Friday, December 31, 2010

Jan 2011 Mystery Fabric

These are the fabrics I have chosen to possibly be in the Ohio Quilters New Year 2011 Mystery Quilt.  I really wanted to do scrappy to "bust that stash" but I found these fall fabrics while tidying up yesterday.  I have always wanted a fall quilt but for some reason have never made one.

I have not yet started to cut my strips because I am still deciding what to do.  I think planned will win out as it is out of the norm for me and I want to use this fabric in something.  The goal this year is actually two fall quilts.  One for couch snuggling and one for the bed.  The other one I will make will be in batiks I have been collecting as well as some I snagged from Ann Fry's stash when she so generously allowed me to go through her lovely fabrics.  A piece her and a piece there with what I have I think will net me a nice snuggle quilt.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

As the New Year rolls in

Well another New Year is rolling in very soon.  I have no new photos to post as I did not get alot done through December.  My Carolina Christmas (a Bonnie Hunter mystery) is in the frame.  I finally decided NO border.  I love big quilts but as this one had SO many pieces in it already the thought of a pieced border was more than I could handle to do...........at one point I looked at it and said "it's done".  I do that at times.  Anyway it really is pretty so hopefully over the next month the quilting will be done and I can decide on binding.

I am not sure I have "fun" resolutions for 2011.  I want peace in my life which has pretty much been accomplished.  Love.......I would like to find it but not sure that is in the cards for me as men sure have changed over the years and I find I get to irritated with most of their "ways"....it's almost like they are out for themselves and anyone else be damned.  If they don't have a bad attitude they are looking for a nursemaid and mommy.......that I won't be either.   An equal would be nice.  Nuff of that bandwagon!

The sensible resolution would be to get my sewing room organized AGAIN and try to maintiain it.  It seems to go really good for awhile and then BAM it will look like a tornado when through it.   I think the main problem is that I cannot and will not put holes in the walls to hang items.  The walls are covered in a really pretty wood type material...not paneling.......and I don't want to ruin it.  So nothing heavier than what those little commands can hold gets hung up.  I think if I can get my stash and scraps in a managable position it will work well.  Oddly the rest of my house is organized....it's just that room.  Could be because it is in the family room with the laundry room/basement being on the other side of the wall so anything that needs done gets dragged into that room.....................

I also think that "notion" type items are just going to get dumped in together in one clear tote.  I can see what I have and figure out storge for those types of items later.

Ok............cinnamon rolls are out of the oven.  Time to chow.

I hope this year also brings me the strength to cook healthier than my southern roots have taught me.  I need to let go of the comfort food and bring in more veggies, fruits etc....AND more exercise :-)  yuk  but with another grandbaby on the way I think going into my 50's this year I need to be in better shape.

I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL New Year!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Whimsical Santa


Whimsical Santa


This is a cross stitch project I made a long time ago.  When I visited my mom this year it was no longer hanging in her home as she "had nowhere to hang it".......my oldest son said "well I sure do" so it went to him and it now hangs in his home.  The picture does not do it justice.  It has metallic threads and glass beads of many vibrant colors in it as wel as little fur floss.........it was wonderful to make and I just love looking at it.  I am sure my son will enjoy it for many Christmas's to come.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mini Snowman Wallhanging


This is a wallhanging I did as a gift this year.  As usual I hurried so for me it is not "perfect" but I know the recepient will still love it.
It is only about 17 x 18 but so adorable.
NOW I feel like I have posted something :-)


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Has it been that long???

Has it really been over a month since I have posted anything new?????  Wow does the time fly.  Not much is really happening except the ususal holiday rush of "hurry up to get it done and wait in line to shop"........Most of October was spent traveling then it seemed like Thanksgiving was here.......more traveling but to be somewhere 75 and sunny for a few days was GREAT...........now it's time to get ready for Christmas........rest....I need rest :-)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nothing much going on

Nothing new to report.  I think I am FINALLY done traveling for the month which is a good thing because it's the end of the month.  I planned so many get aways that I was gone every weekend.  My house needs cleaned and stuff needs put away.  I think my sewing machine will be able to stay put until Spring.......no retreats planned for awhile........though more weekend (non quilting) get aways will happen I am certain.
I do have all the blocks done for my stack-n-wack but too pooped to take a pic to post right now.
Time to do some laundry and catch up on some programs DVR'd............

