Hostess Gift ...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

We are off on a 24-day T@b Trailer camping trip in the southwest US ... can't tell you how excited I am to escape the rain of the Pacific Northwest ... as of today, we have had over 30" of rain in the month of October ... and the month isn't over yet!!

We will be spending 4 of these nights at two different friends homes during the trip.  I wanted to take a small hostess gift that can be hauled around in the trailer while we travel (remember ... a T@b is a very small trailer) and will still be in good shape when we arrive.

Pot holders!

Patricia just bought a new home, painted Polo Navy on her walls and a brown back splash with a white counter ... I think these will fit in well.

Brett has an amazingly beautiful and bright Palm Springs home ... so hopefully this play on color will work well for him.

I use one layer of insul-bright and one layer of 100% cotton batting.  I find this gives good heat protection to the hand, but still allows it to be thin enough to actually stitch effectively.  

I like making potholders ... as you can see here and here and here ... they are quick, they are functional, and lets face it ... no one goes out and spends a lot of money on their pot holders ... they get dirty and burnt and everyone always stuffs them in the drawer where no one can see them ... so home made potholders ... people kinda like that ...

Back to that T@b Trailer ... this ... will be our home for the next 24 days!

Just me ... hubby ... and two 50-pound dogs ... wish us well ;-)

All the best,


Fast & bright quilt

Monday, October 10, 2016

Back in 2008, a colleague of mine called me from California.  Her husband was down there on business and had fallen ill and had to go to the hospital.  She flew down to be with him and they discovered in California that he had Leukemia ...

I was one of the few people that she knew that had gone through cancer ... so she called me.  I don't know how much help I was ... but I do remember trying to support her ... remembering how hard it was on John when I was sick.

Fast forward to 2016 ... her husband, "W", has benefited from the immunology treatments that we have been reading about in Time and NY Times, he has written a book on his experience and has been doing quite well ... until about 3 weeks ago ... when he learned that his leukemia was back.

I wanted to do something ... so I made him a quilt.

This is the 3rd time I have made this pattern (you can see my other ones here and here).  It is very straightforward to make ... so it doesn't take a lot of thinking -- which can be important when you're trying to get a quilt made in a hurry.

This time, I added a few pieces of printed fabric.  The other two versions had only had solids.  His wife informed me that his favorite color is blue.  I added a little brown as well to make it a little more masculine.

The back is super simple ... with a single strip across the back where I pieced the fabric.  (Now you can see why I don't like to fold quilts before I photograph them ... you can see the folds).

I added a label ... which says ... "To:  the premiere member of the courage and perseverance club,  From:  two other members who are rooting for you"

I got it done and in the mail quickly ... and got a great note from his wife this evening that the latest infusion seems to be working !!!  She also sent this pic of him napping with it ... NOTHING warms a heart more than seeing a quilt being put immediately to use ...

Finally, we were up in Victoria this weekend for my husband to participate in his 9th annual running of the Victoria Half Marathon ... as well as our annual attempt to explain American Politics to our Canadian friends ...

Victoria Government House

I had the opportunity to meet Janet from What Comes Next as her husband was running as well!  I love the quilting community!  Sadly, we didn't think to get a pic ;-(.

Hope everyone is doing well.

All the best
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