Monday, November 24, 2014

FINALLY!!

OK, I have got to decide if I am going to keep this blog going or if I should put it to rest.  How can it be that I have not written anything since June?  I was happy June was here, school was out and my daughter and son-in-laws had just returned to San Francisco after being here for 4 months.  I was not happy about the kids moving back, but I knew it was time for them to move forward and San Fran is their home.

So much  has gone on in my life since the last post, but I will blog about those things later.

Here is what I did this weekend and I wanted to share it with you!

Fall Getaway at Mrs. Miller's Cabin

Every November for about the past 4 years a group of us have gotten together at MMC for a Fall getaway.  It is a nice time to do this before the hectic holiday season.  Although some new faces have joined our group, the same core group is still here.  This year, Jackie, Barbara R., Gladys, Michelle, Barb B. and myself enjoyed the weekend sewing, laughing, not sleeping and eating!


Jackie and I were the first to arrive and as is the protocol, we moved the furniture to make way for tables.  We got set up and were ready to help the others as they arrived.

It didn't take long for us to get set up.

Sometimes it's about getting away from your routine and no sewing is necessary.
 
Barb B. needed a nap before she got to working on the Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt.  She is covered up in a quilt she brought to hand turn the binding.

You have to be careful, Gladys was always there ready to take a picture :)


Michelle worked on two different projects.  One is a wedding gift and one is a jelly roll quilt she made that will be raffled off.

Michelle counting the blocks of the wedding quilt.  Yep, she needed 8 more!

Here is the layout after the blocks were done.

Instead of using blocks in her Jelly Roll Quilt, Michelle chose to sew a tumbler in as a connecting block.  I am glad she thought of that, because it makes the quilt interesting.

This quilt will be raffled off to raise money for her daughter's trip to Haiti. 

Gladys worked on this quilt at our February getaway.  It is finished and she even used it on her bed at night.  The quilting design is snowflakes.


Darn!  I don't have a photo of the other snowman quilt Gladys was working on.  I am sure if you go to her blog: www.gladysgab.blogspot.com you will be able to see it.  Sorry Gladys.

Barb B. finished the Disappearing Pinwheel blocks and get them laid out in a very pleasing arrangement. 

Even the "quilt police" approve!

Barb B. also made this adorable baby quilt.  I like how she used every bit of the panel in the outer border.

Barbara R. (who is Barb B's Mom) worked on this quilt using the Kansas Trouble fabrics.  I don't know the name of the pattern, but the quilt is stunning!  Barb R. is deciding whether to put borders on or just bind it.

Barb R. finished attaching the binding to this, the last of the 6 snowman quilts she made as gifts for her grandchildren. 

I just realized I did not take any photos of the project that Jackie was working on.  It was a lovely batik quilt that looked like interlocking chains.   Once again, I am sure you can find a picture on Gladys' blog.  So sorry Jackie.

I had 4 projects I wanted to get done to the next stage of completion.  All the blocks were made and they needed sewn into rows then the rows into the quilt top.

First, Disappearing Hourglass.  This fabric was given to me by my friend Mary and I thought this would be a great pattern for it.  I am not going to put a border on, but just get it quilted and bound.  It is rather small, but will make a great baby quilt.

Another quilt that had it's blocks ready to go was Oklahoma Backroads.  This is a Bonnie Hunter aka Quiltville pattern.  A few quilters have asked me to teach this so I had to get a sample made.  I do have Bonnie's permission to use her pattern to teach this class.  I am going to add a 2.5" inner border and then a 5.5" outer border. 

Boxy Stars has been one of my favorite quilts from Bonnie's Free Quilt Pattern Page.  I am going to add a 5.5" outer border.

If you follow Bonnie's blog, you know she does quilt cam every now and then.  One day she was working on a quilt called Carolina Chains.  I found the pattern in Quiltmaker magazine and proceeded to get mine started.  I use a lot of the very bright fabrics I had ready but chose to keep the background fabric a constant.  I had that is my stash too!  I am not adding any borders, and an debating whether I should bind it in a color or use the background fabric.   Input is appreciated!

The next one I make is going t be pastel and set on point.

I have needed a tree skirt for more years than I want to count.  Jackie had this adorable pattern so I just whipped one up.  Now, staying at MMC is great because the quilt shop is just across the bridge.  I when shopping for the fabrics need for this project and finished it on Sunday morning.

I was impressed at how easy this went together and I think this will be a table topper instead of a tree skirt.  I love how my middle came together!
 
