Thursday, July 25, 2013

Random Is

It's been a few weeks since I've done a Random Thursday post, so of course the randomness has been piling up, as it tends to do!

I was chatting with my friend Louise/I'm Feelin' Crafty at our last SMQG meeting about the low volume, bright contrast postage stamp quilt block she was doing with her do.Good Stitches circle, and I was so intrigued. I've seen this block around, and even heard about the unusual method, but thanks to Louise, I now also have a great tutorial. One of these days . . .

And speaking of the SMQG, there's a Pacific Northwest Meet-up next month in Portland, and our guild is one of 9 participating. Sounds like good fun!
Another opportunity via the guild was Yeechi's recent find of a great sale on Aurifil. Several of us chipped in and bought a box-full! Only 6 of those are mine, but I'm still pretty much in awe of them.

photos by Yeechi

Speaking of friends (see how randomly topics are related?!), Debbie/Blue.Ridge.Girl started blogging! We usually chat via flickr and email, but it'll be fun to hear more from her via Shadows of the Blue Ridge.
A blog is born

The 100 Quilts for Kids: Charity Quilt Drive started on July 1. Sponsored by Katie of SwimBikeQuilt, it's a great way to share your gift of quilting with children in your very own community. Basically make a quilt and donate it locally between now and September 30. There's a flickr group, plus link up here. I've participated the last two summers, and have shared quilts with Project Linus.
100quiltsbutton 100 Quilts for Kids: Charity Quilt Drive Starts Today!

And as if I didn't already have enough going on, I started a new flickr group, Falling for Modern Maples.
I have 19 Modern Maple blocks from That Stash Bee, and just thought it would be nice to have some company as I work towards my goal of having the quilt done by this fall. I originally found the block pattern here, though modern handcraft has posted a similar tutorial full of great photos that I'd highly recommend. If you're interested in a Modern Maples project, feel free to join in! It's very casual and at your own speed. I probably won't get moving forward on mine till mid-August.

Lastly, I've been plugging along on grandgirl's flower girl dress, and it's crunch time! I have the skirt and silk sash completely done, buttons covered (and finally for the prototype too), and after {hopefully} a bodice fitting with grandgirl tonight, I can finish the dress up. The count-down is ON.

Guess that'll do for now. Hope you're reveling in some randomness too.

Linking up with Live a Colorful Life's Really Random Thursday.


  1. Debbie!! Thank you for the shout out on my new blog! You are so sweet :o)

    I love the low volume/brights postage stamp blocks...that would make such a fun baby quilt!

    Finally, Modern Maples may be calling my name...

  2. Hi Debbie. I love the pluses. Peeked at the tut and not sure if she drew the grid or used the pre-printed fusible. I used to make watercolor quilts and the method was the same but on the pre-printed fusible. Thanks for the randomness!

  3. Great post, Debbie! I adore that low volume + block...thanks for the tip on the tutorial. And, I'm looking forward to seeing that sweet little dress!

  4. Good heads up on the plusses! I was about to say I'd never actually make something that fiddly, but you know, that method seems okay...

    Mr Aurifil was at FQR, and had given in a bunch of boxes to the raffle - people were practically trampling over their friends to get to them if they won ;o)

  5. Can't get enough of the low volume / bright quilts. Mine is stalled at the moment. Enjoy your guild meet up. Portland has a great quilt shop I hear.

  6. Wow that is a lot of Aurifil! I'm looking forward to seeing the flower girl dress, the prototype was so pretty :)

  7. pretty thread! how much did you pay? where could I find some?

  8. I have been looking randomly for a new blog or 2 to follow..

  9. I love your random posts! They always introduce me to amazing tutorials and projects! Now if there were just more hours in the day! ;)

  10. Lots going on! Thanks for sharing! The postage stamp block is amazing. So simple and fun!

  11. lovely random thoughts! those postage stamps blocks are awesome, and i still long to join in on the modern maples fun, though i know i just cant. maybe i could do a table runner just to get a taste of it...

  12. Thanks for including my block in your lovely randomness! I love the quilts for kids idea too!

  13. I love your random posts, Debbie!

  14. Love the randoms!

    I also really love the postage stamp quilt! I have to make one. LOL

  15. Hey Debbie . . .that fusible trick is pretty good isn't it? I used it a time or two years ago when doing some impressionist quilts. Soo much easier than sewing lots and lots of individual squares together.

  16. Wow that box of thread is awesome! Out of curiosity, where was the sale (so I can keep an eye out for the future!) Thanks!

  17. I am really loving your plus blocks with the low volume backgrounds