Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Few Things

This cute little Sun Bonnet Sue belongs to Jane.  She's had the blocks a long time and they are now a quilt!  Sue is an OLD block pattern but has survived over time because she really is cute.

Leslie is still piecing tops for charity and I'm still quilting them.  Sadly, the photo does not do justice to the colors.  It's lovely!

Elfrieda pieced this for our guild  BINGO and I quilted it.  It's not until October but we are well on our way to 20 quilts!

On our BEE retreat last weekend, CAPPY made a really big quilt and Letitia made a teeny one ... I did NoT quilt these but they sure are pretty!

What did I do on retreat?  I made a new knitting bag - thank you, Teresa for the fun fabric.

I also finished the borders on my Enchantd Garden!  It's loaded up on the HQ.  I hope to do a "TA-DAH" by the weekend.  I worked on several other things ... making progress on some UFOs.

While in the midst of everything called LIFE ... there is always time for stitching!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


It starts today ... NORMAL.  Whatever the heck that means, today, I plan to get back into a more normal (stable?) routine.  The month of March?  Did we already do March?  Getting ready for the quilt show was fun and tiring and sometimes a little scary but SEW worth it!

After a year of planning (yes, a year), we started on Friday evening setting up.

We had over 150 quilts displayed by guilds members. As the Featured Quilter - I had 40 quilts.  My Cute Hisband was SEW helpful - I could not have done it without him.

Saturday and Sunday was spent visiting with our show guests ... All day! We had over 500 visitors.

My girls and my mom even made it.

A great quilty-husband is a treasure ... I love this guy!

On Sunday afternoon, My Bird Dance quilt had been honored with 2 Vendor's Choice Ribbons and a BLUE ribbon.

I also went on vacation for a week and a quilt retreat.  March is over, I sort of missed it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quilty Hangover

Can you believe it ?!! ... I did not take one single photo at my guild quilt show this past weekend ... NOT ONE!  I was the featured quilter.  I displayed 40 quilts.  I had the "corner office". With a window!  And not one picture. I had my picture taken dozens of times.  I do hope someone shares some photos with me.  What a dork ... NO pictures.

It was a fabulous weekend!!!!!!!!  Everything was perfect - everyone's quilts looked wonderful.  The space we were in - Samuel Ogle Middle School was clean and bright and big. The vendors were varied and friendly.  I did get a little shopping time.

From 1:00 Friday afternoon until 10:00 Sunday night, it was all about the Southern Comforters Quilt Show ... and then it was over for another year.  Monday morning I was DONE!

Ok ... I did take one picture.  My Bird Dance quilt won a ribbon!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rangley Stars

This quilt was started in 2009 ... a Deb Tucker class that I didn't get to attend.

Over the years, I worked on it - at retreats, at home, sometimes it went to retreat and stayed in the basket.  FINALLY - at my guild's February retreat 2015 - I finished the top.  Yes, it's smaller than planned.  I was DONE making these blocks.  Suddenly, a nice couch-sized quilt was exactly what I needed.

And the very-pink flannel fabric had a home.  Sure do wish I remember WHY I had 4 yards of very-pink flannel.

How the heck can a quilter accurately answer the question, "How long does it take to make a quilt?"

                                                6 years? 

That's how long this one took.  

FINISHED - it feels great!

Quilt Show Prep

I think I'm ready!

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Little Vacation Catch-up

Ahhh.... Sunny Florida!  When we left Baltimore last Saturday it was 10 degrees outside and there was 8" of snow on the ground. I've been enjoying a fun visit with Kid#2 and the Grandies.  Little boy humor ... I'm learning to love it!

In typical style - I overpacked possible projects.  And - I'm always glad I did.

I finished Block #9 of Imperial Blooms.  Now, Sew the top together and do more hand stitching.

I squared up over a 100 half-square triangles.  Now, I have to make lots of pinwheel blocks.

We have lilies growing in the front pond.  The pond still needs some TLC but the flowers are so pretty.

And the best part of this week ... Just hanging out.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pros And Cons

Because of this ...

I finished this ...

But that also gave me time for this ...

And that meant more time and stuff to pack for my Florida trip, and my suitcase was already bulging. I finally decided - whatever I bring has to fit inside this ...

Blocks to mark, blocks to square up and a little stitching...

AND ... That did not count the knitting.

If we had left on Thursday (as planned), I would have not had time to pack up extra projects.  Of course - if we had left on Thursday, I would not have had time to pack up extra projects.

Sunny Florida - we have arrived!