Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday Archives - Fussy Cuts

It's been an interesting 12 hours at our house.  We had massive thunderstorms roll through last night with 70 mile per hour straight line winds.  This storm did some major damage in our small community.  School is out because there is no power.  They just released everyone from work because there is no water pressure as the city water plant also lost power.  To top that off we lost a couple of rows of shingles off the roof and with the heavy rains this morning, there was a nice puddle of water in my sewing room.  Thankfully it was in the middle of the floor and not over my sewing machine, fabric, or books.  However, now we are scrambling to find a roofer and  are desperately hoping for a few days with no rain. 

So I'm writing a post as we wait for a roofer to call us back.  We've done all we can do till it stops raining.  I think the rest of my day may be spent dealing with wet insulation. 

Today's picks for the Tuesday Archives sponsored by Valerie over at Val's Quilting Studio are Flannel and Fussy Cuts.  I've yet to make a flannel quilt, but I do have a couple of quilts where I fussy cut my center squares.  One is Charming Christmas Cardinals which I blogged about back in May.  But there is another fussy cut quilt that I've never blogged about.  It was my second finished quilt, the first where I adapted a pattern to fit the fabric I was going to use. 

Back when Drama Teen was just a little Kiddo, she loved The Little Mermaid.  She was the only Disney Princess DT liked at all until Mulan came along a few years later.  I had just started quilting  when she asked me for a quilt for her bed.  When the Little Mermaid fabric appeared at one of the quilt shops near my sister, I knew just what to make for her.  

The Little Mermaid
Modified from the pattern Triple Rails
by Ursula Reikes published in the book
"Even More Quilts for Baby"

DT (aka Kiddo) asked for an all blue quilt, but Arial's red hair just begged for for the addition of that narrow red border.  She opened the quilt as one of her presents for her 6th birthday.  

As you can tell from the picture, she was very happy with the new quilt for her bed.  Her love affair with this quilt lasted till she was about 9.  At that point she decided she was ready for something a bit more sophisticated.  For now, The Little Mermaid is put up in the closet waiting for the time in the distant future when DT has her own little tomboy.  

I have about 12 inches of binding to stitch and then the label to add to the second quilt I've made for DT's bed.  Jigsaw should be done today, maybe.  I'll definitely need something soothing to do after wrestling with insulation.  


Larri said...

Oh, no! So sorry to hear about the damage to your home. Hope a roofer appears on your doorstep soon!

Love DT's Little Mermaid quilt, and that grin is priceless! Ariel is still my favorite Disney character.
Thanks for sharing!

Stay dry today!

Bonnie said...

I love Ursula's baby books. I own three and have used them over and over again. This is really a cute quilt and so great for Kiddo. BUT does DT still like it?
I'm sorry to hear about the crummy weather and the leaky roof. Too fun, huh? I can say that a wet sewing machine can be salvaged...or at least my old Elna was taken in right after a pipe broke and is still sewing fine now. But, I'd have preferred it didn't get wet. Hope the roofer can come soon and the rains hold off.

AnnieO said...

Oh, no, terrible to have puddles in the house! Hope a roofer is available quickly. Adorable shot of your happy girl and her mermaid quilt. So cute!

Shay said...

Fantastic Little Mermaid Quilt . No wonder Kiddo ( aka DT) loved it so much.

Oh dear @ your roofing woes . I do hope you've found a roofer and that it's well on the way to being fixed. On the up side - with no work you undoubtedly have some free time for sewing?

Marti said...

I am so sorry about your water damage. We just found out Thursday that we need a new roof. They said we have a lot of shingles that aren't even attached to the nails anymore. I hope we don't get your winds and rain.

Did it damage carpet? I assume it got sheetrock as well as insulation? That is such a mess. But yes, you are so lucky it didn't get your machines. I hope you moved them out of there.

Your little mermaid quilt is adorable and so is DT at that age. I've made a few fussy cut blocks, but nothing like that. I've also made a flannel quilt, but I wasn't crazy about it. It was also one with chenille seams and that was a pain. Because it had to be washed a couple of times at the beginning, it just never looked crisp and new to me.

Val's Creative Life said...

I guess blogging would be a good distraction at this point. Your post brought a flood of memories back of when my girls were young...man I still miss those days sooooo much!!! The quilt is adorable...my daughter would have probably requested Pocahontas for sure! Glad you are okay and so sorry to hear of the damage...I HATE wind storms!

seabreezequilts said...

Hope that roof is fixed soon. Squid loved the little mermaid as well

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Kate - best of luck getting the roof fixed up and I'm glad nobody was hurt. The Little Mermaid quilt is darling -- and such a great idea to store it away for the first granddaughter... Good for you!

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