Friday, May 29, 2015

This, That, and The Other..Friday.. And a Giveaway!

Here's a new project we (Karen, Cathy and I that I know of) are going to start mid-July. The basket quilt I did from Legends and Lace is similar, but what's not to love about an applique sampler?

 I actually like this setting better than the one above. See more details at Karen's blog HERE. The price on Amazon is ridiculous, but if you have it on your shelf already, we'd love to have you join us. It is possible to find it on ebay as well.

I am working on a project that I can't share about and was hoping to get my Stars in a Time Warp done for this post, but was sidetracked with other matters yesterday.
Here's my Instagram feed from this week. The latest post is the upper left.... My mom is sick again and fell in her bathroom- thankfully not seriously hurt. You can see she was smiling in the photo but every time she is sick, she gets weaker physically and mentally. 

I purchased this pattern from Norma at Timeless Traditions recently and have decided I will not make it. The pieces are so much larger than I anticipated. I had a plan to do it in wool, but changed my mind. You can read details about the pattern HERE
If you'd like to win it, leave a comment telling me that and I'll draw a name Sunday evening.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Doll Quilt

I couldn't be more pleased with the little quilt I received from Pam Leonard in South Carolina!! 

Look at the awesome cheddar and red.  It hangs by three other little quilts on a prominent wall in my living room.  (I downloaded this on my phone and the color is not right in this photo)
It came wrapped in this lovely fabric. I wish I would have done that when I sent my quilt.

Part of the quilt and a better look at that awesome red. Thank you Pam! 

Here it was hanging out before I washed it. (With color catchers)

I've been getting many emails with photos of the quilts you've been receiving. I love it!  We will be having a linky party in June. If you have a blog , feel free to post a photo of the quilt you received- you will be able to link back to it. 
Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

In Honor

Memorial Day, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Thank you to all who have sacrificed their life for my country and my freedom.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Stars and Samplers

I want to say first that I hope everyone is nearing the completion of the doll quilt they are making. I know many have been sent and received! They are fantastic. Be sure to let me know if you receive a quilt that is not up to snuff or rules were not followed. I want to know.

I'm almost at the end of my sampler blocks. Won't you be thrilled!? Most of the blocks I am showing today replace ones in Anita's sampler.

Wonky house

Applique to replace the sunburst

More animals to go with the others. I still need to stitch a few details and the words.

I'm using this instead of the periwinkle block. Unfortunately this block does not have a seam allowance!

 Serpentine strips for Stars in a Time Warp. The brown one I consider an ombre, but it's got a diagonal stripe.
Here's what was on my Instagram feed this week!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Quilts and Friendships

If you all have been quilting long you will soon realize quilting isn't only about quilts. It's about the friendships. That hit me afresh while I was doing my trunk show, "Quilting through the Seasons"

So many of the quilts I showed had a connection with my long time friend (and machine quilter- that came later) I thought I'd do a post about our friendship.
We met online through a group called Interquilt in 1997. That was the olden days of mirc chatrooms and online lists. We chatted online, we chatted on the phone and then Interquilt was doing a live get together and I was going! Kathy and her husband picked me up at the airport and that was the start of a long and quilty friendship.
 I attended her quilt group and they did an impromptu show and tell for me. 
Kathy was hand quilting this pickle dish with 1/4" lines!

 Then she made her first trip "out west" to the Sisters show. We did a class, appropriately called, "To Sisters Through Ohio"
To Sisters through Ohio

We've done some amazing road trips!

Pretended we were on the commercial for Rice- A Roni!
And made more quilts together:
Mystery Quilt class at Sisters Quilt Show

Road to Paducah (my first trip to Kentucky) 

Trip Around the World. We actually made this at my home when she came out for the Sisters Show one year. It was so hot and we were getting so giddy and Kat kept sewing the pieces wrong. Finally I told her she was a shitty piecer! She never let me forget I said that! Of course, you all saw the pickle dish quilt, right? Nuff said about that!

Road to CA- three of us got together and swapped parts.

When I met Kathy she was working in a paint plant. She disliked her job so several years later she jumped in with both feet, quit her job, bought a long arm and started her own business. That was about the time Bonnie H stopped quilting for others and it was a smooth transition to Kathy. She is my primary quilter these days when I have to send quilts out. 

 She guided me with the trapunto on this quilt showing me the Hari Walner way. Then she quilted it. She liked it so much we swapped a quilt top that I made for quilting one of my quilts.
This is the one I made her
Obviously I needed to add one more border. I made this ocean waves as a swap for quilting too.
January 2013 was my last trip to see Kathy and as you can see the weather wasn't favorable for traveling far, so we sewed a lot. 

She has had knee replacement and is on the mend. I'm hoping she'll be up for another road trip soon! I think we are overdue. Wow! 18 years has flown by!



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