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Reaching the Finish Line

You guys. My Marcelle Medallion quilt is finally finished! Can you even believe it?!

Marcelle Medallion by East Dakota Quilter

The mister and I went away two weekends ago to stay in a Civil War era cabin near the Shenandoah Valley. I was a paragon of domesticity, making homemade baking powder biscuits for breakfast and hand sewing the binding on my quilt. It felt pretty good… since it was just for a day!

I like to wax my thread with beeswax to prevent tangling when I hand bind my quilt. My grandma taught me that trick when I was small. Does anyone else do this?

Marcelle Medallion by East Dakota Quilter

I had been using a cheaper wax candle since I ran out of beeswax (or lost my piece) ages ago, but I resupplied during a recent visit to Gather Here in Cambridge, MA, and beeswax makes all the difference! I wouldn’t have expected the contrast to be so stark. (Also, the store was amazing and I had a great conversation with the girl at the checkout counter. Go there!)

My goal was to finish the quilt in time to take some photos during sunset. TOTALLY missed that deadline, but I got a few photos before we left the next morning.

Marcelle Medallion by East Dakota Quilter

The cabin was very near the Appalachian Trail, so we also got in a morning hike. Uphill. Before coffee. But you know what? I felt AMAZING when we made it back down.

Cabin Creekwood by East Dakota Quilter

I find weekend getaways are a perfect way to revive when work stress or other life issues get to be too much. If you know of any great weekend get-aways from D.C., be sure to let me know!


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Boston Blocks: Assuaging Tragedy with Fabric

Have you heard about the Modern Quilt Guild’s request for quilt blocks in response to the Boston Marathon bombing ? I thought they did a great job of requesting manageable quilt blocks, and some fabrics I’m using for a current project match their color preference.

Blocks should be 12½” on one side by the size of your choice on the other. The preferred colors are those of the Boston Marathon: blue, yellow, gray, and white. Click here for more info.

I made a few myself, later than most bloggers I think, hoping that even a small submission will be useful. Here are the blocks I am submitting:

boston blocks by craftprowler

block for boston by craftprowler

I’m planning to mail my blocks this week to

Quilts for Boston
P. O. Box 79225
Belmont, MA 02479

You can also contact bostonmqg@gmail.com with questions. Submissions should be mailed by May 24, 2013.

UPDATE: Check out the completed quilt where one of my blocks ended up here.