Tuesday, April 03, 2007
First I want to express how much your comments to my last post are appreciated. Thanks Maybritt and Dawn for the encouragement that I'd find something to do with all those buttons. Paula really saved me with her great instructions for how to shrink my very long pieces of trim. It worked great. Maizie said her Hancock store closed too but did so without notice and did not sell their merchandise. I wonder if it was sent to another store. I was on my Hawaiian trip when my local store first started selling everything. I'll bet all the quilting things went the first day - maybe the first hour. They are suppose to be open until the end of April but now say they may have everything sold before that. Even all the racks of every kind are marked "sold."
I found a really big fabric shop and the pieces were very reasonable. Ignoring the fabrics I could buy other places, I was so fascinated with all the Hawaiian prints. There were tons of them. Now I think I should have bought six yards of one fabric instead of one yard of six different ones. My favorite is the blue one on the bottom of the pic. After much looking and thinking, I was so excited to cut 6 1/2" squares and put them together with either the yellow or a white nine patch to make an Irish chain. Well, it didn't work. Why do I have to actually see it to know that? After trying some things, I came up with just doing nine patches. Aren't they neat? These are only using the pink, yellow and blue fabrics. I have ten more blocks laid out to be sewed. I always made nine patch blocks using the strip method. I was afraid of making these with 2 1/2" pieces but using the method of sewing and not cutting apart has worked great.