Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fooling Around

I should be quilting the Halloween quilt. Today instead I am watching my grandaughter, Maddy and we decided to work on some arts and crafts. First she wanted to do some stamping, then she wanted to write with a pen that clicks. While she was doing that I was drawing up some quilts I want to do in my sketch book. As soon as she saw that I had some colored pencils she just had to write in it too.

Can you tell which one is Maddy's?

Well one page was not enough and I do want to encourage her.....I have put the date on the pages so I can show it to her when she is older. She likes to use every color even if it is just a little bit.

This is what I am using on the next project but not until the other one is quilted. I think I am really going to like this one! For a change I know exactly what I am going to do.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halloween Quilt

It is finally basted and ready to be quilted. I am hoping to start it tonight. I still can't decide what binding to use.

I also picked these up today. I just love the colors, especially the variegated ones and now need a project for them. I am not a hand quilter but these just might tempt me.....


Monday, September 27, 2010


This was my favorite quilt at the quilt show a few weeks back. Look at all the hexagons! and they were only about 3/4 of an inch wide.

Here is a close up.....just look at those fabrics. I love that red!

I really liked this stripe too, every which way makes it work.

One more close up, what a fun quilt. It looks like it is hand pieced. It is from the collection of Mary Kerr and is called Through the Garden Path. I am guessing the fabrics are form the 40's?

Another very cool one, I love how lively it is. It is also from the collection of Mary Kerr.

I think that dark blue hexagon in the center along with the 3 blue striped ones make this very interesting
Doesn't it make you want to start one? Never say never! I have about 300 made and once you start it is hard to stop. It is a great take along to the doctor/dentist project.


Ballerinas Do Ride Harleys

Yesterday was a rainy kind of day. The rain stopped and a certain little ballerina wanted to go outside and ride her motorcycle. I love the look!

Racing with
her Dido

pink chucks complete the look

Oh to be almost 3 again!!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Very Busy Weekend

I finally decided on a fun way to use this unusual fabric. I need to send a friend an overdue birthday present. I think she will enjoy using this for all her notions. I also used my hand dyed fabric I made last week at the Poconos.

Inside view using "chair" fabric

I made a pom pom using the Pom Pom maker from Clover to make it easier to open and close the pouch. It is fun and easy to use.

This is what it looks like. It comes in many sizes, this one is the smallest they make.

Open each section and wrap your yarn around both white pieces. When you are finished, trim the yarn and close it.

It should look like this. It does not matter which way you wind either of them.

Next you will trim right down the middle of both sections. You can already see the pom pom emerging!

Take a 10 inch piece of yarn and bring it up right in that center section that you just cut and tie a not. It is going to be in the center of the pom pom and will hold it together. At this point I leave long tails so I can make it the length I want.

Open up one side and then the other.

It will look like this.

Pull off the sides and there is your pom pom waiting to be trimmed.

Trim off any loose ends, even it up and there you have a perfect pom pom

We had the opportunity to watch my son, Dylan participate in a fitness challenge to benfit the Wounded Warriors Fund at Crossfit Inspire in Malvern.

It is pretty intense, doing a specific exercise full out for 1 minute, trying to do as many reps as you can and moving to the next of 5 different things. Then you do it all over again 2 more times! I was tired just watching. His score was 333.

His uncle Jimmy looks pretty good too! They both worked hard and did well.

My 2 grandsons Elliot and Griffin hanging out with dad afterwards.

Elliot and gramps, they having matching blue eyes!

I also had a nice visit from my 2 cousins, Wendy and Mary Beth. The wonderful lady in the middle is their aunt Mary. My husband calls her "the nicest woman in the world", because she is. They come and vist every year and we look forward to seeing them.

We also had dinner at the Marshalton Inn Saturday night with our good friend Jace who we have not seen in 13 years! We have promised to not let that much time go by before we see each other again.

The Halloween Quilt has not been quilted, hopefully this week some time!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekend Getaway

Our sewing view of Lake Whitney

Last weekend I went to the Poconos to sew away for 4 days with some of my girlfriends. It was wonderful. Everyone pitches in with food and the weather was perfect.

Our mascot, Bailey
This is where we eat every meal. It is so relaxing and we solve almost all the problems of the world each and every day.

We are a little messy but lots of things get sewn and finished!

This year we decided to dye some fabric. Cheryl is the pro and taught us how to do it. We had a lot of fun and brought home some beautiful fabric.

Sitting in the sun curing

Terry's jewels in containers

Washing them out in the sink
The finished product
Cheryl's dyed threads
A good time was had by all and we put the time to good use. I am looking forward to seeing the tops quilted and how the dyed fabric is used, stay tuned.

Until next year....

Happy Anniversary to my brother in law Jim and his wife Denise!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 23

Jenny, David, Nancy, Johnson and Colin
Happy Birthday to my oldest son, Johnson. I can't believe you are 34!!!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Quilt Show Loot

Some things I picked up at the show yesterday.

I loved this one group and have no idea what I am going to do with it. It's called Tufted Tweets by Robert Kaufman. These are 4 different fabrics. The top and bottom are chair fabrics, the side one is circles with little birds scattered about and the center one is a couch with a bird perched on the arm.

close up of chairs
I got the red and then saw the blue, just had to have it!

A stack from Glorious Color, it looks like a sunset to me.

I really like how this looks like a sketch.

A cool stack of Kona Cottons that need to be used ASAP!

Happy Birthday to my niece Kilian on her 21st birthday this Sunday!


Oaks Quilt Show

The locals call the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVII, the Oaks Quilt Show, because the title is too long and it is held in Oaks, PA.  I went with some friends yesterday and had a good time. There were about 600 quilts and over 150 vendors.

I met Liza Lucy from Glorious Color. You must stop at her booth if you go to the show, it is very beautiful and full of color.

Me and Liza Lucy

I did some Christmas/birthday shopping while I was there. I can't show you what I bought but I can show you some things in the booth at Art Classics.

The owner is Linda Lease and she had some very pretty things. Be sure to check it out if you go or you can go to her website

I will show you some of the quilts I liked after I go back to the show tomorrow.

My grand daughter Fallon turned 7 on Wednesday, Happy Birthday Sweetie Pie!