Friday, December 25, 2009
The best part of the day was watching the girls open their presents. Avery can read her name on the tags, so she delighted in finding the ones for her. Addison ripped away on the paper. Both of them rewarded us with smiles and gasps of surprise when they saw their new toys. Then we got to play with all of them!
I received a gift certificate to a quilt shop and a bundle of fat quarters selected by Avery. It was a great day!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
I'm baaaaack! Poor neglected blog! I recently returned from a weekend trip to Dallas, where it was mentioned that my blog was severly neglected, so I will try to do better. At least I know a few people were reading it! (You like me, you really, really like me! Apologies to Sally Field.)
I had a marvelous time on my adventure to Dallas. Of course, it was made much easier by my hostess, Debi, who graciously chauffeured me all over the area and allowed me to stay in her beautiful home. Many thanks to Debi for a wonderful weekend and also to her husband, Kit, and her sweet dogs who accepted me immediately. (And thanks to that nice guy who got my carryon into the overhead compartment for the trip home. It was heavy!)
While in the Dallas area, I got to visit four quilt shops and attend the Christmas party of the DFW Gang, whose members all met on the quilting forum I frequent. It was great fun! As a huge surprise, Debi arranged for a visit from my favorite pattern designer, Sindy Rodenmayer of Fat Cat Patterns. She is such a sweet, modest person, and it was such a pleasure to have several hours to get to know her while also visiting with my online buddies.
Since returning home, I have turned over three new quilts to Project Linus: Dinos, Hound Dogs, and Bright Barnraising. I'm also working on a pattern from Sindy's site, "Silly Zoo", as well as two of the BOM series that she shares on her website.
The building of the room addition to our home is in full swing. This is a suite for my DMIL, who will be moving here from Tulsa. I'll post some pictures soon. Today they are constructing the walls, reminding me of a barnraising, although we only have three guys working, not the dozens that help with an Amish barn!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Usually in the summer I make tops and save them for quilting in cooler months. This year I've been quilting and finishing lots of things.
The quilts are for donation to Project Linus, and the tote bag is for my sister.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Meanwhile, there is fabric to be used in the Wonderstash, and some of the bins aren't as full as they used to be. The bin of fish fabrics went down a little bit for this quilt, "Kitty Goes Fishing". I don't think you can tell from this pic, but the border shows cats gazing longingly at goldfish in their bowls, as well as a few fish bones! I like the way this one turned out. I actually got to meet the girl who received it on a day when I was volunteering at the hospital. She loves animals, especially cats, and wants to be a vet.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I've delivered a couple of Project Linus quilts to the hospital. The animal patterns on the left are from a book called "Polka-Dot Kids' Quilts". I enlarged them to 200% on a copier. The fish patterns are on Fat Cat Patterns.
My best days have been spent with my darling granddaughters, Avery and Addison. Avery is three now and is such a helper. I always try to have a simple cooking project set up when she is coming over. Saturday she helped me make Rice Krispy Treats--and then wouldn't taste them! (It looks like she may be a picky eater like my son, although I would never mention it.) She is a little parrot now and would tell anyone who would listen that she is a picky eater! Addison is ten months old now and just a darling little cherub. She isn't sure if she likes me, though. She much prefers her Papa Bear (Grandpa)! Of course, we know this could change at any minute.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Since this quilt has been finished, I have done almost nothing but hand applique! I definitely won't be machine piecing any stars for awhile.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
that the Star Struck quilt for my nephew, Karl, (mentioned in my previous post) is finished and ready to deliver next Sunday. I'll post a picture soon. Fortunately, my hands are recovering from the breakneck pace I set for quilting it.
The bad news is that I forgot I had a blog! I was reading a friend's blog and noticed a link to my blog that said I hadn't posted on it for four weeks! You know what I was doing, though.
As breaks from the hand quilting, I made the first two blocks from Sindy Rodenmayer's new BOM series, "Baltimore Bliss". You can find them at www.fatcatpatterns.com
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The pattern is called "Star Struck" by Bonnie Hunter. Bonnie's patterns really help you use up scraps. I kept the gold and ivory fabrics consistent in all of the small quarter square triangles, but the quilt could be done completely scrappy. I was inspired to use this pattern when I saw Val's version on our quilting forum. She used Christmas reds and greens, and I'm sure it'll become an heirloom in her family.
Karl is a great young man. He's a junior in college right now in Fulton, Missouri. He and his parents moved up here from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and it is really great to see more of him now. I pumped him for color preferences at Christmas!
From now until April 11 I will be hand quilting this quilt! I haven't made a queen-sized quilt for a long time, so it's quite a change for me.
And now an invitation...
A very sweet friend of mine, Kimberly, has started a new quilting forum on Delphi, The Quilting Bee. I already know a lot of the quilters there and have even met some of them in person. They are good people! However, we welcome new members with open arms and look forward to what we can share with them and learn from them. Click on the logo at the right to join us!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is my second quilt with these applique patterns. The first was ready to donate when my first granddaughter went into that very hospital with RSV two years ago. Of course, I took it to her since she was crazy about "Mo-mo" (Elmo). She still sleeps with it.
I didn't have to buy these patterns. I found them as coloring pages on free internet sites. The pages take some time to search, but they are great pattern sources.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I always seem to do this--start three or four projects at one time and finish them all within a couple of weeks of each other! It's wacky but it works for me.
How do you handle your quilt projects--One at a time or several in progress at once?
Friday, January 9, 2009
For me, getting back to normal means more time to quilt and start new projects. I've finished two more quilts for Project Linus--my second time to make the "Doggy Days" pattern and my fourth version of the "Wicked Easy" pattern. They went to the hospital with me today to do their good work. They said the Pediatric rooms are full--lots of cases of pneumonia and RSV. Poor babies.