Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Saturday sewfest

MJ and I have turned into rather a good team when it comes to piecing quilt tops. Every so often we put our stashes together, let them play and see what emerges. Well, the last time we got together, as we were putting things away, we happened to juxtapose her big chunk of coral with my big chunk of flying cranes, and a colorway was conceived. As it gestated over the weeks, I became sensitive to the call of other colors that would like to play along. Hence the visit to JoAnnes for five buttons when I emerged with $17 worth of calypso colors that were all sdancing and drinking cuba libres and singing "Day - o! Dayyayyayy o! ..." So Saturday, MJ and I gathered together with our co-joined stashes and began to piece.

I was cutting and pressing, and MJ was sewing. She timed herself and discovered that she was finishing one square every 8 minutes. Then I got out my second Singer, the fifty-year-old British-made steel portable, and we both sewed and pressed, and in ten hours. from first consideration to final photo, we had completed a pieced and tied quilt. We have SO much fun with this! I found a home for the last one, so this time, she gets to find a home for it.

DH looked at it and said, "Is it just me, or are there a lot of bird butts in this?" Oh - well, I guess the coral really does pick up the bright tailfeathers on those cranes.

It's still singing and dancing and drinking rum. Yes, it looks loud and hot, because it is! And we laughed all the time we were making it.

For those who don't have any yet, here are a few daffodils. Spring is just rolling along here. The willows are turning that lovely sour green, and the flowering plum and ornamental cherries are mad with joy.

During the past week I managed to turn out a couple of hats. Candy consented to pose in their vicinity, as long as I didn't ask her to do anything.


  • At 5:27 PM , Blogger Warrior Knitter said...

    MJ & you are a great team! Go Team! The quilt is bright. It'll cheer up any gloomy day.

  • At 8:53 PM , Blogger Tammy said...

    Pretty, pretty and pretty!

  • At 9:46 PM , Blogger Shan said...

    The quilt is beautiful.

  • At 10:28 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    That quilt is're making me long for my quilting days again! (and it's so much more fun with a friend...)

  • At 1:41 AM , Blogger Kate said...

    Lovely, lovely work but, ye Gods!, two stashes!! Or do you have more for other hobbies?

  • At 7:33 AM , Blogger Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

    That quilt is great! And, I love your hats. And of course, beings that daffodils are my favorite flower...thank you for sharing! Lucky you, out here, they're not in bloom yet. Thanks for all the comments on my blog, too!

  • At 2:36 PM , Blogger Lucia said...

    Now, see, this is the sort of thing that makes me call you "astoundingly creative."

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  • At 3:01 PM , Blogger lyssa said...

    I love the colors and the cranes! Just what you need on a gloomy day.

    I like the idea of team piecing, too. Sounds much more fun and speedy.

  • At 4:25 PM , Blogger Donna Lee said...

    The quilt is wonderful, bird butts or not! And the beautiful thing about it is that all of the laughter and love that went into making it, infused the fabric and stitches. Whoever gets it will be covered with joy.

    My daffodils are on the verge of blooming. Every day I look anxiously at the bud but they're just not quite there.

  • At 7:04 AM , Blogger Kate said...

    I love that quilt! I've had this idea in my head for a quilt, but I can't sew anything more complicated than a button yet, so it will just have to stay in my head for now.

    Daffodils are my favorite springtime flower, and ours are just not ready to bloom yet. I guess it's still kind of chilly. The weather keeps playing tricks on us.

  • At 10:03 AM , Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

    Wow, that quilt is GORGEOUS! Everything about it just pops with fun and colors. Nicely done!


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