Sunday, December 14, 2008
Nasty weather here in upstate NY this week. Many without power still and our temps have been in the single digits at night. I feel so fortunate that I was spared any problems. We have lots of branches down some quite large, but they did not hit any structures or vehicles. Near us a few roads are still closed with trees down and telephone poles broken in 2 to 3 pieces and just dangling in the breeze. Power company is getting help from as far away as MI to help restore services. Temps are going to start rising today and that will be a big help.
My first post on this blog was a picture of our little puppy, Well almost a year has gone by now and he sure has gotten big! He is now about 75 lbs of pure energy and strength! He remains a very friendly fella and we have not seen any mean or aggressive behavior on his part. He is gonna keep us healthy as we age..loves his walks and gets 2 a day, each usually 2 miles. our biggest problem with him is jumping and chewing. I need to keep my sewing room door locked cause he likes to chew up spools of thread, batting, and even seam rippers.
But we sure are happy we got him!
Last week a generous co-worker gave me a bag of Christmas fabric she no longer wanted. It was all small red, green and white prints. I accepted it with great delight, I just love making quilts from others discards!!! Not sure what I would do with it
On the drive home from work I deceided that I would make my DGD a Christmas Quilt.
She just loves Winnie the Pooh. I found some fabric on ebay that featured Pooh and all of his friends in Christmas scenes and used it fir the backing. The pattern I just made up as I went along. Finished quilting it yesterday. I am pleased with results.
Just finished this quilt made from nickels. Almost all of the plaids are from mens shirts that I have been buying at Thrift Shops and Salvation Army. A few plaids and lights are from swaps on Delphi Quilting Arts Forum. Several of the small prints are from skirts thatI bought the same way.
I plan to give this to my sister who recently became president of her National Professional Organization. many of the shirts were purchased in Ann Arbor, Mi when I visited her.
I have enough pieces cut out to make another lap sized quilt maybe for myself.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Yesterday I finished the borders for this quilt, I used all of the little left over pieces in the borders, choose not to make anymore so there are 12 on each side. I somehow managed to make my quilt square instead of rectangular...had blocks left over so made them into a table runner. I think I will take a break from this project for a bit, am tired of looking at all these pieces.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Recently finished this quilt for a family member who is a Civil War Buff. It is 4 feet by 7 feet, the size that was requested by the Sanitary Commission during the War. I tied it as I felt that that was what would have been done by the ladies during this time.
I mailed it out today to Ma so it should be there in a few days. The backing is brown and white gingham check fabric.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Finally added a border to this quilt. All blues and yellows. I was short on yellows so I had to raid my Mom's stash..then I remembered that I did a yellow strip swap several years ago thru Quilting Arts Forum on Delphi!!! I ended up with a nice variety of colors and used everyone of the yellow strips. There are only a few fabric repeats in this onr..I like it alot. Will quilt it in the Am...bought some pretty blue and yellow varigated thread for this job. Then on to quilt the CC Quilt...and then i will allow myself to start another project!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Swapped 3.5 inch 9 patches for a year on Delphi Forum Quilting Arts. I used them in this quilt where I used all blues for the stars. It is for my Daughter Rose's graduation from Nursing School .It needs to go to be quilted. My LA quilter who did such wonderful work has had a stroke and I am unsure when she will return, so I may need to find someone else.
From Delphi Forum Srcaplovers forum this is made with my blocks done in pink and green, am going to give this as a comfort quilt to an old friend and coworker diagnosed with cancer.Not my usual colors but it was fun to try something different.
Pineapple quilt with piano key border using Chinese Coins in swap patches form a SrapQuiltlovers Forum on Delphi
I have had this top done for almost a year but was in a quandry concerning what to do with borders. I made enough scrap flying geese to do a border but was not happy with the way it looked. I finally came to the conclusion that these chinese coin swap blocks would be just right. They are 2.5 inch strips just like the strips were for the quilt. I used almost all of them for the border and then quilted it myself with free motion "loop de loops. It came out pretty well and I am getting better and better with my free motion.
This morning I completed my top. I used 2 small borders, a 1 inch small navy print and a 2.5 inch red paisley print. I cut enough from the red to do the bindings. I like it very much..sometimes I see the stars right away and sometime I need to look for them. I think I will quilt this one myself with free motion stitching, maybe I will practice stars or circles, probably will not begin that process for a few weeks. Having a puppy is taking a lot of my time!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Well I am currently working on step 7, have been slowed down by the addition of a new puppy to our household. He is 3 months old and is a mix of a Black Lab and a Tree Walking Coonhound He is just wonderful but does need alot of time. He was obtained thru Homeward Bound Dog Rescue. He was originally from Alabama. He was in the Chilton County Humane Society's facility and made his way to Upstate NY thru this agency. He is a bit cold up here with his very short hair. I will post a picture of him and our family.