Friday, April 11, 2014

Projects: 'low volume' and 'gypsy prints'

My 'low volume / shabby chic' quilt is finished. 
I love it but also feel a little bit guilty for keeping it, 

For so many years, every quilt I made was for someone else.   
A new baby our large extended family,
(or a friend from church, or co-worker's first grandchild),
one (or all) of our 6 grandchildren, a friend facing weeks of chemo - - -
the list for quilt was always long. 
But, my mind was eased by my husband. 
After seeing the quilt all bound and finished, he took one look and said 'it looks like you'.  
And, so - with no more guilt - I've accepted that pretty quilt belongs to me.
Of course, there were no doubts about the 'Six Fat Quarter Bag'  --
stitched up at our last Guild Sew Day. Yes, that big, loud,  gypsy print bag -
just right for toting quilts (and other large projects) -- is mine !!

PS - No header picture today. My new computer and Blogger are currently not communicating very well. I'm hoping they can find some common ground and come to a more productive working relationship soon.  4/17/14  Willie Jay (my personal computer wizard) has convinced my new computer to play nicely with Blogger. We shall see if the truce will hold.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Quilts - low volume and cats

This quilt has been in back of my mind for years - pale colors, pretty florals and prints.  Who knew it was actually a 'low volume' quilt !!   Piecing the backing was done a week ago and I delivered to the long-arm quilter yesterday. After years of making quilts for others - this will be the first quilt made just for me.  I'm thinking a pretty pale blue binding -  it's double stamp weekend in honor of National Quilting Day which just might mean a trip to my LQS on Saturday.

It's a different story for the quilt  below - it hasn't been in the back of my mind for years - it's been tucked away, half finished, in a box for years (15+ years I think).  Began before learning about rotary cutters and the importance of 1/4 inch seams. It's not perfect and the cat fabric that was so cute in the 90's is so very old -- it will probably be back in style again soon.  But, it has a lot of memories stitched into it - and it deserves to be completed and used and loved.  Sewing up the pieced backing and adding some old embroidery I can bear to part with - I'm thinking of quilting this one myself or maybe even doing some 'big stitch' quilting.  One thing is for sure, the grandkids will love it.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

I became an 'exhibitor', received a gift, and stitched some 'love'

My guild, OKC Modern Quilt Guild, exhibited at the local Winter Quilt show -- and, I was there. Actually all I did was help dismantle the amazing display of quilts by guild members.  But, I did get my very own name tag, which was really cool.   

All the members volunteering at the quilt show received a 'thank you' gift made by a Guild Member (thanks Shir!!)   Such a cute and clever idea.  I just might need to copy this for gifts this year !

I took a deep breath and did my first paper-piecing this month - a LOVE block to honor Valentine's Day.  I won't say it was easy, but with my dyslexic brain, the process sort of made sense.  Of course, if you look close enough you can see an extra piece of background fabric that was needed (lower left corner).  Trying to paper-piece while watching a 'Walking Dead' marathon is not a good thing!

Now to do something with this block: 
mini-quilt, a pillow, the center block of a baby quilt -- lots of choices.  

Thursday, January 9, 2014

These things I know are true . . . .

I'm glad to be at an age that knows the following statements are true . . . . 
1. It is much more fun to decorate the tree, than to un-decorate the tree
2. Knitting in December is best done by the glow of twinkle-lights
3. Christmas cookies with coffee (liberally laced with half & half) make a fine breakfast
4. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service shared with two grandbabes and their Mama is very special
5. Christmas is (and always has been) about much more than 'things' !

Friday, December 20, 2013

Snapshots: faster and faster . . . .

My Mom has been telling me for years, that as you get older - time goes by faster. 
And, you know, she is so right. 
These past few weeks have been a blur.
Below is just a sample of the 'snapshots' happening around our house.

Texas Sheet Cake (or as my Mom calls it 'Sheath Cake').  Beyond decadent - dark chocolate cake, covered with fudge frosting, loaded with toasted pecans.  After consuming a piece (or 2 or 3) you seriously need a nap!

Spending time with two grandbabes (and grandpup) while their parents were out of town.  School runs, Girl Scout meetings, dinner together, working on our Super Secret Santa Project -- so many sweet memories made together.  At the end of four days, I was tired but so happy with time spent with my 'monkees'.

The gifts are bought (and wrapped), most of the cookie baking is done -- now, it's time to sew: pj pants with matching pillowcases for Christmas Eve.  Better get busy !!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Snapshot: on my window sill

Pink David Austin rose (Eglantyne),
rescued from the cold frost,
keeping my almost-blooming violet company.