Tuesday, February 19, 2019

We are still in the ........

……… grips of winter!  We've had fresh snow, and I'm certain the skiers are delighted.  I am not among their number anymore after blowing out my knee a few years back.  Even with fresh snow, I woke to the birds singing this morning.  They are keeping faith alive that Spring is indeed just around the corner.

Along with my anticipation of Spring, I've completed the Spring Banner.  My son - law Jess, is my photographer, and he is having a busy week, but will try to fit it in as soon as possible, and then shortly after that the pattern will be completed.

In March I will be teaching in St George, and this is one of the classes I will be teaching.  I've been working on kits for this.  The Log Cabins are precut in the kits.

Then I've added the wool, and they will soon be ready.  As I sit at my computer, I just glanced out the window, and the snow is gently falling once again.  I still find it magical, but so are the first flowers of Spring!!!

I have a new little pile of my potholder squares to bind.  I have so enjoyed the process of making this quilt!  Such marvelous little projects to take with me.

Oh Yes, I swooned when I opened a box of fabrics from Diamond Textiles.  My heart beat a little faster and I hyperventilated!  I am in love with these fabrics, and am trying to decide which ones I will want to use in my Summer Banner.

Isn't this the most beautiful buttery shade of yellow!

I had to organize them into piles...….my minds on overload imagining how I hope to use them!  They are all beautiful, but I might share!

For this Presidents day, I decided on this quote to share.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
-Nelson Mandela

Friday, February 15, 2019

Quilt Group.....

Our quilt Group gathered last night, but there was just a few of us.
We enjoyed a cozy warm hearted visit and shared what we are working on.

Liz, shared with us her penny quilt, which is now quilted.  It was love at first sight.  I believe it was a pattern found in American Patchwork. 

Ann and her daughter Brittany, have been taking applique classes from Jeanna Kimball.  Here is one of Ann's blocks.

This is also Ann's.  Jeanna, teaches the back baste applique method.

Brittany, is choosing a bright and bold palette.  She states that the traditional quilters shake their head in wonderment! 

One more block by Ann.

Brittany, has been busily knitting mittens.

Here's me peeking over my quilt which went to the quilter today.

And, my potholder quilt.  I added the border to the left side today.
Many have asked about the pattern for this.  I will first be teaching this at a retreat at Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit in Missouri.  The dates for the retreat are July, 17-the 20th.  This is a marvelous retreat held by an amazingly wonderful quilt store.  You should consider coming.  You will not be disappointed.  The pattern will be available after I've taught it at this retreat.

Someone asked about the Cobblestone quilt which I shared in my last post.  The pattern can be purchased from Under the Garden Moon.

I hope you all enjoyed a Valentines Day that brought you happiness.  Bruce and I are eating out this evening...….and yippee, I will not have to cook.  What more could a girl want. :-)

"I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people." 
-Rosa Parks 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A day spent catching up........

Since arriving home, I've been busily trying to catch up...….unpacking and putting sewing things away.  It seems I take everything but the kitchen sink when I head out on the road to teach and attend retreats.  My husband thinks my favorite song is "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson.

I am almost too late to hang this on my door for Valentines Day, but thought it would be sweet for a few weeks.

I've had this heart for several years and still love it.

While I stepped outside, I thought I'd take a picture of our snow.  Bruce and I live in a PUD, (a planned unit development)  which means we have someone who keeps our sidewalks shoveled, grass mowed etc.  We decided when it was just the two of us, that this would be just right for us. :-)

I've made progress on my potholder quilt.  I found time to quilt several of the courthouse steps blocks and have started adding them for my border.  Contemplating whether I will add two rows or just one.

I was able to sew all of my stars for this quilt.  It is an unusual size, but I want it to be just right to hang over our fireplace.  I wanted this quilt to look old, and I think I've achieved the look.

A friend who came from California was busily working on these projects.

Another friend from California, Cheryl, made these stars.

This is a picture of the quilt, I prefer Cheryl's color choice.

This is a class which was taught.  It is called Cobblestones.  I love it!  I made this quilt many years ago and hand quilted it and donated it to the auction which is held every other year to raise money for a local children's hospital.  After seeing this I may have to make it again.

A friend whom I haven't met yet, shared todays quote with me.  It is by Abraham Lincoln. "Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition."   Thank you Susie Hoover for sharing it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Home Again!

After being gone for two weeks, home seems extra special.
I had a marvelous time at the retreats I attended, but there really is no place like home!  I rejoice that I have a home to come home to, and that I had clear roads for traveling.  The day after arriving home, we woke to a big bunch of fluffy snow!

