Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the World Quilting Blog Tour

My friend and neighbor, Cheryl asked me to take part in this fun blog tour.  Cheryl is an amazing quilter.  She has published two books.  If you have not visited her blog you should.  She has some pretty great stuff their with lots of eye candy.
For my part of the tour I get to share a few answers to these questions.
 1. What am I working on?  Well, a lot of things.  The next scrap squad quilt is in process.  You'll have to wait for pictures of that.  Samples for classes this weekend.  And in my spare time.  HA! HA! That's funny.  More like when I'm being naughty and put off what I should be working on for what I want to work on.  That's when I pull out my Blue Bird Flour Sack quilt.   
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? I like to pull from the past and give things a modern twist.  I love anything scrappy.  I take the Pirate's of the Caribbean approach to quilting.  In that the rules are more like guidelines.  So a little wonkiness is perfectly acceptable.
33. Why do I write and create what I do?  I love the creative process.  Letting an idea evolve in my head.  Trying new things and seeing how they work.  Besides if I don't use all these scraps and bits of fabric they might just take over. 
4. How does my creative process work?  Most often it's because I can't put a lid on one of my scrap bins.  When that happens I have to figure out a way to use up those precious little bits.  Heaven forbid that they should fall on the floor, get lost or dirty, and remain homeless forever.  

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Great Grandma and Me

I never met my Great Grandma Ida.  She passed away the year before I was born.  I have seen a lot of her handiwork and felt a connection to here.  That maybe some of my love of this art came from her.
I was thrilled when my grandma, her daughter gave me her quilt.  I loved the pattern so much.  I wanted to make my own.  If you've visited before you have heard this story.  I worked on this project now and then.  Mostly it sat in a bin patiently waiting.  Grandma would ask me about it when I would visit.  I'd always have to tell her I was still working on it.  Well her only living brother and sister passed away recently.  That was a wake up call for me.  I knew I had to finish it.  Thank you to everyone who gave their two cents as I decided borders.  
I put some of the piano keys that auditioned on the back.  Quilted it with a meandering vine.  And some day great grandma and I will sit and chat as we enjoy our love of quilting.

Linking up with Sarah to celebrate this finish.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Women to Women II

A little more eye candy 
 from the Women to Women quilt show.
It was hard to choose 
Which ones to share with you.
Wish you all could have gone 
 and enjoyed it.
 They even had motorcycles
 and cars for the men.
 I told you it was a great quilt show.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Women to Women

Saturday I went to a lovely quilt show put on by Women to Women.  
 It was full of beautiful quilts.
 All proceeds go to create scholarships for single moms.
 They had great music playing.
 The setting was gorgeous.
Yummy food.
 What could be better?
 Can't think of much.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Janice's Crayon Love

Do you remember this post I did about painting on fabric with crayons.  Well, I got a lovely email the other day with these beautiful pics from what Janice did using this method.  
 She told me she would be teaching it to her guild.  Come to find out her guild meets in a neighboring town, so I asked if I could come.
Janice did a wonderful job teaching this method and a cool binding technique I want to try.  I met new friends and was happy to see I knew a few of the members already.  I'm kicking myself because I forgot my camera.  This group has some very talented ladies.
  I had a wonderful time!  I think I will be returning.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Basting with Friends

When I finish a top I've found the best way for me to bind it is to head to the senior center where my quilt guild meets.  They let us come on Tuesdays and have a free sew.
  My friend, Suzy, helps me push the tables together.  Then we lay out the back of my quilt, smooth it and clip/ tape it in place.  You can get the clips we use at an office supply store.
Next we lay out the batting.  Get it real smooth and then place the top on and pin like crazy.
 Thanks to Suzy I am was able to baste two throw size today in less than two hours.

Monday, September 1, 2014


Happy Labor Day!  Summer is officially over and my pumpkin plant is taking over my yard.  
 It has four large pumpkins and several small ones.  My niece, Mary, for whom the Mary's Garden is made in honor of, is very excited to see how big they will get by Halloween.  Every time she comes to visit she goes out to check on them.  You will see her head bobbing up and down as she looks for new pumpkins, hunts for zucchini, and picks all the tomatoes.
 Her next stop at my house is my bin of bits.  Mary love to sew.
 She is only six and is becoming quite proficient with a needle and thread.  She makes little pockets and pillows.  The green little pocket below is her latest creation.  She also helped me weave the place mat.
I have a feeling someday she will be a very talented quilter and gardener.