Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Happy Easter to all who follow my blog!

Sometimes it is nice not to have any plans for the day and just sit outside in the beautiful warm sunshine.  I have been alternating between the shade and sunshine.  I have to find that perfect spot!

My son-in-law, Keegan, made sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast, we contributed scrambled eggs and coffee and we enjoyed our brunch on the lower patio in the sunshine.  We ate on the "good china" which is original Desert Rose Franciscan Ware.  Amanda and I enjoyed our coffee in the very small dainty cups.

Jeff took photos of items I am listing in my Etsy shop:  Sweet Peas & Possum.  Now to write the descriptions and get them posted.  Here is a sneak peek of the yoga mat bags I have made.






 
 
I think I am going to sit here on the deck and enjoy the quietness of the day!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How About A Quilt Show?

It is a cold day in Ohio again!  I thought it would be a good day to show you some of the quilts I have quilted for others.
Enjoy the show!!






 













The previous two quilts were not quilted at the time of the photo.







Thimbleberries Sampler




As I am looking through these photos, I am amazed at how many quilts I quilted this past year.  More to follow!


Monday, January 20, 2014

QBee Saturday...continued

There is so much that goes on when the QBees get together that I can't post it all.  I sure hope Gladys of www.gladysgab.blogspot.com posts what she has too!

Mitzi was working on this adorable baby quilt.  It was a kit and turned out to be pretty small.  Mitzi decided to add a tumbling block border.




Mitzi also bought a new sewing machine!!


It is a Brother Project Runway.

While Barb Bond was cleaning out the attic of her mother-in-laws old farmhouse, she ran across this box.

How many of us would have just thrown it away without looking inside?  But, something told Barb to look inside.  She saw this....

but what else was in there?   Barb found hand pieced blocks!!!!  She set them with a really dark blue and I think it is beautiful!


She is going to have this hand quilted as I think it should be.  They really don't know who made the blocks, but it most likely was Ron's Grandmother as his Mother did not quilt.  The precision of the stitches and seam allowances is amazing.  I am sure whoever made these blocks is happy they have been put into a quilt top and the quilt will be treasured for years to come.

Barb also worked on a rag ladybug.  This is for her almost 2 year old granddaughter.

 
I have had a Rubbermaid tub full of homespun fabrics that was given to me after a dear friend passed away.  I added it up, and there have/or will be 11, yes, eleven quilts made from her fabric.  Some were rag quilts, Jeff and I have matching pieced four-patch quilts, a Scrappy Mountain Majesties and I am planning on making two more that have already been cut out. 
 
As I was cutting the last two quilts, I threw the scraps in a pile because I just couldn't throw them away.  OK, why not make a Crumb quilt!!!  So I did.

Here is close up of the crumb blocks.


I was able to get this quilted today.  Hopefully I'll get it bound within the next few days!
 
I love the days I get to spend with my QBees! 
 
 

QBee Saturday!

This past Saturday was our QBee day and the northern invasion arrived on time.  The northern invasion consisted of Gladys, Michelle, Mitzi and Earlene.  They traveled about 1 1/2 hours to spend the day quilting and talking.  Other QBees were, Barb, Momma Barb, me and of course, Gus!

After bidding everyone hello, hauling in all the 'equipment' needed for the day, it is time for Show and Tell!  I think this is the most favorite activity of the whole day. 

This is a Stack-n-Whack done by Mitzi (she is on the right).  I love all the borders on this quilt!


From where this photo was taken I think the blocks look like lace.  Here is what they really look like!



Yep!  Skulls and Roses.  This quilt was just amazing. 

Michelle (on the left in the above photo) made the same quilt using different fabric and put a sashing in between the blocks instead of setting them side by side.


The close up I took did not come out well.  I love the setting she used.  Those little 9-patch blocks are adorable.

Earlene (who is the daughter of Gladys) was working on this quilt for her daughter.  This is Earlene's first quilt.  Earlene started quilting just a few months ago. 

 

Earlene  got the outer borders sewn on and already had the backing fabric picked out.
 
 
 
I will be quilting this with a very 1930ish design.
 
Gladys showed us her "Falling Charms" quilt top.  This pattern is available at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  There are still two borders to be attached.  Gladys used two charm packs.
 
 
Just to show how different a quilt looks depending on the fabrics chosen, here is the one I put together with one charm pack and fabrics from my stash.
 
 
Yes, I have one block turned the wrong way.  I have decided NOT to change it. 
 
OK, back to Gladys.  She was also working on a gender neutral baby quilt.  This quilt had mitered bordered and Gladys is sure she will never do them again!
 
 
This will be adorable when it is finished.  We all got a refresher course on mitered corners. 
 
Momma Barb made this I Spy from the scraps she had on hand. 
 
 
One of the other scrappy quilts Momma Barb made in 2013 was this + quilt out of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. 
 

 
Momma was raiding everyone's stash for strips so no two pluses were the same.  The backing fabric was found at Fabric Shack while we were on our mini shop hop this past summer.
 
Momma Barb is determined to get her teapot quilt finished.  I think there is only a little of the outer border to do.
 

 
She just made herself comfortable.
 
That's enough for now....more to follow later today.  I think it's time to get back to quilting!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

When my children were growing up, we always read the book, "And the Snow Kept Falling."  Yesterday was that kind of day.  It started out slow and not sticking, but around 3:00 p.m. it started to accumulate and make driving a challenge.  I had no trouble on the roads, but saw two cars in the ditch on my way home.  I was never so happy to be home, safe and sound.

This is what we woke up to this morning! 
All the schools are cancelled which gives everyone an extended holiday vacation.  Our local school districts take the Monday after Thanksgiving off for Deer Gun Season! 
It's wonderful living in the country!

 Taken from my breezeway.

 That is ICE on the road!!

Gus just loves the snow. 
 
 
 

 Such a silly dog!  He has been whining all day to go outside.
 


 It is just so beautiful.  Of course I don't have to go out in it if I don't want to.  I think I'll stay in and make ginger snap cookies!


These last two photos were taken from my kitchen window.  It is a very snowy wintry day in my corner of Coshocton County.
The chili is in the crock pot and I found a recipe for gluten free cornbread.  I'll give it a try after the cookies are done.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers!  I am grateful for your support and friendship.