Sunday, September 28, 2014

I'm thrilled when someone sends me a photo of a quilt they have made from one of my designs, and always ask if I can post it on my blog so all of you can see, and this quilt is no exception. Nancy Payne of Oregon sent me this photo of her version of my "Vintage Tiles Revisited" which she called "Never Again". She made some changes to her quilt to add her own touch to the design.  I love how she added the butterflies in the corners of the border.  Nancy assured me the "Never Again" title didn't mean she was put off doing any more hand applique quilts, she was just going to take a break.
Unfortunately, the quilting doesn't show up in the photo, but Nancy asked me to acknowledge Lisa Taylor of Waldport,Oregon who did a fabulous job on the machine quilting.
Nancy Payne's version of "Vintage Tiles Revisited"

On the home front, I've been busy trying to get a project made for Lecien to showcase their 20th anniversary collection of Yoko Saito's Centenary Collection. I can't show you any photos until after Quilt Market, but will post it when I can.

I got the baby quilt I made for Ayden back from the quilter on Thursday and have already got the binding sewn on the front.  I know, it's so out of character! lol
I just have to hand stitch it down and I'll be able to show you a photo.  It's hard to believe Ayden is already 6 months old.  His parents had him at the pediatrician last week for his 6 month checkup and everything is fine.  He is slowly but steadily gaining weight and now weighs in at a healthy 13 pounds, 6 ounces.

Bye for now.

Monday, July 28, 2014

This is the last of the quilts I made last year trying to use up my stash of 1930s reproduction fabrics.  It was beautifully quilted by Irene Brayne of Braynewave Quilting.  I only have to add the binding and I'll have another finish to add to the list.

Bye for now.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stash Sale

As mentioned in my previous post,  I am down-sizing and have listed a few patterns, fabrics and threads for sale.  I have started listing things on my Stash Sale Page.  Please send me an email if there is anything that interests you.  All the patterns that have been listed have never been used, unless specified, and come from a smoke free home.

Bye for now.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A discussion on one of the quilting forums I follow, and the sudden death of a quilting acquaintance has been on my mind... a lot!.  The discussion in the forum was about what would your family do with your quilting or crafts stash if you were to die suddenly or be incapacitated.  I know this sounds a bit morbid but it really got me thinking!  I don't want my husband or daughter (not a quilter) to have to sort through my stash trying to decide how to dispose of it, but on the other hand, I don't want it just going in the trash!   Neither of them would have any idea of the value.  So...I've been busy sorting through the muddle that is my sewing room and trying to decide what I should keep and what can go.  I hope I will be able to continue designing and quilting for a long time yet, but.....     I have collected way too much "stuff" over the past few years and am going to make a conscience effort to eliminate some of it.  I have too many purchased patterns that I know I won't make,or make again, too many embroidery threads and way too much fabric!!

So stay tuned as I'm going to start selling them at bargain prices on a first come basis. I figure I can use the proceeds to help offset the cost of having my "Roses In Dresden" quilt top custom quilted. It's been folded up in the closet way too long! lol

On a brighter note, a good friend of mine, Maxine, entered her "Vintage Tiles Revisited" quilt in the recent Canadian Quilter's Assoc. National juried quilt show and she won a 1st price in the Traditional Wallquilt/Bedquilt from a book or pattern category.
Here is a photo of her quilt.  Didn't she do a fabulous job?  It was  beautifully quilted by Karen Power of Oakville.
Here is the link to see the other prize winners.http://www.canadianquilter.com/photo-gallery/national-jury-show.php?year=2014

Bye for now.  I'll be back soon.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Thought you might like to see another finish.  I made this quilt, I called "Buttons & Bows", in 2013 and it was beautifully quilted by Kathy Mundy of Oakville earlier this year.  I finally finished sewing on the binding so I can add another finish to my list.
Just as I was feeling good about finishing all those bindings, Irene sent me an email to tell me the last of my 2013 quilts is ready to be picked up.  Oh no, another binding job to be done!  I really must be disciplined about this, I can't let them pile up again.

DH and I were busy in the garden yesterday, planting some new Hostas, a lilac, and a few other bushes, the names of which I can't remember.  It's starting to look quite nice.  I'll try to get some photos later, that is if they survive. Gardening doesn't come naturally to me, it's more a trial and error kind of thing, mostly error! lol

Hope you all have a great weekend.  Bye for now.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I finally have some photos to show you.  After much procrastination, I finished sewing the binding on three of the quilts I made last year.  I still have one more to go, and another one that is still at the quilters.
I always make the binding when I finish the quilt top, thinking it won't take me so long to get it finished when I get it back from the quilters, but it isn't working!  These have been sitting around since January. lol


This is the front and the back of the quilt I made for my brother.
The last time he came for a visit he complained that I've never made him a quilt, so here it is!


This is the front and the back of another log cabin quilt I made, trying to use up some of the neutrals I've collected over the years.  Both of these quilts were beautifully quilted by Irene Brayne of Braynewave Quilting.

This last quilt is yet another one trying to use up my stash of 1930s reproduction fabrics.  Kathy Mundy quilted this one, and it looks fabulous!

I still have 3 quilt tops folded up in the closet waiting to be quilted, but they need custom quilting so I'll have to save up a few more pennies before I can get them done.

Bye for now.  Hope you all have a great weekend.