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall is here

Well I do believe fall is officially here and I am loving it!  Just returned from a long weekend with some gal pals and had a GREAT time..........time I was so much in need of.   I have a few projects that are gaining on the completion status........let the drum roll begin:
Carolina Christmas is first.  I have been working on this beauty since 2009....I think the mystery directions came out in late November (too long for me to remember exactly when).  I have to admit I am about done working on it.  I am sure the pieced border is not going to be done.  Perhaps a pretty single border so it can get quilted and on the bed for the upcoming holiday.




Orion's Star is next.  I trimmed it up this weekend and did the binding.  I saw some areas in the red that I forget to stitch so I need to do that section.  The last black border has not been quilted.  It was the final vote that the black is so pretty that it needs a little something special quilted so that it stands out.  Will need to think of a pattern...maybe some pretty swirls.





This picture of this one is not real clear as it was taken with my cel phone.  It is the center for my new project, Album of Memories by Robert Callaham.  It was the end of the day and I had my sewing machine packed away when I remembered I needed to make some bias strips.  So I just played with it.  My fabrics of choice will be scraps from my Civil War tote.  The colors are much prettier up close.  Once I get the center medallion on that needs appliqued I will post a better photo.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Overcast Sunday

Well it is an overcast day in Columbus.  At first my kids did not really want to deal with Sunday family dinner due to FOOTBALL.......then that idea passed but somehow I am cooking the entire dinner??   Good thing I had enough burger thawed out (was making myself a meatloaf for the workweek) now they will get my meatloaf, fresh greenbeans that had been in the freezer with new potatoes and cornbread.  Not too bad for a last minute throw together and I so love having the kids all in one place, even if just for a few hours.

My guilde, the West Jefferson Heirloom Quilters, is doing a Christmas block of the month for this next year.  I actually had a hard time choosing fabric for some reason.  Absolutely nothing was appealing to me.  Typically I am a scrappy quilter but just was not feeling it for this quilt.  I had spent the day in the sewing room organzing...maybe my eyes were tired of looking at fabric??  NAH...that will never happen :-)
So anyway, this is the fabric that jumped out at me.  It will be planned with 3 different fabrics.  There is one gal in charge of the patterns so until we meet each month we will have no idea what the patter of the month will be.  Kind of fun.

Time to check the meatloaf and make a call to a friend.  I think I was a little snippy but there is alot on my mind.  Need to call and make ammends.  Thank goodness I have friends who are forgiving.....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Where did the day go?

Well today ended up being as beautiful as I thought it would.  It was really good to just putt around doing nothing.  Had a few "moments" but all in all it was a good day.  I spend alot of time in my sewing room trying to organize more.  It's amazing how fast the time can go when doing that.  But a HUGE bag of trash went out and that was good.  I had a desk in the room which my son removed for me 2 weeks ago.  As I no longer use a desk top computer it seemed pointless to have it down there when that space could be used for more quilt organizing. It's amazing how much junk was on and in the desk that you think is important until you stare at it for awhile.  All of a sudden you realize you don't need most of it and off to the trash it goes :-)  yeah.... I bought a new shelf, put it together and all projects (that I could find) have a home on the shelf.  All "want to make" projects have the pattern and fabrics for it in ziploc bags, now I need to find a large tote to put those in and it will have a home as well.
In between organizing I talked to Ann for about 2 hours...yeah we chatted :-), the sun finally warmed up the patio enough that I had lunch and dinner on the patio while reading a good Danielle Steel novel.  I love her work. 
As I am tired from all of the above it's time to cozy up with a good movie (DVR'd 4 today) and do some work on Orion's Star.
And the good news is that the bad news stayed out of my brain for awhile.  That was the blessing of the day.

