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I’m back and I’ve got your number.

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

I have been at the beautiful Bishop’s Ranch retreat center for my April quilt retreat with good friends. I go every April and October. We call ourselve’s the Ranch Hands. Here is a photo from the front of the ranch house looking out over vineyards to the Mayacamus mountains.

Remember these?

These are the blocks made for me by members of my art quilt group, the Pointless Sisters. Each member chose a shape and two colors and then we made blocks for each other. Mine was any number from 0-9 and lime green and turqoise. We decided to have the finished size be 56″ as we want to enter them in to the Paducah challenge quilt contest. We need to have them done by next Tuesday so that we can choose the quilts to be photographed. SOOO, I spent the whole retreat working on this.

First I cut the blocks down to about 8 inches, on an angle. Then I bordered them with black batiks and added wunder under to the back. I next laid out the background fabrics and figured out the size I needed for each fabric.

Then I tried different layouts for the numbers on the pieced background.

Notice the backwards six (or nine?). I decided to have fun with it and put it next to the other six as a mirror image.

I then did much quilting which was a bear because of the fusing and decorative stuff on the blocks. But the wonderful Superior King Tut thread worked beautifully. When it is completed, I will do some close-ups of the blocks. I had fun quiling in things like, Two is company and Three’s a crowd. Here is the piece quilted; now I have to steam the heck out of it and hope that I can get rid of the bloopers. Then it gets a binding. It’s name is “I’ve Got Your Number”

In answer to Diane’s question: My favorite room in my house has to be my studio where I also have my computer, my tv and my tivo and comfy sofa where Maggie, the JR hangs out.