Monday, March 31, 2008

Trips around the world

It certainly is gloomy out and I have to go out in a bit and workout, since I've been sitting for 2 days. But when I get back Bonnie has put her mystery directions up one day early - yahoo.

Here is the pic of the quilt for Martie's oldest daughter. The mishmash you see is the original disappearing nine patch - which I wish had disappeared. I think I will use it as the back. It will look good there. I put in more than the three fabrics and it just mushed. I've seen some d9p I liked, just not mine.
Change of season always makes me sleepy - should be the opposite - you should be energized for spring. Maybe later.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Light in the Log Cabin window

This was my first, really quilt. It was from Marcia McClosky and the blue and yellow just called to me. I love this quilt. I machine embroidered the blocks and had the rest quilted. Learned to get a price before you have your quilt quilted on this one. Theresa Morales of UNI Quilts does mine now and I think she does a really good job at a fair price.

My first quilt

I saw this pattern called Hidden Wells and thought I'd try it. My dogs like it - lol

My first Bonnie mystery quilt Carolina Crossroads

I think this is a gorgeous pattern and I thank Bonnie for the time & effort she put in to making this so special. I used scrappy golds & blue, but used one light fabric. I really like how that pulled it together.

Album Star baby quilt

This is one of my favorite baby quilts. I was tired of blocks and no interest in between. I went to Marcia Holmes site Quilters Cache and found this pattern called Album Star. I love this and will use it again for sure. This was a commissioned quilt. The fabric was luscious - elephants & lions, just like the appliques.

This is the first quilt I made from Bonnies site - a scrappy trip around the world. I finished it a little different by adding light points. The white was blinding when I was finished so I tea dyed them and am sooo happy I did. Theresa Morales did a great job on the quilting. It's hard to see, but she has a unique pattern in the points.

My Baby Samplers

My husband makes these frames and I combine some of my favorite designs. I've made many of these over the years.

two baby quilts

These are two of my baby quilts I made last year. These machine applique designs are from Hatched in Africa and are my absolute favorite things. I have all their designs and I consider them to be the best of the best. Love, love, love them. When Santi started Hatched and designed her first set - it was violets, I wrote her a fan letter - I never write fan letters. We became fast friends and I am so proud of her, her family, and their success. They are the nicest people in the world. And they help me make darling quilts for my family.

Mystery quilt

I bought this paper pieced quilt pattern and have no idea what it's name is or whose design. I'd love to make it again, but don't know how to find out. It had a cat on the cover. I've searched my house over. My daughter snagged it so I don't see it often, but when I do I drool.
Any help would be so appreciated.
I am still finding my way around blogging. I wanted to add some of my latest baby quilts. I started machine embroidery about 13 - 15 years ago. I started with samplers for the baby's birth and graduated into quilts. I told someone once that I wouldn't like quilting - too precise were my words!!! I have lived to eat those words. I love quilting and I adore fabric.
So here are two of this years quilts and I'll see what I can find that I have photographed.
I've just had cataract surgery on one eye and you'd think that would slow me down, but no, I'm in the middle of a Trips around the world, done in three fabrics. I just got it together so will add a pic in a bit. My next eye is April 24 so think of me.
I am also getting together the fabric for Bonnie's new mystery quilt Orange Crush. This has been fun looking at the other groupings the ladies have put together.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

First time blog

I am 63, a hairdresser for 45+ years. A life long sewer and 15 yr machine embroiderer and quilter. My husband and I have been married for 41 years, have 2 children and 3 grand kids, all girls. We are new to camping, this is starting our 3 rd year. We have a 24' Wilderness Scout, that we tow with our Tundra. I am famous in our family, for the words - I don't want no damn camper!!!!!! I didn't until my dil Beth, God love her, made reservations for us in one of those log torture chambers, they call rental cabins. 1/2" mattresses, wood floors that the dogs clicked on all night - and I'm supposed to sleep - it was awful, plus our dogs were not really supposed to be there. How do we camp with our dogs? I woke up the next morning with the answer and began looking for a camper. The first one I saw in person was the one we bought. I really love her and my ever suffering husband Bob does too. I have a small sewing machine I am going to start taking with me. When we retire - or I should say, if, we retire I think it would be cool to get a big camper and just cruise. Of course gas prices have interrupted my dream, but I can still day dream.
I am also famous in my family for my baby quilts and baby samplers. My husbands middle brother lives in California (we are in Ohio - oh right, you know that). His wife was my dearest, most beloved sil, friend, mentor, and we lost her 4 years ago. When Marties youngest daughter had a baby I made her a quilt and she loved it. It was also the first year that this family was not going to get quilts commissioned by Marties mother. She had died the previous year. So, the torch was passed to me. This family has babies every year, plus my friends babies, and some commision baby quilts. I hardly had time to do quilts for me, but....I managed. I will post some pics at another time.
I will write a little bit more each day - now I have to go sew. I am putting together a Trips around the world for Marties eldest daughter. It is going to be so cool.