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Finished 2018

1.  Colorations



What Am I Working On???


1.  Granny's Wedding Quilt

2.  Josh & Nicole's Quilt

3.  Lone Starburst

4.  Kaffe Fasset Quilt

5.  Round We Go



6.  Qiviut Cowl

7.  Square in a Square Throw

8.  Travel Socks #3



9.    Chicago Ornament



Granny's Quilt

Happy New Year to everyone.  I thought about boring you with my New Year's Resolutions, but I really don't believe in them.  If something is important enough to do, do it today.  There's no need to wait for an arbitrary start date.  So instead, you get to see a few more of my Granny's quilt blocks.  I was sad to have to cut off some of the pansies to get this block somewhat even.  The pansies and the butterfly wings are embroidered with beautiful blanket stitches.


 Mrs. Smith embroidered strawberries and blooms.   

Isn't this butterfly wonderful?  This one also went out to the very edges of the fabric and I had to chop a few bits of it off.  At least it wasn't part of the blanket stitching on the wings.  Look at those M's.  They are the most unusual ones I've seen.  I'd love to see an entire letter written by her just to look at the handwriting.

As I pin them up on the wall, I can see that my next problem will be getting them arranged "just so."


Final Day in Houston

It was our last day in Houston and I had my usual last day panic.  We weren't going to see everything!   We started with a lovely breakfast of cheeses and breads at Boxwoods.  It was on the edge of a garden center and the setting was charming and peaceful.  That was good, because we hit the quilt show with a mission.  Brigitte needed crystals and we hadn't seen them yet.  Fortunately they turned up quickly in the unexplored vendor aisles.  I almost got some too in the last minute, last chance to buy frenzy, but I showed some restraint.  Except at the needle felting booth.  I got felting needles. They are wicked looking things and I hope I don't accidentally stab myself with one.  

We had to finish seeing the quilts too.  This one is so fun.  It is a group quilt  called African Rhythms by  Jane Hall, Tama Brooks, Mary Corcoran, Kathy Hefner, Margaret Jordan, Sonja Laborde, Janice Pope and Marlene Royse.

I love all the animals.  And the setting.  And the shape of the blocks.  Here is a close up of one of the blocks.

 I am always amazed at how a plain piece of fabric can be changed with needle and thread and made into this

It was made by Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum and is titled No Horizon 2.  I wish my picture was better and you could see more detail. 

We saw these clever contraptions in the park across the street as we were coming back from lunch. Most of these sculptures move and I really liked the lion.  They were made from mostly recycled materials.  

I found this quilt to be quite lovely.  Of course, I do like the applique and the detail work.  It is Annie’s Legacy by Zena Thorpe.

We stayed at the show until 5:00 p.m.  It took a long time to see everything this year.  It was a really amazing show.  We had another tasty dinner and then it was time to try to pack those suitcases for the trip home.  I took the wrong suitcase and so when I tried to expand it, there wasn't a section to expand. That was a bit of a problem and I really didn't think I bought that much.  Apparently, I did.  Luckily, Diane rescued me and mailed some of my goodies home.  

I had a nice surprise at the airport.  Josh had come up for a visit, so both he and David picked me up and brought me home.  Actually, I think we went straight to dinner but it was a very good ending to a fun trip.


The Man in the High Castle

The latest book I finished is  

The Man in the High CastleThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick 

This was a science fiction type book with an alternate reality in which the Japanese and the Germans won World War II.   One group of characters is trying to find an author who wrote a book about how life would have been if the Americans had won the war. Another is a Jewish man trying to avoid being found out.  He and his partner make jewelry considered to be "primitive" art by the ruling Japanese class.  I have to say that it just didn't pull me into the story. Unfortunately,  I don't think I can recommend reading it.  



More from Houston

Our third day in Houston started out with a tasty breakfast so we would be fortified for the shopping ahead.  We had a quick meet up with my family, then hit the vendors.  This has been the normal morning routine for the past several years.  We spent some time at "Make It University" and chatted with several of the artists.  My pictures were lousy so we won't be going into any detail there.  Who knew you could double expose on a digital camera?  So much for foolproof.

The afternoon we were back at the quilts.  Isn't this one fun?  It is called Red Weeds on Stricker's Pond by Susan Jackan.

Here's a close up of the weeds.  I wish my real life weeds looked like this, then I wouldn't have to pull them.

 And isn't this quilt clever.  It's called Evening Dandies - Lions That Is by Leigh Layton.

Look at the cute little faces of these lions.  Quilters are so clever.

This miniature quilt is Mission: Impeccable.  All those perfect points.  The ribbon is almost bigger than the entire quilt.   That is the quilt maker, Kumiko Frydl standing next to it.  We were able to chat with her for a bit.  One of the best parts of the show is chatting with the people who make the quilts.  

After we hit quilt overload, we headed out to another tasty dinner.  This time, at the Raven Grill.  Back at the hotel, I worked on the travel sock, admired my new shoes, and fell asleep.  


Home from Houston

Thanksgiving is over and life is settling down so here's the first part of my trip to the Houston Quilt Festival.  It is one of my favorite mini vacations.  This year, I went with my friend Brigitte. We flew in on Wednesday and Diane picked us up at the airport. The first stop was a quilting shop with a small purchase.  Next stop was lunch at Benjy's.  I think this was my favorite meal.  I had the most delicious Fall Cobb Salad.  It had crab, guacamole, shrimp, sunflower seeds, hard boiled egg, couscous and blue cheese.  I'm going to try to recreate that at home.  (Not with those prepackaged eggs though).

I found my holiday outfit at one of the nearby stores and then we went to the Yarn shop.  I know, it's a quilting vacation but if you could see the yarn you would understand.  Four skeins later, we were hungry again and it was off to the Red Onion for dinner. We split a lovely fish and Cuban Pork and, of course, dessert. Then, we headed back to the hotel and off to bed so we would be ready for Thursday.

Thursday started with hazelnut French toast Zucchini's.  We got to the Convention Center where we met my Aunt Elaine, Uncle John, and cousin Ellen.  Finally, the doors opened and we were off.  We spent the morning wandering through the vendor area.  After lunch, it was all about  the quilts.  

This quilt is Mary Manakee Revisited by Nancy Kearns.  She is a New Jersey girl and she won the Founder's Award.  By the way, this quilt is huge and is all hand appliquéd and hand quilted.  I've taken a couple of classes from her and she is also an excellent teacher. 

There was a wonderful Baltimore Album Exhibit, but no pictures were allowed.  I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful work.  Most of the quilts we saw on Thursday were special exhibits with no pictures, but here is another prize winner.  Royal Amethyst by Rachelle Denneny.  

 Here is a close up of the quilting.  Amazing!

We were exhausted by the end of the day.  We had dinner at Guadalajara's with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin.  We had to rush out and made a quick stop back at the mall before they closed.  There may have been some very cute shoes in one of the windows we saw when we had breakfast.  In fact, a pair of those very cute shoes may have come home with me.