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'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.


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 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 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 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, 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???????


Friday, July 2, 2010


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 ....