Monday, January 6, 2014

Sharing the Joy This Year

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity. 
Rollo May

Yeah! I got a little done in the last few days! Progress is slow but welcomed. I got 10 Churn Dash Blocks pieced Thursday at the Charity Group Sew In.  Saturday I got them pressed. This block is also know as Monkey Wrench. 

They are not all different, there are several duplicates.  I have pieces for 2 more but they would be scrappy so I think that I will cut enough new pieces to make the parts match like the rest do.  I plan to add the fabrics below as sashing and borders. 

This project will get a few more of the old calicos out of my stash.  Most of these prints are from the 80s or early 90s.  I know many quilters who have given or thrown away all their fabric prints like these.  I think it's better to use them for charity quilts.  I did buy them and I still think they make up into pretty blocks.  As I was sewing at the group several people said how much they liked them.  Hopefully the quilt will bring comfort to someone undergoing chemo.

These blocks were cut with the Accuquilt Churn Dash Die at the Group.  If you would like to make some of them you can find my directions for cutting them with the Easy Angle HERE.

It is really cold, for Georgia, here today.  It may dip down into the single digits tonight.  I know it is much colder in many places to the north of us.  That's Global Warming for you! LOL The average temperature for this time of year here is 52 degrees.

My house plants think it is Spring apparently.  Here are a few pictures of what they are looking like today.

I have the four violets hanging the the dining area.  Two of them have been in bloom almost constantly since last May. They are all in 4 inch pots but as you can see 3 of them more than double the size of the pot with their leaves.  The smallest one hasn't bloomed in a long time.  I nearly killed it somehow and it was down to only about 8 leaves.  It's coming along nicely now.

The begonia was one of my Mother's.  She had such a green thumb.  It has been with me, along with 3 others, for about 5 years now and it has never been so big and healthy.  I'll share pictures of the others soon.  

Have you remembered to change the year on your copyright notices on your blog or pictures?  I did the blog on New Year's but I had forgotten to change the one on my pictures.

I also got a backing pieced and the corners on the blocks for the Grandson's quilt.  I'm hoping to get the top finished in the next few days.  I'm planning to share my review the book and template with you.  That will fall into the category for a New Monthly Linky Party that Vroomans Quilts is starting.  Maybe you want to join in actually making something from some of those quilting books you have collected.  It's called Let's Book It.

 and Sew Can She


  1. Hi!! Your blocks are beautiful and so are your plants!!!!!! I love the fabrics you've used!!!!

  2. Those are such sweet Monkey Wrenches! I have a good many of those calico prints myself. I'm finding they mix well with some of my newer fabrics too. I'm totally green with envy at the state of your plants. I am known as the Black Thumb in my house because plants have to survive in spite of me! :-) Well done on all fronts!

  3. I agree that you should use up that fabric that just is not your style anymore for charity quilts. That is what I have been doing also. Love your african violets.

  4. Pink and green and in -6 degree weather all I could think of is spring! I think that is one of my favorite blocks. Lovely plants. I am told that the great grandmother that lived in the house before us used to grow African Violets and they were all throughout the home and lovely, which is surprising considering the lack of light in this house at times.

  5. Isn't it amazing that all talk of Global Warming goes out of the window when the country is blanketed with snow :)

    Your quilt blocks and plants are a credit to you Patricia!

    Having received 4 new craft books at Christmas I think I should check out that link party too.

  6. Your flowers are lovely, I live in n. West georgia

  7. Great blocks and I still enjoy using my old calicos. Thanks for the copyright reminder! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday


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