Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
On October 1st I will post a picture of my giveaway for fall. Please visit the website above if you wish to get involved. You have until September 29th to participate. Be sure to come on back on October 1st to participate in my giveaway.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
A group of us who are friends of education are making a quilt to raise money for the Community Foundation that supports scholarships for students from both public and private high schools in Mitchell. We selected the fabric called "Wildflowers" by Heather Mulder Peterson and I just love the colors. My block is a Jacob's Ladder and I believe my squares are all the right size this time and I even got one or two to be very close to "great". I am allergic to the work "perfect". I have all 13 done. The 12 of us will each take one and then put together the quilt for the foundation together. I think it will be quite special. I can tell because when I lay all 13 blocks out together, I like what I see.
First I wanted to show you the Kaffe Fassett finished on the bed. I love it.
Then I wanted to show you the darling purse I made out of little grandson worn out jeans. I was cutting some denim squares out of the legs but couldn't bear to waste the perfectly great pockets for cell phones, change, credit card holders and the like. I stitched across the bottom. Added a ruffle and some straps for handles. I think they would work for little or big girls. Plan to sell them at the Garage Sale in a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
So Busy! But I read everyday and love to see what others are doing. I know I am sucking it in and not giving any back. I will! In the meantime, wander over to http://the-quilt-shoppe.blogspot.com/ In Stitches and join in on their bingo fun. Hope you do!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Many of you know that I am an educator. Actually my role at this point in my career is as an educational consultant working with administrators and teachers across South Dakota who are trying to improve the education and achievement of students. This week I am staying in Valentine Nebraska and traveling about 30 miles west and north to the Rosebud Indian Reservation to the St Francis Indian School. For a year now, my staff and I have been coaching teachers and I have gotten to know a beautiful Lakota woman who teaches in the school. Marion teaches beading, quilting, cooking, and it is evident she cares deeply for the students. She needs an iron and I plan to bring her one of mine from when we had two households. There are many warehouses that send their ends to schools like this but we all know what that fabric might be like. I don't have to reiterate the poverty found in this part of our country either. Sew in order for Marion to encourage her students and provide materials appealing to their eyes, I would like to request your help. She will use the fabric when school starts in the fall and having some projects and fabric to show students will help up recruit students to take the classes. What I would like to ask is for each of you to select a couple of fat quarters cluttering your stash (you don't have a real need for them now) and mail them to Marion. Let's call it "Fabrics For Fall". Please send this stash request on to others in blog land and who knows what they can do.
Mail your Fabrics For Fall to:
Marion Running Horse
PO Box 379
St Francis, South Dakota 57572-0379
If you pass this clip art on, then we can make big things happen!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I also finished a wallhanging for the Minnesota boys with fish on it. I will take a picture when I return home with the binding hand stitched while I am away.
I also have almost finished a shrug made of alpaca yarn. I am planning to make some as Christmas gifts. They are absolutely gorgeous!
Meanwhile, I am having fun reading blogs.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
A- Age: 63 and loving life
B- Bed size: Queen, and I really love to get home and sleep in it
C- Chore you hate: washing windows but I love sparkling glass
D- Dog's name: Abbey (she is an English Cocker Spaniel, get it?)
E- Essential food/item: chocolate, prefer Snickers
F- Favorite color: periwinkle blue
G- Gold or silver: with bling bling it doesn't matter
H- Height: 5'1"
I- I am: not a morning person
J- Job: education change agent
K- Kids: son and daughter
L- Living arrangements: home was built in 1923 near the world's only Corn Palace
M-Mom's name: Carol
N- Nickname: DocSly (the baseball players from DWU gave me that)
O- Overnight hospital stay: too many to list
P- Pet peeve: people who can't make decisions
Q- Quote from a movie: "You had me at "hello"
R- Right or left handed: write right, pitch left
S- Siblings: 1 brother who is 9 years younger and very special to me
T- Time you wake up: up by the clock, wake about 10 am
U- Unique thing about your car: a Toyota with no runaway problem
V- Vegetable you hate: turnips, rutabaga, carrots, celery
W- Ways you run late: can't find my phones
X- X-rays you've had: again too many to list
Y- Yummy food you make: bean soup, pecan pie
Z- Zoo favorite: I don't like zoos!!!
