Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It's Tuesday

This morning, Sydney and I tagged along on Mrs. Goodwyn's class field trip to the Headwaters Forest Preserve. I've actually only gone once before, about 5 years ago. It was magical! I forget sometimes that we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Just about ten minutes from my house, we set foot onto this amazing piece of land with an incredible history. The logging town of Falk was located there from the late 1800's to the late 1930's, and a few remnants of the town are still standing. There was a guide there to tell us the story behind this forgotten town. It was great. We walked about two miles total and had a great time. My good friend Larissa (who is Mrs. Goodwyn's daughter) had invited me to come and I'm so glad she did. We had a blast.

So, I promised pictures of some swap quilts I've made. This quilt is from a swap that Larissa and I hosted together. The rule was, 6" blocks, your choice of block. My sister had given me 100 six inch squares of 1930's fabrics, so I put them into the middle and then put the swap blocks all around the outside. I absolutely love this quilt. I know several of the people that made the blocks and it's like a little scrapbook. The little yellow plane on a blue background at the bottom of the quilt is the first paper pieced block I ever completed. (notice I said completed. I attempted several times before.)

Here's a sneak preview of the block swap that I'm putting together for the store. It is simple enough that most skill levels will be comfortable with, and makes a neat pattern.


jen duncan said...

I love your patchwork quilt. Great use of a variety of blocks! Please don't let me be left out of the local swap, okay? (I'm forgetful). I've lived here 15 years and never been to the Headwaters Preserve! Maybe me and the kids oughta rectify that this summer :-)
See ya tomorrow!

BrendaLou said...

I remember helping with some of the blocks for this swap when you were in hosp. with your 1st (or was it 2nd?) back surgery. Fan blocks?

Lara said...

I love how you did your swap blocks! That quilt is still in my "to be quilted" pile...I need to get on it! It's so much fun to look at the great blocks everyone made!

April said...

I love how you did the border on that quilt! You are so creative! Thanks for the sneak peek of the quilt "we'll" be working on, love it!!

Amanda Elizabeth said...

Liz you are so freaking talented! seriously!!!! You are amazing. I realllyyy want to visit this place you've mentioned this weekend, I think porkchop would totally enjoy it!!!