Fav Foto Friday #5

Well, I almost missed today’s post.

I went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston yesterday. I’ve only been twice before. Need a few days to actually see it all. I know we didn’t see half the quilts that were on display because our time was limited. Today I’ll show you the favorites of the ones I saw. The first one here is Audrey done in pixels. Each square (pixel) was about 1/2″. Amazing work.

Audrey in pixels

Up next was a photo of an elderly lady that was printed onto fabric and then “painted” with thread. Thread painting was popular there this year.

thread painting
Thread painting

This next was fascinating. I’m really getting interested in miniature quilts. This one’s blocks are made up of squares that are .2 inches. So each block you see is only about 1″ square. Such patience!

Full size quilt? No miniature.
Full size quilt?

Now to choose between these next two as to which is my favorite. OK, I know this is a fav foto post but when the subject is quilts…

This sampler quilt has 99 traditional 4″ blocks plus the scenic appliqued border. (I’m currently starting a sampler quilt with 6″ blocks.)

Sampler quilt
Sampler quilt

The last one reminds me of a book we loved when we were kids called Imagine. The book had a page that said “Imagine yourself painting a picture of yourself painting a picture of yourself painting a picture of yourself.” The artist captured that in this quilt. There’s the quilt itself. Then the clothesline has another quilt of the quilt with everything included. Lastly, the smaller quilt also has a picture of the larger quilt. Sunbonnet Sue is the star of the show. So many little details that you wouldn’t notice just walking by. The quilting includes cats, birds, squirrels, and a gnome. I know there would be more if I looked harder.

Picture in a picture in a picture
Picture in a picture in a picture

If only I’d brought my camera. These were all taken with my phone.

Next year, I’ll plan on taking a group of ladies and staying at least two days.

Wonder what they’ll come up with by then.


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Next journey

The Journey Continues in October

1. a visit to my daughter’s

2. storytelling festival–Frisco Public Library, Frisco, Texas

3. a beach cabin weekend with friends

4. quilt show in HoustonFibonacci quilt

5. cooler weather

6. not having to be teaching in the classroom during the month of interruptions

7. new blog series “Fav Foto Fridays”—be watching!

8. fall foliage                        field of fall flowers


Measure Twice, Cut Once…or you’ve got to do the math

Seems like everyday I’m learning something new.
Make that re-learning something.

For a couple of days, I’ve pondered what I’d make with a stack of Fat Quarters that I won back in the fall. It’s beautiful, cheery fabric. I knew I wanted to make a traditional block. Something I could cut all the pieces at once and strip piece them and be through in a jiffy. I guess I’d had enough (for a while) of the sampler quilts and BOMs (Block of the Month)
although I really enjoy those, and I was waiting for the next BOM to come out. I looked through myriads of quilting books, quilting websites, and drew up a few sketches. Yes, I’m an “old-fashioned” type with a pencil and graph paper instead of the new fangled computer programs. (I also refuse to buy the fabric shape cutters when I’ve got all these rulers and rotary cutters to use.)

I thought about doing the popular Wild & Goosey but I’m not that wild about paper-piecing. I did make one from scraps. Had to rip out a seam 3 times—yes, the same seam!

So I have officially made one of these tiny blocks. I learned that you do have to cover all the corners, but, hey, it was my first one. It won’t be my last, I suppose. Even though I got frustrated with it and had to redo things, I learned in the process. Or maybe I learned the process. It should be easier the more I do them. Right?

 Wild and Goosey

I finally decided on the Monkey Wrench or Churn Dash. Simple, easy, quick.
But instead of doing all the cutting and piecing at one time from the beginning, I made the first cuts on 2 fabrics only. I’d drawn out two sketches. One with skinny sides and a 6 1/2” center and another with a 4 1/2” center (more of a traditional equal sized 9-patch style.)
Looking at the fabric and figuring out how to cut and how many pieces I could get from one set of fat quarters, I went with the 4 1/2” center/half square triangles/columns. I cut the 2 1/2” strips across, then the 4 1/2” strips to cut into squares to sew into the HST units.

If any of you are really good with math and have been doing this for a while, you already know where I made my mistake. Sewed the strips together and then made the HST units. Now to square them up. Put my ruler on the fabric to cut it to 4 1/2” squares and it wasn’t even big enough to cut! Auugghh! At least I had enough fabric to recut the squares to 5” and trim them down but did not have enough to make the negative/positive images I had in mind. Time to back away from the project and leave it alone for a while. Here was my first block.

1st block

I should have known better than to cut the squares to make the HST units the same size as the finished product. No, I DO know better but instead of taking time to figure it all out, I ended up with mistakes and frustration. It’s better to learn the right way the first time than to have to relearn something later on.

Today, I went in and cut (correctly) enough fabric to make 18 blocks. The strips and HST units are sewn together so far but I’ll wait till I have all of them cut to put them together in blocks. Here are a couple of pairs. Aren’t they just cheerful fabrics?



If you’ve made it through this post so far, here’s something to think about. How many times in life do we plan and make lists and get everything organized only for something to go wrong? Did we miss something along the way in the planning stage or did we just get too lazy to “do the math”? What is the “math” you need to do in your life? Goals to be healthy, travel, be happy, retire and have time for the grandkids? We can go through all the steps in planning but miss something in the follow through. I’ll be addressing my goal to be healthy in an upcoming post. Until then…

Don’t forget to do the math!