Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How I Spent President's Day

I usually feel very grumpy about Monday holidays. I object on principle to moving holidays to the nearest Monday just so people can have a three weekend. It seems a tawdry manipulation of the calendar. Monday is also one of my regular work days, so nearly every holiday I miss out on a day's pay. I only work three days a week, so that's one third of my weekly paycheck.

But this year I didn't mind staying home on President's Day because I've had a dreadful cold the last few days and felt too sick to go to work anyway. So of course I sat in front of my sewing machine and completed four more Chunky Churn Dash blocks. These are really cute, finishing at six inches. They will be set with hour glass blocks as shown on Bonnie Hunter's website. I'm not sure yet how large a quilt I'll make out of these.

Here's a close up of the block on the upper left. I was able to fussy cut a fabric scrap with a rubber stamped image of myself peering out of the screen of our first Macintosh computer. I drew the picture and had the rubber stamp made ages ago when I was a member of an online quilting guild on Podigy. We were exchanging small stamped squares, one of the many swaps that made the group such fun to belong to.

Working on Chunky Churn Dash was a nice break from Bricks and Stepping Stones. Earlier this week I finished about half of the units needed for that quilt. I need to cut some more black and white strips for that one, as well as 35 more bricks. It really does go together quickly! I wonder if I can really complete it in time for Fillius's birthday. I'm sure I can get the top done. But can I quilt and bind it?


Bonnie said...

Ah Prodigy. I have a Christmas quilt made from blocks I swapped on Prodigy. Do you by any chance? I wonder about the ladies who made these blocks -- are they still quilting and are they still on the Net, especially since it is so much easier to get on! I don't remember the stamped blocks. Your chunky churn dashes are great.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I'm still in sporadic touch with one of the quilting ladies I met on Prodigy. And a few years ago another one recognized me when I was visiting another group. I was looking for a special ruler made by Judy Martin and she helped me find what must have been one of the last ones still for sale in the U.S.

Were you one of the ones who left Genie and rebuilt the group on Genie? (There were some problems on Prodigy.) I still have my pin and membership card.

To answer your question, no I don't remember doing a Christmas block swap. But I didn't take part in every single one.