First, if you haven't stopped by for a few days, you will probably want to scroll down a couple posts and check out the quilt pattern by Hen House Designs/Monice Moffat. She's given me a pattern to give away to one of you and there's a link to her Etsy shop you might also be interested in if her style appeals to you as much as it does to me!
When I quilt, I always have the TV on something, and much of the time, it's just background "noise" more or less. And I'll watch just about everything, but I never thought I'd get into anything "redneck," "cars," or "swamp" related . . . until now. Now I'm oddly hooked on Duck Dynasty. Tonight, for instance, I found it hard to pull myself away from Willie, Jase, and Si. There was some sort of Duck Dynasty marathon--and it didn't matter whether the episodes were ones I'd seen before or ones I hadn't seen. If I didn't have to go to work in the morning, I'd still be watching. How about you? Have you seen Duck Dynasty?
I wanted to pass on this idea someone had mentioned to me some years ago--you may or may not already be aware of it, but just in case . . . . You can purchase adjustable magnetic curtain rods and use them to hang quilts on metal doors, the refrigerator, a dishwasher, etc. I was told they were available at WalMart and that's where I found mine but I suspect other stores carry them. (This is the door from the kitchen to the garage.) It's nice to be able to decorate a door with a small quilt. When I first brought it home, Hubby thought the rod would fall off the door when it opened and closed; it's always a point of satisfaction when his doom and gloom predictions don't pan out! So far, so good!
Florence left me a comment saying she always makes just as many blocks as she needs for a project and she's surprised when I make little projects like the patriotic mug mat from random blocks and half square triangles, so I thought I'd explain. Sometimes when I'm playing around with a design idea, something won't turn out right--or even when it's not my own design, after I get some blocks and sashing up on the design wall, I'll decide a color or pattern just doesn't look like I expected. So I start again and end up with some stray blocks to play with. That doesn't happen very often though. What DOES happen a fair amount is that I seem to make a lot of flying geese blocks and I like the method where you sew squares on the diagonal to a background piece and fold the corners back, then trim away the underneath layers. If I'm feeling kind of frugal, I'll sew a second seam, so when I trim away the excess layers, I trim between the two seam lines. The "discarded" pieces then form "extra" half square triangles. If I'm sewing flying geese where those side squares measure 2-1/2", I can usually trim the half square triangles to measure 1-3/4" or even larger. It doesn't seem to take very much more time except the trimming part, and I usually work on trimming when I've finished whatever my main project for the evening was, but Duck Dynasty isn't quite over yet. Hey! Win, win, right? That's what I thought.