That's ME- A to Z!! Your turn!!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I have started another project with my scraps. I just loved the way these turned out. I just stitch them onto some muslin. I will be making wall hanging for the quilt room I think or maybe I will put them on the ceiling (LOL). I have two blocks done so far.
I found this wonderful batik fabric and decided it was just what I wanted for a focal piece in the mini swap quilt I was making for Megan. I used batiks for this and then added a beautiful varigated blue thread for the "Tracks in the Snow". I love the way it turned out and I hope she likes it.
I am so proud of my sister-in-law. She is just a quilting queen! She has completed her third king size quilt in one year. This one is various beautiful fabrics in squares that are boots. 11 piece boot square, by the way. We created a boot border complete with a bull dogger heel for the borders. The lasso design was created for the strips between the blocks. She quilted on my machine the last weekend of February when they came to visit. I just love it. Be certain to click and take a close look at the variety of prints she used.
I will start with my latest creation. First I will show you the view of our house from the street and the view outside my quilting room. Finally have some light coming through the skylight in my kitchen. It has been covered with a drift since two days before Christmas. These pictures inspired me to create a breath of spring from stash fabrics of florals. I love flowers and always have to pick up a fat quarter of something if it catches my eye. I needed this color to survive the last two weeks.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I just think this mini quilt is beautiful. Denise told me about how they have acorns on her hill and then her husband spreads corn for the wildlife to continue their presence in the fall. It is beautifully done and makes me excited to know if the person who received my mini quilt likes it as well. Swaps are fun.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I have been thinking about what a wonderful place this "blog" land is and I really look forward to the chance to read the blogs of people who are becoming my cyber friends. I watch for your posts, I marvel at your talents, and I begin to feel like I know you in some bit of a way. So here is my idea! I propose we make a quilted block of our choice and put a border around it so that the total size of the block is six inches. In other words, if your inside block is 4 inches then your border would be 2 1/2 inches so the total block would be 6 inches. If your inside block is 5 inches, then your border would be 1 and 1/2 inches to make an 6 inch square. On the border we will write our name and our location. I promise to mail a block to anyone who mails a block to me. I would just like to see how many friends I can collect in 30 days and from how many different places. The way you can get on board is to make a comment on my blog and send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to send and recieve blocks from others just put your e-mail in your comment so that others can e-mail you with their intention. I will not mail one to you until you mail one to me with a return address. I will post a picture of my blocks tomorrow. I will e-mail my address to you after your comment. I hope to collect enough blocks to make a lap quilt to cover my lap when I am reading your blogs. Hope you join the fun and we will be done by February 18!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Yes, Sara, you know I am random abstract and sometimes I can't follow my nose. Off I go again.
To quote Loft Creations
*This is a personal challenge, not a swap*We make our blocks any size we want. *We can make any projects we want--tablerunner, quilt, clothes, pillows--whatever tickles our fancy--but they must be string projects*Make as many projects as your heart desires*You must use scraps or fabrics you already have. The only fabric you are "allowed" to buy is for border, backing, binding, lining if necessary and only if necessary. Remember this is a challenge to use what you have. Also you may need to purchase the muslin for the foundation.*Blog preferred but if you want to participate and are blogless be prepared to send me photos of your finished projects*Once we finish a project we share it on our blog and let me know...I'll keep a number total by your name.*Projects must be completed by June 30.
Now I don't think I am a "fabricolic" but I do have some stash! So I think this one is right up my alley.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
And I have been knitting and I am helping with a quilt that we are taking to one of the Native American Schools so that they can auction it to help send some students to Europe this summer and I have been reading the newest Jennifer Chiaverinni's books in the Elm Creek series and I have been driving around on the very cold plains. The frost on the trees this morning was so beautiful.