O Happy Day

Quilt Dots Giveaway

Look what came in my mail today - Quilt Dots with my quilts on them! The tins each contain a set of six magnets. There is also a set of six pins. I knew they would be cute, but they are about 1" in diameter and adorable!  QuiltDots

How would you like to win a set of 6 magnets? Leave a comment here before Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern time (U.S. residents only, please) answering this question:

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? 

Mine is mashed potatoes (the white kind - I hate sweet potatoes) and pumpkin pie.

I'll draw one name out of a hat next Monday and contact you if you are the winner!

O Happy Day, the Nuptial Version

About a year ago I received a call from a local quilter (from here on out to be known as Mrs. X) asking me if it was ok if she made a version of my "O Happy Day" quilt. Of course I said yes. Mrs. X's plan was to make the quilt for her son's fall 2013 wedding. I was delighted to receive another phone call a few months ago from Mrs. X,  this time asking me to arrange her quilt blocks. She had about 740 blocks ready to be organized into a king-size quilt. My absolute favorite part of quilting is laying out the blocks, so I was very happy to do that part after Mrs. X did the grunt work of hand-appliquéing a bagillion circles. 

(And, really, it is slightly masochistic that I spend days and weeks constructing quilt blocks of my own just for the few hours of payoff of arranging them!) 

I spent two mornings at Mrs. X's house arranging blocks, 2-3 hours each day.

After day one the quilt looked like this:

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At the end of day 2, she had a whole quilt top ready to sew together:

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Mrs. X's son lives in the U.S. but is getting married overseas. Instead of packing the quilt up to give it to them at the wedding, Mrs. X made a miniature replica to take across the pond with her:

Miniature Wedding Quilt 2013

And just to give you an idea of how miniature it is, the squares finish at 1", with 3/8" circles which are Wonder-Undered on.



Quilting Mojo

I have lost my quilting mojo. I don't think it is gone forever, just taking a well-deserved break. In the past month:

I have hung 17 quilts at the Hosmer Gallery and had a fantastic opening reception. Quilters are a wonderfully supportive group of people!

Finished piecing together the maple leaf quilt, although this photo was taken before the piecing was completed.maple leaf quilt in progressWrote my essay for the Jacob's Ladder: New Quilts From an Old Favorite book. Have I even mentioned that Upstairs Downstairs is a finalist in the competition sponsored by the National Quilt Museum?

Upstairs DownstairsTimna Tarr52.5"x55.75"2012

Continued to longarm for my clients.

And then I could not think about quilting. So while my mojo has been on hiatus these last 2 weeks I have:

Read a few books.

Cleaned out my pantry.

Cleaned up my sewing space downstairs. I have not even thought about the quilting room upstairs. That is way too daunting.

Played Just Dance 4. I told my parents that all of those years of dance lessons are paying off as I am now able to beat their granddaughter at Just Dance.

And a couple of days ago I did what I always do when I need to get my head back into quilting. I just start sewing fabric together. We will see if this goes anywhere. If not, it will spark something exciting, I'm sure.