Monday, December 27, 2010
She tells me she picked out the fabrics in November, so she actually was able to put this together pretty quickly. She must have had the math all figured out ahead of time.
I'm guessing my tall, skinny house was her inspiration.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
By the time I got to the last few skeins of yarn, I had enough of unraveling rows when I made a mistake, so there are a few left in there. I think it'll still be just as cozy.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
1. Kaffe Fassett Ice Cream Quilt -- complete assembly of quilt top. 2. Pink/Green Baby Quilt -- baste, quilt and bind.
3. Red/White/Blue Coin Quilt -- baste and quilt.
5. 30's baby quilt -- assemble blocks and complete quilt top.
6. String quilt -- finish making blocks and assemble top.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
and throwing them all together in a pot to make something to please my appetite.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
On Friday morning we went to the church to see what needed to be done to get ready for Saturday. It was awesome to see so many ladies taking time away from their Black Friday shopping to help out with preparations.
And just look at how much they were enjoying doing it!
Jodi Helminen made the cute love birds for the bridal table.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I can't quite see what Barb is diligently working on here, but it's hard to not notice that our attire for these retreats is pretty casual.
Robert turned 8 this year and was pretty happy to have his younger brother start kindergarten and ride the school bus with him.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I certainly hope my current project doesn't take that long.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The quilt is quite large -- 80 x 80. It was made from fabric purchased at a quilt retreat a few years back. The challenge was to make something using a Jacob's Ladder pattern with fabric purchased at the retreat. I wanted something large, but didn't have the patience to make too many Jacob's Ladder blocks. Although you can't see any in this photo, there is one in each row.
When it's all quilted I'll share a better picture.
I didn't have floor space large enough to lay this out for basting, so I cheated and sent it to a local long arm quilter (Ann Made Quilts) and let her baste it for me.
Here's the start of my quilting. I look forward to finding out how long it takes to quilt the whole thing, so this blog entry was needed to record the starting point. I picked my favorite quilting pattern -- the Baptist Fan.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I did find some copper metallic thread and continued with my Christmas decoration project. I'm beginning to understand why some stitchers have more than one sewing machine. I'm itching to get back to some quilting projects and wishing I had another machine so that I could do both at the same time.
My brother Jim celebrated another birthday a few days ago and I completely forgot to wish him a happy birthday. He's the one on the right -- in his younger days. Belated Wishes Jim!
And the one on the left in the photo below is getting married later this month. Gets me all choked up thinking about it. The one on the right will be standing in the wedding -- it'll be fun to see him and his family, which is larger than it was the last time I saw them.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
These were made with my embroidery machine. Each snowflake takes about one hour to stitch out. Metallic thread isn't the easiest to work with and the last snowflake was the only one that completely stitched out without any thread breaks. It was a nice way to end the day!
I had a cute little guest at my house today. This one wanted to spend some time with "Auntie Carol"! How could I resist -- all my grandkids are so far away, I'm glad my sister is willing to share hers now and then.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
And on a quilty note - I found this quilt top in my closet on Saturday. I had put it together from my stash on our 2009 quilt retreat in Traverse. I pulled it out now, thinking I would get it sandwiched and ready to quilt. When I laid it out on my bed, I decided it would serve me better if it was a bit larger, so I've been digging a little deeper into my stash (and doing a little shopping) so that I can add a few more rows.
While I was in the closet, I noticed there were 5 other quilt tops waiting to be quilted. I guess I don't need to start any new ones for awhile. I haven't dared to count the projects that are started but not quite far enough along to call them quilt tops.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
My mom and I were able to make a trip to North Carolina shortly after Philip was born and I ended up finishing the quilt while I was there.
That was five years ago -- this year Philip started kindergarten.
Monday, October 4, 2010
This quilt, a pattern by Patrick Lose, has been waiting to be quilted for several years. When I first completed the top I had some idea that I would embroider the grandkids names on it with their birthdays. I finally decided last week that it would never happen and I needed to just get it quilted so it could be used.
I machine quilted most of it with straight line quilting. I then added some hand quilting with pearl cotton around the appliques.
I found a soft yellow polka dot for the back. It's finally ready to snuggle any little ones that come to visit.
I just have to add another picture, totally unrelated to this post. Yesterday Barb and I took ma for a ride to enjoy the fall colors. We stopped to get a view from the lookout on Quincy Hill. I love the picture I captured of ma -- I hope I have such a mischievous glint in my eyes when I'm 90 years old!
Friday, October 1, 2010
My nephew has been putting some old slides onto a CD for me and he sent me this sneak peek of what he's found on those slides. I don't remember seeing this picture before, but it sure brings back many good memories from that little corner of my childhood bedroom.