Monday, August 20, 2007

TIME TO UNWIND



Thanks everybody for your nice comments on my applique design. It is always good to know that there are a few people out there who like what I am doing. Usually I spend so much time admiring what everyone else is doing that I have "failure to launch." (Did you see that movie? It was cute!) In other words, I don't get my own projects off the ground. Today I actually got the instructions written! Woohoo! I still need to perfect the illustrations, but it is coming along.

The photo here on the left is of my son and a quilt I made him a couple years ago. It is from Open A Can of Worms, by Debbie Caffrey. That might be my all time favorite book. I have made more quilts out of that book than any other. They are good basic scrap quilts. Great directions, etc.

The reason it came to mind is all the talk about orphan blocks made me think of the back of the quilt. I got a number of uglier than sin blocks in an exchange, and rather than make them into a quilt I used them on the back of the quilt. After I sewed them together with alternating plain squares I started to like them. Fabric is funny that way. You can't look at it too closely, you just have to look at what it does. Well, it was too late for those blocks to become anything but a quilt back. I was anxious to get the quilt done so I did not alter my plan. However, since that time I have had the urge to make those blocks again into a real quilt of its own. Some day maybe I will even do it!

I also got several comments on the books I recommended in my last entry. Wow, I never knew there were so many sicko grandmothers out there in the quilt world! Somehow I feel so much more at home amongst you. I was thinking it was only Kim. (Watch the comment box to see me get slapped upside the head!) Kim cracks me up, but she isn't a grandmother so she is still wound a little tight. Do I think grandmothers are wound less tight? Yes, I do. I think when your kids are gone you can take a deep breath, relax, and unwind. This is really not a reflection on Kim's son, or anyone else's. More a reflection on my own! Look at the young man in that picture. He looks so sweet and innocent, doesn't he? He almost single handedly took the whole family down. I am happy to report that he came to his senses just in time. Happily, that is all in the past, and I never want to wind up like that again. Matter of fact, maybe that is why my life proceeds at such a leisurely pace. Remember that song "Up a Lazy River"? Just the pace of that song says it all!

I started to recommend another book and got a bit side tracked. I just finished Jeffery Deaver's The Sleeping Doll. Another thriller with some great twists in the story. Sickos rejoice-there are always more crime novels than we could ever read!

113 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh now I have to go pull that book out! I love that quilt you made your son! And your story about the backing is too funny! You know those blocks do look good like that!

Kim said...

I think you've sprung a spring, my dear friend! Or is this just your way of telling us that you're a loose woman?! LOL! Just thought I'd let you know you "megged" me into buying a book--which really isn't any harder to do than getting me to buy fabric! I just ordered what I think is the first of the P. J. Parrish/Kincaid books--at least I hope so. I'll send you the bill!

Mary said...

I love that quilt. I have the 2nd Can of Worms book but not the first one. Maybe I need to order it. It's not like I didn't run off and order $$$ worth of books from Amazon last night after reading Lucy's blog and seeing her doll quilt.

Colleen said...

I LOVED that Open a Can of Worms quilt your son was holding. I've got to get that book. (Maybe you should ask for a commission on all the books you are helping to sell.)
I also have to tell you that in a quilt class I took, our teacher suggested using blocks that you don't think turned out as well, or scraps of fabric left over from piecing and use it on the back of your quilt. I've done this several times and it makes me feel so good about not wasting fabric and I love how it looks. I loved your comment on not looking too closely at the fabric but at what it does. It's so true.

I also loved your comment about grandmothers and how we unwind and are not wound so tight. I totally agree and relate.

Libby said...

Scrap quilts are just the best - they always look so happy *s* The story of the back is enough to so far as calling a two-sided quilt. It's funny how things come together sometimes.

Laurie Ann said...

Hi! I finally got a good explanation of the peace sign thingy from Taniwa. If you haven't seen it, come to my blog and I direct you there. I am so glad now I know why! :)

Angie said...

Hmmmm, I KNOW I'm one of those sicko's, but I'm not a 'granny' yet (well, that I know about anyway ROFL)!! Love Jeffrey Deaver's books...I'll definitely have to find that one. I really really enjoyed our phone visit last week, Marcie! :> We will definitely do that again, my friend!! :D Handsome young man you have there, and the quilt is wonderful!

Kairle said...

I love that Cobblestone quilt, Marcie. I specifically bought the book to make that quilt. I've made others, but not that one yet. Go figure! I have a bunch of "worms" already cut, so now that the girls are back in school I may have some time. Or is that just wishful thinking?!

BTW, isn't it a nice thing with those boys grow up? I really like my son now. lol!!!

tami said...

I love your son's quilt. You did a great job.
Open a Can of Worms is one of my favorites too. I've made a couple from it and have a bunch marked to make "eventually".

Tanya said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! I really like your scrappy quilt. I think I saw that book when I was browsing through the quilt store. I'll have to rmember it the next time I'm ordering books. I'm always ready for a quilt book where I can use more than one pattern!
You've made some very nice things!

pat said...

Oh, R looks great! Man, has he ever turned into a handsome young man. Love the quilt, too. :-)

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

It's a great quilt, and I like it when the back has a story too. I don't think you can take them off now, can you? He might feel cheated. I've not read that book - next time I see it I'll have a look.

Susan said...

It's a pretty quilt, and I love what you did on the back. How wonderful that your son made a turnaround and you can relax now. =)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Wonderful quilt, front AND back. That book by Debbie Caffrey is a definite winner!

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