Frugal Endeavors – Spring has sprung

A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace.                             David Steindl-Rast

March 28 to April 4, 2017

It looks like spring has finally arrived. I feel like I can shake off winter’s sleepiness and get stuff done. Continue reading

Sometime Done is better than Perfect unless you are a baby chipmunk. Then you are already perfect.

I like to create a label for every quilt I make. I expect my quilts to outlive me and I suppose, this is my way of grasping at immortality.

I made this label for my winter quilt.
Quilt Label

It was harder than I expected. I found the pattern hard to follow and it’s been a while since I’ve done any cross stitch and even longer since I’ve worked on linen. And, to top things off, I think I need stronger reading glasses.

I made more than a few mistakes and ripped it apart more than once. I finally decided that no one but me would see the mistakes and that sometimes done is better than perfect.

I choose a chipmunk for my label because the night we took possession of our home, we inadvertently left the front door open. A chipmunk came to check out her new neighbours. After an hour or so we finally shooed her safely out the front door. A few months later she started a family in a pile of wood left next to our house. The cuteness was almost overwhelming.

Remembering these baby chipmunks and their mother reminds me that, despite all the snow, spring is on its way.

Have a great day!

Getting ready for Winter – new quilt


Kalidescope

Winter nights are a little easier to bear when you can cuddle up under a new quilt.

I made this quilt from bits and pieces from my stash of flannel. Some of it was left over from other projects, some of it came from old flannel shirts and pajamas, and a couple of pieces came from the fabric bags they use to package flannel sheets.

I used a “paper piecing” method to make each block, except I used an old sheet instead of paper. This is the way my mom did it, and I haven’t been able to break the tradition.  Paper piecing using paper would be easier in so many ways, but I feel that using the old sheet provides an extra layer of warmth. I also used another, much nicer, sheet for the back. Quilts made using sheeting are almost impossible to quilt by hand. That is why I tied this one.

I used a warm, cotton batting. In the past, I have used a thrifted wool blanket in quilts that I tie to make an exceptionally warm covering, but wool blankets are are getting harder to come by in our neighbourhood second hand stores. We have slept under this quilt a few times, and I can happily report that the cotton batting is keeping us warm.

This pattern is “Kaleidoscope.”  When I was almost done this quilt, a friend posted this on facebook:

Kaleidoscope

Stay warm.

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