My first stop was Cedar City, Utah.  I met up there with so many of my dear friends.  Several ladies came from California, and then it is always good to reunite with friends which I only see a couple of times a year.  

I taught 2 classes, and all of my free time, I sewed!  There was a large room for open sew.  In the background was the continuous hum of sewing machines and happy voices.  Oh, what fun it was.  This retreat in Cedar City is a very fun retreat!

I do not remember names of new faces, shame on me!  This is a wool quilt which is by Briarroots Primitives.

I have a tendency to visit all of my neighbors to see what they are working on.  If I sit for too long, there is the problem of getting moving again!  That is a problem for me if I sit for too long.  I thought this witch riding a sunflower was really cute and clever.

Most everyone enjoys wool.  

Karen Adler, was working on parts of Christmas in the Village Green.

These are the stars from the Winter Banner.  That is one of the classes I taught.

These Santa Wall Hangings are adorable!

This is one made from denim...….so cute!

I can not remember this ladies name.  I met her for the first time and am certainly happy that our paths crossed.  She came in one of the California cars. All of the above projects are her accomplishments.

This was in the process of being created!

"What we see depends mainly on what we look for." -John Lubbock

Monday, January 28, 2019

I will be leaving home........

……..tomorrow morning.  My car is packed with the help of my husband, and now I just need to figure out something to wear.  Notice, this is the last of my priorities.  First I will be at the Cedar Chest Retreat in Cedar City.  Then on next Saturday, my plan is to head over to Bryce National Park where the second retreat will be.  And, then the following Saturday I will find myself back home.

Besides packing and organizing for my classes, I found time to work on the Spring Banner, so that it will be ready by mid February.

I have one more set of tulip leaves to finish and then the tree leaves and It will be ready for quilting.

It should be put together and be ready for quilting, by the time I return home.

"Love is not something you feel, it is something you do." -David Wilkerson

I will endeavor to have some fun things to share with you from this adventure.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The snow fell all day!

And it is beautiful, and I have enjoyed it from my windows.  What a perfect day to stay tucked inside.  Bruce has been home today for Martin Luther King Day so we've enjoyed it together.

I love how snow stacks onto level surfaces.  We generally do not have wind with the snow, so there usually isn't drifting.

The Oak trees do not drop their leaves until spring, so they really collect the snow.

I have the Spring banner ready for stitching.  I hope to have the pattern ready in February and  it will be offered through Bits and Bobs Facebook group.  It will also be available on my web site, but the advantage of purchasing through the Bits and Bobs group, is that there is free shipping.

Here is a bit of the detail of the tree, bird and egg filled nest.  You can see the ears of the bunny which is tucked into the tulips.

I found a little bit of time to start some of the stitching.  But mostly today I worked on kits for my upcoming teaching schedule.

In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have some of his encouraging words to share with you.

"If you can't fly then run, If you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

For me, I do believe my running days have expired, I am just thankful I can walk a descent pace!  But for sure, it's important to keep moving forward in all aspects of our life. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Many happy hours have been spent.....

……..in my sewing room this past week.  Actually my sewing projects have left my sewing room and at present is occupying most of my basement.  When I say basement, my space has large windows which I am thankful for.  I love to capture the sunlight and have it come into my space.  However, we haven't had an abundance of sunshine lately.

I received an order for a kit for At Home In the Garden, and discovered that they were all gone.  So, I took the time to make a few more kits, thinking all the while about the joy of digging in warmed soil, and planting a garden.  While our children were young and at home, we had fun planting our garden space.  And to this day, all 3 of our children have a fondness for gardening.

The center section of the potholder quilt I've been working on is complete.  Now my plan is to continue making the log cabin blocks, and finish the quilt with 2 rows of them around the entire edge.  That will make it the perfect size for over my fireplace.

I've pulled fabrics from my scraps for the back of each of the blocks.  I considered the fabric by the color of quilting thread I would use on the front.  Of course, I used black thread on the black squares and a neutral tan color for the log cabins.

I first whip stitched the blocks into rows, and then whip stitched the rows together. I've needed to take special attention where the four corners come together.  This pattern will not be available until I introduce it to the retreat I will be teaching at Quilter's Station in July.

I pulled a couple of heart projects, since Valentines Day is hovering in the background.  This pattern will go to the first person who emails me with their address.

This is something else I have with a heart.

"One joy scatters a hundred griefs."
-Chinese proverb