Archive for April, 2008

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Another Happy Birthday

April 27, 2008

My oldest son is 17 years old today! Another son that makes me proud!

Happy Birthday David!!

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Thank YOU!

April 22, 2008

I don’t have as much time to comment on all of the blogs that I read lately. So it may seem that I’m not reading them. I am, as much as possible. And I want to thank all of you for sharing your lives and your sewing and your families with me. No matter how harried I’m feeling, how tense or distracted I am… when I see that Google Reader list show up on my computer screen my heart beat slows, my muscles relax and a smile spreads across my face just knowing I’m about to spend time with some really great friends.

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

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Almost half done…

April 20, 2008

Hey, Debra and Rian, how about if I just cut the bottom half off and call it done?!!

LOL! Just kidding!!

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Another Year

April 18, 2008

It is my son’s birthday today. I remember that day 15 years ago very well. I am happy to report that he turned out to be worth every minute of it.

Happy Birthday Michael!!

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9-Patch

April 15, 2008

This week I am working on a quilt for Habitat for Humanity. My guild presents a quilt with every house that is built here. The quilt is a colorful 9-Patch with unbleached muslin sashing. I’m quilting a simple panto with roses and ribbons on it. It is sure to turn the new house into a home!

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April 13, 2008

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It’s Coming Together

April 10, 2008

You may have seen these photos before on Debra’s and Rian’s blogs.

They sent these parts and other pieces to me and I am putting them all together and quilting them up. (I shamelessly lifted the photos from their sites… Hi Debra! Hi Rian!) We have high hopes of getting this quilt into IQF this fall. Apparently there are some rules about showing the quilt before the show so I can only show you a peek. But here is a small peek.

I’d better get to the quilting table and get busy!!

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Feathered Stars

April 8, 2008

These are the remains of a grand plan I once had. I was going to make a feathered star quilt with 16 feathered stars These stars were to be pieced all by hand as I did not have a sewing machine at the time. We are talking about 1996 here. I had so much trouble with these stars.

The first star ended up flying through the clouds. We were living in a condo on the 23rd floor at the time. I loved to take my sewing basket out on the balcony to sew. Well, one day the wind whipped up and whisked my first block over the railing and off to who knows where. Later in the day I looked around down on the ground but there was no sign of it.

Block number 2, the top one above, came out ok so I proceeded on to block number three. It wasn’t until I had finished block number 3 that I realized 2 and 3 were no where near the same size. Bummer! I didn’t know any tricks at the time for adjusting block sizes so I gave up the whole quilt idea.

I quilted and bound the two completed stars separately and they now hang in the kitchen. I occasionally think I’ll start over again on the feathered star quilt and see if I could rise to the challenge now that I have more experience.


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Another Save

April 6, 2008

And another quilt top has been saved from the depths of the linen closet. My customer’s grandmother pieced this top in the 1950’s. It has moved from family member to family member hiding out in various closets. Eva now plans to hang it in her entry way on a quilt hanger. It is all hand pieced and the colors are very rich. I used continuous curve quilting to emphasize the pieced pattern. Debra embroidered the corner label.

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Goose Chase

April 5, 2008

Goose Chase is coming along. This quilt design comes from Thimbleberries’ New Collection of Classic Quilts by Lynette Jensen. In the book, the quilt also has holly and berries appliqu├ęs on the piano key border. But since this is not to be a Christmas quilt, but rather an every day utility quilt, I won’t be doing those. It needs to be increased to a king size so it will need at least one more border.