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April: Finished Project by daria
April 30, 2008, 11:32 pm
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Dear Blair,

Something about this month’s project felt very clean to me, the tidy & angular idea of square, plus the wholesome fabrics you sent, which is probably the dorkiest way I have ever described fabric, only they really do make me think of some sort of golden prairie fantasy land of gingham aprons & perfect pie crust, which I’m sure is EXACTLY what you were going for when you put the packet together.


I just didn’t feel like I should interfere very much.  I cut the patterns into squares of various sizes, surrounded them with the prairie grass beige solid, then bulked the piece out with some leftover linen/cotton strips from the scrap box.

How can I look at that button & not think of cherry pie?  (Or, at the very least, cherry lifesavers?)

The burlap was a little tricky, but in the end I pieced in a solid red square, then stitched a square of burlap over the top after pulling a few threads to open up some larger spaces in the weave & reveal the underlying fabric.  I didn’t fuss much, & I like how it plays off the very similarly-colored background fabrics.

Basically, once I got my box out the door, I loved this month.  I’m looking forward to next month, too, since it’s starting to feel like spring just in time for “green.”


*As usual, I posted larger images than usual for the big reveal but looks like our template cuts off the sides so be sure to click the pictures for full size or check them out on the 8×8 flickr.


April: SQUARE by daria
April 17, 2008, 9:28 pm
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Dear Blair,

Yeah, I’m totally the black-clad kid slouching around in the back of the eightbyeight classroom, hoping that the assignment wasn’t actually due until Monday.  (Also, I have not posted in so long that there’s a whole new generation of wordpress interface, so give me a minute, here.)

But, look how cute, my assignment!

I know from experience how hard this box was to put together (yes, drunk on coffee HAS to be the excuse for square!), but I think the set of fabrics you sent is just charming, all crisp vintagey colors & patterns, plus I am impressed by how many different types of square patterns you have in your stash.  I thought I knew what I wanted to do, but then I had a different idea!  No, wait, a different idea!  It’s much easier to think of a project than it was to think of materials for this one — now I think I remember why we thought square would be a good idea.

(By the way, the way the fabrics I sent fit into the theme?  They all come from charm packs.  Square, see?)


April *square* by Blair
April 13, 2008, 7:11 am
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square is the theme

Dear Daria,

April’s theme of square threw me a little, did it you? Were we drunk on coffee the day we decided that? Anyway, I took an afternoon to concentrate on what became the contents of the box I sent to you. And once again, I am delighted and surprised that you sent me a totally different set of square things to play with. There is a really nice feel to these patterns when they are all together like in the photo above. Big and little…blues and greens…and browns… (and I didn’t forget the darkish gray embroidery floss you included that I just realized is not in this photo). I think I’m forming an idea, I’d like to really play up the patterns against each other. I’ll ponder it further while I eat the square of chocolate you included. B