Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
How lovely are these tiny trees from dear David! He remembers searching for the perfect Christmas tree in the woods. A wonderful Christmas memory now lives in my house...
I have an attic full of holiday decorations, but holiday quilts from friends are my favorite of all!
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
I recently ran into an old friend from one of my early quilt classes and she told me she was giving up quilting...and could I use her stash. I said I'd be glad take it off her hands and put it into a quilt along with my own vintage collection. What are friends for?
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I just received the sad news of my friend Eri's passing. She was always making quilty gifts for others and has left a trail of keepsakes for many of us. She made me this caddy and bag and recently got me started on yo-yos. I will miss her so much but will "keep calm and quilt on" just as she did up to the end. What a wonderful legacy from this gifted young woman!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
We swapped HST's in my Needle Arts group at the library. So much fun to arrange the great variety of batiks in this Hanging Diamonds pattern...
I stitched them up today and was amazed how much smaller they became. The 2 1/2" HSTs shrank to 2" and I think lost some of their charm. What do you think?
Thursday, September 3, 2015
I have not done an online swap before, but this was the one for me. Bowties are my all time favorite block, and my stash of Civil War fabrics is needing to breathe. Mailed 80 bowties to Barb Vedder, and now the hardest part...waiting to see what other swappers have made for me!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Made four more blocks today. The applique was time consuming, but the pieced blocks were a breeze. I like the Kaffe gold and gray striped block a lot...not in the pattern book. Already I have strayed from the original quilt design, but that was bound to happen. I am taking some"liberties" with the blocks now. However, I really admire those with the skill and patience to follow the original.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Guess what this little gadget is...
a) wooden iron
b) seam roller
c) trapezius massager
d) all of the above
The answer is (d) and I bought one today at my guild meeting. It is a handy "iron" for pressing seams at the sewing machine, leaves no carbon footprint, and relieves neck pain---all in one cute little power-less tool. Oh, and I bought these luscious reds to use it on...no sleep tonight!
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
I am now the proud bearer of the NYCMetro Mod coat of arms. I get to wear this genteel jacket wherever I want for the next month and my first stop was lunch after today's meeting. Wanted to grab a bite at Becco, but no tables were available. After being turned away at several other lovely spots, ended up at the 8th Avenue Shake Shack. The line was out the door and down the street in front of The Gentlemen's some kinda club. Not to worry, no one dared to make a pass at the wearer of this coat-of-arms!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
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
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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 want...no, 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
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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.
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
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
I made this little heart pillow in my very first applique class many, many years ago...long before back basting, fusing, freezer paper, templar, etc. Except for the ruffle, it was all hand stitched and needle-turned, which is still my preferred method. You never really get over your first love!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
My Needle Arts group at the library is having a batik half-square triangle exchange. This is my haul so far. Looking forward to playing with them and seeing what others will make with theirs. I have a feeling their will be lots of different arrangements. Any suggestions?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
I finished binding my mini hexie tray cloth yesterday. It measures only 5" x 7" and didn't take long to make. But it was so small that it got lost in the sewing clutter here. Cleaning out is a good thing. Never know what's hiding under all your stuff!