Saturday, September 09, 2006


And here we have ... a bigger blue top, now measuring about 52 inches by 69 without borders. I made so many extra blocks to get it bigger that I have enough left to make a bonus smaller quilt too.

I am going to have a dark blue thin inner border and a lighter and wider outer one. I have enough of a dark blue for the outer one but not enough of any lighter blue for the outer border so I will have to wait for it to come as I've ordered it by post.

I also finished reading 'Covered Wagon Women' which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I think that maybe I'm too used to reading fiction, where there is a beginning, middle and end, rather than snatches of lives, but it did bring home how very hard the women's lives were. Many of the women recorded the deaths of their children in their journals and it is heartbreaking to think of the pain behind those few sentences.

This morning I popped into a charity shop and bought a brand new, unused plaid shirt for £1 (about 50 cents I think). I had to go shopping because we had run out of fruit. There were major complaints last night from DS, who likes any kind of fresh fruit above all other foods and snacks on it right through the day. Give him a choice between a chocolate bar and fruit, and he would take the fruit every time. I would love to take the credit for this, and say, "Yes, it's all down to my wonderful parenting skills and encouraging a healthy diet". But I fear it may be a quirk of nature, as his sister will eat no fruit whatsoever unless it has been turned into juice.

15 comments:

Hedgehog said...

Love the scrappy blue top! Well done. Hope the border fabric arrives soon. Cute about your little fruit-lover!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

It is growing!!! Bet you can't wait for a parcel to arrive. My little guy - well, he likes both fruit and chocolate - but not at the same time! Today he had a cookie and then a sip of apple juice and promptly declared that his juice had spoiled! LOL!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Libby said...

Your scrap quilt turned out delightful. I look forward to seeing it with the borders.
My girl will eat any veggie you can put in front of her, provided she can have Ranch dressing to dip into. She enjoys chocolate, but those veggies come first for her.

Screen Door said...

Love your quilt.
Kids and eating??? I raised 2 real picky eaters..I guess they take after their mom.
"G"

Linda_J said...

I love that this is all in the same color family--well done so far. Borders will be a snap after what you have already gotten done.

Tonya R said...

I LOVE how this came out. Beautiful and soft and interesting to look at with the different shapes.

KCQuilter said...

Oh, how very pretty that turned out! Love the monochromatic scheme. Great that your DS loves fruit!

dot said...

I like how this quilt turned out. It is so unique and eye catching. Great work. You are fotunate your son prefers fruit, I wish I did.

Simonetta said...

Hi Fiona,beautiful job!!! A light mixture of clear and dark, perhaps because to me the blue one likes a lot :))))

Tazzie said...

I just love the quilt, the colours are so soft and nice. I understand your dilemma with the kids and snacks ... I have the exact same thing, DS loves fruit and DD loves anything but fruit! It's too wierd!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Marcie said...

Your blue quilt turned out really neat! Very soothing colors. :0)
I gather that the book you are reading in non-fiction. It sounds interesting. I have noticed that the older I get the closer I feel to the past and all our forebearers went through. I'm so glad for all they did and wonder what my descendants will ever have to say about me.???

anne bebbington said...

Lovely blue scrappy top - your charity shops must be cheaper than ours - I can seldom find a man's shirt for under £3.25 and often up to £4.75

Fair play to DS for picking fruit - my girls both love it but my DS won't touch it with a bargepole unless I coerce him into it

Finn said...

Good Morning Fiona, your blue scrap quilt is just marvelous! I truly think you have a gift with scraps, and when thats the case, it gets harder and harder to make yourself make a "planned" quilt.. One with only a few fabric...LOL, see as how I can describe a quilt with 27, as being "a few, but not enough"..*VBS*
It a hard thing to describe or explain to quilter who organize color. Not that we can't and don't in scrap quilts. We just never stop with how many we do that too*VBS* Hugs for a great quilt, and the reward of your trip for fruit..Hugs, Finn

Lois R. said...

Fiona! It is gorgeous!!! I can't believe how beautiful it is. It looks so cozy.

Lois R. said...

(Hours later, still thinking about your gorgeous quilt top...)

Fiona, ever consider blogging about how you "process" one of your charity shop purchases to maximize yardage? I have several mens shirts that I want to chop up into quilting yardage and I'd love to see how you do it.