Today I spent time cleaning my sewing room, sorting UFOs, etc. I also selected fabric from stash for Bonnie Hunter's New Year's Eve Mystery Quilt, Double Delight. This is the first Mystery Quilt I've done, and it has the added benefit of using stash rather than buying. Bonnie is using tradition double pinks and indigos in hers. Many of these are from Urban Indigo, a softer, more modern (but still traditional) line.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My favorite author, Jennifer Chiaverini, recently lost her editor, due to lay-offs. Our small Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt swap group decided to send her heart blocks in lilac, in time for her Feb. 14 birthday. This is my block for her.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is my very first patchwork project. I made it while living with my Grandmother when I was a young teenager. It must be about 45 years old at least, and it is still holding up ok. Some of the stitching could use repair, but I think I'll leave it just as is. I remember some of the fabrics from my sewing projects, and some are from her scrapbag. She was always so encouraging of my sewing and other creative endeavors.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
This beautiful ornament arrived in my mail today. It is for a secret ornament swap, from my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Friendship Swap Group. My on-line friend Karen from Canada made it for me. She used 120 2" squares, 370 tiny pins, a styrofoam ball, and ribbon. She didn't tell me how many hours went into it!
This if the first swap I've ever hostessed. She also sent me some fabric charms and a yummy chocolate mint candy, all wonderful!
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.................
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I've had fun today playing with my Dear Jane Christmas siggies. We each made signature blocks with the outer fabric being any Christmas print.
I received 149 back, so I'll be making a Christmas with Jane block to go in the bottom right, to make it 10 x 15 siggies.
They aren't trimmed yet, and I noticed that a couple are upside down in the picture, but I was working on color placement more than the script.
I'll probably use a sashing around each block.
This was a very fun exchange and I thank everyone who participated!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Today I had the privelege of meeting my on-line quilting friend, Carolyn, from France. She was visiting Florida. We went on our own shop-hop to three stores, and then had a lovely lunch at an outdoor cafe. What fun! She is so sweet, and just the sort of person you'd want for a friend, both in person and cyber.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
These are my swap blocks for the DJ Alternate list H2H Swap, which I worked on at the DJ Retreat in Shipshe last week. I made them using Fairy Frost, which I thought would be so appropriate for a heart swap. We are each using any heart pattern, applique, pieced, whatever, embellished or Plain Janes, in 6" blocks. It should make into a wonderful quilt.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This horse & buggy is hitched up to the hitching post awaiting its passengers, who are doing errands in town. I took this picture for the contrast and blend of cultures. Notice the very modern electric wires in the background, the Wells Fargo stage coach on the sign, and the transportation for a traditional Amish family. This is a very common site in Shipshewana. I loved the clip-clop of the horses.
Now it's back home to reality. But, the Dear Jane retreat was wonderful.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
The snow storm is beautiful. We have about double the amount in the photos now, and it is expected to continue on into the night.
As long as I can get out for my Dear Jane Retreat in Shipshewana on Wednesday, I'm fine with it. So pretty, and so Dr. Zhiavago'ish.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Glad Tidings is my final block for the SBS Christmas Quilt swap. All 12 blocks will go in the mail tomorrow. While it feels good to have this project done, I will miss working on them (not the 16 y-seams needed to make 4 Glad Tidings blocks, though!)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Today I finished four Manger blocks for a Christmas block swap on the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler website. I love the colors we are using for the exchange. Rather than white or off-white, our background fabric is to be Golden Beige. Other colors for the blocks are dark, medium, and light green, dark red, and gold. I'm really excited about this exchange and think it will make a lovely quilt. I'm also sewing 4 each of two other blocks for this swap.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Here I am with The Girls in Dublin, Ohio. This limestone fence is an icon of the area. The original fence, which looked just like this, was built by area stone masons in the 1800's. During the Civil War captives were put to work on a large section than ran along the river. So many of the historic buildings in this small town used this type of fence, that it has become a trademark for the town. New developments must incorporate it somewhere. Stone fences just like this are everywhere in Dublin.
Here I am with my oldest son, my daughter-in-law, and two of my grandsons. Yes, little Charlie is in the back seat of the double stroller, and doesn't show much. We visited them in Dublin, Ohio last weekend, and Eric had signed us all up for their local walk for Type 1 Diabetes, which I have. My DH walked too, but he was the photographer. It was a balmy fall day and lots of fun.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This sparkling Christmas Star arrived in my mail from Mrs. Claus! Really! I have no idea who sent it, but it does go with the Christmas Stars swap I'm in. The return address said North Pole, but the post mark was St. Petersburg, FL. Do you think Mr. & Mrs. Claus have been vacationing in Florida?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I'm up to my eyeballs in jelly beans today. After working on all these blocks for the bookscase swap, I can smell and taste them! General consensus was that when it comes to jelly beans, more is better, so the jars will stay large. Can you see the one block that has the jar made shorter?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Today I worked on my first block for a bookcase swap. Each of us is making a 6" x 12" block of books and other things that are found on bookshelves. I think I'll do some experimenting with the jar of jelly beans to make it a bit shorter.