Sunday, April 12, 2015

Return to Elm Creek

I made these little 6" Elm Creek blocks a while ago with a focus group at Empire Guild.  They are from "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler" book.  The 2-color combo of burgundy & cream did not work in many of the blocks, so  I added a bow tie (a favorite of mine) and some hexies.  Now to find some more blocks that are 2-color friendly.  Can hardly wait to get the new Red & White book which I hear is coming soon!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Before and After

This was my backyard last spring

BEFORE the cesspool collapsed in December.

This is my backyard now

AFTER the new septic installation...

It's going to be a busy spring here!!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Neutral Corner

There were so many knockout quilts at the Empire Show this year that I simply had to take several trips around the quilt aisles for a second and third look.  But for some reason, this one grabbed my eye and would not let go.  I, I need to make this quilt so I can live with it forever!!

Sorry to say, I was so mesmerized that I did not catch the name of the quilt or the maker.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Traditional Modern?

I love these traditional Cat's Cradle blocks made with Cherrywoods.   They look modern to me, but then again--I have trouble with categories.  Who cares, anyway!  I know what I like...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Quilt Mom

Lenore Matray, my quilt mom just passed away at the age of ninety-three.  Her enthusiasm for quilting was contagious.  She kept me going whenever I got bogged down with a project.  We "Dear Janed" together, we appliqued, we hand quilted, we lunched at Mario's, we played "Words With Friends, we just had so many wonderful days together that I cannot imagine quilting-in-the-park without her...but I do know her spirit will live in my heart forever.

I made this quilted portrait of her in 2007,  which she hung above her sewing machine.
 Thanks QMom!

PS   Lenore was like a mom to me, but my real mom passed away last year.  I was lucky to have them both for so long.  I am also happy to have "quilt daughters" in my life now.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Some Assembly Required

Silk fans made by the members of one of my mini groups are going into my favorite format...diamond-in-the-square.  I like how all the individual creations work together here.  And maybe some smaller fans in the corners??  

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Background Check

Trying out a neutral for sashing my postage stamp pages.  Liking this burlap color a lot.  

Only four more pages to go to make twenty-five blocks.  

But then maybe some 4-patch cornerstones???