Tuesday, December 2, 2008


by Jacquie Scuitto

There are quilts that make me wonder.
there are quilts that make me blink.
There are quilts that tug my heartstrings.
There are quilts that make me think.

But the quilts that mean the most
And that fill my heart with glee
Aren't the ones I see at quilt shows.
But the rare ones made for me!

Nice poem! But if I could take the liberty of changing the last line a bit, that second stanza would read:

But the quilts that mean the most
And that fill my heart with glee
Aren't the ones I see at quilt shows.
But the rare ones made BY me!

I think the operative word here is "by." lol.
"Shady G"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

There are Now 27 and 1/2 blocks! Yea!

Lori and I are quilting again! We've been getting together here, after school, on the first- and third-Mondays of the month. :-) We've had several sessions already, and are now up to 27 and 1/2 pieced blocks!
This is the "stack of 27 blocks."

And this one's on the table... waiting to be finished.
It's the "1/2 block."
(Mine. ha!)

I actually did a lot of sewing and cutting of the various blocks and sequence blocks (that's a good name for them, isn't it Lori?) But now we have a pretty good supply. I'll try to continue making pieces so that the next time we're together we can just be a couple of "sew and sews!" ;-)

Happy day!

Monday, November 3, 2008

We're Back in the Saddle Again!

and we're ready to ride! :-)

or we're ready to cut loose!

or cut up!

But no cutting corners! Just quilting them. :-)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Monday's Child is Fair of Face

Well, I was hoping it would be Full of Grace, as that what was given us Monday morning...

But, then, Lori IS very fair of face. :-)

We had fun Monday morning! Taking advantage of Spring Break from school, she was here around 9:00 A.M. and sewed two blocks together (midst all my chattering!). I cut more pieces... enough for three more to be sewn!

We won't get another chance to sew this week, as I'm having fun being a grandmother. And, perhaps it will be quite a "spell" as Spring is 'round the corner!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Three More Blocks

Everything is here, in my basement, so I'm feeling pretty responsible for the slow progress on our quilt. Lori will be here Monday morning, as she'll be on Spring Break. We wish we could get together more often this week, but my family will be here.

FYI: Our daughter is bringing her two children (our grandchildren, obviously!) Monday afternoon. Daddy has to stay home. They will all three spend the night. Mommy and L are going to visit a friend in Illinois on Tuesday through Thursday. And little A and I get to "hang out" for two days and nights together. Yea! I am so excited!

On Thursday, Mommy and L will return here and spend another night. Then they'll all leave Friday for home.

Sooo. All that is to say, I've done one block a day for the past three days. I've cut enough pieces for two more blocks, but it looks like I'll have to hunt for a bit of additional fabric before Monday. Friday might be a nice day for a trip! ;-)

Here is a photo of our 16 blocks and that crazy pillow!
LOL.No, they're not sewn together yet.
You'll be able to see why, later.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

One More Post

Wouldn't it be nice if there were "progress pictures" here tonight? But, other than doing preliminary cutting and a bit of sewing, Lori and I have nothing concrete to show for the evening's work. However, we always spend a good deal of time visiting!


Little Bits of Fabric

Little bits of fabric
Sewn into a quilt
Form a warm and loving blanket
From which memories are built.
And when you seek peace and comfort
In the quiet of the night
It will keep you warm and snug
Until the morning's light.

(Author: unknown)

posted by Shady

Friday, February 8, 2008

Cold and Snowy Outside; Quilting with a Friend and Warm Chai Inside

When Shady and I quilted last week it was bitter cold outside. So cold that I didn't want to bring my sewing machine out of the house and expose it to the elements. Shady let me use her traveling machine that she uses for quilt classes, camps, etc. I liked it so much I am thinking I need to look into purchasing a light weight, "take a trip" machine, just like it.

My dear friend is so thoughtful! When I arrived she had a warm cup of chai, with whipped cream, waiting for me. You can see why it doesn't matter to me when she occasionally makes a pillow block. ;-)

I spent my time sewing green and white bias strips together that I had cut out before arriving at Shady's. To cut them, I started with white and green fabric, right sides together, and cut 2 1/2 inch strips at a 45 degree angle.

After I arrived at Shady's and warmed up with some chai, I sewed the green and white strips together. Then I sewed the pairs together, and so on, until the strips were sewn into one long green and white striped piece.

You can see in the picture below it is almost as long as I am tall. This piece will supply enough bias squares to make approximately 6 blocks. Though it seems like a lot of work, it is sooooo much easier than cutting little triangles and sewing them together for bias squares.

Whenever quilting seems tedious, I like to remember how it was done before strip quilting. Before strip quilting, quilters used templates and cut each piece by hand!! Quilters still do I'm sure, especially for shapes that don't lend themselves to strip work! But, I like the shortcuts!

While I was making this long strip, Shady was busy, busy sewing more blocks. The last picture I wanted to add had our current total of 12 blocks (number is right, Shady?). That picture I am having trouble loading. Look for it, or one with more than 12 completed blocks, in the near future.

Until later, stay warm and happy quilting!

Lori's piece.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Whew! And I Thought This Was EASY?

These blocks are tricky. As careful as I've tried to be (methodical and deliberate as well) I almost blew it!

Don't tell Lori, but I almost made another pillow! Yikes! That would be bad news for two reasons: 1) I'd have to duplicate all that effort to make yet another useful block, and 2) we'd have to re-name this blog! THAT is definitely not in the "stack!" ;-)

You see, there are lots of little squares of fabric that must be sewn into strips.
Then the strips are sewn together, one by one.
The next to the last strip(at this point, it's at the top of the front block) was inverted.
Can you tell? (oops!)

So, I removed the stitches, realigned the strip
and re-sewed the seam. The photo below shows the block
after I finished adding the final strip. Ta-dah!

Now we have a total of 11 completed blocks... plus that odd pillow one.

Just to refresh your memory, here's a close-up of the pillow.

I'm the one that must claim authorship of the pillow block.
But I'm striving to make up for it, and
we only have 31 more blocks to go (for a total of 42).

What do you think, Lori? (Lori is home cutting strips and sewing them together
to make the green and white triangle blocks.)

by Shady