Beautiful Day

No new pics to post this morning.......but it sounds like a beautiful day is in store for us.  I was going to have breafast outside this morning but it's actually too cold!!!!
Plans for today to spend time in the basement.  First I want to find the tote of fall decorations and bring them up to be set out.  After.........it will be to get the sewing room organized.  My basement is split, one side is a finished family room........thus it is my sewing room.  The other side is unfinished and is the laundry room and storage.  I don't really care what that side looks like as long as it is cleaned and functional.
However, the sewing room needs an overhaul!!!  I bought shelving so once I get it put together I think the process will be that much easier.  Then I can get to sewing again.  My quilt guild is doing a Christmas block of the month so I need to have that done before the next meeting......which is in 2 weeks.

Friday, September 24, 2010

One more block down

It's a warm and rainy day in Columbus.  It's about 90 but I believe this is our last warm day.  It sounds like it will be in the 70's from here out.  Fall is officially here which makes me want to drag the box of fall decor from the basement and set some cute things out. 
One more block for Robert's Floral Garden is done.  There should have been one more round on the "dalia" but I was tired of working on it, thought the blue was a nice last round so I covered the seams with buttons.  I like how it turned out.  Today was a quiet day.  Putted around the house, had lunch with a friend, ran some errands and had a few misty moments over my mom.  Won't do details here but things just don't look good, though I am trying to stay positive.  Anyway, losing myself in my quilt blocks helps to take my mind off things.
I have plenty of shows and movies taped from the past week so I think this weekend will be one to stay home, veg, watch some tube and work on my Orion's Star which is in the frame.  I am almost done and with the chilly weather coming it will be a wonderful work of art to snuggle under.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Robert's Floral Garden


It has been a beautiful week in Columbus.  I had lunch with the family and the remainder of the day has been spent relaxing and working on this top.  It has been in the works for a few years now so I am excited that it is almost complete.
These are the last 2 applique' blocks.  The remaining 2 blocks are pieced..still not sure why he does this in his patterns but I am sure there is a method to his thoughts.
I was not sure if I was going to do the pieced blocks but have decided to do them .......so I am hoping by next weekend they are done and the assembling can begin.  Each block will be bordered in a gold/yellow fabric and then sashing will be scraps that are left over from all the blocks.  Should be interesting.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Robert's Floral Garden

Well, one more block is done and another is in the works.  I thought I only had 2 more blocks to go and actually had 4...ugh!!!  Although, there is light at the end of the tunnel as those 4 blocks do not look as complicated as the past ones have been.  I hope today is as pretty as the past few have  been.  If the wind dies down a little I may do the last blocks on the patio with some ice tea and sunshine!!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Saturday Sew Day

What a BEAUTIFUL day in central Ohio.  The AC was turned off yesterday and it's COLD today.  Temp registers 70 in my house!!!! 
Had a great day with two friends, Deb and Denise, came for a day of sewing.  I completed the final bits of one block for Robert's Floral Garden and go a second one started.  I think I have 4 blocks to go and can then start setting them...yeah...........will post pics soon.

Friday, August 6, 2010

August is here

The last month of summer...well not the "official month" but I call it the last month as all the kids are heading back to school.  I have no new photos to post as I am determined to hammer down on Robert's Floral Garden until it is complete.  Thought I would at least post something so all my friends in quiltland know I am still here and particpating in life :-)
Had a great day today with Ann, Frannie, Irene and Pat.  Always have a great time with these ladies.  Such talent all together in one room.  It's inspiring to see what others are working on.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Robert's Floral Garden

Block 7 is complete.  This week I will be cutting for blocks 8 and 9. After that I am not sure what I will do.  The pattern screams applique to me BUT the author, for some reason, placed 3 pieced blocks in the top and I just do not understand why.  I do not like them but I am not sure I want to design 3 blocks to insert in their places.  It may just end up being a smaller quilt or a wall hanging........not sure yet.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Double Wedding Ring


