Thanks for all your supportive comments regarding my experience taking Grandpa with me to the quilt show. I sure did think of a lot of things I might have said to that horrid woman who swiped his chair as he was preparing to sit in it--unfortunately I had a delayed reaction and stood stunned with my jaw dropped to my chest when it happened! I will say that the expression on the face of the woman who had offered him the chair next to her was priceless. "What just happened here?"
I did find out (though my readers' helpful and knowledgeable comments) that the red and white quilt in yesterday's post is called "Nearly Insane". There is a book by the same name written by Liz Lois that is for sale on amazon.com. It has one review, which is pretty bad. I have not seen the book, but the reviewer had plenty to criticize. Check it out. Evidently, (according to the reviewer), the author gives no instruction on how to construct the blocks, nor does she name the blocks! Now, that is a problem! It does sound like if you buy the book, you had better get one of those block encyclopedias that tell you how to make 100 blocks in various sizes! If any of you have bought this book, or made the quilt, please comment on your experience. We would all love to know how you fared.
UPDATE: Please read the comments below for a link to another red and white Nearly Insane quilt and some dissenting opinions on the book. Check out Ranette's quilt. Good gravy, go to Tazzie's blog and look at her Nearly Insane quilt! And Floribunda's NI quilt. Thanks to you readers who responded! What awesome quilts.
Several people commented that the Farmer's Wife quilt would be incredible if done in a two color scheme. Can you imagine it in red and white? Now why didn't I think to do that?
I finished the third block in the Birdie Stitches project while I was away last week. I felt there should be a little something the end of the rainbow, and copied an idea I found on the Birdie Stitches Flickr Group. My shamrocks are a little wonky, but so is everything else in my block, so I guess they can stay.
When I was tearing through the Road to California quilt show last week, I stopped briefly at the Bird Brain Designs booth and purchased a pattern. And took a minute to look at the amazing work on their samples. They seem to favor using perle cotton thread, which gives a nice bold look, without the bulk of using more than three strands of regular embroidery thread. One of my readers, Connie H. suggested that I might like to do this with my Birdie Stitches blocks.
These little stitchery designs were impossible to pass up! I see them in the centers of some red and white quilt blocks.... Hopefully I will be proficient enough to make these after finishing 12 Birdie blocks.
Tomorrow I will share with you my major purchase at the show. I scored Big Time! Something I never thought I would find in a million years.