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The long road to an idea

For my readers, this was a draft I saved with the intention of posting later with a picture of the mini quilt for swapping. I never did complete it which is probably why I never posted this, however it is reminiscent of the nonsense that is the Lawrence household and because I mentioned my cat (of whom is no longer with us) I thought I would post this for my husband and all of those who have/had quilt loving cats that think everyone you make is theirs.

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Draft Date 6-16-2012

I was just about to sleep last night when I heard a rustling sound. It was faint at first and barely audible over the sound of the fan on high speed. It got a little bit louder and more frequent as the seconds passed. I thought of dismissing it when I remembered I had left a plastic shopping bag on the floor. As much as I wanted to roll my eyes in disgust; having been well on my way to the land of nod, my mind took over and was imagining this plastic bag gracefully being swept a little here and  moving slightly there due to the amount of air being pushed around the room. It was kind of a peaceful thought really and I was enjoying the sweeping motions until I heard something else. It became a little more frequent and not more than a foot away from where I was trying to sleep. It got a little louder or maybe it was just getting closer and you better believe it was freaking me out, right up to the point where I fully recognized what “IT” was.  That oh so familiar ring of the tiny little bell that hangs from the collar on my cat. I don’t know how many of you have cats but mine is not allowed in our room at night because is a down right disturber of the peace. Knowing full well that I am not going to get to sleep now until I investigate, I get out of bed, trying to decide which was more annoying, the dancing bag or the bell.  I couldn’t see anything at first. My dark vision hadn’t kicked in yet and the glow from the clock wasn’t really at the right angle to make out anything. Of course the hunt for the bag has now become a challenge and since I’m wide awake now I am making quite the game out of it.  I  meander in the direction of the dancing bag and bend over to  pick it up. After feeling around and finding the bag I go to snatch  it up and found that I couldn’t. It took  me a minute but I soon realized this was no mere plastic bag, as it had been transformed into a tent, complete with occupant. Ollie had climbed in all the way, turned about in it and was using it as a windbreaker. You know I don’t normally like to spoil one’s fun but the mere thought of hearing the bag crinkle every time he moved was already driving me out of my tree. I threw him out of the room, bag and all.  I climbed back into bed where Michael and I proceeded to discuss what a big weirdo our cat is and waited for sleep to come.

I thought about my clothes in the dryer, birthday cards I hadn’t sent, my UFO’s, my 5 minute project I hadn’t managed to get to in the last 5 days, etc….I was lying there disgusted at myself because I had been uninspired enough to come up with a mini quilt to swap. But today, I did. And though today is full of starts and stops, my mini will consist of a back drop scene of tea time. Complete with wallpaper and wood  wall, with a window to the outside (adorned with curtains) a winged back chair in front of a table set for two. I have 9 days for it to be together, quilted and bound.

As I said, I never did finish but I did root around for it in the nooks and cranny’s of my sewing room. I am having quite the time getting the picture from my phone to my computer so I guess its going to be a little while longer and I will try again when its finished.  As for Ollie… we miss him and hope that if there is a cat heaven; it’s filled with warm, soft quilts.

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Mini Quilts and Swap Groups

Michael is usually the one out of the two of us to be the first at blazing a path, trying something new or to branch out on an idea. I joined Flickr first without actually knowing what is was or how to use and navigate it. And for a time I actually abandoned the notion of ever going back to it. Just recently however Flickr made a resurgence in the home when Michael brought it up to show me pictures of mini quilts from a group site.
The group is called LQSVS for Lil Quilt Sew, Vote, Swap. This site is for people who want to participate in making and swapping mini quilts. For people like me, this is a novel idea. As a mini quilt (subject to certain rules & size perimeters) you can start and finish a project in a short amount of time. There are really no rules as to artistic license and in the end you get to swap with someone else in the group. I won’t bore you with the details about how the swap is done but know the ladies in this group and so many others in groups like this one  really have some talent and creative ideas.

Peter Rabbit Mini Nursery Quilt

Peter Rabbit Mini Nursery Quilt

If your like me; someone who longs for friendship or social interaction but doesn’t get out much, this is a perfect way to do what you love along with other people with the same interests as you. And being a member/participant has it’s advantages of sharing pics and clips of ideas from people around the world. My mini quilt ended up going to an anxiously awaiting participant in Germany. As an avid pen pal writer, I don’t have to tell you how exciting that is, to send something to someone new.  The pictures attached to this post are all mini quilts Michael & I  received thus far and along with one mini quilt the sender also included a very cute, little matching purse with scrap materials tucked inside.

The Peter Rabbit mini quilt was shipped to me by it’s creator Summerset Rose from England.This mini is so very precious from its soft palette color selection down to the softness of the fabric. What is so unique and fabulous about this mini is that it’s interactive. The triangles open up like shutters to reveal a different print block in each. Great for toddlers!

The one on the bottom left here, Michael received from from CA Sharp for his first swap.  Incidentally, the way the voting went in the second swap he participated in, had him sending to and receiving  a quilt from CA Sharp again. This typically does not happen, as who you send to and receive from is all based on how the voting goes.
I use these mini quilts to decorate my end tables in the living room. I have photos nicely arranged over one and the other is displayed with nothing on it at the moment.  As for the scrap in the little purse? For now it stays  as a little hidden treasure until I have time to find a project to incorporate the colors. Thanks JanBran for heading up  LQSVS and all the lovely ladies who make it so much fun.

Patchwork Zoo Print

Pick a Penny Mini