Monday, March 09, 2015

A Small Quilt in Progress

It has been several years since I've done any quilting, but a post by Michelle a while back on "fidget quilts" for AD patients intrigued me, and I found myself thinking about making one.  Finally, I got out all my black and white, scraps and the remnants of a charm pack, and started stitching.  So much fun!  I had some left over white prairie points and made some more from black and white prints and made some loops for textural embellishments.

 A little butterfly that I made last year for something else and didn't use.
 Prairie points and variegated embroidery using Sassa Lynn's threads.
 I can entertain myself for hours this way.
               The embroidery is all on the quilt top, 
and I'm going to keep going
because it is such a pleasant process.
The stitching (especially French knots)
 adds another textural element.
I love running my fingers over the embroidered areas.

A couple of weeks ago, we had all three grands for a visit, while they were out of school for Mardi Gras.  I expected to be worn out trying to entertain them, but they entertained each other for hours and hours.  Then Amelia had them all for a parade and overnight.  The kids didn't really care about anyone else as long as they were together.  

They let me play some games with them, and I assure you that playing Clue with kids ranging from 7-11 is an experience not to be missed.  We played the kid version of Monopoly, but I think I need to buy the adult version for them.

What a crew!  

Of course, I've been reading, too.  My favorite from last month was Asylum by Jeannette de Beauvoir (reviewed here) because of the fascinating information about the DuPlessis orphans.  

I love reading fiction that gives me insight into real events. Even as I read the novel, I was Googling information about the actual situation.  Feeding my love of mystery novels and my interest in history is always satisfying.

I have chores to do, but I'm in a rainy day mood and think I'll embroider instead.  :)

Have a great week!


  1. Fun quilting! I haven't done any in years, myself, either, but almost have an itch to do something small... And, OHMYGOSH, your grandbabies are no longer babies! I can't believe how grown up they are now! Darling, just darling :-D

    1. My quilting efforts have always been fairly small, mostly baby quilts and art quilts, but I had forgotten how much I enjoyed making them. When I finish this one, I plan on making more fidget quilts for AD patients. The grands have really grown! This visit was a lot of fun and so easy as they entertained each other so well!

      Good to hear from you, Debby!

  2. That quilt top does look like fun!

    1. It has been several years since I've made a quilt, but I'm enjoying the process again!

  3. I liked reading about the fidget quilts and seeing yours, my mom probably needs something like this. I need to read your book review, too, as I'm not familiar with Asylum nor the orphans. Finally got around to reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Haven't read the sequel.

    1. My father hands were always moving; it often looked like he was shuffling papers on his desk. When I read Michele's post, I realized that these small quilts could provide a calming effect for dementia sufferers and wished I'd been aware of them when my father could have used one. I plan to make more when I finish this one and have lots of ideas for including tactile elements. I'd be happy to make one for your mom, T-- this is something I'm enjoying and a perfect way to use up fabric and scrap leftovers.

      I loved the photos in Miss Peregrine's, but never got around to reading the sequel. What happened to the very real DuPlessis orphan is shocking and heart-breaking. I enjoyed the fictional mystery, but the truth trumped the fictional aspects.

    2. My father's hands. Must edit my own comments.

    3. I'd love for you to make Mother one. This disease is so sad for the patients and those who love them. It distresses my sister when Mother fidgets and pulls her pants' legs up, etc. R and I are heading to Va the first of May if I don't go before then.

    4. I've finished the first one and have some blocks cut out for the next one. In the next month or so, I should have several ready for you to choose from. Since I love making little quilts, it is nice to have a truly useful purpose for them! I've been digging through my old handkerchiefs and napkins, laces and ribbons, and bits and bobs I've made, but have no use for. I'm trying to keep anything I add washable, so it can just be thrown in the washing machine. :)


Good to hear from you!