Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I've never been in a tornado and until a month ago never been anywhere near one. But in April, Quilt Queen Patricia and I spent two weeks in Missouri and Kansas to attend the Round Robbin quilt show in Springfield, MO. One night we overhead the desk clerks at our hotel talking to each other about 'the tornado' and I thought I better find out what was going on. Turns out we were in the distant sites of the killer tornado that tore through Arkansas.
That night I discovered the Weather Channel. Reassured by the clerks downstairs that we would be alerted in time to scramble downstairs and huddle in the laundry room if needbe, I pulled up the covers around me and watched the TV experts, for the first time, describe the path of a killer tornado. We were never in any real danger, but just in case I slept in my clothes for a fast get-away.
We shrugged off the storm and continued our tour of the midwest; we stayed in Joplin one night; went to church in Springfield; we visited friends who live in Kansas' infamous tornado alley and until this week, no one I met had been in a tornado.
Now it's different. An entire town is blown away and so many lives shredded.
I need to tell someone that I fell in love with the people there, and the beauty of the countryside. My heart aches for everyone hurt by this immense tragedy. My prayers are for comfort, for safety, for feeling the tangible proof that God cares for you, and for the warmth of knowing the arms of an entire nation surrounds you.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Sandy deserves a high-five (Texas style) for X-Blockin' outside the box. Stop by Magnolia Springs Quilts and see her other lovely work.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Look at what I found on the web. It's a cozy Texas style table topper made by my new friend Sandy at Magnolia Springs Quilts. She used the X-Blocks rotary cutting tool and Dancing Star pattern from Quilt Queen Designs. Isn't the border gorgeous? It was easily made with the pieces that were leftover when constructing her stars.
Now look at Sandy's Country Liv'n quilt. It's the main quilt from the Dancing Star pattern. All those beautiful stars...when you make them, you end up with the border pieces she used in the table topper.
You can see the original Dancing Star pattern on the Quilt Queen Designs website (scroll down the pattern page). Notice many of her patterns include more than one quilt on the cover. That's because the X-Blocks leftovers make the second quilt. It's like getting two patterns for the price of one.
Great job, Sandy. I love your color choices and the splash of plaid.
If you have an X-Blocks project to share, send me a pic.
Andrea, Princess of X-Blocks Land
Thursday, September 3, 2009
We stayed in the Director's Cottage and supped in the dining hall - gourmet style. Every meal was prepared with fresh ingredients by an excellent chef and staff; waitpersons hovered in the wings bearing lovely desserts, coffee and tea. We were so stuffed by mid-week we could hardly waddle to our sewing machines, which were set up in a large conference room.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sheri, the shop owner, just moved into her new location on Valley View in Garden Grove. It's a fresh and fun store with room to move around, a very helpful staff and of course - Annie, the resident cat. She is the perfect shop pet. Greets everyone with a 'walk-by' and 'look-over' then leaves you to your shopping. Be sure to stop by and say hello.
And now, about the grandkids' visit. Were they ever fun! Ages 7 and 9, suddenly they are into cooking. They invented yummy brownie-ice cream-sprinkle pies and oreo-pudding-cool whip surprises. We prepared a gourmet ginger pork roast and sweet rolls and apple pie, oh my! Everytime I was near the kitchen they wanted to invent something new. And --- they cleaned their plates! And said OK Gramma when I had to say the occasional no - or please don't.
PLUS! I've had some time to create a new-to-me way to make an interesting, striped/squared/half-square triangle kind of quilt block. I'm still fiddling - it's going to be a class soon.
I'll keep you posted,
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
First, this tool is DESIGNED to make things easy. There is nothing more complicated for you to sew than nine patch blocks. Beginners start with the easiest quilt by piecing three strips of fabric together.
Second, the trick is in using the tool's registration marks. Lay your 3-stripped piece of fabric or nine-patches on your cutting mat. Place the X-Blocks tool on the fabric, matching the lines on the tool with the seam lines on your blocks.
Next, cut around the tool with a sharp rotary. Because the X-Blocks sits on your fabric off-grain, the result is what I like to call a 'wonky block.' As you sew all these wonky blocks together, an intricate design begins to emerge. Stars, pinwheels, posies...you name it.
Save the edges you trim off because they make the intricate (in appearance only) borders.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
- I can't figure out how to make my site beautiful. How do you customize your bloggy-place to make it feel like home? Or X-Blocks land as it were.
- Where do I find people to come visit me? It can be lonely, all by myself.
- How do I entice you to leave me a message?
Oh dear, I'm all alone in X-Blocks Land.
Signed, the Princess.