Friday, January 28, 2011

Nearly Insane: Block 37

A complicated block!  And with a mistake!  I print out a paper foundation, and note for every piece what color it is supposed to be.  Made a mistake in labelling but didn't notice it until assembling some sub-units.  I really didn't want to unpick my work, so decided to let it go.  When the quilt is assembled, I don't think anyone will notice.  Maybe not even me.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

PFF: I still want to go to Florida

Boy, those tree leaves are bright in this old linen card, aren't they?  It looks tropical and pretty and WARM.  We had freezing rain here in the Midwest today.

Caption:  "Hundreds of Royal Poinciana trees border S. Miami Ave., Miami, Fla." On the reverse: "Between May and July this avenue is ablaze with the flaming Royal Poinciana, affording a never to be forgotten sight to persons who have never seen nature in such  brilliant array."

Sent from Hollywood Fla to Rhode Island in 1955.
"We visited a park to-day and saw all the animals and things.  Then we went to Miami.  Saw Arthur Godfrey's Hotel.  Lois, Bill and Roger"

Today I think most people would be interested in the beach, shopping or the nightlife at South beach.  Arthur Godfrey is not remembered.

Visit ColoradoLady and see who else is playing!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nearly Insane block #33

Having fun in reds, yellows, and blues.  Very close to the original colors in the quilt.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pink Saturday postcard Jan. 15

There is snow on the ground in all of the US states except Florida today.  I want to pack my bags and GO!  And visit the Rare Bird Farm near Miami and see real PINK flamingos!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nearly Insane: Block #24

Yet more flying geese!  The original quilt block does indeed have yellow this intense.  A bit of a pain ot paper piece but not as bad as some of the other blocks.  The next block is #8 with about a billion pieces - I think I'll pass!


Monday, January 10, 2011

Nearly Insane block #2

Editted: This is really block #2!!!

I love the way this one turned out!  And I had such fun picking the fabrics.  Like many others, I have my nose to the Nearly Insane book, starting at the small images of the quilt blocks of Salinda Rupp's quilt, analyzing the fabrics, picking appropriate fabrics from what I have in my stash. I am also staring at the larger image in Robert Bishop's Book, New Discoveries in American Quilts.  Worth getting, if you are on this quilt journey.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Announcing a new meme: Sunday stamps!
Do you love stamps as much as I do? Do you consider them little works of art in themselves? Are you a stamp collector, or do you accumulate large number of stamps in candy boxes or cigar boxes (like me)?

I welcome you to join Sunday Stamps where you can show off your collection. Write a post, publish it, and then link into my blog. We’ll be starting January 9 on my other blog, It will be a great way to get over the January blues.

I will be using Linky tools. I plan to open the linky party late Saturday night or early Sunday morning (USA Eastern time) and close it Sunday at midnight.

I look forward to seeing your posts. If you have any trouble posting your link, please email me at viridian61 –at-

Nearly Insane: basket block

This is block number 41 .
I love how this one turned out!  The yellow is a recent purchase.  It does raise the wattage a bit but I dig it against the red and dark blue.  If you study the pictures of the original quilt much of the yellow is indeed this bright.

The sources say this quilt is in a private collection.  I wonder whose, and where.  Is proper care being taken of it?  Would  they ever consider putting the quilt on display?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Nearly Insane: Block 94

Continuing on with my current obsession...
Block 94, one of several that you make, then cut in half, to fill in along the edges.

I have made about 18 blocks so far, and I'd like to start setting them together.  To do that, I need these half-blocks.  I have also made some simple nine-patches to cut in half too, to get me going.  I plan to put the blocks together randomly, not in the same order as the original quilt.

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