Monday, November 12, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

We here on the Gulf of Mexico know first-hand how devastating and lasting the effects of a hurricane can be to a "community". We also witnessed the generosity of our fellow citizens as we began the 'recovery process'. The difference between  and Sandy is weather.

It is really terribly cold and after 2 weeks there is still no relief in sight for thousands. So many have lost so much.

If you would like to help in large ways or small, please visit and see what these good people in Colorado are preparing to do.

They are planning to ship up 5000+ quilts to the most needy and are asking all quilters to donate what they can with quilts and cash. They are joining forces with Timeless Treasures and to get this done.

If you want to help, please go to for a comprehensive FAQ list  or send email questions to: 

Yes, even ONE quilt will make difference to someone.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'll Have A Box Of Crayons, Please. A BIG One!

As a kid, I remember going back to school as an exciting event because of the new school supplies. Folders, lined loose-leaf paper, ball-point pens and unsharpened pencils. My favorite thing of all was a fresh new box of Crayola crayons. All lined up like soldiers, each color better than the other. It was an especially great year when I got the Big Box; what was it? 128 colors? Can that be right? It had a sharpener on the back...... well it seemed like a 128 colors and I was in heaven.

When we began receiving the Colorworks solid fabric line, all those memories came flooding back and with every shipment, I went slightly bonkier and now that we have all of them in stock, my eyes go awandering in their direction as soon as I walk in the door! And now that I have let the dust settle down from Market, I have been carrying home FQs and 1/3 yard cuts of these lovely creatures and, like a kid at recess on a rainy day, I've been playing!

It started with this Dresden plate using chevrons and Kaffe Fassett fabric. I love the use of the zig-zag to create the optical illusion and how the plate pops off the solid electic blue background! Fussy fussy center! If I'd had enough of the fabric at home, I would've fussy-cut the blades to all be identical; as it was, I had enough to pair each blade.

Then, I played with the Fassett/solid fabric dresden plate and a different direction, as though they were leaves. 

Here, I mixed it all up with directional chevrons and Fassett fabric set in an Amish block with a star center. Love this!

This a Modern Baby quilt top using solids with two different baby motif fabrics. The baby fabric is so cute and it is printed with unusual colors that I don't normally relate with babies so, clearly, this is what I gravitated towards! Then I paired them with, again, nonconformist baby colors to make a bold crib quilt. The pattern is by Modern Quilt Relish and it's called Market Values.

I have some new ideas percolating upstairs and wish there were more hours in a day than 24. As luck would have it, I get an extra one tonight.

Don't forget to set your clocks back!