Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I'm kind of ready to travel!!!




I have one more needling session tomorrow with physical therapy, and then I'm off to my teaching obligations.  After teaching I will meet Bruce in California, where we will go to a family reunion.  In total, I should be gone for 25 days...... a bit too long. I do not plan on blogging while I'm gone, so I will be back in early August.


I have a few more quilts to share today.  And they are all so varied in nature.  This quilt comes from a Van Gogh challenge.




Old Glory.  These type of quilts are made by artists.




Remember the Giver, by renamed by Kris Orton.  Cheerful Giver is a great name Kris.




Isn't this Lovely!  The colors are so soft and appealing.





I found this quilt to be stunning!




The machine quilting on so many of these entries are simply spectacular!


Wow!  So lovely!


A masterpiece.




Traditional and timeless!




A striking modern entry.


Loose Weave.  This quilt comes from Germany.

"There are many compliments that may come to an individual in the course of a lifetime, but there is no higher tribute than to be loved by those who know us best."
-Dr. Dale E. Turner



Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independance Day 2019.....



"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day  when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, "Free at last, free at last.  Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
- Martin Luther King in 1963

Fifty six years later, and how much progress have we made?  It reminds us that the American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.  In the words of William Faulkner, "We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it."

On another note, I wonder if any of you have ever heard of needling?  That is the treatment which they are doing on my lower back, and it seems to be bringing me some relief from the pain I have been experiencing.  I'm hoping for continued progress, as I need to be ready to travel in 1 week.


Isn't this a fantastic quilt!




Mary Queen of Bedford.


A wide variety of techniques were used very masterfully on this extraordinary quilt!






This one swept me off my feet!  Nearly! :-)






So many fabulous quilts today!


"You have to love a nation that celebrated its independence every July 4,  not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."  -Erma Bombeck

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." - Bill Clinton

"Have a very happy July Fourth!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Checking In......



"Ships don't sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them.  Don't let what happening around you get inside and weigh you down."

This is a quote I came upon while tuning into Pinterest.  I've had quite a bit of down time because of my fall down the steps, with a hard crash landing!  It has been over a week now, and I think I'm  taking a turn in the improvement lane.  I start Physical Therapy tomorrow so I'm hopeful that this will speed up my progress.  I'm not very good with down time!  Over the week end I've managed to get laundry done with the help of my husband.  Dear friends have brought in meals, so I've been learning about the kindness of others.  There is always something that crosses our path that can teach us life's important lessons.  Things are beginning to look up!

I will take time to share a few quilts, but too many, because it still is difficult to sit.


This little quilt is just so sweet!


And the quilting is fabulous!




Award Winning!


A unique piece of art.


Bavarian Blooms. 


There were so many beautiful and extraordinary quilt hanging at this show, and it was difficult to choose my favorites.


Kabuki Show.




Reflections of Cape Town.


An artist created this award winning quilt!

"Never regret a day in your life;  good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories." -unknown



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

We've passed the summer solstice......




"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark." -unknown
This little verse came to mind this morning at around 4 A.M. when I woke to the birds singing their song.  The nights have been so cool so we have been sleeping with our window open and enjoying the fresh cool air.  My sleep hasn't been the best because I took quite a tumble down my stairs Friday morning and I'm in the process of recovering.  The x rays were negative, so that is certainly a plus.  I had recently had a Dexascan and was told I had the bones of a young person, so that is probably the thing that saved me.   There is not a place I do not ache, so I have been mostly reading, until I fall asleep from the results of the muscle relaxers.  Enough about my latest adventures!




Needless to say, I have not been doing any stitching.  It is too difficult to sit.


This retreat is fast approaching, and this is my goal to be fit as a fiddle and ready to travel.


You still have time to sign up for this marvelous retreat!


The quilting on the following quilts is simply fantastic.












I am so happy that these discovered quilt tops by an unknown quilter, were quilted so beautifully.




The quilting is exquisite!


"I'm really convinced that if we were to define love, the only word big enough to engulf it all would be "life".  Love is life in all it's aspects.  And if you miss love, you miss life." - Leo Buscaglia