Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Eight Pointed Star

Well I'm finally back to blogging. The pictured quilt is what I've been working on for the past 3 weeks. The Capitol City Quilt Guild is having their biennial show May 16-17 at the Summit in Lansing, Michigan. If you're in town you should check it out. The committee is going to hang 500(!) quilts and there's also 5o vendors. I received these quilt blocks as a parting gift when I was president in 2004-2005. Since this is our 25th anniversary as a guild, I wanted to get my President's quilt done. Each past president gets Eight Pointed Star blocks in the colors of their choice and the size of their choice. The block size on this quilt is 7 1/2". I've written up a pattern for the block and given measurements for 6 different sizes. When I chose the colors green and white in 2004, I had no idea I would be quilting it while watching the Spartans in the Final Four. Just a happy accident, but what fun.

I was president of the guild in 1984 and this is the quilt I made from my president's blocks. I asked for red, blue and tan blocks 12". The guild was much smaller then and I received 42 blocks. The quilt turned out so big, I didn't put any borders on it. That's why I asked for 7 1/2" blocks the second time. I received 56 blocks and even though the quilt turned out huge, I couldn't resist a pieced border.

Till next time.... Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Go Green! Go White!

Go Green! Go White!

Well the game is done, but I'm not disappointed. It was a heck-of-a run. Even though the team did not play their best, they did make it to the final game and they were classy during their after game press conference.

I'm proud to be a Spartan and proud to be a Michigander (or is that Michiganian?)!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Rainbow Block Company

Pictured is a quilt I bought on eBay a few years ago. The blocks are a mixture of applique and embroidery. The quilt was made in the 1930s from blocks ordered from the Rainbow Quilt Block Company. Quilt historian and researcher Sharon Pinka came to the MSU Museum to do research on our collection of quilt kits produced by the Rainbow Block Company, so I dragged this quilt out of the closet to share it with Sharon.

In May the Capitol City Quilt Guild is having a quilt show. It is the 25th anniversary of the guild and I'm trying to finish a quilt for the show. That's why I haven't blogged in a long time.

I've also been glued to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The MSU Spartans are in the final four, so another excuse for not blogging. Tom and I went to downtown East Lansing, to cheer on the team bus as it rolled through town. Saturday's game is special fo many reasons, but especially because it will be played in Detroit.

Time to get back to the quilt, I've got about 45 minutes of hand stitching before bed.
Go Green!

Till next time.... Happy Quilting!