Archive for December, 2007


Ring Out the Old

December 31, 2007

I looked back at my archives to see how well I met the goals that I set up for this year and I could not find any goals posted. Well, I guess if you don’t set any goals it is easy to meet them!!

I do remember a few goals that I had set for myself though. I planned to help Quilt Studio reach their goal of 40 donated quilts by quilting tops. I had planned to participate in the 12×12 project with Quilt Studio. And I wanted to learn more about quilting on a longarm and practice, practice, practice. I think those were basically the goals I had for 2007.


I am happy to report that Quilt Studio easily met the goal of 40 finished quilts donated to various organizations. A lot of lovely quilts came out of that project and it was great to see how everyone worked together to get them done. Each person donated something unique to each quilt. Thanks to everyone who participated.


I didn’t fair so well with the 12×12 project. The goal was to finish one 12″x12″ journal page per month, any subject. I did OK January though April and then in May the train left the track. I think that I took on too many other projects at that time which took priority away from the journal pages.


And, lastly, I am happy with the progress that I have made on my longarm skills. I took two classes this year; one with Kathy Olsen and the other with Sherry Rogers-Harrison. Both classes helped to improve and vary the work I am able to do on the longarm. I also read books by Karen McTavish, Phyllis Miller, Barbara Chainey, and Anita Shackelford and I watched DVDs from Pam Clarke, Dawn Ramirez and Sharon Shamburg. All of this combined with many hours of practicing have brought my skills up to where I think they should be at this point.

On the home front, I am thankful that all of my family is healthy. We had some challenges over the year in the health department but at this point those challenges have all been over come. Both of my boys started taking classes with the community college and did well as they continued their schooling at home. Christina is doing well with her reading and is beginning to write. Those are both big accomplishments for her.

So, all in all, 2007 was a good year. But I am ready to ring out the old and ring in the new…


Quilt Festival in Texas Monthly

December 29, 2007

Texas Monthly has a neat little slide show about Quilt Festival; The Mother of all Quilters. Scroll down the page a ways.


Santa Is Good

December 28, 2007

Santa was good to me this year. I found under the tree a new CPU. My old computer was as slow as molasseses. My boys kept telling me that it was state of the art… 10 years ago! Santa was so good that he even set the new computer up for me and promised to transfer files as I need them. You can’t beat that!

I also found a few good books under the tree.


The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff. This book is a treasure chest of techiques; gathering, shirring, ruffles flounces, godets, pleating, smocking, tucking, cording, quilting, stuffing, and darts. And it has lots of ideas on how to incorporate these techniques into your projects. This book alone should keep me busy for a while!


Next up is 1000 great quilting designs by Luise Roberts. It is a fat little book with lots of pictures of quilting motifs. It will be great for perusing when I need ideas for a quilt.


And last, but not least, is Quilting for Show by Karen McTavish. Karen has included a lot of tips and ideas for show quality quilting. But best of all are the wonderful photos of incredible quilts.

Well, I’d better get to work; I have a lot of reading to do!


Cowboy Santa

December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas from Texas!


12 Days of Christmas

December 20, 2007

Check out this video of the 12 Days of Christmas sung by the Men’s A Cappella from Indiana University… It’s fun.


Pay it Forward

December 19, 2007

I caught this on Dianna’s Quilting Spirit blog and I wanted to join in so…

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.



Antique Stars

December 17, 2007


I wasn’t very happy with the stars as I was working on this first set of them. The fabrics just didn’t seem to be working the way I wanted them to. But after I got them together, hung them up on the wall and stood back from them I liked them again. Isn’t it funny how that happens?!

By the way, my blog reader  found all of my links. So I am in the circuit again!


Alone and Isolated

December 14, 2007

I feel so alone and isolated today. My blog reader has lost all of my favorite blog addresses. 😦 I can not just click on a couple of buttons and be with my friends in their studios.

I am hoping that it is just some kind of glitch and it will be fixed tomorrow. Otherwise I will be spending my Christmas holiday searching cyberspace for my favorite hangouts!


Antique Stars

December 14, 2007

Since I finished the Roman Stripes quilt I figure I can start another quilt!


I decided to make a twin size version of the Antique Stars pattern from Calico Carriage Quilt Designs. The printed fabrics are from Moda. The white is a white on white from Moda also.


This will make a great quilt for Christina’s bed. She loves pinks and purples!


Unity Quilt

December 8, 2007

While surfing the web tonight I came across this wonderful quilt and web site.


Each block in the quilt describes a process for resolving conflict between families. Click on the quilt to be taken to a page where you can read about the story behind each block.

The website is for Amani Ya Juu, a counseling center in Nairobi, Kenya. The center helps African women overcome the effects of poverty, war and disease. The women at the center learn to sew beautiful products such as bags, hot pads, place mats and sew forth, to be sold in a shop in Nairobi and over the internet. Click on A Day at Armani to read about the shop, the workroom and some of the women at the center. There is also a button to take you to Shop Armani so that you can see the great bags they are making.