Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Why do you blog?  I have noticed lately that a lot of blogs are plugging products.  It seems that some young mothers are making money blogging so they can stay home with their young children.  I applaud folks that can do that but it is not for me.  

I blog for the creative interaction of other quilters.  I love hearing from quilters from all over the country and the world.  It is so gratifying for me.  Thanks to  all of you that read my blog and comment.  

These are a couple of pillows I made for my new couch.  I am discovering how much fun pillows are to make.   Yes I am into lots of color these days.

When we cleaned out our attic in the fall would you believe I found three lamps that my uncle had given me.  Here is one and it fits in perfectly with our new look. 

This is my winter project.  I am hand quilting this lap quilt.  I used mostly solids in the colors of my new room.  I found a quilt online that I loved and sort of copied it.  It was absolutely free pieced!  It is the way I love to work,  so much fun but also very challenging.

Last but definitely not least one day last week my grandson and I were in my sewing room.  He started cutting scraps and putting them on my design wall.  He had a ball! Said it was the funnest afternoon ever!  Can you get better than that? 

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you all spend time with your friends and family.  We are looking forward to everyone being home even if it is for short time. 

Again thanks to all of you that take the time to read my blog.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm Back!

We have been back in our house for about a month.  I have not done much sewing.  If you have ever had any drywall work done in your home you will know how much dusting I have had to do.  It is like talcum powder everywhere you can imagine.  I have also had a lot to unpack and put back.  It was a fun job but didn't leave a lot of time for sewing. 

We visited our daughter in Indiana for Thanksgiving.  She entertained 18 people for dinner.  She did a wonderful job. She used china from both of her grandmothers.

She has a long sun porch which was perfect.  I like it when everyone can sit at the same table.

This is the table she used for the food.  Complete with the guinea hen they brought back from Africa.  

 She used some greenery to decorate each chair. 

This is a quick quilt I made for a young woman who we have known all her life.  She just had her first baby.  She is a very special young woman that has overcome some pretty tough obstacles but is in a very good place right now.  This is a cute way to put a baby quilt together.  The big square are 8 inches square.  

And I left the best till the end.  My daughters fiance has an auction business and he found this in a basement!  I love it.  I have a great sewing machine repairman.  He was not too enthusiastic about my new baby when he saw her but when I went to pick her up he was beside himself.  The only thing he could not fix was the light.  Oh well,  she has a beautiful stitch and I hope to use her a lot in the coming months. 

I am READY to SEW!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sewing up a storm

I am in a sewing zone.  I am having a ball.   I am putting my frustration and impatience with our repairs into sewing.  I made these squares on Friday and loved them. 

Then on Saturday afternoon on Pinterest I found this quilt and was totally fascinated.  I played around and found that I could order a kit or a pattern.  I have only used one pattern in my quilting career.  I honestly don't know how I feel about a pattern or about selling a pattern.  I want what I make to be mine.   I respect those who have the ability to put together a pattern and/or a kit but it is just not me.  I find the quilting community to be so eager to share with one another. 


 After seeing this quilt I went back and took all my 9 patches apart.  Yes I took them all apart and redesigned what I was doing.

Here are a couple of combinations.  It is so much fun to put these squares together in different ways. I am almost confused.  

I am thinking this will be a throw for the back of my new sofa. 

And of course I could not resist a wonky star.  This will most likely become a pillow.

We rode home on Sunday to look at our house.  I am not sure that was a good idea.  It is really strange to think of someone else in your house all the time moving and rearranging stuff. 

Hopefully we are on the downslope.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Busy by the Sea

Our contractor told us that work on our house would go quicker if we would leave so we are at the beach trying to be patient.  If you have ever had work done on your house you know it is very frustrating and requires lots of patience.  One bedroom will be completely redone because the walls and floor got wet.  Furniture in most rooms in the house will have to be moved.  Thank goodness my sewing room was not damaged at all.  Everything had to be moved out of the attic. 

We are very fortunate that our insurance company has been good to us.  We have heard horror stories of certain insurance companies not wanting to pay up.  We are also taking this opportunity to paint and put in hardwood floors which I have always wanted.  And the best news is new furniture!!  I am working on some quilted pillows to go with my new sofa which is very colorful.  Also the hand quilting helps me to focus on the end results and not the inconvenience. 

I think I will machine quilt this one in parallel lines to give some texture.

