Sunday, May 24, 2009

A beautiful wallhanging

Marcia and Sandy came over today to quilt the beautiful wallhanging Marcia has been working on for her sister. The pictures do not do it justice. Sew many pieces!!!!! Marcia decided to meander quilt and she did an absolutely great job. She used a batik for the backing and it is stunning.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Something for Polly!

She says, "I love spring flowers... tulips, hyacinths...and big beautiful peonies...wild cottage gardens with wrought iron gates and shadowed glades for fairies to hide in..."
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.

Rolling On

My friend, Sara, took this picture on Tuesday night when we gathered at Marilyn's house to put the 80 blocks (16 made by 5 of us) together. Marilyn suggested the design and bought the book for the pattern. The pattern is called "Rolling On" which is most appropriate as we are making it for a raffle to support a foundation being started by my grandson, Dillon's, teacher who is Mrs. M. She was diagnosed with breast cancer this year and her students have rallied for her fight against this horrible disease.
You can see more pictures on Sara's blog (see my favorites). I couldn't believe how rapidly it went together with each of us pinning, stitching, pressing, and trimming. I love being with my friends and creating something while we are together. Dillon picked out the backing which is the softest cotton and we will quilt it on Saturday at my house. The veteran quilters tell me that since it is somewhat busy in fabric and design, we should quilt it in a rather simplistic manner, probably large meandering. Some lucky person will have this gorgeous quilt in their home by the end of June. The blocks were quick and easy to make. Tina suggested it would be a nifty pattern for scraps. Our blocks are shades of pink, white, and black. I am hoping Sara will make a computerized label for the back so that 100 years from now someone will know that in 2009 people cared about people and making a difference meant using your talents to create something useful and beautiful for others!
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Pay It Forward to Reddirt Woman

I am finally finishing my Pay It Forward projects. First one goes to Helen! These were the steps: 1) I found two fat quarters that I especially liked and machine quilted the two together. 2) I folded the fat quarters in half and stitched and bound the sides. 3) I bound the top edge and added a ring to the inside to hook your keys to (Sara taught me this trick). You can see the black circle and bead near the top of the inside of the bag. 4) I used drapery locking rings for the circles to put the handle through. These are really slick! 5) I took a conference lanyard (educators get them all the time for name badges) and used the ring for inside and took the lanyard to give the handles some strength. I love the fabric and I hope Helen loves it too. I will mail it tomorrow after show and tell at the Pin Cushion!

That Christmas Project

Thought you might like to see Mary's (she lives in North Carolina) block that will be part of the Christmas exchange quilt we are making. Each of us will have our own quilt from the blocks and the 13th blocks will be put together to raffle for Cancer. I think this block is beautiful!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Been Sew Busy

My brother and sister-in-law came over this weekend from Minnesota and Linda brought her first quilt to quilt. It is beautiful and she really did an excellent job. We put a star in each little four block center and then she meandered the rest. I have a couple of pictures to show her work.

On the weekend I also finished my 16 squares for the Eighty Wheeler quilt we are making for my grandson's teacher who is starting a foundation for cancer in our community. I love them and when we combine our 80 squares it should be awesome. It is black, white, and shades of pink.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Call Me Compulsive

I signed up for this today - a quilt swap on a wonderful blog.

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!