Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Musings & Giveaway

Do you think himself needs to cut the grass? Just look at how the wretched stuff is climbing the fence. That is kikuyugrass, (Pennisetum clandestinum) imported from East Africa to California in 1918 and from California to Hawaii in 1925. Kikuyugrass is on the U.S. Federal noxious weed list. It is the most prevalent forage in Hawaii and it will grow over a cement slab or work its way under the siding of your house.

The blue and yellow quilt top, which does not have a name, (more on that later) has all its borders on and is packed away ready to go to South Dakota with me. I am planning on making the bias binding today from more of the blue batik.

I got a good selection of that batik on sale for $5 a yard. It was an unfamiliar brand, Choice Fabric, but I like it. It is not flimsy, the patterns are primitive and naive and the color is indigo without the fading and running problems of true indigo fabric.

I really like the way the last blue border pops the color contrast in the blocks, it somehow compresses and confines the 'movement', amplifying as it frames. Here are two side by side pictures of before and after the simple final border was added. Click to enlarge images.

I am particularly happy with the blue border's effect on my "Waste not want not" pieced scrap border at the top and bottom of the quilt, detail picture below.

The quilt needs a name and I want to give something away.

The person who's quilt name sugggestion I choose will receive a cute sewing charm pendant (shown below) and satin cord necklace as a gift. I will also give away the pattern of their choice from this selection in my booth to a randomly drawn reader who:
  • Leaves me a comment on this post before midnight PST Sunday May 22nd with their suggestion to name this quilt, or
  • follows me on Twitter and Tweets this link, Then leaves a comment telling me you tweeted and your twitter handle.
I will use the random-thingy to draw a pattern winner on 23rd May.

Please make sure that I can get in touch with you if you win. If you are set as a "no-reply" blogger, or if you do not have a blog, then I can't contact you.

Y'all come back!


  1. Can't say that I'm much good at coming up with names for quilts, but I'd call it Blue Skies and Sunshine simply because that's what it reminds me of.....and the fact that we haven't seen much blue sky or sunshine this spring so the sight of that quilt is especially welcome.

  2. I'd love to add your giveaway info to the sidebar of my blog. I'm going to do that now. Gorgeous quilt!

  3. spinning in sunshine!

    I don't tweet somean....I can fb your link though....if you'll pay me, heh, ;-)

    I always prefer a dark border, it just makes the quilt look more finished and bring out the contrasts.