Snow Day Sew Day

Good morning!

It snowed here Sunday night…finally! I know that the rest of the world is sick sick sick of snow, but we haven’t had any to speak of all winter. And…I’m one of those who likes snow. A lot.

I worked Sunday afternoon appraising a family collection in southeast Kansas. I was a little concerned because the weather folks were predicting a LOT of snow and I was afraid I’d get caught out on nasty roads. All was well, though. The family had the quilts spread out on two big tables for me and we moved through them quickly. The quilts ranged from the 1930s to the 1970s, and all were clean (many unused and unepwashed, so just like brand spanking new). It was a good afternoon!

Things were pretty much shut down around town yesterday. There was ice under the snow so it was a bit messy, and it snowed off and on all morning. All of our plans were cancelled. The roads are better today but it just happens that I have nowhere I have to be. I got up early and took care of laundry and all those other have-to-do things that you can never escape, and have thrown stuff in the Crock-Pot for supper, so I’m off to my workroom for the rest of the day.

The stew I started the other day is still stewing, but I started something new yesterday. This is a crazy, fun time. I am working on a gazillion things all at once and wake up with more ideas in my head every morning. Does that happen to you?

So, for today, I’m off to tackle some ideas! How are you spending today?

A New-Old Project

I found a new-old project. The other day I was cleaning off my worktable and trying to move fabric around in my shelves to put it all away and I came across this fabric:

Pillowcase, (c) 2015, Lori East
Enough for two pillowcases, or four if I use the embroidery on only one side and back with plain white…

I’ve owned this since it came out in 2002 (!!), and have always
planned to embroider the red lines and make pillowcases. When I found it, I thought, “Oh, I really need to embroider these and make a red and white quilt for myself.” Then I laughed to myself, thinking how many times I’d thought that before, folded the fabric back up and put it back on the shelf. For someday.

OldNew (c) 2015, Lori East
Ahem. 2002.

But then, when I was pulling out ALL of my ABDs (read more about the ABDs here) to finish up, I found these blocks. I had forgotten about them, honestly, but when I found them, I remembered that I won them in a drawing at my guild when I still lived in Florida. (I was a member, and on the board of, the Coral Springs Quilters for several years. If you’re in the neighborhood, go visit them!)

Red pinwheels, (c) 2015, Lori East
They’re red!

There are twelve of them altogether (with parts of two more), and they are 12-1/2″ square. Set side-by-side, I’d need something in the neighborhood of 35 to 40 more, but I will probably do something different anyway. I will still need to make a couple of blocks, but seriously, these are so quick. There was even a piece of graph paper bundled in with the blocks on which I’d drawn how I planned to set them (with triple sashing). I had also made notes how to set them so I could make a bed-sized quilt without making any more. You may have read here how I rarely leave notes for myself. This time I’m really grateful I did!

I’m thinking this is a sign that I need a red and white quilt. This red and white quilt. It would still keep me on track with my plans to finish up my oldies…

What do you think? Should I finish them? How would you set them? Leave me a comment below and I’ll let you know what I choose!