200 Quilts · Quilts

Snapshot: Polaroid Quilt finished

Debbie of A Quilter’s Table hosted a Polaroids swap last summer, and although I put together the top fairly quickly, I didn’t send it to the quilter’s because I wanted to do the quilting.  Finally I wised up and took it over to Kathy.  Smart move, because now it’s finished and not still hanging on its hanger in the closet.

Snapshot Quilt

But it’s all done now! Dave and I snuck out yesterday morning in our jammies to grab the few rays of sun that morning, he holding up the quilt for me.  Thanks, hon. (We always have cloudy mornings until mid-summer.)

Snapshot Quilt Polaroid detail1

When I put this up on Instagram, some folks said they wanted to see some details shots of the little blocks.  I think of this quilt as kind of a travel, a memory book quilt, with all its little snapshots of different things.

Snapshot Quilt Polaroid detail2

So when I found this circle design, my quilter agreed to quilt it for me; it reminds me of wheels on a car, going round and round for a summer trip.

Snapshot Quilt Polaroid detail3

It was fun to use some old novelties in my stash, like the block that has “2000” on it–from all those turn of the century quilts we were doing thirteen years ago — when we thought all the computers in the whole world were going to crash.

Snapshot Quilt signed Polaroid

This one’s kind of like an album block.  Krista and I hatched up Project Gingham last year after I found a bunch of ginghams at a garage sale.  She made this block for me and signed her name.  It’s a treasure. How do you make these little blocks?  Diagram *on this post.*

Snapshot Quilt Polaroid binding

I found this stripe-y fabric at a little quilt shop not too far from my house, and it turned out to be perfect.  The Polaroids are bordered in Quilter’s Linen in bright green and blue.  Tutorial on how to make this quilt *here.*

Snapshot Quilt back

The backing is a Marimekko print that looks like a grassy field.

Snapshot Quilt label

And here’s the label.  I love the quote from Eudora Welty, a great Southern writer: “A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.”  Amen, Eudora.  Well said.

This is #110 of 200 lifetime quilts.

Giveaway · Quilts


I  finished the grading on the above stack of Torture Implements papers.  (But don’t they look nice, all lined up?  You would think I liked to work in rectangles and squares in my time away from the classroom, or something.) So after entering their grades, I turned on the computer and found this:

I smiled.  A great big smile. Wowsers!  100 followers officially here.  Welcome everyone!

I guess that means my blog has now grown up a bit, and can stand up straight on the playground of blogs.  This means I won’t get picked last for softball or kickball and that maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to clap the chalkboard erasers after school. Wait.  Wrong era.  No erasers anymore, right? And probably no chalkboards, either.

But I’m still smiling.

So that gave me energy to do a few leftover quilting tasks.  (Sometimes grading really gets in the way of my life.  How do Sherri and all the other teachers do it?)

I ironed the backing for Summer Treat.  As I was working on this, it struck me on how lucky I am to be working with all this beauty.  I had Harvesting the Wind on the pinwall,  and was ironing the giant cirles of the backing on my fancy-schmancy ironing board cover.  I stepped back and took a shot just to remind myself that when I’m parsing logical fallacies, comma splices and MLA format, I really do have this vivid other life that feeds me.

Pinned Summer Treat on the bed while listening to the presidential campaign debate analysis on NPR.  Nothing like keeping your mind busy while your hands are busy, too.  I plan to work on this quilt, plus a few other things this weekend, when my church has a world-wide conference.  They broadcast this conference twice a year, in April and October, and it’s so nice to quilt and listen and refresh that side of me that needs to think Deep Thoughts occasionally.

Next I dragged out my Polaroid Blocks to finish off.  I’d made 50 and sent off to the swap, and received quite a few interesting and wonderful blocks in return and they’d been sidelined in my studio.

I wanted to work on this partly because Krista of KristaStitched had sent me a few blocks, including a gingham one to remind me of our summer Gingham Giveaway, which truthfully feels like it was a millenium ago.  Or at least a million papers ago. (Am I done complaining about grading?  Not until December 8th, sorry, for that’s when the semester ends, but I’ll try to contain myself.)

She also sent me these two little treats: a scrubbie (but I’m using it for a mug rug) and a sweet teensy little granny square pincushion.  I pinned it up on my wall for my gigantor pins I use (like corsage or hat pins) when I am monkeying around with fabrics.  Thank you, Krista!

One of the steps in Polaroid Blocks is trimming up–we receive them “untrimmed” and so I stood at the table and trimmed up 140+ blocks this evening, while listening to more debate analysis.  It’s been interesting to teach the rhetoric of political speech in my Critical Thinking class this semester.  I’ve had to pay attention a lot more, and be more “critical” in the classic sense about what is said in the campaign.   Five more weeks, everybody.

Here are the blocks in stacks of ten, plus a few pulled out to the side for a Halloween tote bag.  The tilted stack is a few short of ten.  Tomorrow night I plan to work on bordering them for my quilt (I’ve sort of thought up a design.  Sort of).  I’m taking them over to Simone’s where we are having Quilt Night.  One of her daughters likes to look at these, so I’m hoping she’ll help me pair them up by fours, which is what I need for my plan.  A nine-year old brain can often do somersaults around my old brain.

Before I head over there, I’m printing off all the names of those who have entered my black and white giveaway.  So you have until Friday, 5:30 p.m. West Coast time, to enter your name if you haven’t already; click *here* and leave a comment. I’m making two stacks: one with everyone’s name and another one with followers (both here and on Google Reader, if you mentioned it).  I’ll announce the winners Saturday morning, after I rub the sleep out of my eyes and get back to the real world.

But I’ll still be smiling!