Well I found it...the lost tote.  I have not worked on this top in a long time.  I cut it from scraps about 10 years ago.  The recipient has since passed away and I could not bring myself to work on it. A few friends are now working on their own DWR top so I figured it was time to dig mine out.  When I went to get it I was so dissapointed that I could not find it.  I have moved more times than I have cared to the past few years and was afraid it had been lost in one of the moves...even though I was certain I had seen it.  Well, it ended up being placed under the far back of a shelf for some reason.  I was looking for something else and found it................it's time it was completed and put to use.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dear Jane

Well this is what it looks like so far.  The pic is not that great as it's kind of dark in my living room, the batteries died in my camera so I took the pics with my camcorder...I need to figure lighting on it.... I started to lap quilt the top 8 blocks but I am not sure I am going to like this method.  Before going any further I REALLY need to think about it.  I like the idea of doing small sections but I know the further I go the heavier it is going to get sooooooo the stitches may come out of that small section so that I can just put the entire top in the frame.
My choice of fabrics are Civil War repos.

My goal this summer is to kick butt on UFO's.  I am REALLY tired of all the projects sitting around staring at me and my quilt room could be better organized if all the totes were empty :-)  I think I have about 1/2 to 3/4 of the inside blocks completed.  I have none of the triangle borders even started yet.

VACATION

Ohhhhhhh how I love time away from work :-)  Don't get me wrong, I love my job and I work with a great bunch of gals but at times I feel like I have been working most all of my life and am just ready to retire...or at least find a job in the quilting industry....but oh wait...........I would work for fabric and bills would not get paid.  Guess no retirement yet............so I will just vacation...and do it often. Opening my own bakery is in the back of my mind as well...........oh to dream.
I am heading to TN...to see my mom and hit the quilt show in Knoxville.....lots of girlfriends will be there so it will be nice to catch up with them as well.
No pics to post today.  I hope when I return I will have at least 1-2 UFO's completed and ready to put in the frame....yeah.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July & Hunter's first birthday celebration

Summer is here........


Pics of my patio.  I enjoyed the past week SO much.  The weather could not have been more perfect.  The AC was turned off and the fantastic breeze was blowing curtains in all the open windows.  My kind of weather.  My patio is coming along.  I have the waterfountain hooked up but can't seem to come up with a good way to keep all the leaves from getting in the water..........have to think on that one.  I tried laying some screen over it but all it did was sink down in the water.  I need something more stable.  Maybe a trellis?? I just don't know.
The little "glass house" on the porch is a greenhouse I found in Berlin.  It is SO cute.  There is a man across from Zink's (where we do quilt retreats in May) ........his yard is full of crafy items.  Anyway....the house came home with me.  Not sure where it will go next Spring but I would like to put it in the flowerbed...maybe.

Grandmothers Fan.........finally done!!!

Well the Grandmother's Fan is DONE!!!  Pics are below.  I have to say I am very pleased with the outcome.  I have not officially measured it but from the looks of it laying on my queen bed I would say it is a generous queen or would fit nicely on a king.  And per my dear friend Ann....as the label is on it is DONE!!!  My stitching may not be perfect but I am smitten with the way it turned out.  As the fabrics are originals and not repo's I would really like to find someone to do an appraisal.  I saw the same fabrics in a top at a quilt show several years ago.  Unquilted, just the top alone, was appraised at $850.00 so I am pretty curious as to what the completed product would net.  Not that I could part with it, not now at least.  I want to enjoy it for awhile.
Having breakfast with my dad and extended family today..brother, SIL, kids, their better halves and Hunter, who celebrated his first birthday this weekend.  Then I think the remainder of the day will be spent relaxing...........and thinking of the next quilt project to complete.  I am on a roll to complete those projects that have been hanging around.  Maybe Robert's Floral Garden is next???????

Enjoy!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Yummylicious

Well this past Monday was the last of a 4 week cake decorating class.  First week was cookies, I missed the second, third was cupcakes (which flopped at it was so hot and the icing basically melted but the taste was good)........fourth was a cake...........pictured here.  Took the pic with my phone camera so the pic may not be great..........but the cake was yummy.  Chocolate with cherry filling and buttercream icing.


