Monday, June 8, 2015

Meet Ralph!

Meet Ralph...Rudolph's little brother. You mean you never heard that Rudolph the Reindeer had a little brother??? He is too little to work hauling Santa's sleigh so he hangs around the Elves Workshop instead. 

This UFO almost got thrown out. I started him and was not happy at all with it. I did not like my fabric used and felt it was not well sewn. But a number of quilt friends and family convinced me to finish him off. I am glad I did because now I love him because he is so different. *grins*

Since I have been good and working on some UFOs, I decided I was going to start on a quilt which has been on my wish list for some years now. I have been wanting to make a Baltimore Album quilt but with a twist. What is that twist? I am using a taupe background fabric instead of white and using all taupe inspired fabrics for the appliqué instead of primary colors. My first block is all but finished...just doing some french knots above the tulips. 

I have to make some decisions about the setting for the quilt and if I want borders. I have had fun looking at lots of pictures of antique Baltimore Album quilts. I will share more as I progress.

And finally...since you met Ralph...I have to show you something that happened to Miss Pickles the Elf (who masquerades as Heidi ... lol). Last Friday was a really hot day here in Holland. Actually it was tropical at 34C on the terrace of Cranberry Cottage. On the way up north, Miss Pickles spied this truck in front of her. WOW! What a great way to have cool thoughts for an elf in hot weather.....CHRISTMAS TREES!!! 



  1. Hi Ralph, I met you in Holland but without your antlers. Lookin good now.
    Love the new quilt you are making, will it be all tulips????
    Now, only you could follow a truck with christmas trees painted on the back. Bet
    the driver said , hey the elf is on the road, I have to go right now. (not Abby's have to go right now, lol) Have fun. Love you, Mom

  2. Ralph is gorgeous! Lovely new quilt block too

  3. Ralph looks funny and adorable! Good of you to finish projects! Feels good doesn't it?

  4. I love Ralph! He probably would enjoy a trip to my corner of your garden!!

  5. I just LOVE your Ralph/Rudolph, he's so CUTE !
    And your Baltimore project is a MUST (especially with the twist of fabrics & colors).
    Keep going, dear !

    In stitches,

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