widow: 3 children and 5 grandchildren
quilter since 1974; seamstress for 56 years; favor applique
originally from Nebraska; grandmother was a quilter
now combining applique and piecing
trying new techniques for piecing
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, hand quilting, machine quilting, embroidery, general sewing, gardening, garment sewing
My pets are awesome!
Cats: Munchkin, Watson, Millie and her kits-Abbadon, Xena and Tweezy
Hi Ellen, sorry I have taken some time to answer your last message, it is half term here, and we have had our granddaughters to stay with us, they left this morning , so I now have some time for myself again.
Where you live sounds lovely, we are on the country side only 30 miles from Manchester,our house is quite old as it is now it was built in 1830, part of the house is 1500 I believe , it was the turnpike. We do not have any deters coming (we have a wall garden) it really sound idyllic were you are.
What are you working on now and what are you reading? I have just finished another jumper for Jack and tonight I will start a cardigan for Max went out with our daughter and children today and bought wool an another pattern book, we went to a quilt shop it was such a shame they didn't have any thing that said take me home and the staff was very unfriendly , never mind it was a nice drive.
Must go dinner is in the oven and smell like is ready, talk with you again later
our children were not with us, they are both married, Dubai was our last post and just left a month ago.
I also have lots of UFO .... maybe they will all be finish one day who knows.
when living in Dubai I was able for the first time ever to join a Quilting Guild, love every minute of it and became part of the committee I was the person that organized the workshop we had every month, learn a lot from it, we were also very lucky to have international teachers coming to teach.before that i had taught myself to quilt with books, we were living in Nigeria and there was no other quilters.
Once i have access to my sewing things i will send you some pictures of quilts i have made , i love applique,until them i had only done needle turn while in Dubai i was shown how to do machine applique, i have done one quilt using this method ,it looks good but i still prefer hand applique.
not much more to tell you just now, I love gardens but I am not much of a gardener, maybe now that we are home, hope for good, I will get in to it.
I am going to go on google and look at where you live.
have a lovely day and hope to talk with you again soo n
It is lovely to hear from you and I to look forward to getting to know you.
Home is the Rossendale Valley in England, we have only just come back to live here, my husbands work (Tim) has taken us to many countries in the world, we have not been at home for 16 years only visiting occasionally , our last posting was Dubai we were there for 5 years, I made some lovely friends and learn a lot about quilting.
We have 4 Grandchildren from 5 to 11 years , so ours are a little bit younger than yours.
I love all kind of crafts and I have tried several,lace making, embroidery, quilting and knitting this I learn at a very youn age my Grandmother taught me.
Right now I can only knit so our Grandson in Canada ,Jack, will have quite a few jumpers and cardigans, we will visiting them for Christmas, he is our son's child.
All my sewing things are still in storage, have to wait until we get my sewing room ready.
Hope that we will continue to chat this way, it is really nice.
Glad you got the patterns you needed for Dream Garden. I was worried whether you would be able to download the first one since the month is past. Some sites charge after the first month. Can't wait to see what you decide on for your background fabric. I don't think I'll be making mine anytime soon, so it will be nice to see how you and Amanda progress on your quilts.
Thanks for your kind comments on my quilts, Ellen! I do buy a lot of fabric as fat quarters, fat eighths or even "snippets" (10" squares). These days I'm trying to "shop" in my stash and only buy what I need to finish a quilt. Usually that means the larger yardage needed for backgrounds and borders. It's great that you use sewing scraps in your quilts. It's too bad that so many clothing fabrics nowadays aren't really suitable for quilts. I have one scrap quilt that my great-grandmother pieced and my mother can point out patches from her pajamas, school dresses, etc. Somehow the stretch fabrics my DDs wear aren't making it into quilts!
Hello Ellen... I am really liking the QD poly batting. I am about a third done on the top that I am quilting now. I even had my LQS order another QD poly in the select loft and one in the request loft. Once I am finished with the top I am working on now, I plan to try the request poly batting. Thank you again for your help in answering my questions concerning the QD poly batting. Bonnie
Hello Ellen...Hope this finds you well and still liking your QD poly.Just wanted to let you know that I have my QD poly select basted. Will let you know how I like it. Everything about it so far is a plus, so I just hope it needles good.