This has been one of those days when I think I should have just stayed in bed. About 10 days ago we decided to buy a 2017 Kia Sportage. It is candy apple red so pretty easy to see right?! Well my husband was sitting in a valet line at University Hospital in Columbia MO waiting to have them park it as the garage was full. I had to be there for a CT scan on my heart this morning. This man driving a shuttle bus for a local retirement home decides he can't wait for Larry to be able to move…Continue
I finished the binding on a 39" square wallhanging this afternoon comprised of Christmas blocks from a swap that Amanda Best hosted with the Piece Around the World group. I am bound & determined to quilt as many of my tops as I can before the end of the year.…Continue
I can't remember if it will be 2 yrs or 3 in Sept that I took a class from Bonnie Hunter, but I finally finished piecing the top that I started in that workshop. It is called Bricks in the Barnyard from her Scraps & Shirttails II book. Her version has a braided border, but I decided to do a piano key border…Continue
This is a quilt that is made up of blocks I received several years ago in a swap. I finally had it quilted a few months ago, but put off doing the binding because it is very heavy. Once I finally decided to just get with it, I discovered that it wasn't bad at all to do. …Continue
I really enjoy doing wool applique'. Wish it wasn't so darned expensive, but I just tell myself I'm worth it. I started making this on April 26th at a meeting of like minded quilters and finished it about 10 days later. I decided to have it framed at my local Michael's store and they did a fabulous job. Right now it is leaning up against the wall in my office as I want to take it to show it off to my friends who belong to the same little group when we meet next week. This is from the…Continue
I have been collecting purse & bag patterns for many years. Yesterday I finally decided to get them out & see which one caught my fancy to make. I'm going to make a small coin purse/accessory type bag to go with it soon.…Continue
If you ask my husband, he will tell you that I consider every day to be quilting day, but this is the official National Quilting Day. I went on a road trip with 3 friends to Warsaw, MO, which is a small town north of Springfield where we visited 3 stores where we all made sure to support the local economy. Then we went to this bar-b-que restaurant that has probably been there since the 1940's. Had wonderful food! All in all a fabulous way to spend a sunny Saturday in March.
A few years ago I hosted a swap with the Machine Embroidery Buddies group & chose owls as the theme. Eight of us participated so I ended up making 2 blocks in order to have enough for a wallhanging. I made the block that is the center of the 1st row and the block of the owl wearing overalls in the bottom row. After all if you live in farm country in Missouri, you need an owl that wears overalls right?! It will hang in my newly repainted office once I get a new curtain rod to hang it…Continue
I have not been to this show since the year 2000, but after seeing these pics, I sure wish I could have gone this year! Wow, these are some gorgeous quilts. I do have to say that my favorites are the whole cloth quilts though.
Barbara posted an interesting blog post the other day that has really hit home for me.
I expressed concern about the quilting community when the price of quilt shop quality fabric jumped from about $8.00 per yard to $10.00 a few years ago. Now it averages about $12.00 per yard. The cost of a spool of 100% cotton thread…Continue
I wanted to take a minute & wish everyone a very happy and safe 2017. This past year has had its challenges for many of us, but to be honest, that is life. It ebbs and it flows. I managed to reach my goal of getting the vast majority of my unquilted tops quilted, bound and labeled along with some projects I started & finished this year so I'm grateful to have been able to do that. My goal for next year is to get out a project I started piecing or appliquing, but never finished…Continue
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Ours is going to be kind of quiet this year. I hope to be able to spend quite a bit of time in my sewing room. We have gone from below zero temps to predicted temps of 65 on Christmas Day. More like spring weather than winter! But I'm sure it will get freezing cold again soon.
I want to wish all of my American friends a very happy & safe Thanksgiving.
My friend Dawn Heese with Linen Closet Designs has started designing cute little projects that resemble shopping tags. I bought this one & another one that looks like a bouquet of tulips from her at a quilt show a couple of weeks ago. I just really felt the urge to get this one done. It is about 14" x 22" and doesn't require any quilting as it is fused to the backing. I have it hanging on the wall in my kitchen right now, but this pic shows it laying on my sewing room floor. These…Continue
I hope that none of our QWU members are experiencing problems due to the severe hurricane that is hitting the east coast. If you are, here is sending positive thoughts your way that you don't sustain any injuries or damage to your property. I can't get over how some people refuse to evacuate when there is a storm of this severity heading their way. At least with a hurricane you have enough time to get to safety. That is not always the case with a tornado.
My husband had a dr's appointment at the VA Hospital in Columbia MO today. On our way out to the parking lot, we started talking to 2 employees who were also leaving. One of them was wearing a t-shirt that had the best phrase on the back & it fits so many people today.
"The results of your IQ test came back negative".
There are so many people I would have to give one of those to. …Continue
As some of you know, my daughter & her 2 boys live with us. The boys are 15 & just shy of 17. I swear the 17 yr old is an accident looking for a place to happen. He is the one who broke his right ankle on Super Bowl Sunday while playing ball with his dad & his brother. Now today he decided the genius thing to do was ride in the back of his friend's pickup. Needless to say, his friend was going too fast around a curve on a gravel road & Mike was flung out. The 3 other kids…Continue
Sadly, I didn't win any of the prizes, but I enjoyed making this tablerunner anyway. I very much appreciate the votes that all of you gave to me.
A couple of weeks ago I uploaded a pic of a tablerunner I entered in to a contest sponsored by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy fame. The voting starts today & goes through Sunday. I sure would appreciate all of you taking a minute to go to www.NancyZieman.com/blog and voting for my entry. I believe it was entry #43. Winners will be announced on the 20th so I will let you all know if I won a prize. Here is a pic of it:…Continue
I saw a message on Facebook the other day that Nancy Zieman (Sewing with Nancy) was sponsoring a contest based on tablerunners that remind you of fall. I have lots of fall fabrics so I decided to whip one up and enter it. I believe the voting starts on the 13th & winners will be announced on the 20th. The blocks are machine embroidered designs from Molly Mine.…Continue