Took the grandsons to the fair yesterday...what fun! They are 4 and 7 and at a great age to go. Took them into the animal barns. They were asking questions that only city kids would ask! Had everyone within earshot in tears! We sampled food that no one should ever think of making...chicken patty between glazed donuts deep fried! We shared one...one bite was enough! They had an exhibit on a calf being born...they were so quiet and cheered when it was over! Some adults need to duck tape their…Continue
In anticipation of our first grandbaby in early December, this is my latest baby-craze project. I've also made flannel burp cloths and have other plans in the works.
I pieced the little "football" (for lack of better term) units by machine, stuffed and stitched closed by hand. Stitched the units together by hand. Fun, relaxing, quick project. The only challenge was setting together the last set of 3. When the instructions (free on the internet) say to not overstuff the units or…Continue
Lynne sent me a donation. She told me one was an ugly quilt.... but I sure don't see it. All I see is her generosity to Iowa Comfort.
I'm curious about using silicone spray to make the work surface slicker when machine quilting--has anyone used it? Did you notice much difference. I'm a beginner machine quilter and am fighting with the "lump" that is not under the needle. The lump is currently winning.
I am determined to conquer this.
Hand quilting may be slow but it took me two hours to unquilt the mess I made in ten minutes so I'm not sure I'm saving time yet.
Made the tablerunner and matching placemats for my DD; her DH likes coffee and she likes coffee and wine. So I made them reversible in a quilt-as-you-go technique; one side is coffee and the other is wine.
Since I have nothing else going on (LOL), I decided to get on to Ancestry.com and start to research my family history. My sister had started doing this, but she is dyslexic which caused her a lot of frustration due to the hard to read handwriting and misspelled names. Anyway, I'm hoping someone can answer a question for me. Is the name Klaas the equivalent of the name Charles? My great grandfather on my dad's side was named Charles in most of the info I have found, but I also found a…Continue
Below are pillowcases I made for my sisters and their sig others at family reunion
First are Karen the bird lover and George the pheasant hunter.
Next are Marsha the artist and Ted the hunter
As you can see our family has grown since the 4th of July. Sewing has been out of the question. I sleep when they nap!! …Continue
Today, I'm packing my little Janome Gem Platinum and a sizeable amount of other stuff to go with it, including some clothes for slightly cooler weather, and chocolate, to leave Thursday for another quilting retreat. This time it is some 6 hours away, over the coastal mountains, to Crescent City, a small city located on the coast just south of the Oregon state line. Some of you may remember that this is the California city that was inundated by a tsunami from the 1964 Alaska…Continue
Boris the duck from Blue’s Clues finally done…the paper pieced marvel…alright perhaps not marvel but I’m always a bit excited when I actually accomplish something! He was all echo quilted by hand while kinda watching a few movies and a couple seasons of the X-files much to Jim’s chagrin! Boris is a free pattern:…Continue
Can't say I completely finished the first 66 flying geese - pink and white, just need to finish pressing and then trim to size. Started on the second set of 66 - blue and white. Using the flying geese ruler has been a good choice for me. The pattern called for 2 triangles for each geese and I don't like sewing triangles maybe because of the bias stretch. Anyway, after cutting the second set, I sat at the table to draw lines and pin while watching Wheel of Fortune and now American Ninja…Continue
What an exciting day it was. I had the awesome opportunity to meet up with Jennie and Roz from New York as they passed through Seattle on their way to catch the Quilt Cruise to Alaska this past weekend. They arrived in Seattle Friday afternoon and I met up with them at their hotel in Seattle. We shared a wonderful four hours together. We sat and visited, had a little show n' tell as I brought my latest Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt along. We had been making them from 'Quiltmaker' magazine via…Continue
Here is a pic of a quilt that will be donated to the cancer center affiliated with the hospital in Marshall Missouri.
I was looking for a project that was portable and could be done in my lap while watching Karate and cheerleading practices. I also wanted something that didn’t require…
As always after a trip, there's lots of laundry and cleaning to do. I managed to make some progress on my appliqué project, though.
Yesterday I received a phone call asking me if I would agree to be the quilt show chairman for my guild for next year's show. After a lot of soul searching I really knew in my heart that I had to say no. I am already the 2014 program chairman, which is no big deal as the majority of that "work" is already completed, but I also want to have the time to finally make some of the more labor intensive quilts I keep putting off starting. While this does not entail full time hours, it is still…Continue
All right I confess I am addicted to quilting and all things quilty. I love fabric, I love the way it feels as it slips under my fingers.I love thread the way it plays against the fabric.I love looking for my next project in the quilting magazines that are teetering next to all the quilt books . Now that I've confessed I feel better but should I be seeking out a 12 step program ?
I had planned a month in ND this summer but ended up being 6 weeks. I hadn't planned to go home for my Mom's funeral. She is in a better place now, free of pain. I flew to ND "Space available" ha ha, I had no problem getting to Philadelphia but then I was stuck over night there. Early the next morning I got on a fllight to Minn. I was getting closer to ND. But the train didn't leave for Minot, ND until 11 pm. I was cutting it close to get home for the funeral. I arrived in Minot just in…Continue
This is not quilting related, but I wanted to share some exciting news! My oldest son, Cory officially graduated today from OSU! He had his final final in physics this morning.....he is done!
This is a picture of him and his lovely bride, last summer at their wedding. I am so proud of him, he persevered through some tough times and made it!!…Continue
I just realized that it's been too long since I've posted. My new puppy Hershel is now 18 months old and weighs 78 pounds. Ha!
I took 2 Judy Niemeyer classes this year and have yet to finish the quilt tops. I'm working on a Crabapple Quilts "Trim the Tree" as a present for my daughter. I'm still not done quilting my "Fanciful Flowers" quilt and my new grandson's memory quilt is still not finished and he is geting ready to turn 3.
And I thought retirement was going to be stress…Continue