Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Grandkids are the best....

This is my sweet little grandson John and he is modeling a quilt I made for him. He would much rather be playing Wii Mariokart but he said he would take a few minutes to show the quilt to everyone. This quilt is made with reproductions in the blues, reds and yellows. I quilted it with varigated thread in the same primary colors.

"OK grandma! I stood long enough and I'm hot so can I go back to the Wii?" Thank you John for being grandma's model.

Happy Easter, JanDee

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Finally another post....

Has anyone seen Moda's new line Frolic? It's so much fun and I have the perfect quilt pattern to make with it. I've already ordered the fabric but until it gets here I decided to start another quilt. I have so much reproduction fabric that I have been wanting to use so I spent the day yesterday cutting, cutting and cutting.

I have a small sewing room but the dining room table works the best for cutting and organizing my colors.

And my grandson's high chair is the best place for scraps and left-over pieces.

Don't you just love the sweet prints on the reproductions? They all seem to blend so well together. I would love to have some of the old original flour sacks. At the beginning of the book Sugar Sack Quilts by Glenna Hailey she shows lots of photographs of these wonderful original flour sacks.

After 275 cuts I'm finally done. I will let you know how it turns out. Guess I will go applique for awhile before turning in.

Have a great Friday, JanDee

Friday, March 5, 2010

Welcome to my first post on my first blog. I have been reading so many great blogs out there in blogland for so long I decided to see if I could set one up. So here goes.....What I like about blogs is that they are a great place to share my quilts, favorite recipes and bits and pieces of my life. I know I have a lot to learn about blogging but hopefully with time and some learning mistakes it will take shape.

I picked the name Polka Dot Cottage for two reasons. First of all, I just love polka dots and second the word cottage evokes a sound of warmth and homeyness to me. You might think I live in the beautiful countryside of Maine or Connecticut but the reality is I live in the suburbs of Los Angeles. My grandfather once said he never saw so much concrete in one place.

Well here is my first picture and what else would it be but polka dots. These are just a few of what is in my stash. The funny thing is I have never made a polka dot quilt. I have a pattern in mind and it's on my list of things to sew. I know we all have those to-do lists and it will be a miracle if they all get finished before I get to the nursing home.

Please come back and visit my blog again. I hope to post regularly until I run out of things to say, favorite recipes to share or run out of quilts to show.

Happy Day, JanDee