 
All the projects packed up and ready to go home.



Happy Thanksgiving !









Monday, June 9, 2014

Recent Quilts

Here it is, the middle of June, school is out and I am wondering where the time has gone.  Am I the only one who feels like time slips away?

Anyway, I have been busy quilting for clients and I even quilted one of my quilts! 

I think the name of this quilt is Mountain Trails.  Barb made this for her grandson Randy and Ally. 


 
I used the Clover Meadow Pantograph and Neutral colored thread. 
 
 
Quiltville.com does a mystery quilt every year.  This is Easy Street and it was pieced by Gladys. 
 


I just love the way the quilting looks on the backing!


 
Quilted using the Cascade Pantograph and Pearl colored thread. 
Both Gladys and I are working on the most recent quilt......sorta !
 
 
Barb has been working on this patchwork snowflake quilt.  After piecing the background, she learned the raw edge applique technique.  This is one panel of the quilt which is now complete and will be quilted soon.
 
 

My leader and enders project is making the Maverick Stars from Bonnie Hunter's website.  Just today I figured out what I am using them for.  They will be the outer border of the postage stamp quilt I am making for two dear friends.  Perfect!


These are really fun to make!



Jeff (and Gus) stop by to check out what we are doing!  He always approves!


 
 
 
I finished the following quilts for a client in Columbus.  I fell in love with this quilt the minute I saw it.  Isn't it fun?  I think it may be on my "to do" list.
 




I love how the last spool is tipped over and unwinding!



Linda pieces her Mariner Compass's by hand!  Beautiful!



I have done a few of these "Over the river" quilts and every one has been different and just as beautiful .

All of Linda's quilts were Meandered using either white or parchment colored thread.
 
 
This quilt traveled all the way from Florida!  Celeste has a beautiful sense of color.  Very nice for a spring/summer quilt!
 

 
I Meandered this quilt with a larger meander using white thread. 
 
 
Last but not least, here is the quilt I made for Quilt of Valor.  I participated in the Mystery4Military online group to make this.  I did change the layout because I thought it flowed better. 
 
 
It is quilted, bound, washed and ready to go.  Of course, I made a pillowcase too!
 
This week I am working on more client quilts and will post those soon. 
Hope you all enjoy your week!
 
 


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rainy Days, Beautiful Quilts

I am so thankful our area of the country escaped all the bad weather.  We have had 3 days of rain, rain, rain.  I am hoping it will stop soon, the rivers and creeks are out of their banks. 

On this dreary day, I think s few beautiful quilts will lift the spirit!

These are a few more of Lisa's quilts.  Lisa is a great piecer and that makes my job so easy.  Oh, she loved her hedgehog quilt!



I think this quilt was made with a layer cake.  It looks like it would be easy to make.  I quilted this with the Drunken Feathers Pantograph with white thread.

This has got to be one of the most adorable quilts I've seen.  Sundresses! 





I quilted this with the Popcorn Pantograph with white thread.

Last but not least, this cute baby quilt.


 You can't tell what the middle of the quilt is so I took a close up.



 But wait, it gets better!  Do you see the Three Blind Mice? 


Tomorrow the QBees will come and I will hear about Momma Barb's trip to Paducah!  I am sure she and Gladys had a wonderful time. 

First 5K of the Season

This past Saturday we opened our 5K season with the Ridgewood Elementary Rabbit Run.  This run benefits the Elementary School and the running club that was started 4 years ago.  This year there were 28 children under the age of 11 that participated and a total of 110 participants!  A great turn out!

This year I was very happy to have my daughter and son-in-law join the fun!  They both did very well.  Here we are after we got home from the event.
 
 
Amanda, Keegan, Jeff & Carol
 
 
I had Amanda take a picture of Jeff and I.  It is fun to see how we have changed year to year!
 
 
Yes, we are getting older, but I also believe we are getting better :)  I ran the 5K in 36:13 which was 3:30 minutes faster than the same run last year.  I was amazed at how much I improved.  Jeff ran in 27:08, 30 seconds faster than last year.  His goal is to break the 27:00 mark this year.  I am hoping to go under 35:00.
 
Not only did my children run, but so did my niece Jianna. 
 

 
Jianna's Dad (my youngest brother, Jason) ran cross country when he was in high school.  He longer no runs due to two knee surgeries.  He is there to support his daughter and in my book that is what counts.  Jianna place third in her age group, 11 and under.  I am so proud of her!
 
Our next run is right here in my little town on Saturday, May 3rd.