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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Finished by Friday....Thank Goodness!

Before you read this you should hop over to Sharons because she's giving not one, but two really cute bags!

I cooked, I cleaned, I did laundry, I washed dishes, I shopped for groceries, I swept (but I didn't mop) and I still got something Finished By Friday! It's another Winter Wonderland block - this makes the third out of (I think) eight. It's going quickly, don't you think?

And, ta da! The electrician came! He came early, he stayed a long time, he stood in the hall between the sewing room and the bedroom and scratched his head, he climbed into the attic, he charged a lot of money, but.....he fixed it! I have light in the sewing room and I can actually turn on the ceiling fan in the living room without turning on the light in the sewing room. :) And when I could turn on the light I was able to find the counter top! I really did have a cutting mat under there!

So I was able to cut out this Checkers and Rails Quilt. Apologies for the picture but it's in a book that I couldn't get to lay right and I couldn't get the glare off. :( It's a very traditional pattern first documented in the early 1800s. I thought it was an appropriate pattern to choose for a young couple who have old fashioned traditional values. If you look closely you will see that the pattern is actually made from the sashing, rather than from a block.
Even though this young couple is very traditional in their views of family, they are very modern in their style. They've lived in Manhattan, worked at jobs most of us don't understand, hail taxis like the pros they are, and take museums and theater for granted. They are dot com kind of people and I adore them both. But muslin and navy just didn't feel right for their wedding quilt. So I chose these two fabrics. One is a beautiful light teal batik with swirls of a darker teal running through it. The other is a dark brown with the exact shade of teal polka dots as the batik. I know it doesn't look like it here, but my camera leaves a little to be desired.

I think the batik looks like the water at Cancun where they will be getting married next week. So Natalie and Josh, if you're reading this, I finished cutting out your quilt!! You can expect it to be mailed to you in a few weeks, strike that, months. :) Quilts take a while. I will be praying for each of you as I sew - praying that you will continue to love the Lord, to love each other, to have many years of joy with lots of babies.


Grammy Staffy said...

Oh, I am so envious of your sewing room. Could you send your electrition over to my place? My hubby says it is much too hot to get into the attic..... but then in the winter he says it is too cold. Good luck on your quilt.

Karen said...

I'm glad you got the electrical problem fixed even if you are poor now after paying the repairman!
I find the quilt pictured in the book very interesting. I don't think I have ever seen one like it.

Lori said...

I love the checkers pattern. It could be so versatile like the modern spin your putting on it with teal and brown. I think the wedding couple will love it!

Ivory Spring said...

Wow!!! What a nice cutting setup you have, Marlene!

And that quilt pattern is to die for. Do you know the exact name of that pattern? I would love to make one like that for myself - I see the potential for lots of feather quilting in the block center.

I can't wait to see the finisehd work. So, get working on it quick, okay?! (just kidding!)

Dandelion Quilts said...

Hooray for the electrician! Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway. Have you tried that frap yet?