100 Dear Jane Blocks

This is what 100 blocks and 13 triangles looks like!!! I started this quilt on Dec. 26th, 2007. This evening, I stitched block 100. I’m so excited… I might just finish this baby!

<– This is block K2 – Grandpa's Chickens… and SO easy!

The one below is F10 – Potholder.

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A Long Week

I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I posted. I’m at the tail end of this semester for both Ferris and EMU, and I’ve had SO many papers to grade. There hasn’t been time for very much else, especially quilting and blogging, so forgive me.

The best laid plans… never seen to follow through the way you hoped. I planned to start Samantha’s christening gown last weekend, but when I opened the box and pushed aside the tissue paper, my wedding dress was covered with mildew and rust stains! I could have cried, but I didn’t. (Did do a little cursing though!) Anyway, I put the dress in the washer and soaked it in Woolite and Cascade, and that helped a little bit. Not enough, though. Today after my last Saturday class (I have to give them their final exam) I’m planning on going on a hunt for Oxyclean. Everyone tells me it works miracles, so we’ll see.

I’ve tried to keep up with the Dear Jane Block of the Week even when I’m busy. I let the Triangle of the Week go until I have more time. Here are a few I have completed recently:

C2-Streak of Lightening

K8-Springbrook Park, Paper pieced

H6-Pie Sale

All the kids and grandkids are supposed to come up tomorrow, Sunday. Can’t wait to see everyone! My dad will also be over. He hasn’t met Samantha yet, so he’ll get to hold his only Great Granddaughter! He will also get to meet Loren’s sweet Margaret. I’m going to take lots of pictures, and will post some when everyone goes home.

Have a Great Weekend!!!

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The Weather Outside is Frightful

I made it home from work safely last night, though driving was difficult. Roads were almost impassible, and it was near whiteout conditions driving in the Michigan snowstorm. You know it’s bad when the local malls start closing! I was scheduled to teach for Ferris State University from 6-9, but I notified my students in the early afternoon that class was cancelled. Then less than two hours later, all the colleges in the area closed. Smart move! This morning, the reporters on tv are telling everyone that can possibly stay home to do so. I’m debating whether or not to go to work today. I should be there, but my job isn’t a critical healthcare position, so I’m debating.

So, what better to do in these conditions than sew?!? I sewed the Dear Jane Block of the Week, K13-Brandon’s Star. Quilting always relaxes me, and this was fun to make. I had to dig to the bottom of my “blue tub of fabric” to find this old print. I think this is one that I used on the back of the quilt I made for the Flushing Historical Society in the 1980’s! The “Flushing Sesquicentennial Quilt” was made to celebrate our history, and local citizens paid $5-$10 each to sign their name on a brick. This money went to help pay for a brick walkway downtown in Riverbank Park. The quilt hangs in the museum, less than a mile from my house.

The photos you see here of the quilt are from a page in my first book, America’s Pictorial Quilts published by the American Quilter’s Society.

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