Friday, February 12, 2010

I had to do a bit of grocery shopping after quilting yesterday and that means a trip to Wal-Mart. I headed right for the container section and found just what I was seeking. Sterlite Plastic boxes!! Deep ones and shallow ones with handles and lids. The shallow ones were $4 and the deeper ones were $5, and I bought five of each. La-DEE-DAH!

They'll get filled in time with scraps and who knows what else. Organization! Ain't it grand?

What is strange is that these containers are not posted on the Sterlite website, so I had no idea they might be out there. And yesterday I expressed a wish for a deeper box...and it appeared. Gulp!

On another note: I have been thinking about house shapes especially after seeing this beautiful work by my pal Sandi Cummings, so elegant and such a nice mix of hand dyeds and prints. I am learning how she uses prints in hopes that I can translate her expertise into my work. Learn from the best, I always say. Well, I usually say 'Steal from the best',  but I am trying to reform. 

and then I took out my Freddie's House book, knowing she works in PRINTS. All in prints. Such inspiring pattern on pattern.

And then coincidentally I got this postcard from Lisa Call and lo and behold it is of houses too!
Isn't that strange?
So what can I do with house shapes? And mixing prints and hand dyeds?

I've cleaned up the scraps now from the previous three quilts and have nothing better to do (not counting laundry and dishes to wash, yuck) so I will attempt something houselike perhaps, maybe,
if possible,
no promises.


  1. I like what you are doing with your storage and great score on finding those bins! I was at a store yesterday that had some folding storage bins real cheap and I was so close to buying some, but the way I am if I buy nice containers to keep my scraps in then I won't use them because they will be stored away. I leave my bits out and just let them keep piling up. One of these days ....

  2. Anonymous9:12 AM

    I love these turquoise closure storage containers...I have ALOt of the smaller ones- the little touch of color just makes me smile...

    PEG who is currently contemplating how to get the flying squirrel out of the fireplace without him taking over the house.

  3. I love the houses - I don't call it stealing - I call it learning from the masters. Whatever it's called I love seeing what people can do who have more experience than I do and then emulate or adapt their concepts to my ideas.

    Great find on the storage.

  4. I like working with prints too. Freddy Moran is an inspiration to me too. I took a workshop with her about 3 years ago and that got me into machine quilting, which I had never done before. I love working with prints and bright colors. Check out some of what I do at

    Susanne Clawson

  5. Mel,
    All my small quilts I've made for QAWM has been houses. Check our Gwen Marston she is a master at free form house building.

  6. Houses are my favorite block to make. I started making houses after reading Gwen Marston's Liberated Quiltmaking book and have also been inspired by Freddy Moran. The two books that they have written are wonderful! I only use prints but have been thinking about using some of the hand dyed fabric that I've been collecting. I really like the house pictures that you've posted. Looking forward to seeing your next project (even if it isn't houses!)

  7. Liz, do you have pictures of your houses quilts/blocks that you can share?
    And Carol, I think I will now put in my order for those two books by Freddie and Gwen.

  8. Oh, I love that quilt by Sandi. I haven't seen her in ages. She got me out of my box and taught me to cut fabric without a ruler.

  9. I like your other colorful little quilts also from Feb. 11th. VERY NICE!!
    Take care, Linda

  10. Anonymous5:44 PM

    YAY! Houses! ANd I love when you find JUST the right size storage box! Congrats!


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