Monday, February 15, 2010

Busy Weekend!

Thanks to everyone who suggested a quilt pattern for my comfort quilt.  I decided to make a disappearing nine patch along with some log cabin style blocks to fill in the rest of the quilt.  For the nine-patch, I went with 10” squares and ended up with big 14” blocks after cutting.  I figure I will only need 12 blocks along with a 5-6” border to get a good size lap quilt.  I got 9 blocks done over the weekend, and will finish 3 more this week.  I’m kind of making this up as I go along.  I LOVE the disappearing nine patch blocks!!  I had never done these before and they were so easy to make.

I told DH on Saturday morning that I was going shopping for fabrics for the quilt.  He pointedly looked at the wall where I have my stash and said “you’re going to shop for fabric”?  Yes, I said, because the colors in the this quilt are not colors I have on hand.  This was the first time he had ever made reference to my stash.  Hmmm…maybe it is getting too big?  Nah…he has just as much “stash” as I do only he calls it “home improvement materials and tools”.

Here is the fabric I purchased.  Lots of soft greens and pinks with dark red and green accents .  I love the red paisley.  Yay, I finally get to use paisley in a quilt.
Quilt 004

I took the blocks to work so people could sign them.  I decided that this was going to be a “hope” quilt, so I found lots of inspirational messages & quotes of hope on the internet.  I printed them out and took them to work with me.   I gave everyone the choice to put whatever they wanted on the quilt, and offered the “hope” quotes for those who wanted to pick one out and use it along with their signature.  I thought this would be much more comforting for her to be able to read some of the messages as she is going through the treatment.  I think it is going to be a beautiful quilt, if I do say so myself!  I’ll take pictures next weekend when I finish the quilt.

Now, what to put on the back?  I wanted to use Minkee, but the LSQ owner kind of talked me out of it. Said it was difficult to quilt unless I “pinned the heck out of it”.    She thought that flannel would be a better choice for the back. As you know, I’m not too good at the quilting part, so I’ll probably do something simple like cross hatch or stipple.  Has anyone used Minkee for the back of a quilt?   Is it easy or difficult to quilt?  I really wanted to use something soft for the back of the quilt, and I love the feel of Minkee. . .

Then, yesterday we were planning to go to a nice dinner at a local restaurant, but that didn’t work out for us.  DH said at about 4:30 that he just didn’t feel right and that his heart had been racing for about 3 hours, and his hands were shaking.  He said he was going to drive himself to the urgent care.  I told him “no way” was he going to drive himself, and I took him to emergency.  Good news is that it wasn’t a heart attack and they don’t “think” it is anything serious.  He is going to have to wear an “event” monitor for the next few weeks to see if the problem recurs.  But we spent 4-1/2 hours in the emergency room.  Uggghhh.   

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day.

1 comment:

  1. I think your plans for the Hope quilt are perfect. The idea of using inspirational messages that she can read while wrapped up in the quilt is a beautiful and caring addition.

    Hope your DH doesn't have any more episodes like this weekend. Must have been scary.


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