I did this yesterday and I am not sure what to do with it.  Could be a cute pillow or maybe the beginning of a quilt to use in my new room.  I have some fabrics with me but inspiration has not hit me yet.  I am thinking of maybe doing some 6" squares in different patterns,  log cabin, 9 patch, etc and then putting them together. 

Any suggestions?

I had to include this picture of my precious younger grandson on his quilt.  Notice the boots,  it was in the 90s that day.   Do kids get any cuter than this?


 I found this quote and thought it fit what I was feeling.

 I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
Duane Michals

 I am trying very hard these days to concentrate on how our house will look in a month and not the way it looks right now.  I am also trying very hard to be grateful that someone else took the stuff out of the attic and I didn't have to.  Believe me only about 25% of it will go back.  I am going to take this opportunity to purge!!

 I am also loving playing with Pinterest these days.  So much fun to look and see what other folks are looking at.  It is very convenient for me with my redecorating. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Starry Nine Patch

Progress on our house is very sloooow.  They came and worked really hard two weeks ago and then we didn't see anyone for 9 days.  It is frustrating.  The room upstairs will have to be stripped down to the studs to be sure there is no water damage in the walls.  The good news is our insurance company has been very cooperative and we will be able to do some overdue updating.  

Thankfully my sewing room was not damaged at all.  I have been doing a little sewing.  My daughter asked me to make a quilt for a co-worker of hers who adopted a baby girl.  My aunt did something similar with nine patches and stars.

Here is a close up.

My husband wants a quilt for the young woman who cuts his hair.  I found this idea at Film in the Fridge.  What a great idea.  I am going to use bright solids between the rows. 

Some of our furniture was damaged by the water coming in the house.  We have made a lot of decisions in the last few weeks.  Hopefully this mess will only last a few more weeks.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Wrath of Irene

Hurricane Irene paid us a visit Saturday.  DH and I are fine but a couple of pine trees from the back of our lot fell and clipped our house.  One of the branches went into an upstairs bedroom and damaged the roof.  We had rain pouring in most of the afternoon!

This tree fell first and hit the other one breaking it off.  They both clipped the house.

This is the tangle of trees next to our sun room.

This is the ceiling of the room upstairs.  The hole in the wall is where the branch came through!

The trees blew out the window in the room we were sitting in.  My husband was sitting right by the window.  We have thousands of pieces of glass in the carpet and on the furniture in that room.  We were lucky.  All over town there are trees down and houses damaged.  Ours is not nearly as bad as many others.  Around the corner from us a huge tree fell on the house and half the house is crushed.

This is a car that was parked in our neighbors driveway.  They moved their other cars to the street!!

The strength of Mother Nature is amazing!  I hope everyone else all along the east coast survived.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Good Bye Irene!

Bad news for the east coast!  Hurricane Irene is on the way.  We have tied down,  bungeed down,  put up and are on the way to the grocery store to buy bread,  milk and wine (the essentials).  She is a nasty looking lady. 

We are trying to be prepared.  Lets hope it won't be as bad as it looks like it might.  Yesterday we thought it was going to the east of Cape Hatteras but this morning it looks like she will go between Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout.  Right now it is a wait and see.   I wish I had a battery operated sewing machine.

We had an earthquake earlier this week!  Crazy weather week. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Check out the challenge quilts

Lori at Cottonfields has hung the challenge quilts.  Her rules were use the two pieces of fabric and birds.  Look at the different ideas.  They are posted on her blog Talk is Cheap Quilts.  Mine is the one with the Freddy Moran chickens.

My cousins daughter is raising money for a adoption for a friend of hers.  I told her I would make a quilt and she could auction it.  My aunt gave me these squares several years ago and I never did anything with them.  I can't decide what background to use. 

I don't have any more of the orange print but I have some of the stars print. What do you think of this idea?  Here the star squares blend into the background.

The other problem I have is that even with a 4" border the quilt is only 30" wide.  Any ideas about how to make it wider.

The other day I found a site with a  tutorial about quilting as you go QAYG.  I am fascinated by the idea of making a big quilt and only quilting each square.  Have you ever tried it?  I did this square early in the summer but got distracted.  I would love for this to be the beginning of a big quilt.  Any ideas or suggestions?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Four finishes

Almost four!  I finished the twin quilts.  They are bound and ready for my daughter in law.  I am almost finished with this one.

I posted a picture of this one some time ago.  I was not happy with it at all.  I visited with my aunt a couple of weeks ago and she suggested adding the yellow dots in between the squares in a wonky way.  I used the same yellow for the border and then bound it with a bright red!  I love the way it looks.

