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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 is Over

Hard to believe how quickly this year has come and gone.  I set my goal of making a quilt for each of my sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be given at Christmas.  12 quilts in all and there were certainly times I didn't think it was going to happen.  I used one quilt that was made in 2011 and made the other 11.  Because my sons live in there different states and quite a distance apart, we only manage to get all of them home for Christmas every two years these days.  That happened this past weekend and the quilts were well received. 

So, since I have nothing new to show, here are some pics of the quilt distribution and the recipients.




                       I hope Miss Aly liked her quilt better than it appears in this picture.

 
Granddaughter Ashley and her husband Steven

 
Great-grand Bryce loved his Thomas the Train quilt

                                                                          Do you think?

 
Granddaughter Caitlin

                                                Great-grand Gabi had hers mailed . It was a hit
 
Son Jeff and his wife, Deb

Great-grand Jeramiah  said he "finally" has a quilt of his own. He actually has three others but Mom either has them put up or was using them as couch quilts. This one goes on his bed.

 
Brother Maison now has one for his bed too (and it's quilt #4 for him as well)


                      Granddaughter Kelley has a big one to take back to Massachusetts
Son Mark and wife Stephanie wanted a new pastel bed quilt.
 

 
Son Mike and wife Lindy wanted a sofa quilt

 
Grandson, Greg, is in Belgium and asked that I keep his until he returns to the states
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                                                     My three guys.  Don't see them often enough!


 Happy New Year!



Saturday, November 30, 2013

Goals Reached

I haven't been very good at blogging this year.  What an understatement, huh? 

The goal of 12 quilts for family Christmas presents has been met.   In total honesty one of them was already made in  a previous year.  So, 11 quilts have been made and quilted and bound. 

Another personal goal has been met and exceeded.  At the age of 67 I was stunned last month to discover 4 half siblings that I did not know existed.  I grew up knowing next to nothing about my father and presumed I never would.  I can't overstate what a huge blessing it has been and continues to be to have found 2 sisters and 2 brothers and to be so warmly embraced by them.  I was saddened to learn of my father's passing 3 years ago, but have to believe that God brought us to this point at this time for a reason.  All of my "new" siblings live on  the west coast, so we are planning a trip  after the first of the year.  In the meantime, technology is a wonderful thing and we communicate often.

This year all three sons and most of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be with us the weekend after Christmas and some for several days.  On Thanksgiving Day a new generation  (3 great-grands) helped set up and decorate the Christmas tree. 

We are blessed in so many ways and hope that you are too.


The Christmas quilts in order of completion.  This year I had to send some quilts out to be quilted as my breathing and stamina just aren't letting me manipulate the larger quilts through my Juki.



"Secret Garden", quilted on my Juki

 
"Garden of Love"  quilted by longarm
 

 
 
"Good Morning, Sunshine", quilted by longarm
I haven't got a good picture of the full quilt yet..it's big and need help holding it up.

This is the unquilted top

"Crackers and Beer"  quilted by longarm


"Blue Highways"  quilted by longarm

"Wild Thang" quilted on my Juki

"Bedknobs and Broomsticks" quilted by longarm

"Patriotic Pineapple" quilted on my Juki

"Black and Blue" quilted by longarm

"Follow Your Star"  quilted on my Juki
This picture is the unquilted top.  Still need to get a picture of the finished quilt

"Thomas the Train" quilted on my Juki












Wednesday, April 3, 2013

#4 & 5 Two Pineapples

The month of March came and went so quickly.  But I'm not complaining since I'm more than ready for spring. 

I finished two more quilt tops, both using Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom pattern.  These work up so quickly. 

The first one used up some patriotic fabrics
 
The second one used some African looking fabrics I've had forever.
 


Now on to something different.

Happy spring!



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

#3-Bento Box

I'm continuing to work on quilt tops for this year's Christmas presents.
This Bento Box pattern was pieced last week.



On to #4.




Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Still Quilting in Kansas

It's hard to beleive it's been over 4 months since I've posted.  And I'm still not sure I'm ready to return to regular or semi-regular blogging.  But I thought I'd take a few minutes to check in and assure some who have missed me (thank you) that I am alive and still quilting, albeit at a slower pace.

I ended 2012 by finishing one more of my long standing UFO's....my version of Dear Jane.  Since I was doing the machine quilting during the last few days of the presidential campaign, I decided to call my quilt "America's Choice 2012".  My quilt is set together far differently than the original.  I based it on a version I saw on the internet several years ago and it was a challenge to figure out the spacing. Thanks to my friend Geta  for her help doing this. 

Here's my quilt


And a close up


We traveled to Des Moines in October to attend the AQS International Show.  It was indeed an honor to have one of my quilts hanging in the show for the second year in a row.  Here is my Dutch Trade.


I've continued to work on my hexagon quilt, not  daily, but frequently.  It's grown a bit since I showed it last.


So the goal this year is at least 12 quilts.  January is ending with two tops completed.

First this strippy quilt based on a photo I found online.

I added a 1" black border on all four sides after this picture was taken.


And the pieced back
 
You all know this is not my normal color palette. Far too bright for me!
 
So while I was working outside my normal box I decided to finish a BOM kit I started two or three years ago called My Secret Garden. It's from a book called "Secrets From the Garden, Quilts With Floral Charm" by Cincy Lammon.  I had previously made four or five of the blocks and then sat it aside because it was just too PINK for me.  Time to get it out and finish, except it turned out that  some of the fabrics were either missing entirely or cut wrong in the kit.  So I had to do some pulling from my stash and also decided to substitue a Sunbonnet Sue applique block for one of the pieced blocks in the original. 
 




That catches us up. 
 
We've experiencing very strange weather here in SE Kansas.  Yesterday morning it was 70º when I got up with a tornado watch in effect, 56º at noon,  and snow was predicted as possible last night (but didn't happen). Today it is in the 30's. 
 
Happy quilting.  I'll try to do better.