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Seasons in the Son/Sun

March 2, 2013

Seasons in the Son

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This is the stage the block was in when I pulled it off the wall from behind my studio door. It has been there for many many years. I did not make these existing blocks. Each member in the quilt group at the time made between 4 to 16 blocks for me. I am finishing up the unmade blocks to complete the sets of 16.
Lydia in my Tuesday quilt group asked about it and I though it was time to take it down and do a couple blocks.

IMG_0384     I wanted to add some flowers into these blocks. This set of 16 blocks will go toward the top of the quilt.



The center block on the bottom is the 1st completed block this week.

IMG_0390I have spent more time just standing in front of this piece and staring at it. I want more blue in the blocks.


I am not totally convinced the brown in the 4 patch on the light blue block works for me. I doubt I will take it out but it bothers me a little. It seems to just jump out of the block. They do need to sparkle so maybe in the end it will be what it needs. We will see. I like the fabric.

I made the red star to offset the red background one. It works.


I have two more blocks to go but it will not happen tonight. I am exhausted.

(((If you click on the Category Seasons In The Sun you will see the previous post on this quilt. It is toward the bottom of the post. )))

It was a fun day. I have been attending a program for parents on Wednesdays at my son’s school.  Every parent there is Hispanic or African except myself, a school staff person and her friend. Not many of the parents speak English so there is an interpreter. Since this is the 4th week I am getting to know some of the parents. They asked for volunteers to make flowers for a festival next Monday so I volunteered and went in today. I was a little nervous because I don’t speak Spanish and I did not know if there was going to be an interpreter there. I signed in and was waiting with two of the other parents and started talking to them. It turns out the mom closest to me was not Hispanic (kind of). Tanya is Native American and Cuban and she is married to a man from Mexico. The second mom  did not speak much English but Tanya could translate for us. We made flowers out of tissue paper and two women made a very pretty banner. I was the only white person in the room of at least 12 parents. One dad came in after a while and sat with us.

I asked about Cinco de Mayo and found out Mexicans do not celebrate the date. I was told it was something Americans came up with. Mexico’s independence is in September where they hold a parade with many military in the country.  I was told that in the schools one of  the biggest celebrations they have is on Mother’s day. I like that.

The festival at my son’s school on Monday is to celebrate all the cultures in the school. The Natives Americans are singing and dancing. The African American boys will be doing a Step dance, the Mexican girls will be dancing, the Hmong children will be dancing as well. We saw  today 12 of the skirts the Mexican girls will be wearing. I am looking forward to attending. I told them about a dance that was at my older sons school that I had thought was Hmong with long ropes with balls on it that were swirled around and clicked on the floor. One of the mom’s was familiar with the dance but she said it was Argentinian.

Star for Australia/Studio Bookshelves/Sunflower/Seasons

February 11, 2009

Star for Australia

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I had a request today to get involved in a group Bush Fire Quilt Project that is making blocks for quilts for the survivors of the horrible fire in Australia. My son and I quickly made 2 blocks and will put them in the mail tomorrow.

more about the details of the quilt block can be found on this site by campfollowerbags.

Bush Fire Quilt Project

Miniature for me

My studio

I am slowly doing some organizing. On Sunday I started with the bookshelves and sorted them by color. I have the books to the left and then accessories in that color to the right. It is my way of having organized chaos!

orange shelf green shelf

yellow shelf red shelf

purple shelf blue shelf

Having the bookshelves coordinated by color is just fun. It makes it more enjoyable to be in the studio. I even have a pink shelf started. It’s below

the yellow one but ends up behind the table.


The sunflower quilt is slowly coming along. I finished a 4th 49 patch this morning. I haven’t sewn it in yet. Everything is a process you know!

I am setting the fabrics aside for the 5th 49 patch. I may have to start asking the ladies in my quilt group for donations…I want each 49 patch to

have a different white/cream tone on tone and a different yellow/golden tone. So far I haven’t had a duplicate.

I did purchase some sunflower fabric last week. I added it to the group Stash Sunday.



I have to use every bit of space I have. The sunflower quilt project hangs on the front of the door. This is what has been behind the door for years.

It is called “Seasons” I wanted to call it “Seasons in the Sun” but every time I say the title I think of the song.  I then get the song stuck in my brain………….

….we had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun….

This quilt has quite a story. It was a group project with my Tuesday quilt group. One year we could ask the other ladies to make us a block. I asked that they each choose whatever block they wanted but to make it 4″ . They could make from 2 up to 16 blocks. I gave them inspiration fabric.  My intention is to have these 16 sets around the perimeter of the quilt and then to have a garden of wildflowers in the center.  We’ll see!