Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Quilting Fairy…

but she doesn’t live at YOUR house!!! KCStarBlock3

I completed Block 3 of the current KC Star Block of the Month this morning. Whew! I just don’t like working with templates any more. I have gotten so used to quicky techniques for HSTs and Flying Geese that I find it hard to work with templates and usually find that I am less accurate—even though I frequently check my 1/4” seam allowance and check sections for size after stitching, for some odd reason, I am mostly OFF a tad. AAARRRGGGHHH! This block is not exactly 12 1/2”.


The good news is—apparently the first and second ones were off the same amount of tad!!! Guess this will be a “liberated quilt” LOL.

In other “news” DearSister and I had a Sisters Day Out yesterday—so much fun. She is not a quilter but she IS a shopper. Man, can she wear me out!! We went to one of our favorites—Cockrell’s Mercantile out in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. (I may have blogged about this place before. If so, mea culpa.) Such an incredible place. Five little cottages of wonderfulness. One is Fiestaware only, one is baking equipment, one is cooking supplies, one is a gifty shop, and one is a garden goodies spot. Let’s just say, we did our part to help the economy. Here is just a sampling of my “contribution”:

garliczoom This little doodad is a Garlic Zoom. You fill it with garlic, roll to chop, and empty it out! Can’t wait to try it.

RetroTimer And a retro timer—so cute. I have a bad habit of sticking something in the oven or on the stovetop to cook, then heading off to my upstairs sewing room and forgetting all about it! I like to carry a timer with me to—hopefully—avoid starting a fire.

WineStoppers Much needed winestoppers! One for red and one for white, of course!

We also each added to our Fiesta collections and shopped at Dillards and a pottery store and, best of all, lunched at a darling Italian restaurant, Ciao Bella, in Lee’s Summit. Oh, and mustn’t forget, our late afternoon tradition on these little excursions—a McDonald’s ice cream cone. It’s a rule! Sisters are just the best.


Screen Door said...

OK-- I'm loving the red flowers block in the middle!!! I could have an entire quilt with just that block.. Beautiful wine stoppers-- Oh to have a Dillard's close by>>>>

Lorraine said...

wow....sounds like a fabulous day out....other than quilt shops I love kitchenalia shops best.....! Loving that little garlic chopper...!

Teresa said...

I have the same problem with my piecing not coming out exactly the right size. Sometimes it is the ironing that messed me up. When possible, I make the block pieces a tad larger and then trim down. Your blocks look great to me.

I like your buys, and I have done the same thing with the timer. I have one now that I carry around with me when I am baking. My hubby thought he was doing me a big favor and got me a digital one. I never did figure that one out. So now I have the old fashion one with the dial and it rings loud - I love it!

AnnieO said...

You are so lucky to have a Sister's Day. My sister lives in MO and I live in CA so we only see each other a couple of times a year :(. Glad you had a fun day out!