Monday, April 1, 2013

April 1st - Boy Am I Tired!

While growing up, I rolled my eyes all the time at my father's repeated jokes. One of them was told every year on April 1st.  At the breakfast table he would say:  "Boy, am I tired!!"  Someone would always ask him why, and he would say with a great smile......"Well, who wouldn't be, after a March of 31 days!!!"  Little did I know, that all these years later as I approach my 70th birthday, his old jokes would come to my mind so very often.  

One year, on April 1st, my brother and I got up early and switched salt for sugar in the sugar bowl, and as he ate his cereal, he tried his best to pretend that nothing was wrong......that the salt on his cereal was sugar........but he was finally not able to pull it off.  It was really hard for my brother and I to get him to admit that he had been fooled, but that year we did!  Happy April Fools Day.  May your foolery be kinder than our trick was.

I have been away for quite a while from my quilt room, and am leaving again next week, so there are lots of projects partially finished.  This week my goals are:

Put the binding on this little quilt (below).  It's 14" x 14" and is a copy of one on page 107 of the book "Childhood Treasures - Doll Quilts By and For Children" by Merikay Waldvogel.  I was waiting until I found the red used in the quilt to make the binding, and it is now found.

And choose a backing and quilt this one:  These are left-over pieces from my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, "Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll".  It measures just 9" x 12", and I plan to use it as a mug rug on the bed tray, when the large quilt is on the bed.  A nice mental picture of me in bed, pillows fluffed up behind me,  with a cup of tea and this little quilt on the tray, looking at a quilt book.  But first, it must move along into a finished quilt. 

And choose a backing and quilt this doll quilt. This is a simple quilt made from repros and shirting.  I wanted to see little pieces of all of my shirting stash in one quilt.  I did have to use a few repeats, but clearly, I have plenty of shirting.  It was fun to make and measures 17" x 20".  The squares are 1.5 inches.  I believe this is in the book "Simply Charming" by Tara Lynn Darr.  I didn't use a pattern, and just played with the darks and lights.

Today I am linking up with a blog post called "Get It Done - April, 2013" over at Patchwork Times, where I like to look at what everyone else is working on.  (Link)


Janet O. said...

Oh, I find that the things my Dad used to say that I thought were corny are now coming out of my own mouth. How does that happen? : )
Lovely little quilts, Judy. I think that last one is actually from Tara Lynn Darr's book, "SIMPLY CHARMING."

Judy Hansen said...

Thanks Janet O. for the correction - I corrected my post to reflect the designer. I will have to look to see if I have that book. I think I do.

Kathie said...

cute quilts love the colors in the second one
says spring to me!!!!
thanks for sharing I think I need a little quilt fix!

Lori said...

Three lovely mini quilts!!
Funny joke on your pops!!

Leah Rubin said...

More pretties! I love seeing your beautiful work!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

So pretty! I love small quilts.

Jan said...

Such sweeties!

Jan said...

Such sweeties!

LuAnn said...

Great little quilts. I have that book by Tara, and I think I have the Childhood Treasures book. Will I be seeing you next week?

One Minnesota Quilter said...

All are so cute! Thanks for sharing.


Kindred Quilts said...

Cute, cute mini's! Love the pink/brown/black future mug rug for the bed tray... and Grannie's Scrap Bag from the Simply Charming book is precious!