Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
I spent some time yesterday finishing the new sampler top....for some reason this one seemed to take forever, but I guess I had some starts and stops along the way. Now to get a backing fabric for it so I can get it quilted, and then write the patterns for it. I will begin teaching the new sampler in June.
These pictures are some that I've taken at recent sampler clubs. I offer these once a month clubs for people to build skills and work with a group. I have two groups working on this sampler right now.
After I finished the new sampler (it needs a name so I can stop calling it the new sampler!) I worked on a new design. I have two new projects in the beginning stages...one has to be finished before the other so that is what I will be working on next.
We've had some gorgeous spring weather the past week as well as some much needed rain over the weekend. It's really starting to green up outside. I am itching to visit the greenhouse and start planting tomatoes! It's time, right?
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Norma cut up lots from her Christmas collection. She is going to make a runner and then a quilt.
Diana was given a jelly roll as a gift and is using it to make a twin size quilt.
There are lots of ways to use these half hexagons...after they had a good start on their braids I showed them how to sew them together to make hexagons. I made a small version of this last summer.
We had our cup swap yesterday after class. When Becky came she and Diana posed for a twin picture in their matching shirts!
I didn't think to take pictures of all the cups before the swap, but I will take pictures of the ones I ended up with later and post tomorrow. Hopefully others took pix of their own I can share.
|My Scrappy Braid quilt|
Thursday, April 24, 2014
A while back a friend wanted to do a cup swap, so she convinced nine of us to make cups to swap with her. We found a cute pattern on Fat Cat Patterns to use, decided on white backgrounds and set a date two months away to have them finished and meet to swap.
Of course, that date is coming up this weekend, so I had to get busy last weekend and get them made (why do I wait til the last minute?). I decided to use this sewing patterned fabric for my cups that she had gifted me awhile back....and I love how they turned out. I can't wait to see what the others have come up with!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Dianne's murky background and watery border really set off her pinks.
Kelli changed the position of her blocks, and came up with a whole different design. We liked it too!
It was fun to see them and they all said that having that "finish party deadline" really encouraged them to get it finished. The quilt below was made by Kerstin, who participated in the mystery from Germany by testing the pattern for me. Hers is quilted as well.
Monday, April 21, 2014
I chose the fabrics for the setting triangles for the new sampler...I think they are going to frame the blocks nicely!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I can't believe I've been MIA for a week. After I came home from Dad's birthday party last Sat. I got sick with the norovirus. I felt better by Tuesday and went to work, but honestly I shouldn't have as my stomach has still been iffy ever since. I don't get sick, but just feel slightly nauseous off and on every day. I can eat, but nothing really sounds good.
Dad had to come down for some tests Wed. night and was in the hospital until Friday afternoon so I spent Thurs. and Fri. at the hospital with them. Everything is ok at this point, just had to check some things out.
Hopefully this week will go a bit more smoothly. It's a gorgeous spring morning here in IA so that's a good start! Happy Easter!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
We are celebrating my dad's 90th birthday tonight in my hometown, Earling, IA. His birthday was Wednesday, so he celebrated with the family that lives near that night, but we are having the official PaRtY tonight. Four of my five siblings will be there, as well as many nieces and nephews. For some it's too far to travel for a weekend.
|My First Communion|
|Easter, complete with fancy hats|
As I grew older, I started helping around the farm with bigger buckets, learning responsibility along the way. I didn't realize at the time that that was what was happening, but I do now. Dad always says that I liked helping outside more than being inside, learning to drive the tractor (which I loved!) to help with the field work. One of my best memories is of going down to the hog house late at night to check the sows to see if they were farrowing. Dad could tell if one of them was close to delivering, so liked to check them to make sure everything was going ok. It was warm and peaceful at night and sometimes we would witness the miracle of birth.
|Dad with my daughter, Wendy|
|Mom and Dad's 60th Anniversary Party in 2010|
I am so lucky to be able to celebrate his 90th birthday with him. Happy Birthday, Dad...see ya later!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Marilyn came to last Saturday's Modern Cathedral Window Pillow class and brought some Circle and Spin show and tell with her. She was going to make a queen size quilt originally, but decided she didn't like all of the colors in the same quilt, so made two throw size tops instead. They both turned out so pretty...these pictures don't really do them justice. I love it when people bring quilts from classes back to show me how they turned out!
I found the fabric I'm going to use for my setting squares and triangles on the new sampler, so I hope to get those cut out and made tonight. I'm excited to get it sewn together now!
Monday, April 7, 2014
I had a great time Saturday teaching some eager students how to make Cathedral Windows using their sewing machines, no hand sewing. Some used other colors behind the windows...like Joann.
You can make the windows out of just about anything, including holiday motifs.
I finished the new sampler blocks yesterday, so now I have to find two fabrics for the setting blocks. They will be simple half square triangles...very large ones. I am anxious to get this finished now!