Friday, March 19, 2010

Production Line

I spent a very enjoyable day on Monday doing nothing but quilting.  Poor old Tillie has been sadly neglected lately but she performed perfectly for me and I got these three little strippy quilts done. 

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I know a lot of people who are expecting this spring and although these quilts are so simple, they are what I call ‘happy quilts’ as they are bright and colourful and bring a smile to your face.  I used three different pantos on these – the first one was Sprung, the second Bubbles and the third Vibrance. 

Completely unrelated, I watched the movie “My Sister’s Keeper” last weekend and what a letdown.  I’m a big fan of Jodi Picoult’s books and this movie was based on one of them.  Talk about taking poetic license – they completely changed the ending of the book and for some reason it really infuriated me.  I’m so glad I had read the book before I saw the movie.

We have had absolutely gorgeous weather here all week – perfect weather for walking my baby – and we’re headed to the park right now.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stacked Posies

I’ve really been trying to get out of my quilting slump - honest.  It has taken me more time than I’m willing to admit to get these stacked posy blocks together.

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Then I tried to decide if they would look better on point?

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I e-mailed my friend Joan and she didn’t think the dotted fabric was working, so I re-thunk (I’m sure that’s not a word) the whole thing and decided I’d make a wallhanging, instead of a quilt as I am getting sick of the sight of these tiny little 3” square blocks!

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This is as far as I got yesterday, then while at work today I came up with an even better idea and this is what I’m doing with them now!

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They are officially a UFO and I have no regrets.  Life is too short to spend time on something that just isn’t working!

Monday, March 8, 2010

It Can’t Be March – it Just Can’t!!

If you are still hanging in here with me, I commend you as there sure hasn’t been anything remotely resembling quilting going on around here lately.

I did get away to Dallas for a few days but the timing of the trip was all wrong. It had been planned before all hell broke loose around here and I should have taken the monetary loss and just cancelled – we live and learn.

There were some good times, though, and this beautiful girl and I shared a walk around the neighbourhood every morning.

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We also spent a lovely day out in Rockwall at a friend’s house on the lake.

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The pictures I am going to show you do not do justice to the beautiful work that Louise does. This embroidered quilt is magnificent and – are you ready for this – this is the first quilt she has ever made!!!!!

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Louise is now working on a second quilt, made from dupioni silk and it is going to be every bit as gorgeous, if not more so, than her first one.

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There is nothing I hate more than someone who does beautiful work like this AND she’s organized!!!!!

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Not a pile of anything in site – and just in case you were wondering, her drawers are all tidy too!

Here we are at lunch at Gloria’s.

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Left to right – Margaret, Carol, myself, Louise, Ann & Lee. Poor Ruth was cut out of the picture by the waiter.

Margaret and Carol are also extremely talented. Margaret can make just about anything without a pattern and Carol has done some beautiful heirloom smocking, as well as quilting.

You can’t spend time around these gals and not be inspired – so stay tuned!