both kids suspended from school, or does the headmaster/principal sit the combattants and witnesses down and then figure out punishment? The reason I am curious is that where I live in the USA, a lot of school districts have what is called "Zero Tolerance" and both kids are suspended-no matter if the other kid was defending themselves. It's a horrible system, and to me, I think plays into the hands of bullies in American Schools who pick on kids. Will the kid who assaulted your son be suspended at all, or will he be back in school as he has a 'diagonsed' behaviour issue?
BTW, really pretty work on your quilts.