Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory. The opposite of independence is a dependent territory. Independence does not necessarily mean freedom. (as defined by Wikipedia)
That last part was a surprise to me. As an American, I have always thought of the two (independence and freedom) as one and the same.
But today, July 4, 2014, I know that I am independent and free. I am proud and thankful to be an American citizen! I am glad to have a day to celebrate those gifts with friends and family. And I hope you find yourselves equally proud and thankful today too. Happy 4th of July!
Back when I was homeschooling our girls, we would finish off the school week with a little quilting. Each year we (the girls and I) would choose a new quilt we wanted to work on that year. The criteria was simple: it had to be made with a new skill I wanted the girls to master and we all 3 had to agree on which quilt we wanted to make. Then, each friday at the end of the school day we would each make a block for our quilt (or 2 blocks as in the case of this particular quilt and paper piecing as the skill of the year). This quilt actually took us more than a year to make because of the number of blocks and the appliqued borders.
Ultimately each quilt contained (120) 5" pineapple blocks and measured somewhere around 73 x 86.
We all, of course, became master paper piecers!
And our scrap basket...not a dent was made.
The pattern was called Scrap Apple and came from American Patchwork and Quilting.
Other fascinating factoids: these quilts are quite heavy! With blocks this small there is as much seam allowance on each block as there is block so the weight really adds up fast. Consequently, they make the perfect winter bed quilts (warm and weighty).
I just picked up a copy of Kathy Doughty's new book Adding Layers.
I brought it home, sat down in my favorite chair and read it cover to cover.
Then I got up, went straight into my studio, and started gathering scraps.
I had Madness in mind.
Here are a few photos of the blocks that I have made so far.
I can't wait to show you more!
Actually, I can't wait to make more!!
I have a little something for you.
My new favorite recipe.
It is for spray starch alternative (as in Mary Ellen's Best Press).
It costs just pennies to make, which is WAY better than going all the way into town and paying over $12 for one small bottle.
Turns out that vodka is somehow related to potato starch.
You can print out the recipehere.
And be sure to share it with your friends, cause they want to hang on to their $12 too!