Tuesday, December 18, 2018

More Diamond Textiles .........

……..to be gifted to the first responder who includes their mailing address.  Today's little charm pack was sent to Valerie Reynolds. 

Tomorrow I will try to remember to take a picture of a little table topper I made with some of these.

So, I had a bit of time to stitch today, so I've completed the first 2 6" potholder blocks for this new project.  The bindings when placed together form a type of border separating the blocks.  Ideally the quilt should finish itself as I go along and slip stitch the blocks together on the back side.  I plan on using quilting thread for durability.  It is such a joy when hand quilting something small like this.

This is a sample of what the back will be like...….a patchwork back of sorts.

"Nature is full of genius, full of divinity:  so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand." - Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas is drawing closer.......

……...and gatherings of friends are a special part of this time of year.  This past week, I enjoyed 2 different gatherings with quilt friends.  And with each I returned home with a warm feeling of how rich and full my life is.  

Over the next few days, I will be gifting these different Diamond Textiles bundles.  As many of you know I love these beautiful textured fabrics and use them frequently.  Sometime in conjunction with other fabrics, because they always add a special touch.  Be the first to respond tomorrow morning with your mailing address and I will send you one of the sample bundles.  Also, notice the Christmas star ornament...….that also will be gifted.

A few years ago at the quilt market in Houston, there was a pot holder quilt on display.  What that means is that each block is quilted bound and then connected to the next adjoining block.  Since seeing this quilt I've wanted to create one.  So follow along and we will see what transpire, and what I learn along the way.

This is one of the many potholder sized mini quilts which I've made as gift for a few of my quilting friends.  I'm using mine for a candle mat.  It looks like the soup bowls are on the counter in the back ground......I just finished cooking the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving and made a pot of soup.  Different ones who dropped by today enjoyed a bowl.

I love cats, but there is someone in my house that does not prefer them!  Life's all about compromise, right?  These are the 2 cats residing at my house.  I especially love the one on the right with the little boiled wool sweater.  Here she is, perched on this antique bow tie quilt.  There are some amazing funky fabrics in this quilt.  One of these days I will have my helper hold it up and I will show the quilt to you.

"Layer upon layer of soft gently packed snowflakes settle in near silence, forming a quilt of feathery ice crystals."  
-Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

All Hearts Come Home At Christmas.......

"Home is where the heart is, the soul's bright guiding star.  Home is where real love is, where are own dear ones are. Home means someone waiting to give a welcome smile.  Home means peace and joy and rest and everything worthwhile."  -unknown
I ran across this poem today and it reminds me of family coming home at Christmas.  Of how precious that is within families.

Some of you have asked about the book from which my angel quilt came from.  This is the book, really quite old, but perhaps it can be found on Amazon.  It is full of great quilts.  I would like to make the applique quilt on the upper left corner before next Christmas.

I received orders for kits of the Woodland Visitors, so I stopped everything and made kits today.

I have a few of our antiquing pictures from last summer.  These are from a really amazing shop in Missouri.  I have never seen such a wonderful collection of these blue style dishes.

Both of these pieces stopped me in my tracks.  There just comes a time when there is not space for more stuff!  We have down sized and I have limited room.

This is a sweet quilt with the bow ties set with the pink stripe.

This lovely stitchery caught my attention.

And, these jugs were just begging to come home with me.

 What a treasure this quilt is!  It was shown by Julie Hendrickson, the owner of J.J. Stitches in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.....a marvelous shop.

Sometimes the simple quilts are the best of all.

"Very little is needed to make a happy life;  it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." -Marcus Aurelius

I was privileged to visit with a missionary who has spent most of his life working in Haiti, and he gave the interesting bit of information, that suicide is non existent there.  An interesting bit of information to consider and think about.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Woodland Visitors......

Happy Monday!

This pattern will be gifted to the first person to email me at norma@timelesstraditionsquilts.com  Please remember to include your mailing address to win.

I wanted to share my angels quilt, which is from the book, Christmas or not.  I love the idea of angels watching over us, not just at this time of year, but always.

This is an antique quilt which I just purchased very reasonably.  It is hand pieced and quilted, and is quite heavy.  Sure to keep someone warm, and to appear colorful and cheerful while doing so.

