Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
New Year's is coming and I, for one, am happy about that. I make no resolutions cuz I ...uh...have no...resolution...mostly...but there are some ideas for improvment swirling in my head. A newly revamped/recharged version of Debby would be nice in the new year.
They say "rain" for tomorrow...we'll see, won't we...I'm hopin'...
Monday, December 07, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Quite a few little teeny strawberries on my bank this year...I had them a few times on my cereal...mmm =-) The deer were a lot of fun to watch this year. There is a family of 8 that were in my yard most days at one time or another. How I love the fawns, there were 3 of them this year. And one young man has some antlers he proudly wears this year. Their deer path is right along my hedgerow and they eat the berries (and everything else) that grow in the wild lot just on the other side. They cross the road at the top of my property to get into the woods. They are so smart and do the stop, look, and listen thing we teach our kids to do before crossing.
My NY bathroom re-do turned out so well!! I LOVE it! Thanks, cousin Phil! xoxoxo! It is so nice to have a sweet, clean, new bathroom. It changes my whole feeling about my little house. Now I feel I can even stand the kitchen for a couple more years while I save some $$ for it.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Next, is a Round Robin quilt, "Watching Birdies in my Summer Garden," made along with members of my quilt guild at the time...again, made in the 90s...I made the center portion out to and including the purple plaid. This was in my "Red Wagon" primitive-style phase... The center I designed using some elements from Red Wagon and some of my own, all in an arrangement design of my own. I was ecstatic when I got it back ; everyone did such amazing and appropriate-to-this-quilt borders...I was very lucky!
In 2002, my DD graduated from high school. The next quilt was her graduation quilt, "Island Girl." She had a love of palm trees, the beach, and all things tropical, so I got to make an island-theme quilt. It was made using the Square Dance method of piecing the background, in a gradated, sort of watercolor, blendy effect, to show the scene from under the water all the way to the sky. I then appliqued the huts (commercial pattern for those, as well as the tiny palm trees), the trees (large one framing the right side was my own design), the little batik squares that depict sea creatures, shells, the sun, moon, and stars (you aren't able to see the ones near the top here), a few broderie perse fish in the water and some shells on the sand, and in the center of the water a mermaid with blonde, flowing hair that looked very much like DD at the time. Everything was then hand quilted. This quilt was a LOT of fun! The back was also fun, containing many, many things that were meaningful to DD, some remnants of her childhood clothes, photo transfers of pictures of her first car (shiny, red '66 Mustang!), and various other things. I was sorry to see the process end...but, oh so glad to be done...if you know what I mean...
This next one made of a pink print and muslin is one of my favorites of all the quilts I've made. I wanted to make a quilt myself that looked and felt just as warm and cozy and soft as the antique quilts that I love so much. It was an extremely simple quilt to piece, and it afforded lots of hand quilting area. I did not wash the fabrics beforehand (I almost never do) and I used a cotton batt, all to insure that when I was finished quilting and finally did wash the quilt it would pucker up and be all those things that I wanted...and it did! I love this quilt, and I'm happy I got it out for this "Airing" cuz now I'm going to keep it out and cuddle up in it this evening =-)
The last quilt I wasn't even going to show, and did not send it to Dorothy even though I had it outside...but it makes me smile. It is actually the 2nd quilt I ever finished. It was for my darling baby girl (yes the same one). I was so proud of it =-) I made it with this new fangled idea that was going around, back in the late 70s or very early 80s, of not using templates but tearing strips (ohmygosh) and putting them on top of each other, sewing various lines, and then cutting them apart into triangles, etc., pressing open, and ending up with square units made up of two different colored triangles! Can you imagine?!? What a concept... Anyway, it sat around for a few years as a top and when I got preggers with her I decided it would make a great baby quilt so I sandwiched it and started quilting. She used it as a baby and then, when she was little, for her dolls, and I'm keeping it for any grandbabies that may eventually show up...it's in fine condition, and it has seen some history, and will be perfect for making grandbabies cozy...just like me...
Well, thanks for joining me on my little quilt tour. You got some oldies but some goodies this time. I'm sure, if you've been around the innernets for awhile, here and on the About.com site, you have probably seen a few of these before...but that's what was on the shelf when I reached in today...and they were actually finished quilts as opposed to tops...of which there is also an abundance... If you get a chance, go over to the About.com site and/or check out Dorothy's Webshots of this year's (not sure when they are going up) and previous years' Airings...it's great fun!
Have a good week, everyone!
PS: I'm so sorry I cannot get the photos to expand...I just canNOT...and I've tried...it would make everything so much easier to see...sigh...
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
This is the backing up on the flannel with the quilt top underneath...just makin' sure I covered the top with the back with at least 4" to spare...=-)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I need to cut myself some slack...and really, who cares if it's yarn or fabric that lights my fire at the moment...at least there is one burning...right???
Very important food for thought...