Thursday, August 14, 2008

What's a horse doing on the third floor?

One of the pictures I took in Galena. I suspect not a lot of people notice this horse up on the third floor of the building.
It's not connected to the store on the first floor. I really have no idea why it's up there but it was neat to spot.
I picked up a copy of Carol Doak's new book Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars today. There is a bonus CD included which always seems like a good deal. I like to paper piece and I like Carol Doak's patterns. And, of course the quilt on the cover was done in golds, blue and white more of my favorite colors for a quilt.
Want to do an easy quick project for children in the hospital?
You can make a pillowcase out of bright cheerful cotton for them. Here are the directions.
3/4 yard of fabric for pillowcase
1/3 yard of fabric for border of pillowcase
1. Cut the body of the case 26 1/2" by 40 1/2" and the border 10 1/2" x 40 1/2".
2. Fold the border in half lengthwise, with the wrong sides together and press.
3. Place the right side of the border on the right side of the body of the case. Stitch together using a 1/2" seam allowance.
4. Place right sides of the pillowcase together. Stitch down the side and across the bottom.
5. Turn to the right side and press.
Make sure to wash the fabric for the protection of the children with suppressed immunity. Place each pillowcase in its own ziplock bag.
There is an organization that is organizing this. I took the flyer upstairs so when I bring it down I will post the link for them. I just think it's a terrific idea, especially for people that are unable to make an infant quilt this might be just want they could do to help out.
I have a friend whose guild makes pillowcases for the soldiers overseas. Lots of wonderful uses for this pillowcase.

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