I Wish You a Merry QAL

Blocks 10 (lantern) and 11 (star) are not my best blocks.
I don’t know if my lack of enthusiasm is because this QAL has gone on a bit longer than my nano-second attention span; or if I am too busy thinking of and making other projects.
The QAL has been fun, and I have learned some new skills.
So, I met my two goals for joining the group.
I also discovered a new community of quilters through Facebook.
Another plus is the number of  creative people with whom I have been able to connect through blogs.
These two blocks (10,11) need to be revisited and improved before I add them to a quilt.

Today, I spent time cutting and piecing the keyboard borders out of the Christmas remnants.
I also cut the 4 large corner squares, and 16 end squares for the sash.
Tomorrow is craft day with the Meemaws, so I might not get to cut the sash until Friday.
Wednesday is our walk in Wimberley, Texas…can’t wait for this one.

10 Minute Table Runner

The Village Quilting Shop in Bentonville, Arkansas, had samples of 10 Minute Table Runners in their Seasonal Room. Lori, the store proprietor, was very helpful in showing my friends and I how to make these. We bought fabric and made plans to meet for a Sewing Day.
When I was at A Sewing Basket in Salado, Texas, I was given a copy of directions for the 10 Minute Table Runner by LaRue Bunnell Clark.
This seemed easy enough, but I still looked up tutorials on YouTube.
So, today, I thought I would spend 10 minutes and make place mats as I saw on some of the videos.
After working for two hours in the morning, and two hours this afternoon, I finally finished a set of 4, “10 Minute” place mats. 

Boy, do I feel like a dummy.
I still plan to make a runner, so maybe the next time, it will only take 10 minutes.


Set of 4
I think I might buy more of this fabric to make a Set of 6.
It takes 1/2 yard for the backing, and 1/3 yard for the center to make one table runner or two place mats.
Note: I often view YouTube videos by Jean Truelove.
She is very talented and creative.
Her videos are fun.
The one I watched today had a sad note.
Jean mentioned at the end of the video, that she had received a not-so-nice comment on her YouTube video.
To think that someone would take the time to be mean and negative to a person who is offering ideas and information on how to create, is something that really bothers me.
Life is too short to be negative.
And it is never acceptable to be mean to others.
I just felt I needed to say this.

Special Day

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” 

Henry David Thoreau

Thirty-two of my forty-two years of teaching was at my neighborhood school. I worked with many fine educators, and now I am able to spend time with three of my favorite people. There is another teacher with whom I had the pleasure of teaming teaching. Jeanne was the perfect teaching partner. We had the same teaching style and we had so much fun together. She retired before I did, and moved away from San Antonio. We kept in touch with letters, texts, and phone; but we only visited each other on occasion. Today was one of the occasions, and it was as if we just saw each other yesterday. We picked up from where we left off.

We spent the day in Salado, Texas, another quaint Texas town.

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Of course, we stopped at A Sewing Basket on Main Street. The people at the shop were super nice and helpful. I have yet to have a negative experience in a quilt shop. The Fabric Fairies guided me to the seasonal fabric.

I puchased some Christmas fabric for a table runner.

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It was a special day with a special friend.

 

Positive Thinking

The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Buddha

 

Port A, Texas, has been on my mind.
My son went last week.
A friend of mine is there this week.
I sure want to put my feet in some Port A sand.
The closest I got to anything coastal today was eating the Senior Fish Fillet
at Sea Island.
I could almost hear the sea gulls and feel the coastal breeze.
Almost…
Maybe I can head towards Port A in August.

In the meantime, I spent the afternoon making my garland of flags.
The garland has a combination of prayer, inspirational, and “me” flags.
In my stash I found burlap and canvas that I used for  making the flags.
I also had some quote squares that I previously used to make tote bags and mug rugs.
My favorite quotes are the Grandma Lottery and the  “The heart that loves is always young” squares.
It was fun sorting through my buttons.
I used some scissor, needle, and sewing machine buttons for a “me” flag.
I had forgotten how much fun it was to make these flags.
Future small project:  prayer flags for my back fence

 
 

These flags are pleasant reminders to think and be…

Brackenridge Quilt

River Run Pattern by Esch House Quilts
My friends and I have formed a quilting group, the Brack Pack, for this Brackenridge Park Conservancy project.
We met last week to start our planning; and today, Marti and I met with Jeana.
Jeana is so helpful with ideas and suggestions.
She has also volunteered to long arm the quilt for us. Yay!
Today, the three of us decided that Batiks would be best for this quilt.
We will be quilting photos of the park onto this quilt.
At first, we had thought of applique, but now we will piece them into the quilt.
How we are going to do this has been left up to me…yikes!
Jeana gave me some suggestions, so I am going to make a practice piece to see if I can do it.
I couldn’t make it to the meeting Marti scheduled with Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, the executive director of the conservancy.
Marti reported that Lynn and her staff are all excited about this quilt.
So are we!
Usually, my friends just run the other way when I come up with an idea.
But this time, we are all on board.
We will go to Creations, a fabric shop in Kerrville, Texas,  on April 28th.
We heard they have a good selection of Batiks.
We also just want to go have lunch in Kerrville!
Tomorrow is a sister day in Kyle, Texas.
I am picking up my older sister and driving to Kyle to meet our youngest sister for her birthday lunch.
We will be eating at Garcia’s Restaurant…yummy!