Monday, November 27, 2017

A Labor of Love

Creating a quilt is a lot of time, energy and money.  But the look on their face when you gift it....Priceless.

I gifted the tee shirt quilt to my nephew on Thanksgiving day.  He hadn't even noticed his mom had snuck the shirts from his closet... he was so surprised.  And, even though it doesn't look like it, he really liked it.

It's worth it, isn't it?

With the completion of this quilt and the near completion of my grandson's quilt, I've run out of quilt steam.  The sampler quilt I'd hoped to finish for my sister and gift at Christmas just is not going to get done.... I will make her a table topper instead and regroup the quilt projects for 2018.

That does NOT mean I won't be in my sewing room...I'm just going to concentrate on small, fun items between now and Christmas.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

There's No Place Like Home

Three weeks, four cities, six planes, three Uber cars, two car rentals (drove 871 miles), three hotels (stayed one week with favorite Auntie, see previous post), 147 billable hours...but I woke up in my own bed this morning.    So glad October is done and I'm home for a while.

I had BIG plans for finishing up a couple of projects while on the road.... but the best laid plans of mice and men...
I did get the tee shirt quilt for my nephew all bound and it is ready to be gifted on Thanksgiving.
But that is all the progress I've made.

Now I'm home for a while....hopefully until January.  It's time to get back on track.
I hear my sewing room calling my name!

On my design wall in this picture, on the right.  BOM blocks I made WAY back when I first started quilting (8 years ago?)  My next project.  Put 'em together!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."- Anita Desai

That is especially true when I have the pleasure of traveling to cities on business but I am able to spend time with friends and family, also.

Spokane Clock Tower
This past week I was in BEAUTIFUL Spokane, WA.  I love Spokane!
I could live in Spokane.  It's a nice, little city.

The weather was beautiful with the trees changing colors.  They have nice quilt shops.  AND, my quilting-buddy Aunt lives in Spokane.  (And, now my cousins also live in Spokane...double win!) 

Aunt Nyla @ Charming Charlies being silly.

So I had a very nice week of work and play in Spokane.

My Auntie is a Quilting Machine!!!  She is always working on something. She wins ribbons for her quilts.  Here are a few of my favorites. (And, trust me, these are only a few!)

Jewels of the Universe....Stunning!!

She let me pick one of her quilts while I was there (I now have three.)

It is called "Yuletide Joy."  One block for each month, all hand appliqued with the blanket stitch.

Too Cute!

Thank you, Auntie, for teaching me to quilt.  I love you.

And, people, don't forget to label your quilts..... someday you and I will have graduated to heaven.
The people coming behind us will need to know where these creations came from...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We're In The Club House Turn

OK, folks.  How are you doing on your Christmas Projects?

I have three projects to be completed by Christmas.  Well, one needs to be ready by Thanksgiving, Joseph's Tee Shirt quilt. And, I'm happy to say it went to the quilter yesterday!  Yeah!!
Read About it HERE
and Here
and here
Get the Pattern HERE

Quilt number two, The Splendid Sampler.

I started the Splendid Sampler, let's see..... ah, well, quite a while back, more than a year.  It was a Block-of-the-Week-For-a-Year quilt along sponsored by Pat Sloan ...104 blocks.  My finished work will not have all 104 blocks.

It needs to be finished and in the mail to Tennessee by December 15.  My sister and her hubby just bought a new house and I want her to have a lovely house warming (and body warming) gift for Christmas.

This is what I have so far.....

As you can see, I have a ways to go..... keep your fingers crossed.

Finally, I decided to finish a UFO (and truth be told, all three of these projects were UFOs) for my baby sister (different sister....I only have 6).  I will admit here (because my sisters don't read this blog) my baby sister, Joy, is my favorite.
Joy & Dad Summer 2017

She and the hubbs live in Kentucky, next door to my dad.  A little shout out for her here... since my mom's passing almost a year ago she (and the hubbs)  have taken good care of dad.... Thank You, Sis (and thank you hubbs.)

Miss My Sister
 by Bloomin Minds 

It's a wall hanging.
Shouldn't take too long, right?

I'm headed out on a business trip next week.  I'm planning to take Miss Ellie with me and work on one of these projects, which ever one needs the fewest number of items to tote along to get it done.

Happy Sewing.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friends, Fabric and Food Equals FUN Every Time

Do you get together with friends to sew?  Some quilters I know belong to guilds that encourage small sew groups.  A quilt shop near me, The Orange Quilt Bee, has Fuzzy Slipper night a couple of Friday's a month.  Piecemakers  in Costa Mesa schedules regular "Open Sew" times.  As a matter of fact, that is how I met Charlotte S.  (That's a story for another time.)  My quilting-buddy-Auntie started her own group.

Because of my work/travel schedule, I can't commit to a "regular" get together so every now and then I sponsor my own Gathering of great ladies.

Yesterday was "A Gathering."
We sewed a lot, feasted on forbidden foods a lot (too much) and laughed a lot.

From R to L: Charlotte S. (taking a think-break), Arlene & Kathy. Missing from the photo is Caren (and me.)

I was able to complete the Nephew's Tee-Shirt quilt I started last month in Portland.
It's ready to add borders, and maybe a few embellishments.
If you have not yet discovered the pleasure of sewing with a group of ladies, check it out at your local quilt shop, or your guild, or start your own.  What could be better than a Fun day with Food, Friends and Fabric?

A special shout out to Charlotte S for staying behind and helping with the clean up.  It was appreciated.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September - National Sewing Month

It starts out innocently enough, but before long......

But at least it keeps us off the street corner, right???  A little piece of heaven here on earth.

Happy Sewing

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Creative People Amaze Me

Last night was the monthly meeting of the Flying Geese Quilters Guild.  They had an amazingly talented speaker,  
Susan Carlson.  Not only were her quilts beyond belief, but listening to her narrative on how she came up with the ideas behind the quilts, decided on fabrics and actually put them together was so interesting.

Dingo Dog Dreamng

Golden Temple of the Good Girls

One in a Million

Check out her website.  Sign up for her Blog.  Enjoy.