The best is the back!  This cute cute circus print.  I added a square of the coordinating print on the front.  This almost makes two quilts in one. 

And this is my challenge piece.  Cottonfields, our local quilt shop sponsored this challenge.  You had to buy two pieces of ugly fabric and then create something that involved birds.  I used Freddy Moran's chickens for inspiration.  My piece is called Chicken House.  The quilts are due August 1 so I am a bit early so don't show it to anyone!!


I hope everyone is having a great summer.  Try and stay cool.  Can you believe this heat?  Here in NC we had 5,  yes 5 days of 3 digit temps last week. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hot Summer Afternoon

So so hot here in the South.  So what to do,  how about machine quilt the twin quilts.  Fix a big tall glass of ice water,  turn the radio on,  make sure the AC is cranked up and sew.  The two quilts are similar but different.  Sort of like triangles we studied in Geometry!

This is the second one.  Do you see the difference?
The mother and maybe the father,  I am not sure about that,  went to Virginia Tech with my daughter in law,  so you see the Tech square?

This is a close up of the quilting.  I used a varigated thread in oranges and yellows. 

They both have the same back.  The couple these are for live on a farm in Virginia and my daughter in law asked me to do something in a farm theme.   Now to bind them.

I went to my quilt group yesterday.  There was only one other person there so Lori at Cottonfields helped me pick out a back for the other quilt I am doing for my daughter in law.  This picture is either not very good or I really don't like how this started.  I am going to work with these squares and add something. 

Sometimes an idea just does not work out like I think it will.  Does that ever happen to anyone but me?  Maybe I will add some strips of color to make this wonky.  I want to use these square in some way. 

This is the back that Lori helped my pick out.  I LOVE it!  

I just had to include this picture from early in the summer.  My grandson wanted to be buried in the sand.  As you can imagine it didn't last long.  That boy does not like to be still! 

Ok now what not to do on a hot summer afternoon,  mow grass,  walk around the block,  work in the garden,  in other words,  nothing outside!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Family minus one

We had a wonderful weekend with the whole family minus our daughter!!  We have several birthdays in May and June so our older son did  a Low Country Boil for us Saturday night.  What great fun! You put everything in a big pot.  When it is done you dump it out on the table and dig in.  It was really good. We had crabs, shrimp,  sausage,  potatoes, and corn. 

I have been working on the twin quilts this week.  I wanted to work at the beach but my little toe and the end of the bed had a run in!  How can something that seems so minor hurt so bad!

I finished the yellow twin quilt this week and put borders on both of them.  This is the blue one.

This is the one with the yellow print.   I have a cute coordinating print for the back.  The back of both of them will be the same.  The stars are the same in both of them too.

One question:  Is it twin quilts or quilts for twins!! 

A couple of weeks ago I had a high school class reunion.  If you want to get in touch with your place in the world,  go to your high school reunion!  It was wonderful.  How can folks that grew up in a small southern town following WW2 turn out so different.  It is amazing and a tribute to our parents and our community.  We were all fairly sheltered but so many of us have branched out and are doing fantastic things with their lives.  I don't regret still being here.  I regularly see folks I started school with.  I am very comfortable with where I am. 

Happy Summer to all!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summertime is calling me!

To me summer is Beach,  Baseball and Being with family!  We had the greatest time at the beach with my cousin and her family.  I can't wait for them to come back next summer. 

So enjoyed seeing our oldest grandson at his tee ball game yesterday.  If you want to laugh go to a tee ball game.

A great time with all the family.  My husband cooked hamburger and hot dogs.  Why is a hot dog so good at the beach?

I have been doing some quilting.  I showed this one before.  I guess you would call this a commission piece.  I am doing two quilts for my daughter in laws friend who is having twin boys.  This is the first one.  I need a border.  I am thinking a rich royal blue.  What do you think?

My daughter in law and her friend are both Virginia Tech grads so I had to include their logo.  

I also attended my high school reunion this past weekend.  What an experience!  I have stayed here but so many of my classmates have been lots of places and done lots of things.  It makes me feel a little boring.   It was so interesting to hear what everyone had done.  I reconnected with several classmates and hope to stay in contact with them.  We are all so different than we were in high school-Amazing!!

So what is everyone doing to beat this heat?  Sewing,  relaxing,  reading, watching TV?