Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Been enjoying the stormy weather- glad to have anything other than ice! The snow is just beautiful- especially since I am surrounded by such good company. My sweet sister-in-law is here for the week with her two boys- the kids are elated. I am too! I finished these two doilies and have started another. That's what winter is for- handiworks. I might need to resume work in the quilting room since the view is so spectacular out there with a couple walls full of windows. My parents surprised me and stopped in for a two nights. They had venison to bring to Lisa and her family. It was a short visit, but not so short that my dad couldn't fix my furnace- which wasn't broken but is always in need of maintenance. This is a picture of my Dad in the closet, standing on the furnace! A very tight spot even for a very skinny man! He isn't happy unless he is working on something- he should be ecstatic here at my house as things are always breaking!
It seems like everyone here is having a ball sewing up quilts- I love to think about our shared joy of sewing and pressing and choosing colors and designs... so much fun!! Have a great day everyone!!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The scaffolding is still up in the dining room- I guess it will be staying there until the mudding on the drywall is done. Makes a nice monkey gym for the little ones when they are tired of being couped up because of the cold. And it makes a mighty fine place to have the kids hold up a really big quilt. (I took this picture before the lighting was installed, so it is kinda blurry and dark as that flash is almost useless in such a big room. And it a BIG room- I think it is something like 18'x30'. I hope I will have room for several dining tables and lots and lots of people.)
I finished this quilt and got it in the mail just in the nick of time for them to get it by Xmas. Forgot to add it to the gallery, down there. Yes, there is a mistake in the quilt. Found it, did ya? Well, I seriously considered doing something about it... but decided eh, it'll keep me humble. The pattern came from Evelyn Sloppy's 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. It wasn't a hard pattern, but I did get a little weary of hourglass blocks. Don'tcha just love scrappy quilts? I am now working on a two color quilt and it just doesn't have the sparkle of a scap one.
I'd like to give you a heads up, Sarah- http://www.alwayswantstobequilting.blogspot.com/ a little trial she is going through. Her daughter ran headlong into her son and she cracked her cheekbone- and is having surgery, today, as the break is causing muscle problems in her eye. She is a sick little girl and I know you guys are praying people, so I am sure Sarah would appreciate it.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Well Julia, you asked for it! This is what I have been up to. I think I'll need to add a seperate post after this to complete the list of quilty things I've been doing. Blogger will only allow so many pictures per post i suppose. The denim quilt is for my son, John. I have made ones for all the boys- except Abe. I have a stash of old jeans just for that purpose. I'm doing a big ole meander on this one and so I hope to finish it, today.
Been playing with some batik and a folded pattern. Made a nice little table runner.
Redwork by Sandy and then I just threw a lot of colors in with them. It was also a backdrop for birdhouses during the holidays. I am starting a trend in seasonal quilts back there! It only takes a 24" quilt, so it's a simple task.
Doilies I've finished. One is a repeat, in a different color thread. I am putting them aside to use as impromptu gifts.
Here's my holiday quilt that I finished last month. It was a panel which I cut apart and then added the log cabin borders. It is still hanging over my piano. Need to switch it out.
I have been making sampler blocks from my hand dyed fabrics. Planning on making a big quilt from them. It is so much fun to just get that box out and my "Around the Block" book and make a block or two.
Block of the month. Sandy has organized a block of the month with her sewing group. She has let me join, doing two blocks each month. I did mine in batiks, of course. They finish at 12". A big relief after doing the 3" blocks!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
7 random facts for Julie:
- I love gummy bears, but gummy worms? ick, they make me gag.
- Hot, cold, pickled or plain, I love beets.
- St Jude Hospital commercials always make me cry.
- I love having my hair brushed- but that makes it spring out of control. Curly hair and brushing, not a good combination.
- I sew everyday except Sundays.
- I love sunshine- I could sit on the window ledge like a cat all day, as long as the sun is shining.
- I have too much stuff! Anybody want some?
This quilt was made by my Aunt Isobel. I love it because it reminds me of something my Grandma- and great grandma- would do. She made the top out of wools, corderoy(sp?), suiting and denim. I found a very nice wool blanket at the thrift shop for $3 so that is the batting and an old- but still very functional- sheet for the backing. The binding is leftovers from another quilt and I even used up all my little extra bits of bobbin thread . I meadered in candy apple red and it turned out so pretty with the extra push(loft) the wool blanket gave it. It does weigh a ton, but ds Daniel is always cold so he grabbed it right up when I suggested he could have it. A very thrifty utility quilt- that is too pretty for it's own good.