Gosh, it really doesn't feel like 2and a half years since I last wrote here. Great to be back and seeing all the inspiring quilts from you all. Quilters really are the most artistic and innovative people I know. I'm going to spend the next half hour happily browsing through all your lovely galleries. Yippee!!
Looking forward to meeting a group of quilters from the States who are here in Ireland on tour. A group of us, from The Irish Patchwork Society Western Branch are going to meet them at beautuful Glenlo Abbey tomorrow afternoon for tea nad scones. Can't wait.. I love meeting quilters from other countries and sharing quilting experiences
thank you, Agnes (that's my confirmation name!) My jacob's ladder is my daughter's and there are so many mistakes in it - thank goodness quilting takes you eye off of them, ha! I have gotten better about 1/4 in. seams. What fun to live in Ireland - I haven't even been out of the US, just about everyone in my family has, but not to Ireland.
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 !!!
Agnes--great to hear from you ! Thanks for the birthday wishes. I enjoyed your pictures--is that your little girl?? Precious! Your group looks like so much fun going on there. Aren't we blessed? I especially liked the starry quilt--although they were all beautiful. Talk to you later, Leather Needle Debbie
Agnes, good to hear from you. The school year is winding down here. Just about 4 wks left. I'm getting the binding sewn down on the second graduation quilt. I enjoy doing that and will be glad to see that project come to an end. I have a couple of quilts that I'd like to get sandwiched and basted in order to hand quilt.
Yesterday and today were cattle working days. Our son stayed home from school yesterday to help. The rounded up the yearlings and then sorted them by steer & heifer. The heifers were vaccinated. Today he saddled up as soon as he got home from school and they moved the steers a couple of miles to summer grass. It didn't take long and they had no problems. It was a great couple of days, weather-wise, to work cattle. My husband checked the fences this morning and for the part of the afternoon before our son got home from school. My dad (75 yrs old) still rides and likes to help with the livestock work.
I am scheduled for a badly needed haircut in the morning. The lawn needed mown today, so I feel pretty gritty and dirty. It is good exercise, though. The walking and pushing is good for me.
Our daughter in college is headed to London & Edinburgh with the college for a "study abroad" program for 2 wks in May. She is pretty excited, but a little apprehensive, too. She's hardly been anywhere - even here in the states! This will really stretch her. Wish she could detour to Ireland.
I enjoyed hearing about your little guy and the fabric basket. My niece (12 years old) likes to sort through my scraps and IRON them. She loves to iron fabric. Too funny. After she visits (and before I start pawing through them again) I have the most well-pressed fabric bits around.
Thank you for your welcome. I've added some photo's. Your quilts are beautiful! Now I am working on a play quilt for my youngest daughter, Nina. She is born with a brain injury and when it's finished, she can play outside.
Have a nice day.
Agnes, Your quilts are beautiful! I am still trying to get used to the fact that the quilt was let go for $55. I laughed when I read your comment that some people deserve quilts and other fruit baskets, so true! In the right circumstance I would donate a much smaller quilt, but it probably will not be soon. Have a great day!
Wholecloth quilt: Thanks, Agnes. It was fun and relaxing to do, but it did take me 4 years to complete. I probably could have finished it sooner than that, but I mainly worked on it during the winter months and for 2 of those winters, my husband gave the 2 main rooms of the house a "face-lift" and I needed to put away the quilt because of the dust. It is a preprinted wholecloth, so I can't take credit for the design. You can find this one and others at www.quiltingstencils.com or find wholecloth stencils to design your own at www.mandldesigns.com. There are pillow tops and baby quilts there as well.
It looks like your group has fun when you get together. Your quilts are beautiful. My daughter is very interested in Ireland. She's 18 and graduating from high school this spring. She would love to visit. Is it hard to get around the country? She has seen movies and has fallen in love with the landscape.
Hi Agnes, Glad to hear that quilting is going well in Ireland. My mother was from Sligo and I have first cousins there and In Dublin and Donegal. I visit them all very often. I love Ireland. I really like your quilts. It's cold and rainy here in New York City. Has spring come to your area yet? Have a great weekend!
Great pictures! Enjoyed the photo of your quilt group. What fun!
We had snow the first part of this week with more supposed to be coming today and tomorrow. I finished up a hand applique quilt block while sitting in the hospital with my mother on Tuesday. (She is fine -just needed a stress test for her heart, but checked out okay). The graduation quilt is coming along, albeit slowly, but I hope to work on it today.
Have a great day!
Hi, Agnes. Thanks for your kind words. I wish I could find all the other quilt photos I've taken! I adopted Molly Bloom and my friend adopted her litter mate. A former English teacher, I tend to name my pets after favorite literary characters. I loved Molly Bloom's independence. My friend named her cat Blazes Boylan, though that was a bit incestuous, lol. Pittypat is named for Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind. I'm just getting around to looking at everyone's photos. I'm going to view yours right now.
Thanks for the St. Patrick's Day greeting. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but I had Chemotherapy and wasn't feeling well for a few days. It sounds like you had a fun time with the family. I hope all is well on your side of the world, here in Michigan, we are hoping sometime soon we will have spring but, you never know we could have a snowstorm instead!
I wanted to tell you, your quilts are quite lovely, you have a good eye for colors. Hope to see more of your quilts.
I found a web address for ALL kinds of mats! Here it is: www:cutting-mats.net
I was amazed with all the variety.
Great weather today, 44 degrees bright sun but lots of wind. Can't wait for spring to get my container garden going again.
I bought the book, Baby Love from Connecting Threads. My co-worker is six months pregnant. I didn't realize she was so far along. So I have got to get a go on and get this quilt started.
Happy Quilting, Dyan Stoutenburg