I love quilting and have been quilting for about 13 years. During the summers I can't find the time because I'm so busy with the yard, garden, and animals, but in the winter's I'm a quilting maniac. I prefer the smaller blocks from 6-9 inches and quite often make up my own, usually inspired by seeing a block and changing it to my own design. I also love photography, doing geneaology as I am Registrar to our local chapter of Daughter's of the American Republic.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting, general sewing, knitting, gardening, other
My pets are awesome!
My long-haired Jack Russel Missy, one fat cat named Izzy, who turned out to be a male, and 6 hens and Elvis, the rooster.
The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
Hi Jolene; I forgot you went on your hiking trip. Sounds like you had a whole lot of fun and seen allot of animals. That would be so cool. Thanks for the comments on the horse items. I had been thinking what to do with the fabric and then it came to me. My placemats and tablerunners are going to the fair and the quilts I have made this past year. I enjoy showing them even though I am not a perfect quilter. I just like to see them at the fairs really. Always wanted to show something at the fair and never got to. Always thought it was for the upper class people. What you don't think???? Your mind just goes one way. Anyway I will look forward to seeing your pics of your trip. Cannot wait. Yes my garden is doing great, got radishes and onions out of the garden and the tomatoes are blooming and got tomatoes on them already. The peppers are not doing so hot. The corn and greenbeans are growing, we had to plant a second time, I told my daughter in law next year we will wait unitl May 15th and plant them, then the ground will be warm enough for them. I think that is what the problem was. Potatoes are blooming now and got them all hilled up. Should have a nice crop of them this year. Hope so they are so high at the stores. I know what you are saying about summer, I am quilting but not like I do in the winter. Gardening and flower gardens and the horses take up most of my summer along with the ball games. We are finished for the ball games now my grandson won his first tournament game today and then they lost by 2 the second game and got second place. They got the big troph for the most games won on there league and then the second place trophy. They have did good all year and should be proud of themselves, but you know kids how bummed they get when they lose. The season is over now grandma can stay home and do something else. How I will miss going and seeing him play. It has been so hot here, 80 and 90 and the humidity is terriable. Have not rode the horses cause it is way to hot. or it is raining. We got hay down and got wet yesterday. Oh well that is the way it goes. Well Jolene have a nice weekend and take care of yourself. We will talk again soon.
Hello Jolene; Long time no talkie. I have been busy with grandson ballgames and doing this and that. The weather here has been hot hot hot, stormed today several places here in Iowa. We just got rain and a little wind. That was it and then the sun came out and baked us some more. How is your weather in Oregon? I hope its better then here. Boy we have had 80 and 90 degree weather and the humidity you can cut it with a knife. We have hay down and thats probable why it rained today. Did this to us last year to when the hay was down. I just hate it, cause the longer it lays and the more rain it gets on it the tougher the hay gets. It grows so good and then the weather is unperdictable. So have you been quilting on your frame? I don't have nothing on it right now, but soon I will be having my Iowa State Fair quilt on there and finishing it up. I decided I would enter one this year again. Maybe this time I will get something with my quilt. Even if I don't that is alright I just like showing them. I got my county fair stuff all ready to go so when its time I just grab and go. Next month is the county fairs so I will be really busy with that and my son's derby at the fairs too, so its almost a every weekend event till the first of August. That's alright keep this mom out of trouble. Well Jolene I hope this finds you good and enjoying your frame. You take care and I will talk to you later. Happy Quilting
Hi Jolene, hope your weather is doing well. We have our garden in and everything looks good so far. It was 87 here today but we had a freak weather condition come through two weeks back and we were 100. Normall, we do not have heat that hot until August.
Thanks Jolene.. my favorite so far is the 1st one as well... I'm not sure how I'll top that one... I had such a great time designing it... I have the design almost complete for the 4th block... got a couple of issues to iron out yet! LOL!
Hi Jolene; You have a wonderful trip, sounds like something I would like to do. Cannot wait until my mom and dad go camping this summer, going to load up the horses and take them trail riding.
I baked my strawberry/rhubarb pie today. Infact I baked 3 of them. One is for my son Alvan who is waiting on it and the little one is for my neighbors, he lost his wife here a few years back and his daughter is living with him. I always treat them to some little thing now and then.
Got my nephew's quilt on the frame and put the machine on today. So this afternoon I will be working on it. My other quilt I am getting ready to put the borders on now that I know what I want. My Mystery Quilt was a flub, The wider border gave me so much trouble that I ended up cutting it off except for about 2 inches and binded it and I guess I will just use it on my bed. Its pretty but I took the pic off my page cause it don't look like that no more. Things happen. I plan to make another mystery quilt and do the borders a little bit differently. When I cut the fabric long ways, I always have trouble with them when I go to quilt them. so I must be doing something wrong. Live and Learn.
I had a chance to do a King size quilt but as you will find out, that is to big for our frames. My sister had someone that wanted one quilted. I had to pass cause its way to big for me. I wish now I would of gotten the king extention for my frame when I bought it. Oh well that is the way it goes.
You have a great time Jolene and will be anxious to hear from you when you get back. Be careful and enjoy yourself.
Re: your comment on my quilt - Thanks. Jolenetoo it is called Inner City and it really makes it pop if you place the right tones light/med light /dark also it is done on the machine. I would say it is probably a intermediate. I was glad to finish it!! I like the black as I felt it really made it stand out. Others did different boarders in other colours but I thought the black really made it sing! I have the paper on it if interested I could try and scan it so please let me know if you would like it and I could email it to you. Have fun quilting.
Thanks.. I just got tired of seeing T-shirt quilts that had the T-shirts squared and sashed... I could see sooooo much more in them! I love doing it... It takes me a lot more time doing them this way, but I think the final result is worth it. Then I wonder why I don't make any money at making my quilts!! That one block took me 6 hours to design... had to create my own paper piecing designs for the triangles at the sides due to the fact that the triangles were an odd angle to stay square with the point on the T-shirt. I really enjoy it though..
The quilt that you liked is actually a wall hanging. It is paper-pieced and was not too difficult, you do it block by block. When assembled, it looks like it is curved, but it really wasn't. The name of the book is "Easy Machine Paper Piecing" by Carol Doak. That Patchwork Place is the publisher. I bought it several years ago - think it is dated 1994. It was one of the first paper pieced patterns I worked with and I enjoyed it. The finished size is 33 x 33.
Yes, the little girl in the photo with me is one of my granddaughters. I was attending Grandparents Day at her school, we had breakfast and then I got to listen to her class play their recorders!!! I loved being there, but the music wasn't the best in the world!!! I remember when our girls brought home their recorders to play - not the most musical instrument made. When I was their age I played a Tonette, and I'm sure it wasn't even as good as the recorders!!!