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Tuesday
Feb092010

More Quilt Blocks

Ok, more of the individual blocks of Cheryl's quilt.  Most of us are or were members of Turtle Creek Quilt Guild so Sally did this block.  A turtle dancing in the flowers.  It is just too cute.

Next up is Lois' block.  She's standing on a shovel in her garden.

I saved Brigitte's block for last.  It's because she is an overachiever.  She had her block done about two weeks after we started this project.  Umm, the rest of us weren't quite so quick.

Don't you just love those silver beaks.  She came up with the sunglasses idea too.  After all the blocks were done, we gave everything to Betty.  She is a master at putting a mishmash together into something wonderful.  She made a few extra blocks like these flowers and sunshine.

I did the quilting and Sandy sewed on the binding.  Kim and Brigitte made this label.

We were so pleased with ourselves when it was all done.  We couldn't just mail it off.  It deserved a road trip to be delivered in person.   And what a road trip it was!  That will be in the next post.

Saturday
Feb062010

Delivered

Whew, another secret project has been delivered.  It was quite a process, but we did get it done.  We used to be a group of 8 quilters.  Every Monday, we would come to my house (I actually didn't have to come because I live here) and work on our projects.  I'd make a pot of tea and sometimes someone would bring goodies.  We'd chat, drink tea, and stitch on our projects.  Then, Cheryl moved away.  I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it was well over a year ago.  So, since we are quilters, we decided to make her a quilt.

We each made a block using  Mickey Depre's "Garden Whimsy" as a guide and personalized the blocks a bit.  This is my block.  I'm balancing on the flowers in my garden with teacups in my hand.

Here is Sandy, napping in her hammock.  Can you tell that she has recently retired?

 

Betty was working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  She paper pieced a zillion hexagons on Monday nights.

Kim made busy bees flitting around from place to place.  I think it's becasue she is always on the move.  Sometimes I just can't keep up with that girl.  One pair of sunglasses fell off a bee, but don't worry, I found them and they will be reunited with their bee soon.

Hmmmmm, this is turning into a long post with lots of pictures.   Look for the rest of the blocks tomorrow.

Friday
Jan292010

Wreaths

My Christmas wreaths are still hanging on the door.  It's not because I haven't tried.  They are so pretty that I don't want to take them down.  This is the inside wreath

It is very natural with lots of different greens, pine cones and pods.  You can't see the pods very well, but they are very cool.  And this is the outside wreath

My friend Kevin (who happens to be the father of baby Wade) made them in early December.  They still look fabulous and although they are very dry and crispy, they aren't shedding much and they are still very green.   The more I think about it, there's really no good reason to take them down.

Tuesday
Jan262010

Blankie

I can finally write about a secret project.  Not one of the ones on my list over on the side.  This is a different one.  I gave it away just before Christmas to baby Wade.  It is my first knitted afghan and it turned out a little bigger than baby size, but that's o.k. because babies grow.   I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn, I just couldn't stop.   Perhaps I overestimated on the yarn a bit, but I'm new at this.  And running out of yarn in the middle of a project is really bad. 

I used Frog Tree 100% alpaca wool in this lovely blue color on size 5 knitting needles.  It was wonderful to knit, so soft and cuddly.  It washed really well too.  I just put it in the washer on a hand wash setting and laid it out flat to dry.  I love this yarn.

I started at the end of June and finished it in December.  It was my "watching T.V." project.  This is a close up of the stitch pattern.  It's called basketweave and is really easy to do as long as you remember where to switch from knits to purls.  I couldn't, so I had to have a stitch marker every 8 stitches to remind me.   Who would have thought counting to 8 was so difficult?

Stay tuned, another secret project is being delivered soon.

Sunday
Jan172010

Not Current

Now, about what is not current.  That would be blogging about the goings on in my life.  I went to the Houston Quilt Show in October and not a word has been posted here.  There are several other things I want to write about too like a completed secret project, a trip to Washington D.C., a completed quilt, and a few other odds and ends.   I'm going to try to get caught up, so we'll start with Houston.

Going to the quilt show is one of my favorite things to do.  I get to see my dear friend Diane, somehow she escaped the camera.  Ummm, that would be because I forgot to take a picture.  We get to catch up, eat, and see the show.  We have a great time.

Sometimes I get to see my Aunt Elaine and Uncle John there.  They live in Louisiana and I don't get to see them very often.  My Aunt Elaine quilts too and they try to make it to the show every other year.  Here we are coming back from lunch. 

I also get to see another friend, Nancy.  She used to live in New Jersey, but she moved to Wisconsin.  I had a very good picture of Nancy, Betty, (my good friend that came to the show also) and me, but I can't find it anywhere.  I know I downloaded it somewhere (well, I'm pretty sure I did).  Ahhhh technology.  I try to keep up but sometimes its hard.

Another thing I like about the Houston Show is that not only do you get to see quilts, frequently you get to see and chat with the quiltmakers.  The first time this happened to me was several years ago.  Diane and I were admiring a quilt and we were leaning over the rope to get a closer view.  The quilter had done lots of threadpainting and there were small animals and insects all over the quilt.  The White Glove lady came over and asked if we'd like to see the back and we mentioned again how cool the quilt was.  She seemed really pleased that we liked the quilt, then she told us that she was the quiltmaker and explained how she got the idea and how she made the frog.  

We got to watch demonstrations by Jane Davila and Susan Brubaker Knapp.  Both these ladies were so nice and willing to share information on the techniques and products they use in their art.  It was really fun to watch them create.  Both of them have blogs, go check them out.  You can find Jane's blog here and Susan's blog here.

This quilt is "Grandmother's Legacy" by Gail Thomas.  Here she is encouraging a young quilter. 

I love the quilt because it reminds me of my Granny and her teaching me to embroidery and crochet.   I remember she wouldn't teach me how to single crochet until I could make a perfect chain stitch for at least 12 inches.  Then, I had to make perfect single crochets before I could learn to double crochet.  Embroidery was the same, I learned each stitch one at a time to her satisfaction before she would show me the next one.  I loved it. 

Here is one of the amazing quilts that inspires me to try new things, things that I would never think of doing myself.   It is "5 Pebbles" by Dianne Firth.  It is all about the thread and how you can use it. 

Here is a detail shot of her work. Just look at those stitches!  Look at how she uses the different colors.

We saw a lot of special exhibits.  One thing that bugged me a little bit was that in some of the exhibits, the name of the curator of the exhibit was far more prominent than that of the quilter.  I know that must be a hard job, but shouldn't the quiltmaker get at least equal billing?  I thought the curator was making quilts like crazy until I read the small print on one of the quilts.

My favorite exhibit was "Forest Fabric" by the Groebenzeller Quiltgruppe from Germany.   The quilts represented trees and were hung suspended from the ceiling around a campfire.  

Here is a close up of Unterhaching.

One very important thing I discovered was my new favorite shoe.  After walking on concrete for 8 hours or so, my little feet were sore.  I had a new pair of shoes that I was afraid to wear the first day because they were new.  (That makes perfect sense, doesn't it?)  The second day I decided to try them for the morning.  Well, I didn't take them off until I went to bed.  My feet actually started feeling better as I wore them.  If you don't have a pair, run get some Dansko clogs.  They are expensive, but your feet will be sooo thankful.

This is only a tiny sample of the things I saw in Houston, things that had the biggest impact on me.  There were hundreds of beautiful quilts and I could go on and on, but that's probably enough or this post will go on forever.  I should also mention that the winning quilts were stunning, as usual.   Now I'm looking forward to October when we get to do it all again.  Can't wait to see you Diane!