Back to quilting and relaxation......what a PERFECT day for it. The weather could not be more perfect ....

Friday, June 25, 2010

Connecting Threads Warehouse Rummage Sale

Or.........whatever you want to call it, that's what it seemed like to me! Made 2 trips, second was more productive than the first as more fabric was available and there were only 2 people there.
Went with Frannie the first time and pretty much picked out some neutrals. Went back later withe Denise and added some color to the stash :-)
Our  pics are below...........I added 10 pounds of fabric, I think Denise bought maybe 3.5.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dad's out there.  I have not posted in awhile.  At times there are alot of things going on and then there are times that absolutely nothing is going on.....I am ok with those days :-)
Today will be spent getting ready for tomorrow's cake decorating class, breakfast with my aunt and uncle who are in town, then a trip to JoAnn's, Giant Eagle and then dinner with my kids later....busy day!!!

No pics to post with this post.  I am set on completing the grandmother's fan.  It's almost done.  I am doing basic stitches on the borders and then the  binding will go on.  Once it is entirely done I will post a pic of the final product.  Not sure if I am keeping this one or handing it off.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Relaxing Sunday

The pulled BBQ is in the crock pot staying warm for dinner later with the kids.  Simple dinner...pulled pork sandwiches, salad and chips......can't get any easier.  Eddie usually does the grilling but with the rain being so unpredictable this week I told him simple sandwiches would be just fine........plus they love mamma's yummy pulled pork that has simmered for 2 days.

The fabric pic is the latest project in my head.  I have an empty wall in the living room that is screaming for something to be hung on it.  What it will look like is in the picture posted below. Now that I have new carpet and paint I want something new for the wall.  I was going for a pop of color with a slate blue ......which it looked like in the fabric store but in my house it looks like turquoise.  I am just going to use it for flower buds so it may be ok.  I will have to think on that one.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering


The grandmothers fan is back in the frame.  I am REALLY trying to force myself to leave it in the frame until the quilting is complete.  It has been probably 5-7 years in the works and it is time it is done and snuggled under or sent to a new home.  Not sure what is going to happen to it yet.
The picture below is a close up of the plaque in KY that my grandfather's name is on.  A full picture of the wall is in the post below.  I never did get to meet him  but I am proud of him for serving his country in WWl from 1917-1918.  There are also two other relatives listed but I am not sure what relation they were, I need to research that.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day weekend




While in Kentucky enjoying a family reunion my brothers, sister in law and I stopped in town to take photos at the memorial park where a brick was placed with my dads name and dates...though he did not serve long he did serve .  We also took a pick of the memorial wall where my grandfather and some other relatives are listed from WAYYYYYYY back when.  Imagine my surprise when I walked away, looked to my left and there stood the biggest quilt block I have ever seen on board..............so of course I had to share and remember those who have fallen for our right to freedom.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Scott's Orange Quilt...the final product!!

Well it is finally done!!!  I do have to admit that once I started actually quilting the top it started to take on a new life and I almost like it.  Scott loves it but then all three boys love all of mom's quilts.  He took it home with him today.  Posted is a picture of him and his happy smile.
So now the frame has the vintage 30's grandmothers fan back onto it for

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Life

Nothing exciting to report for the week.  I finished my first stack n wack block but the batteries are dead in my camera........I think I would like to get a few more blocks together before posting more anyway.  The orange quilt is coming along and it is sort of my priorty a the moment so that I can be rid of it :-)  I think the child has waited long enough for it.  The binding is on so now I am just going along the edges and tidying up where the edges are butted against the frame and can't be stitched.  It's something I can do in the evening while watching a movie.  I hope the entire process will be over by the end of the week........or maybe even tomorrow if I can get some chores done and sit for a movie or two.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Stack N Wack Blocks/Fabrics




The fabric is cut......pretty scarey.  Pic 2 shows the main fabric as a whole, pic 1 shows all blocks cut, stacked and ready to sew, pic 3 shows one block laid out.  Frannie, Pat and I were so excited to see what one would look like.  A little of the "effect" will be lost in the seam allowance but I think all will be ok in the end.  Now to some domestic chores so I can sew with a clean mind and a clean house :-)

Quilting Completed


This is Scott's orange quilt...it is out of the maching.  TJ had to of course check it out, as usual.
Binding needs to be cut and made today.

