Friday, March 29, 2013

In Honor of Spring

Spring is in the air and Easter is this weekend.  So to honor these fine occasions I've have put together these blocks from my Garden Party pattern.  They have been hanging on the clothesline for over a year in a ziplock bag.  I had run out of the sashing fabric.  I finally got some more, not a perfect match but because I'm a scrappy quilter I'm fine with that.   
Now for sandwiching and quilting.  I'm thinking some big stitch might look good in the setting triangles.  What do you think?
Just a note in creating these post I found that my website was down and that it has been for a few days.  Grrr!  Apparently the card they had on file had expired.  Which was taken care of and I had payed Go Daddy but some glitch happened and it was shut down.  It's up again and I apologize if you went to visit and we were not home.  We're back so come and visit.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Twinkle, Twinkle

I like stars in quilts.  They make things twinkle.  So whether the are randomly placed in a quilt like my header or evenly spaced.
In sashing around a simple square of fabric or a block.

Precise or wonky
Subtle or bold

They always put a twinkle in my eye.  
What is your favorite quilty star?

Monday, March 25, 2013

I've Got Sunshine

Yellow is one of my favorite colors.  It is sunny, bright, and happy.  So it is now surprise I like to use it as a background.  I did it with this quilt.  And most  recently with this charity quilt.  I had a bunch of leftovers from my scrappy trip around the world strips.  So I made them into four patches, and alternated them with yellow prints.  Because I didn't have enough of any one yellow print.  There is no rhyme or reason to their placement.   I was just doing a little mindless sewing.  I think it will make a happy lap or baby quilt.
I'm also using yellow to off set these scrappy blocks I had the ladies in my Moody Blues Bee make me.  I'm waiting for a few more blocks.  Then I'll lay them out and decide how many more I want to make.  Heaven knows I have enough 2 1/2" squares to make several more.  

So even though spring can't decide whether she wants to come or go I'll still have a little sunshine.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Granny Square Finish

I believe it is best to always look for the good in life.  It lets me see all that I have to be grateful for.  Which by the way is a lot.  With the passing of my aunt comes the return of my grandma.  I have missed her so much this last year and a half while she has been caring for her daughter.  Now she is home again and I get to see her more often.  To celebrate this little blessing I finished my granny square quilt.
WHOOP! WHOOP! on two counts.  Grandma's home and my quilt is finished.  Make sure you visit Sarah to see what others have to whoop about.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quilting

Here is a sneak peek at a quilt I'm working on.  I mixed three new lines from Moda; Red Robin, Savonnerie, and PB&J.  I think they play well together.
I pieced the back.
Now I'm quilting feathers in it.  



Monday, March 18, 2013

Should My Journey Continue?

I've made another 15 blocks for my scrappy trip around the world.  If I were to finish it now it would measure 60" x 72", a good throw size.  But I'm wondering if I should go bigger.
The blocks are fun to make.  It is making a dent in my scrap bin.  The men in my life are all over 6' tall and complain that my quilts don't cover them like they would like.  But then again we have three trunks of quilts at my house and that's not counting the ones on the bed.  So a throw size is nice to give as a gift. It is also very cheerful and would work well for an quilty hug for happy Chemo.  I think I'll let it sit on the wall and rest a while before I decide if we will continue our journey.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friends and Family

The sun is shining and temperatures are on the rise.  My gliding bench is in the yard draped with my newly finished siggy quilt beckoning  friends and family to come and visit.  
Which I have been doing a lot of lately.  I enjoyed two days with my sister, Lori from California.  A birth and a death gave her good reason to come and visit.  They also created an opportunity to have my nieces and nephews, brother, sisters and parents over for lunch and visiting.  The rope swing got the best work out it's had all year.  
We heard many Maryisms.  One I just have to share.  It's good for a laugh.  Mary is my four year old niece,  precocious, quite a problem solver and a new big sister.  On they way back from the funeral she tells me and my sister that grown ups are tricky.  When we ask her why, she says, "You ask them where we're are going.  And they say, you'll see.  And they take you to a funeral!"  I could not stop laughing.
I also spent and afternoon with three good friends.  We get together every other week to share what we have learned.  As mothers it seems sometimes that the only knowledge you gain is from Sesame Street and the only books you read are Dr. Seuss.  So we take time out to share one thing.  I learn so much.  We laugh and cry and learn that our families are not abnormal as we may sometimes think.
Now that my parents and sister have gone back to their homes I hope to return more regularly to the Land of Blog and see how my friends are doing here.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Circle of Life

A lot of life has happened since my last post.  I went away with my friends like I do every year at this time.  We did a lot of talking laughing and sewing.  I feel so blessed to have these lovely ladies in my life.  

While I was with them news that my aunt had passed away came.  It was not a surprise.  Just over a year ago we found out that she had stage four colon cancer.  I made her this quilt to take with her for her treatments.  It has been a hard year and she fought a good fight.  I know she is in a better place but the finality of death and the loss it leaves just hearts your heart. 
But just as life takes and leaves you reeling it also gives and blesses you with joy.  Today my sister, Becky gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.  He is perfect in every way.  Both mother and baby are doing well. 
And the circle of life goes on.