Tuesday, March 23, 2010

One Project Down, Two More Started


Some time ago, I learned about this little amazing thing and every Spring Equinox I share it with whoever I can share this with. Unfortunately I forgot to post about it before the weekend so you could go try it yourself but want to share with you the wonderful thing that happens during the equinox. The day before, day of, and the day after, you can stand an egg on its end and it will stay there through the equinox.
It's true, it's a fact. Something about the gravitational pull, the earth is in perfect alignment...
and the result is this...
This is just one of those things! But for those of you who doubt me... I'm sorry to say that you will have to wait until next year!

To add to my accomplishments for the month...
I finished this "bad boy", the one that has given me headaches... but it's all quilted and bound now and done in time for my son's birthday, which was on Monday. Happy 28th birthday to my first favorite son!

So innocently enough on Saturday morning, which by the way was a spectacular day, I decided to play in my sewing room and took a group of fabrics that the kids had given to me last year, for my birthday, and thought I would just make some flying geese. I have this great ruler that makes it simple and the units turn out perfect.


I picked a random size to make the geese into. I wanted to make the best use of the fat quarters and some fat eights that were in the little bundle.
I made up a few units and repeated with a few different fabrics. I was enjoying the process... but then decided I needed to finish up my Schnibbles that was also right next to the sewing machine.
But while I switched gears and worked dutifully on my project for April... I started thinking about a pattern I had by Miss Rosie that was called Due South. I diverted my attention from my project to find this pattern... that had to be somewhere close at hand! Because I started wondering what size were the flying geese in that pattern??? It's been on that mental list since last summer.


Here is my assortment of flying geese. The fabrics were all hand-picked by Jillian.


Here is that pattern I was looking for...

and what size were those geese? Well, I think it was because of the Spring Equinox and how the universe was in perfect alignment that the geese I made were exactly, EXACTLY, the size I would need for this pattern. How many geese did I make? 200. How many did the pattern call for? 174 plus 38 for the border. I think I officially started a new project here!

And this one too! I had wanted to make a special wedding quilt for my other favorite son and DIL to be. After much decision it has become a Kaffe Fasset influenced Dresden Plate quilt.

I had already made a bunch, like a couple hundred Dresdens but seem to have misplaced them.

(That was before the Spring Equinox!) So, I started again with the leftovers from that group. I have no idea how one group got separated from the other... but I'm sure they will turn up at some point and if nothing else could become a part of the border.

Right now my count is at 435 of these guys. I have a good start.
But if there is a Saint to pray to for lost fabric... please let me know.

Sunday we had prepaid for tickets to go see this movie with my sister and BIL. My husband wasn't feeling well and so I ended up meeting up going without the hubs (even though I had a migraine starting) I didn't want to bail on them... or loose the money for the tickets, so off I went.

I love Alice in Wonderland and have a little collection of paper dolls, tea pots etc of Alice things. I did like the movie... although it was a pretty loose adaptation, it was still lots of fun!

But I have to say that watching a movie in 3-D when you have a migraine is not wise. By the time I got back home I couldn't cope... I was out, down for the count, finished!

But I'm fine now. 48 hours later!

20 comments:

Sherri said...

I've never tried standing an egg on end...guess I'll have to try next year! Love your projects...I hope you find those Kaffe dresdens soon...that would drive me crazy to lose something like that that I'd put so much work into!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Very cool egg trick! I love your projects. Your son's quilt is wonderful. What a lucky boy.

Denise :) said...

I enjoyed the movie; I wasn't prepared that it was 3-D, but that was fun, too. Only I wear glasses -- and must in order to see -- so I spent the entire movie holding the 3-D glasses over my own! Not nearly so tough as dealing with a migraine though; so sorry!

Pam in Texas said...

You are such an inspiration! You have been able to get so much done and I love all your color combinations! Thanks for sharing the info about the egg. I am definitely going to try that next time!

sunny said...

Well, aren't you the lucky girl? Can't wait to see your flying geese before they fly away!

mascanlon said...

YOu get so much done, I am in awe! especially looking forward to seeing the flying geese, thats a great pattern.

Sheila said...

Hmmmm...the egg 'thing' just happened for me on Saturday when I was setting out eggs from the carton to boil for potato salad and I thought it meant something was 'wrong' with the egg so pulled out another, and another and another - all the same result. Thanks for the explanation!

And how serendipitously delightful to have all those geese to go with...talk about head starts!

fiberdoodles said...

St Anthony - Patron Saint of lost things ~ very well known at my house ;)

The flying geese quilt pattern is just amazing! I have a few fg quilts in the process but they remain in the "need to finish" pile. I can't wait to see yours finished ~ happy sewing

Rae Ann said...

I never knew about the egg and the equinox. I am going to have to try that!
Love all of your great projects~

Vickie E said...

yes I will have to try that next year...

Thelma said...

Sinta,

I LOVE the feathers in the border of your bad boy, congratulations on the finish.

What a great story about the geese! I just love it when the quilting fairies look out for us, now if they would just tell you where they hid the dresdens!

I have the Miss Rosie Due South pattern, I like the fabrics you've got going for that one.

When I saw Alice at the theatre, it was just me and one scary looking guy behind me, I was so freaked out to me in such an empty theatre, I could not concentrate on the movie!

Strlady said...

I'm happy to hear you are feeling better. I used to get Migraines every other month and for some reason they just went away. I'm not complaining!
Your son'e quilt looks wonderful. I recently sent one of 'my girls' a quilt for her birthday and I know the feeling of giving a quilt that you know will be well loved.
My daughter saw the Due South pattern on Carrie's sight recently and fell in love. She has not bought it because she is keeping herself on budget and won't be able to quilt it for a while but she has it on her list of must make quilts.
I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on it.

Cindy said...

Darned, I would have liked to try the "egg thing". I've never heard of that before...how cool is that?

Whoa - your son's quilt is awesome.

Julie said...

Cool about the egg! Your quilt looks so beautiful your son is going to love it.

And those flying geese are wonderful, I just love that fabric. Your one lucky girl!

I loved Alice in Wonderland! I hope you head is feeling better that doesn't sound much fun!

PunkiePie said...

Cool egg trick. I hope you find your missing dresdens. Can't wait to see the quilt in progress.

Patty said...

St. Anthony has been an amazing source in my family. Some of the stories we have would surely make a person think. Hope you find your dresden plates. I will pray for you in this matter.

Béa said...

I love very much this flying geese pattern, can't wait to see your quilt done !
My Roundabout top is posted on my blog & hopefully quilted by the end of the month :)

Stacey said...

I just bought that pattern too!!! I can't wait to see your progress. I am going to do mine in cheddar and Shirting fabrics. I want a civil war kind of look to it. I got mine at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. I had to have!!

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Trisha said...

I love that flying geese pattern! They look so cool on the diagonal like that. I can't wait to see it in the fabric you chose.

Ginger Patches said...

Oh please remind us ahead of time next year lol, I want to try it!! I love your fabrics in those flying geese, how fun to pull a pattern and already have your blocks made!!! And gotta love those Kaffe blocks, can't wait to see it!