02 December, 2008

Piece-ful Day, With Dividends!

Our home is sad and lonely, Mason-the-magnificent has returned to his home in the Capital City. The weather yesterday was cold and gray, the perfect time to return to the studio and spend some well-deserved time piecing. I had yet another children's quilt on the list of tops to complete and finished it up in the afternoon. This is one more Picture Play quilt from the book of the same name, by Ami Simms. I've done a LOT of these, you may gather that from my extensive (obsessive?) collection of novelty prints! This one, "Sweet Dreams", uses two, three, and four inch squares; the canine embellishment is optional. So, what dividends am I receiving? Aside from this finished quilt top and a piece-ful (smile) day at home, I have a stack of scrappy sixteen-patch blocks waiting to be set into a future project with alternating snowball blocks, thanks to Bonnie-of-Quiltville's "leader-ender" technique. Dipping into my bin of two inch squares and sewing a pair together at the start and stop of each row (and then sewing those pairs to each other, and so on and so on...) pays off, big time! I use less thread (no "tails") and, have pieced the blocks for a brand new quilt, all at the same time. In my mind at least, those few things pay back as huge dividends!

Life is Good!

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17 comments:

Libby said...

Canine embellishment should never be optional . . . always the perfect touch *s*

Nane said...

Do you still use the spider to start...then sew the leader? It is a good idea!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I really love those blocks. I liked clicking and seeing the up close of the variety. Yummy with the alternating snowball blocks. Gosh that's going to be something else!!!

Baby Steps said...

Are you saying that Mason is too loud???

Bonnie said...

Hannes is the most adorable canine embellishment ever! I don't think Sadie or Buddy could pull it off nearly as well :c)

Love the quilt, and love your 16 patches! I just love simple units, and it is so fun to revisit where every little scrap came from. I can't wait to see what you make with them!

Love ya!
Bonnie

Nancy said...

That is a very, very cute quilt!

Baby Steps said...

:)

KarenF said...

Hannes has a cover worthy shot there! Best embellishment there is...(and the quilt is adorable too!)

Cheryl said...

Love that baby quilt!!! And the beautiful model sitting beside it.
Your sweet baby Mason is son darn cute. We are having some fun now grandma!!!

Carrie P. said...

Very pretty quilt. Your puppy dog is color coordinated with it.

Carrie P. said...

Very pretty quilt. Your puppy dog is color coordinated with it.

Quiltdivajulie said...

So how much does Hannes charge for his "sitting fees" ? (VBG) He and Mason add so much joy to your life (and ours, by proxy)!

meggie said...

Hannes looks so good on that lovely quilt!!

mamaspark said...

I get feline embellishments! Your quilt came out great! Don't you just live the leaders and enders?

Pam said...

I haven't seen that pattern before - love the pattern, great idea. Another one to put on my list -LOL!

Heritage Quilter said...

I've never embellished with canine, but I have had mine in my lap as I sew. LOL. Love the quilt. Hope to see you soon.

Nan said...

Hannes is the perfect touch to any quilt! I must confess, I sat and stared at that quilt for the longest time, looking at each and every square and the treasure that it holds. It brings out the kid in me, that's for sure!
The sixteen-patch blocks are going to be lovely however you decide to use them. You certainly found a wonderful way to spend your lonely hours. Dividends, indeed!