This is my latest quilt to become available after the first of the year.  That is when I will start cutting kits for it.  Presently I'm enjoying the season!  I really love how this quilt turned out......it is just the muted soft look I prefer.

"I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer." 
-George Mathew Adams

Friday, December 7, 2018

Feeling Inspired and uplifted.........

On Wednesday, Bruce was off work, so he and I watched the funeral of Bush 41.  We were both so inspired by his character, kindness, humility, and his love affair with his dear Barbara and with his children.  As I watched, I hand quilted these little candle mats, that I'd like to share with friends for Christmas.

Holiday decorating has finally begun at our house.  Most of my decorating is more for winter than for Christmas.

 I made these quilted hearts many years ago, and decided I'd like to enjoy having them displayed again.

This adorable angel was made by a friend and was given to me, also many years ago.  She's still precious to me.

Leslie, made this snowman pillow many years ago, and he still makes me smile.

May Angels Keep Thee In All Thy Ways...…..this  pillow  was gifted to me by a friend Kerry.  And I still admire it and the sentiment it gives.

On the back of the couch is my quilt called Stars and Holly Berry.  It is so cozy looking.

And the Winter Banner just firs to the back of this well used rocker.  As you can see from the picture that it is very worn, and has been well loved and used.  I need to go out and shop for something new.  The problem is, I am not much of a shopper.
Fabric and such is the one exception.  Also, I love to shop with friends.

My Kitty with the red felted wool sweater, is joining our household for the season.  She is perched on an antique quilt I purchased a couple of years ago.

"The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves." -Hellen Keller

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time for a give away......

Tree Skirt Pattern will be given to the first person to email me @ norma@timelesstraditionsquilts.com   Please remember to include your mailing address.  Many of those who have made this pattern, did not make it into a tree skirt, but rather placed a star in the center and used it as a table topper.

I pieced another block and hand quilted it.  It occurred to me that this could be a potholder quilt.  In that way it would make the quilting easier.  You could quilt as you go.

The pattern and the kits are now ready for this table runner.

Quilt kits are ready and waiting.

I have the remainder of Barbara's quilts to share today.  I love the tiny little stars in the posts.  Barbara makes lovely Amish quilts.

This is Barbara's take on the Virginia Reel.

She is now considering her options for the borders on this striking quilt.

I've always appreciated the uniformity of the Bears Paw design.

This is a stunning quilt!  and part of what makes it that way is her use of stripes on the border and insets.  Also, notice the interesting hand quilting design.

Once again, this quilt show cases her quilting.

"Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.  The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray."
-Lord Byron

Monday, December 3, 2018

We have a winter wonderland.......

The snow has been gently falling all day.  These Oak trees right off our deck, do not drop their leaves until Spring.  So we need to keep the snow knocked off so that the limbs don't break.

I love it all!!

I've been going through my scraps ands cutting 1 inch strips to make these little 10 inch quilts.  They have given me a good excuse to do some hand quilting.  Everything about this project is contentment!

I think it will make nice candle mats.

I have a few more quilts from our quilting time at Barbara's.  This is her version of a house quilt

Barbara made these amazing home made granola bars.  I loved them and came home with the recipe.  What a great treat to have with my coffee in the morning.

This blue and white quilt was a real hit with us, especially with the saw tooth border.  With Barbara's fabulous hand quilting, this will be a stunning quilt.

Atrip to Barbara's quilting room is always a fabulous experience.

A little snails trail.

And these tiny little courthouse steps in this quilt just blew us away!  And then all of the hand quilting just makes my heart sing.

New hand pieced blocks hanging on her design wall.  But my very favorite is the little house quilt off to the lower right.  The alternate blocks has the alphabet stenciled on them.  Just pure sweetness!

Here you can see it better.

I made a quilt with these blocks.  Barbara and I both took a hand piecing class many moons ago and we both made these.  This is the quilt my niece recently chose.

This is another amazing quilt tops which Barbara has finished.  It is called Kansas Twister, made from thirties.  She is considering how she wants to quilt it.

I've been inspired the last couple of days remembering the life of President Bush.  It's been so refreshing hearing of his humility and love of country...….and his faith and love of family.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-John F Kennedy