Orange quilt

The orange quilt is out of the frame, the quilting is DONE.  The goal this weekend is to get the binding made as well as sewn on.....as well as clean, do laundry etc....
A morning spent with Frannie and Pat netted a great lunch with friends, good movie and my stack n wack being cut out......time to start working on that as well.  I was scared to death to make that first cut as one wrong move and the fabric will not take on the design you want.  We laid out the blocks to take a peek and I do believe it will be stunning.  A typical stack n wack is made from bold bright colors, a picture of my fabric is a few posts below, some were skeptical that the muted colors would not work so well but I think it will be stunning.

My dad is in town so we'll do a family  dinner tomorrow evening.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday May 12


One more work day completed.........with a big plop of yellow mustard hitting me square on the front of my blouse ............and I had a 4pm meeting....no hiding that big blob of yellow on a white blouse!!
Still trying to do a little work each evening on Scott's orange quilt.  I want it DONE and out of my frame, hopefully while the evenings are still cool enough that he can enjoy it.

It is about 3/4 of the way done.  The the binding will go on and it can go away.  I must say, I did not like it and the pic above really does not do it justice.  I left the frame in the middle of the living room floor last night when I was done.  I came home from work today and walking through the back door..I have to say.........it really is pretty.  The side that is completely quilting was face the door............the stitches really do make an ugly quilt pretty :-)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day flowers

From my family:

Monday May 10, 2010

My kids made Mother's Day so very special yesterday.  I asked for time and a movie with all of them and I got it........along with so much more.
No pics to post today as I did not make any progress on anything other than the "orange quilt"..I had plans to work on other things but I am tired of seeing this one in the frame. I am ready for it to be done and in my sons hands.  So no more partial work on ANYTHING until this one is done.  I think maybe a weeks worth of quilting (by hand) and it can be removed so the binding can be added.  I think a brown binding will just make the colors pop and come to life.............because right now it is NOT my favorite work of art but it's what the kid wants.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Stack n Wack Fabric

Well my trip to Berlin for some quilting fun found this bag of fabric coming back home with me.  I have been wanting to do a stack n wack quilt. I have seen 3 or 4 done and they are SO PRETTY!!  However I am not into bold and bright colors.  I decided on this floral print in burgany and green.  Hopefully I made a good choice.......can't wait to get it started.  I seem be like a surgeon with a scapel in his had for the first time...I find I am afraid to cut.  The fabric is SO beautiful and I am so afraid I will cut it wrong and the blocks will not come out right............I plan to read and reread the directions.

Bullseye Project



This is a bullseye swap I am working on.  There are 48 blocks completed but I think I will do at least 35 more.  When I first the pattern on paper I did not like it and actually thought it an ugly quilt.  Ann made one and I FELL IN LOVE with it.  It is just so colorful and "fun"...so I had to have one....of course.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday 5/3

Had a GREAT time at a quilt retreat this past weekend. I got alot done on my Carolina Christmas but no pics yet as the puzzle has not yet started to go together.  I did get a pic of another Christmas challange quilt I am doing with Frannie.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday April 24

So far it has been a beautiful  weekend....the rain came for a little while Thurday evening.  No rain came at all yesterday, that I know of, even though the weather man called for it.  It does look a little like rain this morning.  Retreat is coming next week.  I am so excited to spend 3-4 days with old friends as well as make some new friends.  We eat, sew, talk, share hopes and dreams of the future.
My machine is still packed from an event last weekend so that's out of the way.  I am not sure yet what I am taking to work on.  More than likely the Christmas challange that I am doing with Frannie and the Carolina Christmas from Bonnie Hunter's website.   Some kind of hand work and that may be it.  Not too many projects but enough to keep me busy.
Today will be packing day, laundry etc....just veg and relax as it feels like I have done nothing but run, run, run the past few weeks.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Stash Add

