October 20, 2010

Blue Is The Color Of Thanks...

How do you say "thank you" to someone who has everything? Well, you know one of the ways I say thanks is to make a gift from my hands.

Our hostess on Nantucket likes the color blue. (I could tell from her decor.) I went into my groovy stash and found a roll of the most perfect batiks in a cool line called "Glacier Ice". I immediately knew that these are the fabrics I'd be using. So, I guess that, at least in this case, blue is the color of thanks!
I just found a great line of rulers, too. They're from a company called Creative Grids. They're non-slip and come in different configurations to create different blocks. The ruler I'm going to use is the 45º Double Strip Ruler. It will create the block I point out in the photo above, simply starting with two 2 1/2" jelly roll strips sewn together.

I'll be taking photographs of the process to share with you when I start on it today, so you can see how the rulers work. I'll also share my progress on this quilt as I create it.

This one will be a large lap quilt, and I'll have my friend, Kathy, do the finish quilting on her long-arm machine. Hope you'll want to follow along. I'm putting this in the line-up ahead of the Christmas projects I've got scheduled for this year. Lots to do between now and December 10th (my self-imposed deadline), and a time table to follow (of course!), so there's no time to waste.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions. I'll answer them on the same post where your question appears, and then everyone will be able to read my replies.

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Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Your so sweet Donna for thinking of this. Great idea and can not wait to follow along with your next project.
Hope your doing good honey.
I am so glad I got to come by tonight for a visit
Love ya
Maggie

PinkGranny said...

Donna what a wonderful choice for a quilt. She will love it! What an observant guest you were, and I can think of a nicer thank you than a quilt from your hands.

I am excited to see the progress, it looks like a lovely block!

Suzann said...

What a fantastic gift!!!

Those colors look lovely.

Mary Ann said...

Hello, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog.I love the tutorials and your pictures. I find myself checking everyday to see whats new on your blog. Thanks so much!

Mary Ann

Sandra said...

ooooh! I look forward to seeing your progress. I have always wanted to make a quilt at least for us to enjoy but really don't know how to. lol I'm really enjoying your blog and thankful that I found it.:)
Blessings,
Sandra

Susan said...

Mmmmmmm!
Love those blues.
The thought of a handmade gift is lovely.
I remember how shocked I was to find one of my friends didn't even OWN a sewing machine!
I'm sure your lovely gift will be a hit.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I look forward to watching your progress! Twyla

Sarah said...

You are not only an amazingly talented individual, you are most certainly one of the most generous and thoughtful individuals around. Of course YOU would make a quilt for your hostess. I know she will be thrilled beyond words. I look forward to seeing the process. ~ Sarah

MosaicMagpie said...

What a wonderful gift idea that will be welcomed by anyone. I have heard people say, "oh, another potted plant". but never have I heard some one say that about a quilt! This will be a great gift.
Debbie

Michelle May said...

Oooooo...lovely fabrics! Can't wait to see what you do!
xx, shell

Tracy Suzanne said...

You are exactly right Donna. It doesn't get any better than a homemade gift especially from someone as talented and gifted as you. I'm going to have fun watching along. You get so much accomplished all year, I can only imagine all the magic that's about to begin.

Love ya, Tracy :)

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