Plenty of stars were on stage last night. If I ever get involved with the musical again, and I suspect I may — for those dark hours of worry, I’ll remember that they CAN and DO pull it off. Was it perfect? No. Are we headed for Broadway? No. But — the kids had fun, the audience had fun — and that’s all that really matters.
I’m not nearly as tired today as I expected to be. I did sleep in, but I haven’t felt the need to nap. We are headed out to a movie tonight, though, and I’m a little concerned about my ability to sit still in the dark for 1.5 hours without falling asleep….
Mom and I went to a Christmas open house at a gift shop out in the country this morning. Found some stuff I couldn’t live without. I’ll take pictures tomorrow.
Yesterday I did finish the top I showed off in Friday’s post. I love this pattern. I forgot to mention that the pattern is called “Checkerboard Stars” and is from Fig Tree Quilts. They seem to have a nice range of projects — from simple piecing to complex appliqué.
As I was finishing the Christmas top (with fabric that is actually from a line called “Angel Baby” — not Star Baby as I said the other day…) I had another idea — well, more than one….first, this would make an EXCELLENT Quilt Of Valor project. This is a fast quilt, but it is interesting. The cover quilt is done as a 2 fabric quilt, but it’s obviously very easy to toss in 3 fabrics or colors, depending on what you are looking for.
The other idea I had was that this would be perfect for the quilt I need to make for my cousin’s baby. (Two cousin’s had babies, the first baby’s quilt is made, but not delivered yet, as I was waiting until the 2nd quilt was made). The first baby got John Deere fabric — the 2nd baby is getting baseball. He’s actually named for a baseball player (Maddux)…..
So, here’s what I did today:
I am running up against the limits of the red fabric, so I thought I’d stick in the cornerstones — and then I thought it would look even better like this:
I adore checkerboards. I’m thinking I might need to always make quilts that include some sort of checkerboards from now on.
But still, isn’t that adorable with the checkerboard sashing? I really think the blue cornerstones make it pop, too.
Several things to point out:
1. To make 4 stars, you need 4 squares that are approximately 27 inches — I didn’t have enough of any one blue print, so I pieced some together — worked like a charm!
2. When you are laying your fabric out, make sure that they are all face-up. Notice anything funny about the bottom right star? One of the large squares of baseball fabric was face down. Oops. Luckily, I was able to still use the pieces to make the stars, and I had already planned to cut the blocks down smaller than the other quilt I made (the other finishes at 24, these finish at 21 inches).
3. Read the directions. The first time I read the directions, I was not pleased because it talks about tracing the star pattern onto freezer paper — and I was mad because it seemed that the designer must have access to wider freezer paper than I did. I actually put the pattern down in disgust. The other day I actually read ALL of the directions, and found the part where it says to tape 2 pieces of freezer paper together. I probably could have figured that out myself, but sometimes I don’t want to have to think.
My boys both have quilts made out of the patriotic baseball fabric. It’s a Daisy Kingdom fabric from awhile ago. I made twin size quilts for them when they moved into their big beds. I ordered the baseball fabric in flannel for the backs. I was going to make curtains too, but only ever made one. Can’t remember why only one….
Of course, they never ever sleep under those quilts — they prefer the soft, well-loved baby quilts their Grandma made. They’ll allow me to pull up their newer (lap-sized) quilts, occasionally, but even in the dead of winter when Mark and I are snuggled under a sheet and TWO quilts, the boys still just want a single layer. Sometimes not even that. I’ll find them in the morning with their bare feet hanging out and they don’t seem to mind. Brrr. I’m walking around with 2 layers on, thick socks and my shoes and they’ll be walking around barefoot. Crazies.
Better get ready for my movie date!