Friday, May 1, 2015

Knights, Castles and Princesses

It's been a productive but poignant two weeks around here.

First, finished another 'ghost quilt':

(here's a shot with more obvious texture):

Had to clip it to a drawing board and move it near a window for the right light.

Second, finished 48 blocks (24 each) for two donation quilts. As with the previous two donation quilts, these were made mostly from what I cut out of upholstery sample books last year, so again, there are some rather eclectic center motifs. I especially like the Medieval ones. Here are a few of the blocks (click to enlarge):

Third, one of the highlights of our week: VVHH (very versatile handy husband) surrounded by all 5 Kentucky Derby princesses:

In all of my 60 years of living in Louisville, I'd never been anywhere near a Derby princess until yesterday. One of them lives across the street and they all came there to change into their ballgowns for the Derby Parade. You just never know what your day is going to bring!

And fourth, but not last by a long shot, the poignant aspect I mentioned: our family had to say goodbye to an altogether different princess...our sweet, wonderful cat, Morticia, who has been with us for 23 years. We are grieving, but also very aware of how lucky we are to have been blessed with her gentle, loving company for all this time. Never let anyone tell you black cats are bad luck.

Morticia / Mort / Morty, c. 2007
Hooking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Whoop Whoop Friday post, Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing's Free Motion Mavericks post, and A Quilting Reader's Garden's WIPs Be Gone post. Don't miss these blogs OR their reader hookups. I'll be checking them out this weekend.

On that note, have a great weekend. If you're betting on a horse at the Kentucky Derby, best of luck!



  1. So sorry about your kitty. What a great name for a black cat! I loved the TV series of the Adams Family. I remember Morticia cutting the flowers off of the thorny stems... and Gonzo kissing her all over when she spoke French...a lovely memory for me.
    I love the Medieval ones too... and your 'texture' in the top one is superb! Thanks for sharing those with us.
    Your VVHH looks really happy there...

    1. Terri, thank you. I have the same memories of the Adams Family. I thought they were one of the most romantic couples I'd ever seen! Yes, Mark definitely got a kick out of posing with the ladies. :)

  2. Your ghost quilt is beautiful and so is your husband's arm candy!

  3. Hello Linda, I am visiting your blog after seeing you have visited mine!
    First, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear, sweet Morticia. I think she was very lucky to have been part of your family.
    I love your Ghost Quilting mini. It is gorgeous, and so artistic. And how fun are your donation blocks!

    1. Susie, thank you very, very much. So glad you stopped by!

  4. Sorry for your loss. Love your quilting, so pretty.

  5. all your blocks, but the first is outstanding.

  6. Hello Linda,

    Your ghost quilt looks lovely hanging beneath the bookshelf. What a brilliant place to hang it, and handy to change quilt every now and again. Also, it's nice to see you have been having more fun with the furnishing cotton. The jousters and the monkey are definitely my favourites.

    Your husband was pretty easy to spot. I'm still trying to work out which one in the glamorous line up is you.

    Sorry to hear about Morticia. Poor little thing, she looks so sweet, and she had the best name ever.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

    1. Muv, those bookshelf brackets did work out nicely for hanging...wish I'd thought of it before! Will use if for that from now on.

      LOL, I can't wait to tell Mark you easily picked him out of the lineup. As for me, I'm more than happy to identify with any of the girls!

      Thanks regarding Morticia. She was amazing. If we ever take another kitten on, I hope it's her, reincarnated.


  7. That is another beautiful ghost quilted piece. And the blocks are so interesting - they are going to make unique quilts. Are you making them quilt as you go again? I've found quilting the top and batting and then adding a full back makes for an easier quilt. Then I just quilt in the ditch between blocks. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone.

    1. Thanks, Angie. Yep, both of these block projects are quilt as you go. I've gotten pretty fast at that process, and it's such a nice break from the landscape quilts. The last two were auctioned off at the Center for Women & Families here. Have no idea what they got for them (I'd really rather not know anyway...what if it was only 5 or 10 dollars? Yikes!) but they sure seemed happy to have them, so I'll keep making them. I'm going to give your method some thought, especially now that I'm running out of backing squares. Wondering, though....does having cotton batting exposed on the bottom, against the machine's throat plate, cause an extraordinary amount of constant lint build-up in the bobbin area? (It 's already causing quite a bit even with the fabric on the back.) Using Warm & Natural, by the way.


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