Thursday, February 22, 2007

Objects, Finished, Unfinished and Almost Finished

Yesterday, a box from Deb G. arrived ... containing the first of three quilts I am binding for the Quilt Studio Ring's 40 Quilt Service Project. All it needs is a binding and a label and I'll be sending it on to Amy to take to The Children's Inn in Bethesda Maryland. It's a charming quilt and the quilting is fantastic.

Kids Quilt

Here's the WIP QOV I mentioned earlier today. Several of us in my small group brought them home to finish.

QOV in Progress

And here's a--can you believe it--finished object: the Wacky Westerner's silent auction quilt. All the blocks were made before I joined the group, so I volunteered to do the binding. There are also a couple of detail shots of the cowboy's face and Coreen's quilting in my flicker album, here and here.

Wild Wacky Westerners Quilt

Birthday Blocks

My small group is exchanging birthday blocks (of the birthday girl's choice) this year. Here are my blocks for January, February, March.

Birthday block for Danita Birthday block for Carmella Birthday block for Nancy

The basket block was Danita's choice. Carmella took a chance and let us make blocks of our choice (in colors of our choice) that were either appliqu├ęd or pieced (based on drawing slips of paper). Nancy asked for batik stars on white-on-white backgrounds.

I didn't get to see the other basket blocks, but I got a peek at Carmella's set on Monday, at the sew-in at her house.

Carmella's Birthday Blocks

Quite an interesting set of blocks, isn't it?

Quilting Bee & Tractor Pull

On the President's day holiday, my small group met at Carmella's lovely house to continue our work on Quilts of Valor.

Ironing in the Kitchen Auditioning fabrics and block placement

I didn't get many photos--I was too busy sewing. Click any of these for the larger versions.

We finished two more tops and ended the day with several more WIPs--one came home with me ... and will be one of the things I share in my belated WIP Wednesday post soon.

Finished top Another finished top

We also finished up our quilt for the Guild's silent auction and the raffle quilt for the American Cancer society.

It was a perfect, beautiful, sunny winter day. We enjoyed a great potluck lunch. Around four o'clock, we packed up and were ready to head out ...

Then the excitement began. While backing down the driveway, Nancy's car went off the long driveway and into a snow-filled ditch. Only Alicia had left before her; the rest of us were around and tried to help ... without success.

In the Ditch

After trying and failing the usual approaches of putting something under the wheels, rocking the car, digging out some of the snow under the car ... it was Carmella's son to the rescue.

To the rescue Boy and Dog

Boy and dog really seemed to be enjoying this more than the rest of us ...

I missed the beauty shot, because when all the wheels were spinning and going no where and it wasn't looking promising ... I slipped inside to see Carmen's Birthday Blocks, laid out on the living room floor. When I came out, Nancy's car was out of the ditch and chains were being removed.

Out of the Ditch

And there were smiles all around.

Face of Victory
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