Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Flaunt - One Joseph's Coat Block

Free time this week involved dabbling a little bit in four different projects! Just enough effort on each to make a little progress, but not enough to deem any of it flaunt-worthy.

During last weekend's Hope Quilters retreat (see post below), Kim, Michelle and I spent time fine-tuning our Quilt-Along projects. Kellie Wulfson who's leading this through her blog, makes it look so easy! I can't say that's been my experience thus far, but the three of us are determined to persevere. We compared the shapes of our plastic templates; compared how we're cutting petals pieces from Floriani Stitch N Wash Fusible; inspected one anothers' applique stitches, and decided we're on the right track.

My first, imperfect, Joseph's Coat block is appliqued. It was a good warm-up for getting the hang of gluing the fabric over the petal-shaped Floriani, and learning how to create sharp points.
After trying several glue sticks, I've decided the Elmers Washable School Glue Stick works best for me. The next dozen petals ready to be appliqued have sharper points than my first effort. Practice, and lots of rejected petals, makes perfect.
I hope you'll forgive this long-distance Nana's grandson flaunt. Tay is 3-1/2 months old now. After spending five weeks with him in Sydney, Australia, beginning when he was just three weeks old, now whenever I see him via Skype I yearn to pick him up. He looks so huggable!

Instead I sing and motion "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" song to him. We're also learning sign language together. Tay seems intent as he watches me on the computer screen. We're learning "Nana," "big boy," and "see you."

How ever did we communicate with our children 30 years ago!?


Di said...

Delectable as your first Joseph's Coat block is, Linda, I really, really can't take my eyes off your second flaunt - what a cutie! Isn't he changing now, and developing as an individual. Those big brown eyes just melt your heart. He is such a darling little fellow!

Deb said...

The Joseph's coat block looks great, even if you don't think it's perfect. I love the fabrics. But the star of the post is definitely Tay! He is getting so big and I know it must warm you heart when he responds to you. I'm so glad you are able to Skype with them.

Deb said...

Oops, I mean warm your heart!

Patty said...

Tay is just a doll! I love it when they start to interact with you. Your block looks good...I like the colors.

Jackie's Stitches said...

What's imperfect about your block? It's gorgeous! Don't be so hard on yourself!

Tay is such a cutie! Isn't Skype wonderful?

Julie said...

Your block looks pretty perfect to me! As does you totally huggable grandson Tay! It must be so hard for you to be so far away!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

You're doing a wonderful job of those blocks, Linda! I would love to do this, but will save the experience for a time when I have patience - not in the middle of a tropical summer! ;-)
Your grandson is gorgeous!!

cinzia said...

This is going to be one stunning quilt. Love your colours and the design.

Dorothy said...

Linda, your grandson is adorable!

Your Joseph's Coat block is wonderful. I'll have to check out that stabilizer you're using, haven't heard of it before.

Janet said...

I love the colours you're using in the JC blocks. Your GS is adorable, I get to see mine this week, it's hard not seeing them while they're little.


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