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At 4:45pm on January 9, 2015, Billie Blakeney said…
Happy New Year 2015
At 11:49pm on February 21, 2014, Marianne said…

Well done and congratulations on the ribbons at the various shows.  Now you r retired, life just gets busier and busier, one wonders how did I ever have time to work and everything else, it's now time to enjoy.  Your photo is interesting, what is growing in the field you r in

At 7:17pm on May 25, 2013, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Thanks, Billie.  It's hard to believe the wedding was already a year ago.  It was a simple wedding, but you're right, it was beautiful.  She's going to be a momma in December.  

At 6:02am on March 6, 2013, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Good morning, Billie!  Thank you so much for your kind comments on the DWR.  Everyone has blessed me with their encouragement and shared excitement for this project.  Seems like I learn something new with each quilt.  Thanks again.  You blessed me with your kindness.  

At 6:33pm on February 27, 2013, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Don't feel like you opened a can of worms.  I'm semi-picky - meaning I am not going back to re-do the one or two I did before I considered mitering, but I think I'll be happier if I buckle down and miter the corners.  (I knew I should be doing it, but was being lazy.)  The mitered corners really do lay better - no rippling of the border.  It looks nicer, too.  I think I'll be happier if I take the time and just get it figured out.  I'm not shooting for perfect, though.  :)

At 7:08pm on February 26, 2013, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

I'm having a hard time mitering the inner corners.  I would like them crisp and mitered, but may just have to live with what I'm doing.  I have looked up some tutorials on the internet, but still haven't quite gotten it figured out, since the miter is so slight.   Did the judges tell you how it should be done?

It will never be judged (I hope) and my daughter only cares that it was made with love and prayers.  

At 6:48am on June 5, 2012, Bethany/from CT said…

After scrolling through your pics, the fair looked like fun, your trip to Hungary, AMAZING!!!  And your work is phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Beautiful works of art!

At 6:34am on June 5, 2012, Bethany/from CT said…

Billie!!! I had to stop by and check out your page but also to say a HUGE thank you!! You recommended the Wing Clipper for me to help with my "goose" issue.  I not only found it locally, the shop it was in was lovely and I never knew it existed!!  I came home to use it and my geese are almost perfect!! Some exactly so! I'm very thankful as I never knew such a tool existed and I appreciate your recommendation....no more angry goose maker here! :)  Thank you so much!! I'm going to "snoop" around your page and may leave more comments....

At 7:40am on May 24, 2012, Joana Simmers/GA said…

Just saw your second comment--yes, the recital went beautifully. 

At 7:36am on May 24, 2012, Joana Simmers/GA said…

Thank you, Billie--the DIC was fun to make.  It was my reward for organizing my stash and going through and cutting my scraps into useable sizes.  The unexpected bonus is that it's a great memory quilt, with scraps from just about every quilt I've made.

At 5:28am on May 20, 2012, Pam/NY said…

I loved the story of the sisters and the quilt...very wise grandmother. Thanks for sharing it.

At 8:06pm on March 15, 2012, Joanna liguz said…

thanks for your prayers Billie,,I do believe it will all come to a great ending soon,,,and we will be blessed, in the best possible way. thanks ~Joanna

At 6:17pm on February 13, 2012, betweens said…

Hi BillieB, the pattern of the posies basket is from Fon`s and Porter June 2011 mag. thanks for commenting

At 1:37pm on January 12, 2012, B J Elder/WA said…

Billie - For my portraits I put the picture into gray scale then posterized it. I used '4' for my posterization, but you can do more if you want, which would also require more fabrics. This one has 4 fabrics for each person, from very light to dark in the same color family.  I really followed the instructions from Maria Elkins, other than I made mine smaller than suggested. This is only an 8x10 picture, which is quite small for this technique as when cutting out the pieces there were some very intricate ones.     Hopes this helps. 

At 5:48am on January 8, 2012, Linda Koller said…

Your work is absolutely beautiful and a gift from God!

At 4:58am on September 26, 2011, Lanie Crewe said…
Billy it is www.purplehat.co.za. Then look for the link to bags. Enjoy it!
At 5:48am on September 25, 2011, Lanie Crewe said…
Thank you Billy! The bagsket is made in the hoop with an embroidery machine. If you are interested I can give you the name of the site where I bought the design.
At 9:57am on September 1, 2011, Annie Zipser said…

Hi Billie,

You have my sympathy over your water issues.  We now have drainage tile all around the interior of the basement (under the concrete) to guide the water to the 2 sump pumps (in 2 different locations).  We have finger drains going from the cracks to the main drainage tiles.  I am now (About $20,000 into all the repair...that does include the rebuilds) keeping my fingers crossed.

At 3:02pm on August 24, 2011, Joana Simmers/GA said…
Billie--thank you for telling me about your experiences.  My DD is at Shorter University here in Georgia--it is known in the region primarily for its voice program, but the piano program is in a rebuilding stage.  I've seen what you describe about the "pushing buttons" phenomenon:  children aren't accustomed to working hard over a significant period of time to reach mastery.  Most seem to quit piano lessons before they reach the point at which they can enjoy playing.  As I said, I don't know what DD will be doing in the next few years.  She is a junior and originally planned to get a MM and DMA, intending to teach in college and perform.  She is more interested now, though, in teaching from home down the road.  We'll see.....I enjoy hearing about how people shape their lives and how that pattern changes over time, as it has in your case.  I taught freshman English in college while in grad school, then found myself a stay-at-home mom, eventually home schooling my kids through high school.  Along the way, I did free-lance editing, some public relations work, and lots of community volunteering.  Now, I'm caring for my DH, who is disabled, and quilting has become a satisfying creative outlet.  Who knows what comes next?  But as you said, it's rather nice.  Thanks again for sharing with me.
At 11:56am on August 24, 2011, Joana Simmers/GA said…
Hi, Billie---you are so right--buttons are ridiculously priced now.  I buy some when JoAnn's has them on sale for 50% off and keep them to use as needed.  I see that you taught music before you retired--what was your instrument, and did you teach privately or in a school?  I'm interested b/c my DD is a music major--piano performance/piano pedagogy double major--and plans to teach private lessons.  Don't know if she will get a master's or not.

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