Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I've joined up with the recently formed Fort Worth Modern Quilting Guild and we're following Sew Mama Sew's Modern Block of the Month, though we're several months behind them.  I wasn't particularly excited about the pattern until I saw it in my own fabrics. 

I've been seeing this pattern pop up several different places and really like it. It lays out similar to the cross/plus quilt. I had in mind some particular fabrics to use and a certain person to give the finished quilt to. But now I'm not thinking she will totally love those fabrics. So should I choose different fabrics? Or should I make her a different quilt?

This is my first time playing around with a log cabin block. I'm not sure where I'll go with it yet. I will probably make these blocks bigger, and will for sure make some more blocks. This jelly roll had been floating around for a couple years and I figured it was time I did something with it.

This is my new design wall! It's just a flannel sheet tacked up but I love it! I pulled out these double hourglass blocks from ages ago and was reinspired to keep making them. My hope is for a king size!
You can also see 2 finished tops hanging also. The one on the right is awaiting basting and the one on the left is waiting for me to choose some backing fabric and decide how to quilt it.
And Daniel thinks he has to be in every picture.

I decided to keep a note with them so I can see how I'm progressing. I need about 130 more!

What are you up to?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, January 20, 2012

Four for Friday

Van: Earthquake Tourism

These are the kinds of shelters Tommy worked on. A 5'20" Dutchman from India named Titus (the Titan) tried to recruit Tommy.

A view of Van and the Iranian border from our friends' apartment. From what he heard, if you climb the mountains, the gun ships will come.

A shelter he built.

Tea, bread and cheese breaks hourly.

Remains of a collapsed hotel after clean up.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Van: Katie's Home in Rubble

When we flew out of Istanbul, Tommy flew into Van to help our friend Joseph pack up their old home as well as help with some relief effort and shelter building.
These pictures are from inside our friend's apartment and building. They were not home during the earthquake.

The stairwell outside their apartment

Entry hall

Fallen bookshelf; why anchoring them to the wall is valuable

Kitchen; none of their dishes broke

Kitchen. The living room sustained no real damage, even the china cabinet there was fine.

Stairwell after Tommy swept the debris to the sides so the movers wouldn't slip.
They don't have freight elevators, so everything goes up and down flights of stairs. One man will carry a whole couch up the stairs by himself on his back.

One more Van post, and we'll move on to our Christmas celebrations (of which I haven't even looked at the pictures!) and some new year resolutions.


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