Saturday, May 8, 2010

Quilt Show Pic #2

Here is the first quilt I'll share from the Hickory, NC quilt show. This was displayed out in the hallway before you actually entered the show. This was such a fun and exuberant scrappy quilt. It had little surprised tucked in that we didn't notice at first. Susanna took all the pictures at the show. I'll be sharing one every once in a while.

Here's a big-mouthed monster...

Don't miss Mr. Turtle...

Here we found Peppy-le-pew!!

My own scrap quilts aren't nearly as interesting, but this is why I love scrappy quilts...the variation in the fabrics make you want to look all over the quilt to see if you missed anything. The skill needed to make this one was way above my level!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Found the Quilt Pattern... was in my basement!! It turns out that the pattern I was asking about was in a magazine I have in my basement/sewing room. Yippee. I love it when a plan comes together. Here is the pic from the magazine...

Definitely on the will-be-making-some-century list.  It is called Primitive Stars.

Thoughtful Gift

My daughter, Emily, gifted me with these lovely roses a couple days ago. The picture does not do them justice. The little blossoms are about as big as quarters. So sweet...just like Emily!
She is leaving today for a 3-week job assignment 3 hours away (boo, hoo), so we are going out for lunch together as a farewell meal (sniff, sniff).

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Little Over the Top

OK, so my last post was an exaggeration. I really don't have to make that quilt. I was just emphasizing how much I like it.

Quilting is such a small part of my life, but an enjoyable one at that. I was just being silly when I made it sound like my life would be incomplete without that quilt.

My sister sent me a pic and source for the pattern. Bless her heart. The pattern pic looks nearly identical to the quilt I saw at the show, in fact. It's from the 2006 Quilt Sampler magazine by BH & G. I'll see if I have it already. Not going to waste much time looking for it if I don't.

Must Make--Know the Pattern Name??

Here is a quilt I saw last week in Hickory. I. must. have. one. If you know the name of the pattern, I'd be most grateful to learn it.

The show was nice, but the quilts were not displayed well. They were hung on skirt hangers, and they were not flat, which did not make it easy to take a picture.

Please share the pattern name if you know it.

This is pic #1 from the show.


A Halo to Go with My Crown

Here is a pic from this AM. I was machine quilting away on the belated welcome-Madelynn batik quilt when I remembered my lone puchase from the quilt show last weekend...a quilt halo. The one I test-drove at the show was on a machine that had a Teflon sheet adhered to the table under it...made it fly. I'm going to see if I can get one for my machine.

Here is a with anything new, there is a learning curve. But I think it went swimmingly for the first time.

Very busy day...having 10-12 college students here for supper (baking a pumpkin sheet cake and Chocolate Bavarian Torte for that as well as multitudinous other details). Need to get back to the kitchen!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Amazing. Unique. Surprise. Gift. Soon.

I will humbly state that I made the most perfect one-of-a-kind gift tonight for my newlywed friend, Sara. I will tell you the whole story and get a picture of her receiving this unique gift after I give it to her (which will hopefully be on Sunday). You will want to stay tuned!! Story to follow. I will give you a has something to do with asparagus!! REALLY.

New Spools

Here they are...and I can barely wait to set them into my quilt. This has been such a fun project. It is always more fun to share what you're doing with someone else who loves it, isn't it? And...I don't even know these people!! Maybe I should get into a guild or something. Hmmm...a consideration. I've always been a lone piecer. Maybe it's time for that to change. Christine sent an extra five blocks, so there are 30 here...
Maybe my favorite color for quilts IS red. I love the old-fashioned fabric for the red here...the background says "for you", "Mom", and some other sweet sentiments.

The background fabric for this one looks like a great free-motion quilting design. The green is one of my favorite (but sadly, way out of print) Thimbleberries.

My Isaac (10) has the mumps. Three of his siblings aren't feeling well either. I am naturally wondering if they are getting them, too. I was vaccinated as a child, but managed to get them twice in childhood anyway. I wonder if they are all going to get them? Time will tell.
Hope you enjoy a great, quilty day...
PS: pics from the quilt show up next

Monday, May 3, 2010

They. are. here.

This past few days has been so busy, that for the first day in a month, I was not hoping that my last set of spool blocks would come. So, what to my wondering (or is that wandering?) eyes should appear in our mailbox today but the last set of spool blocks. I have been home such a short time that I could only glance briefly at them. I'll take a pic soon. But now I need to tell Christine a great big thank you! Now I can plan the finishing of this quilt that has been so fun to make. I look forward to it being finished.

I'm pooped...went to a concert tonight by a local symphony orchestra. It was fun, but long.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wedding Bells Are Ringing

Well, not for us. We went to a wedding of a dear young lady from our church yesterday. It was such a blessing to see her united in marriage with a wonderful young man. They are both around 30 years old. I am excited for the beginning of their life together. The above picure is of my husband and me. I usually hate pics of me, but this one is decent.

There was more excitement than just the wedding yesterday. Two other exciting happenings. Susanna and I went to a quilt show over an hour away. Just as we were leaving the parking lot, my son was seen running across the parking lot towards us. I had Susanna stop the car because I knew something serious had happened. My friend, Molly, was having a little medical emergency. She is due in 5 weeks (I am making the batik quilt for her...better hurry, huh?). I'll just say some maternity issues were at hand. My hubby and kids took her 4- and 2-year-olds home, and she went straight to the hospital. Her baby, Madelynn Grace, was born at 10:30 last night. Five weeks early, but 6 pounds 9 ounces. She is in NICU for a couple days until her breathing and suck are strong enough for her to go home. Mom is doing well.

Susanna and I still went to the quilt show. I got to test drive a Handi Quilter. Ahhh...perfection. I might be getting one, but that remains to be seen. Susanna took lots of pictures (her camera was dead), and I'll be sharing some of those with you soon.