Friday, October 28, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I had hoped to have a new quilt made and ready for Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival, but that didn't happen so I decided to show a quilt I made for my Mom for Mother's Day in 2004. I haven't shown this quilt on my blog before so it's new even to my regular readers.
Mom loved stained glass-look quilts, flowers, and hummingbirds. We always had a feeder outside the kitchen window so that we could watch them while we had breakfast. So when I saw this pattern I had to make it for her.
When she received the quilt she was so happy. The quilt followed her to a care center two years later and often when I would visit her it was laid on top of her bed. When Mom passed away in 2008 the quilt returned to me. It now resides in my formal living room on a beautiful sofa that Mom left to me. I think about her every time I pass it and enjoy the memories she left.
 If you would like to read a little more about my Mom go here.
Be sure to visit Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival and enjoy all the other wonderful quilts and stories.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Accuquilt giveaway!

Just a quick post to let you know about an Accuquilt giveaway! Kari over at Fresh Cut Quilts is giving away a Baby Go and two dies. Take a quick hop over there, she has made it very easy to enter!!! You will also enjoy seeing her great blog!

A Great Visit, Revisited Project, and a Wonderful Win!

My husband and I just returned from a lovely trip to the San Francisco Bay area. I have two children that live there, as well as a daughter-in-law and grandson. It was so good to get to see them again. My daughter-in-law, daughter, grandson, and I visited a local playground that is very toddler friendly. It was so fun to watch little Max discover new things. The first picture is Mom, Max and the turtle bouncer.
The next is a couple of adorable jailbirds also know as Aunt Jessica and Max.
And speaking of Max, here is a picture of my progress on his Christmas stocking. I'm hoping to have it finished by Christmas, so I've really got to stitch fast!
If you would like to see where I was last progress report, go here.
I also have a lovely win to show. I had a pet on SewCalGal's pet show and won a lovely calendar from her. Thank you so much. I enjoyed looking though the pictures and remembering the pets, quilts, and stories! Sorry about the quality of the picture, I just couldn't get one without flash.


Friday, October 14, 2011

I Won!

I won a lovely bunch of fat quarters, complements of Thearica of "Pigtales and Quilts" and Marcus Brothers textiles.
Aren't they lovely. I see a civil war quilt in my future! Thanks so much!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Design Floor

Here's whats on my design floor today. It's the beginnings of a tree skirt for my sister. This is my design. The ornaments are now fused to the cut out sections. Next I will machine applique around all of them. I also add a hanging ribbon so they are not just floating in space. Then I add a couple of borders to each section and sew them all together. Check out more projects over at Judy's blog.
 I was able to finish the block tote that I started last week and used it on Saturday. I am a little worried about the blocks falling out and am trying to decide if I should add some kind of fasteners to the sides or maybe a pocket on the inside to hold the blocks more securely. Not sure yet which I will do...still thinking.

 Also if you follow my blog you know that my daughter, Jessica, is one of the design finalist in the Connecting Threads contest. Today they have a nice post about her and you can see her completed designs. Here's a link. As I've said before I'm so proud of her!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Two Projects I'm Working On

Just thought I'd give you a peak at what I'm working on right now. The first one is going to be a block tote for my BOM group. It will be folded in half and open to reveal the blocks and a pocket for all the instructions we receive. It's made from some charm squares that my sister won and gifted to me. I've been meaning to make one of these for a while now, it will be nice to finally have one. I hope it works, I have no pattern and am just winging it!
The next project is way overdue. I promised my sister a tree skirt for for her birthday in March. I didn't have time to make it then, so I'm finally getting to it. This from a pattern I designed myself and made up for one of my trees last Christmas. I didn't show the completed skirt on my blog, but I'll show both as soon as I complete my sister's tree skirt. This is a picture of the ornaments simply laid out on the background. I will cut out the sections and fuse the ornaments, applique them, and sew the completed sections together and then quilt it. Stay tuned!
And lastly...I happened to look out of my back door the other night just at dusk and the clouds catching the last of the sunlight and it took my breath away. I thought I'd share with you!
 I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!