Saturday, September 27, 2014

Picnic at the Beach!

Julie made this lovely mug rug for me out of leftover pieces.  Her husband made the pen and she gave that to me awhile back.

I purchased a pattern called 'Picnic in the Park' by Sweet Jane's Quilting Design's. I named mine 'Picnic at the Beach because of the colors  I selected. I have a ton of stashed batiks, so I had many to choose from. So many, in fact, that I asked my friend Julie to take on the task of selecting just the right ones fro me and also asked her to piece it for me. She said 'YES'! If I had put it on my 'to do' list, I imagine it would still be in a box! 

Today is my grandson's 10th birthday. We will have a celebration this afternoon, so I am just sewing on the binding before going out for the day.


Julie had this amazing Moda check that she suggested for the backing and took some of the leftovers to make  the strip down the center of the back. I just love the extra touch!! I could have quilted this anyway I wanted. I chose to use a favorite panto of mine called 'Harbour Wave' from Patricia
 Ritter and Marybeth O'Halloran and Urban Elementz. Since it has a beach theme, it was a no brainer for me. It mimics the waves of the ocean and I love it!

I chose to use 100% cotton batting so this quilt will be very soft and cuddly! I also considered the open quilting pattern because I wanted it to be really soft. The Moda on the back is really soft also. I can not wait to get the hand stitching done on the binding so I can wash it and start using it!!! It will probably take some TV time stitching next week in the evenings to get that part done!

Check out my PUBLIC albums to see more photos of this lovely quilt!

Friday, September 5, 2014

I just got my new Angela Waters 'Shape By Shape' quilting book!

I got my copy of Angela Waters, new quilting book! I have all of her other books, they are always worth every penny! I am very selective on which books I purchase, but I never think twice when it comes to one of hers! She is so inspiring!

I purchased the pattern and fabrics for this small wall hanging about 3 years ago at AQS in Paducah. It has been pieced for about a year now. I have not come up with a quilting plan. I hung it up to look at it throughout the day so that  it could 'speak' to me.




I decided that I needed to remove the outer border, so I can replace it with a wider border. That change will allow me the opportunity to do something special in that area, since most of the quilting will be competing with the powerful prints.  I never really could put my finger on what was kept me from quilting it. This should make me happier once quilted.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Back on my list

I started the quilt about 2 years ago. It called for my attention this past week. There it was, calling my name. Has that happened to you? I promise it called my name! Anyway, I had some trouble with my sewing machine while paper piecing, so I set it aside. How sad, it is so lovely and I just dropped it. It is my plan to start back to piecing the rest of it.

It has always been a lovely piece and being away from it awhile has drawn new enthusiasm for me to finish it. 

I simply adore the intense colors !

My goal is to complete it by the end of the year!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Simple pleasures, too cute not to share!

Brooklyn came to visit last weekend, I would say she came to see me, but I think it is more likely is was Bella! What a cute couple! I think she gave Bella a run for her money!

Haven't taken time to blog and seriously have not missed the feeling of needing to. Mom is back home and doing pretty good right now, things are crazy and if I thought it couldn't get crazier, I was called for jury duty for July 14, to August 29th!  Since I live in Fayette county, I will report in person on July 14th for my first day. Only time will tell if I serve or not, good news, the courthouse is only about 10 minutes away from my home, short commute and gas. If I serve, I think it will be very interesting. I don't sit still easy, very anxious, but I feel it is my duty and I can't do anything about it anyway, sure don't want to go to jail! ha!ha! Anyway, enjoy the wonderful shot!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A much needed visit from Kamryn

This weekend, I got to keep my grand daughter Kamryn for the night! She is pictured here holding my mom's white faced cockatiel named 'Smokie'. He is not used to being out of his cage, mom isn't able to chase him around the room, so he is not all that happy with most humans. Lucky for Kamryn and me, he likes us!! She was so delighted here when he perched on her hand!!!! He also sang some lovely melodies for her! I think he can sense that she is very kind and she loves all animals!! I did not photograph the frog she caught in the back yard and played with half the night!! She is fearless!!

Mom is still in rehab for her latest recovery and is doing a little better, but not what I would like to see. I want to see her go home and enjoy her life at home!!! I think it may be a little too soon to know for sure when or if that will happen in the near future. I appreciate all the caring and support I have gotten from all my blogger friends!!

Have a great day!!