Monday, November 12, 2012

Leftovers and Orphan Blocks

I was watching Bonnie Hunter on Quiltcam the other night and she suggested that we could take some of the unfinished projects and leftover blocks for other projects and make a quilt to send to the Hurricane Sandy people who have lost so much, if not all.  That struck a chord with me, having been through a hurricane or two myself.  This little quilt is the result of taking some of those leftover blocks and adding sashings and borders.  I think it turned out very pretty, and I like the thought that it will comfort someone.

This is the backing, and while it doesn't seem that it is exactly the right one, it is!  Don't you love those happy surprises?  There are two different places to send the quilts in the paragraph above.  The first prefers twin/full size quilts and the second prefers child-size.  This one really took no time at all to make, and since it used up some things that I had already, it was really inexpensive to make.
I've got another one that I finished quilting last night that will go as well, then one more.  Three seems like a good number!  I'll just have to get them all finished and on their way.
It is a beautiful day here today.  The air is so clear and bright that everything seems to sparkle.  And don't these colors look a lot like the colors in the quilt above?


Even in November, there are still some pretty flowers to be seen around here.

This little old fashioned climbing rose is one of my favorites.  It blooms virtually year around, if I remember to prune it back pretty hard when the blooms stop.  It's nicely fragrant, too.

My first "real" job as a teenager was in a drug store in the little town where we lived.  The owner/pharmacist was a character.  He would often tell us girls who worked there, "Watch out, you'll step on that egg!", which would make us jump, which he loved. 
Here at Muddle Manor that is a valid concern.  You might remember that Hetty, one of our chickens, was blind when we got her as a day old chick.  Reason would tell you that I should have euthanized her at the time, but I didn't.  I just couldn't.  And I'm glad I didn't.  Hetty doesn't seem to realize there is anything even slightly different about herself.  She's a happy little girl, and she lays an egg most days.  Only problem is, you never know where you'll find that egg.  For sure it will be on the ground somewhere out there, but if the other chickens have been scratching around - which they always are - the egg might get covered.  I've stepped on a few over the time she's been here!  Just another thing to keep life interesting.
I do hope there is plenty interesting where you are, and that you're having an absolutely wonderful time investigating those things!
Hugs and kisses,


*karendianne. said...

Superb quilt! Love the colors. Pretty flowers indeed.

What a charming little tale about Hetty and her eggs. Made me smile.

Karen said...

This is a wonderful idea and I think your quilt looks great.
Watch out for those eggs.

Thimbleanna said...

You're such a sweetheart to help out Elaine. And it's wonderful that your scraps could make such a pretty quilt!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

So glad that Hetty is still doing well! You are so good to take care of her! Love the idea for the quilts! Lovely as always!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

What a lovely and thoughtful ideal! Beautiful quilt! Hug Hetty for me!

Nanette Merrill said...

I am so happy your little chicken is flourishing. Eggs are like a little miracle aren't they. They are perfectly packaged and delivered whereever the chicken desires. Love your charity work with quilts. You are always serving.

Millie said...

I like your quilt, Elaine. Always fun to look at your beautiful flowers. Another egg, that is nice. How are the chickens doing?

Susie Swanson said...

What a sweet and wonderful ideal.. I know some will be so happy..Your flowers are so nice to look at.. Ours has long since been gone.. IT's nice to see an egg like that this late in the year.. Blessings, Susie

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

These quilts are splendid. I love the colors and patterns. I liked the story about the egg and hen, too.