Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Vince and I have been on a well-needed vacation. We left Mitchell last Friday night and this is our seventh night on the road. The foliage we have seen is certainly the most beautiful of God's quilts. The roads through Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky were gorgeous, but when we drove into the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland the expanse was breathtaking. The weather in Williamsburg was warm and sunny and I needed that. We also took in the drive to the Delmarva Peninsula and the sight of water gave me a thrill.
Today, however, I visited a most delightful quilt shop in Ohio. I have visited many on our trip but this shop was special. Kathryn, the owner, helped tally up my purchases and I told her that I was going to spread the word on this wonderful place. Lucky are the people who live near Springfield, Ohio (not Illinois) as Creative Fires was a real find. I have never seen and touched so many beautiful flannels. As we were driving, I had decided that I was going to put a tree or a wreath in the center of the twelve friendship blocks we made and shared for a Christmas quilt. I found the pattern for the wreath at Creative Fires. One of the very pleasant staff told me that the owners started out selling stoves, then Bernina sewing machines and one of the customers asked Kathryn why she didn't sell fabric as well, thus the name Creative Fires.
The pattern book I bought for the wreath is one of Eleanor Burns books but in the shop they have the wreath done in four different fabric types for the four seasons. I took a picture which I will download when we get home on Saturday.
The great part about finding this shop is that they are building a new web site and you can order from them online. http://www.creativefires.net/ Check it out!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I also finished the pillow and lap throw for my nephew and his bride to be on September 12th. I love Holly Taylor's Moda fabric and this year's is no exception. The lap throw is the "Cabin Fever" created for Frosted Memories. I added a border so that it is a bit bigger and I used the Qbot to quilt snowflakes on the cornerstones and inner border. I think it turned out quite well. If you click on the cornerstone I think you can see the snowflake. Loads of love anyway.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Wanted to include a picture of all of us from Mitchell who went to Quilts and Vines last Saturday. I know some of you read Sara's blog (she is in the picture). I am in the hat on the right in the back.
Monday, July 27, 2009
By the way, go to Leslie's post and add your post! http://www.lambertslately.com/2009/07/orange-for-stellan.html#links
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I've seen this on Sara's and Tonya's , so I thought I'd give it a shot as well.
A - Age - 62
B - Bed size - Queen and I love to sleep
C - Chore you hate - cleaning the cat box
D - Dog's name - our English Cocker is called "Abbey"
E - Essential "start your day" item - coffee with cream
F - Favorite color - lime green and red
G - Gold or silver? well, I really like both and together
H - Height - about 5' 1"
I - Instruments you play - I played the clarinet and piano
J - Job title - Agency Director
K - Kids - son 37 (next month), daughter 34
L - Living arrangements - the most kind man in the world who happens to be my second husband
M - Mom's name - Carol
N - Nicknames - Mickey and DocSly
O - Overnight hospital stays (except when giving birth) - too many to mention
P - Pet peeve - someone who listens with their mouth going
Q - Quote from a movie - anthing said by Dermot Mulroney
R - Right or left handed? Right
S - Siblings? a brother who almost nine years younger than me
T - Time you wake up - through the week early enough, weekends - 8:00 or so
U - Underwear? always
V - Vegetable you dislike - chard
W - Workout style - I try to do something everyday and that means walking or biking at the rec
X - X-rays you've had - I light up
Y - Yesterday's best moments - baseball game in Denver with my grandson
Z - Zoo favorites - I really don't like the zoo at all!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Had to include a picture of "the girls". We have been keeping Allison's two dogs for two weeks while they visit family in Michigan. I just love the attention they give. Bailey is the big Golden Retriever. She is by far the best behaved and loving animal I have known. Elly is the small beautiful "muttress" Allison adopted when she was at Clemson. Elly is on Grandpa's "sh__ list" for her trips to the basement and her misbehaviors. Then there is our own Abby that is hyperactive, ADD, and as Vince names it, TDD (too d---- dumb). She does love unconditionally however.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The detail in the center white square are tiny yellow crystals. I quilted the edges with tulips as that it is the flower on the border.
I also quilted a table runner for Christmas. Yes, I know, it is a last year's Moda panel but I think it turned out quite well. I used a snowflake block pattern on the Q-bot. It was fun to do. Different sizes and it looks sharp. One project done and many to go.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
She lives in Clifton, Virginia.
I have started the project and I think it is pretty. I used a Pinwheel Bow block from book called Lessons From Mama by Atkinson Designs.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Actually treevillemary had it on her blog. I think this will be fun. Just one more project for me to get started.
Did I tell you that a few of us are making a quilt for my grandson's teacher who is starting a foundation? She had fought breast cancer this year. The quilt is going to be black white with pink. I will take a picture of the four blocks that I made for it. We are each making 4 of each block and then will mix. It is soooooooo neat!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Allison has some friends who are having babies so we decided to make some "boutique burp-ups". That is what I am calling them. Rectangles about 18 inches by 11 inches made of beautiful fabric on one side and some organic cotton fleece on the other. I order the fleece from Very Baby http://verybaby.com/ and I can get 10 burp-ups from a yard of it. I washed it before I quilted because it warned of shrinkage. I am using some Amy Butler prints that are quite charming. I will mail six of them to Allison in the Easter package. I also made the boys their Easter placemats from some cute bunny fabric.
I made a bag today out of some fat quarters I picked up at Heavenly Patchwork while in Minnesota http://www.heavenlypatchworkquiltshop.com/. The pattern was in one of my recent magazines. I just made it smaller. I love the big buttons that are in bright colors.
I am designing another quilt. It will be predominately blue but will have a rainbow color arrangement from corner to opposite corner. I have the pattern arranged, now just need to gather the fabrics and begin to make the simple half triangle blocks.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
McCalls magazine has a mystery quilt showcased in this month's magazine. I think I will make the blocks in blue and perhaps use the quilt in our bedroom. I have loads of blue fat quarters but may have to invest in some bigger pieces of something I really love.