Friday, January 23, 2009

What have I been up to over here...?

I have been busy busy busy this week! I missed the class on the Drunkard's Path, but my mom showed me how to make them on Tuesday when she came to visit. She also traced and helped me cut out half the blocks. It is so much easier and faster than I expected, and I have made 96 blocks already! In 2 days!! If anyone is holding back on trying this, don't be scared- go for it! I do want to make some more- probably 24 more- but I may make it square and make 48 more. I laid out two of my potential patterns and I like the radiating out one the best. The circles are cute, but I like the other better. I used all 30's repros since I had a big stack of them, and also, because they are such cheerful prints, you can't help but be happy while you're working with them. Unfortunately, they don't match my house decor in any way. Maybe I need to change my house?

I love Jackie's bright wheels, which you can see here. So today I played around and made one. I think this will be a practice run, but it's still cute and soooo much fun to make. The colors are not true on here- the green is a bright lime and the purple is almost neon in real life. To make it, I cut a big circle out of a sheet of posterboard, then cut it into sixteenths and ended up with a piece that looked like a slice of pizza. I traced that onto another piece of cardboard and then added a seam allowance and that was my template. Worked like a charm.

I totally impressed my children with my circle-making skills: I can make a circle using a piece of string and a pencil. Who knew? So they each got their own circle to color and stickerize. Good times, people, good times.

Today is my birthday, and I got some awesome gifts: Paul bought me new scissors! Yay! I am probably one of the few women who would be thrilled over scissors, so he really should consider himself lucky. My FIL gave me a gift certificate to the LQS and so did my boys! (I think their daddy may have had something to do with that, because when I opened it, they eagerly asked, "What is it!? What is it!?" I also got a nice mirror from my parents, so now I need to find somewhere to hang it... that redecorating thing may happen sooner than I thought.


  1. Happy Birthday to you!! Fantastic Drunkard's Path. I just love the 30's and have way too many myself. Even though redecorating is not an option, I still make the quilts. I love what you did with your wedge wheels. Your method, genius! If it works, why not? I love it!!

  2. I like the second layout better, too. And a quilt doesn't have to match anything but your heart!

    Love your colour wheel and the method for making the template - perfect!

    Glad you had a great birthday! I would like to get scissors too...

  3. I enjoyed going through your blog and reading your story about quiting your job and becoming the perfect housewive ... Have a nice weekend!

  4. The colors match my house just fine, so feel free to send it over!

    ;-) I like both layouts. I am so impressed with how fast you work.

    Happy Birthday!

  5. BTW, I have to quote you .. "A Quilt doesn't have to match anything but your heart" is just about the best thing I've heard in a LOOONG TIME!!!


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