Monday, December 20, 2010
I love love love stitching feathers, and this time i even enjoyed the ruler work.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I just finished this quilt for Joanie. She is so generous - she gives away almost all of the quilts she makes. There are some quilts that cannot be pried from hands. I really admire her and quilting modes. She rarely has two quilts unfinished at the same time. She likes to continue working on one until it is complete. This quilt will be given to a new baby.
I quilted this for Peggy. We used to trade quilting for binding services, until I found a neat way I could attach my bind very quickly while still on the longarm frame. Several of my friends and I used to travel approximately an hour away to quilt shop where we participated in monthly 'strip club' sessions. The shop owner would give us directions the month before, and we would purchase the strips along with some accompanying material to make a top. It was fun, and we made many, many quilts that way. It was nice to have the fabrics coordinated for me, with directions, as those are two things I struggle with - making decisions!
Home of the Brave is an organization which makes quilts to be presented to the families of soldiers who have died while on active duty. The quilts are replicas of Civil War sanitation blankets. My organization is based where I live in California, and our coordinator presents these quilts to families in Orange County, San Diego County, and Kern County.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I love this, but I don't know what to do with it. It's brown and white and really unique. It doesn't appear to be a hand-dye, and I have no idea how old it is. It was given to me about five years ago. I'd appreciate your suggestions!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Amelia is so ready to have this baby girl, but obviously baby girl is too content where she is! Since we are on baby watch, we are staying here in town, and I am home from work. I am getting lots of quilting done. I ordered some pattern boards a couple weeks ago and found the perfect quilt to practice with. I love these boards! I am going to order some clam shells when they offer another sale. The vendor is R & S Design. The quilt is different - I probably won't make another one, but I love the quilting.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The idea came to me last March... I knew exactly what I wanted in a retreat, so I organized one. I personally invited all but one woman (and the one I didn't invite was a great addition to our quilting circle). I knew exactly what I wanted in a retreat: lots of uninterrupted sewing time, lots of light, lots of room, no cooking, no cleaning, my own bed, and NO DRAMA!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
One of the many canals in Amsterdam. What a beautiful city! Dean had to convince me to go there. I don't know why I didn't think I'd like it, but it was fantastic. We had less than 24 hours to visit the city because Dean had to get to Ringkobing Denmark for a meeting the next day, so we woke up early and arranged for bicycles from our small hotel. Then we rode around the city for five hours. What a fantastic way to see a place. We didn't try to go to any museums. We stayed in a hotel that once was seven homes and had been combined, I believe they were built in the 1700s. I would really love to go back to Amsterdam.
This is Michelangelo's Madonna in the cathedral in Antwerp, Belgium. I had a fantastic tour of this cathedral. I believe I've been in five now and had yet to take a formal tour. The guide was so informative, and new so much about art history. She also spoke four languages, which is very typical of Flemish people of Belgium.
We traveled to Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark in August. It was brilliant!