Dressing Up a Three Year Old

Not quilting, but taking up my time for a very important birthday were a set of dress-up clothes in some of the silky, sparkly fabrics I have collected. Dresses, tutus, tunics, long flowing scarves that can be wrapped also as sarongs, and even a boa from my quirky favorite local fabric store, A & E.

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My stitching group helped me find tiaras and crowns, and I supplemented with “gold” jewelry collected from Al Rawnak, in Doha, bangles and headpieces, even “gold” jewelry for hands and fingers. Happy happy birthday, little Naomi!

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Using Up Old Cuts

“Ah!” my husband sighs as he comes into the quilting lounge, “Back to your favorite colors!”

Am I so predictable? No! But I have had these hundreds of half square triangles for about seven years now and it’s time to get them together and get them out. I will admit I love working with the sea colors, greens through blues to purple, and I loved working on these two quilts, one of which will be a charity quilt and one I will just hang on to because often the right person just comes along.

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Using Up Pink Scraps

Don’t you usually have some sort of default for cutting up scraps of leftover fabric? I gravitate towards 2 1/2 inch strips and 2 1/2 inch squares, just because they are so useful, and because when I am using graph paper to plot out what I am going to need, I often use 1 square = 2 inches, so having squares and strips that size just tends to work for me.

And then again, sometimes I have too many squares or strips. I am finding ways to use them up, but sometimes I get bored, or just want to try some other way of doing things.

With grandparenting, I seem to have a lot less time for quilting, but as our group still has requirements for give-away quilts, I spent some time trying to find a way to use the scraps in pleasant quilts.

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Pink really is not my favorite color.