Frannie and I went to Michelle's...........WV Quilts and yesssssss I added 3 yards to my stash.  Just could not help it.  Have not unpacked it yet as I have been out and about since getting home late Friday night.  Didn't even turn the TV on until about 9pm last night and still didn't watch it, it was for noise.........
Spent alot of time with family this weekend.  My oldest son helped me get my patio ready for summer etc...lots to do and still more to do.  Never ends.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Scrappy Civil War

This little lap quilt was made at a retreat with some friends.  I knew I wanted to make something with some of the civil war repo scraps I had.  So I tossed my tote of fabric in the car, while at retreat I was reading a quilt magazine and this pattern popped out at me.  So thus, this is what the weekend brought about.  It's just big enough to throw across my lap while watching a movie and of course....working on the next quilt top!

Grandmothers Flower Garden

Happy Sunday Morning!!!  Here comes another project :-)  While organizing a little more in the quilt room I came across this Moda Moonlight fabric I had purchased several years ago.  Not enough to really do a major quilt with and the floral is so pretty I really did not want to give it too much competition with other fabrics. So I chose the flower garden pattern.  Anyone who really knows me knows I LOVE hand work, not too much into machine work.  I love these little flowers as they just pack up to go wherever I am going so easily.  The picture does not do the fabric justice, the colors are a little more vibrant in person.  If I tried to do a pic in good lighing it looked too pale, in a darker room it was even more pale.......I don't know how big it will end up being, it will be done when I run out of the floral fabric.  I think I have 2 yards :-)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Block 6-Roberts Floral Garden

Block 6 is  now complete.  I do need to put the little vines and tindrels on as well as beads for the bird eyes but those I won't add until I am quilting it so that they do not get lost in the design.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Robert's Floral Garden

I dug this project out to work on while still being laid up with the on and off fever??  Not sure what's up with that but oh well, it can't hang around forever.  Anyway, I think is this why I love hand work... I can veg on the couch or bed and toss it aside if I feel the need to doze...which I do feel coming any minute.
Thank GOD for laptops.  Those little things can go anywhere.  I wonder how I ever survived without one!!

Anyway, I started this project back in 2003, I think.  I am working on block number 6.   I think I have 4 or 5 more blocks to finish before I can put it all together.  Each block will be bordered with a goldish color fabric, which I have not purchased yet, and then a scappy sashing will go between each block.   I think so far the lower right block is my favorite.  You cannot tell in the photo but the vase is actual lattice work done in 2 different fabrics.  I love the effect.  When done I will post a close up of each block...some day :-)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Saturday

Well my quilting buddies, not much is going on in this household today.  I had big plans to get some spring cleaning done on the patio, in the house as well as the quilt room.  Time to clean out those unfinished projects!!! I have many things in many phases and I bet most can be used as Christmas gifts this year...if I get them done.  BUT I feel too crappy.  Took my son to the hospital for a procedure yesterday, felt like crap most of the time there, started running a fever later and coughing which makes my head feel like it's rady to explode and still feel crappy today...........so much for accomplishing things inside and outside today!!!!
Been trying to do a little work on Scott's quilt, since I am mostly sitting, but that's not going so well either.  Tried to surf the web and that's not so good either.  I just want to sleep.  Is that so bad on a nice day???????
And tomorrow is Easter...........it's a good thing my oldest son Eddie loves to cook.  I think he'll be pulling it off this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ann's Quilt Top

This is a top given to me by a dear friend, Ms. Ann Fry.  I loved it from the moment I saw it.  I just love all the colors/scraps of fabrics.  She was not happy with how it turned out so I inheritated the top BUT I have to quilt it myself.........which is OK with me.  There is no better gift than a quilt from a quilting buddy!!
There are two pictures posted, one of the entire top and one close up to show the colors of the blocks.  All scrappy.  I love it and cannot wait to get it quilted.  I will cherish it.  Thank you Ann.