Monday, June 27, 2011

Pre-Quilting Era

Before I took up quilting, I did a LOT of needlepoint and bargello. Because I give everything I make away, the only piece I've got is this one that lives over my bed.

I loved working on the patterns from a graph. No painted canvas for this girl!

Gratuitous picture of adorable grandson #3
(I admit it - I'm only posting so I can put pics of him here!)

Quilts for MIL

These quilts were made over the years and given to my mother-in-law.

Flannel Lap Quilt made from scraps of
Kim's "pregnant" quilt

A Star for All Seasons, a perennial favorite

First ever Mystery Quilt

My favorite Christmas quilt, also a mystery project.

Blue and Yellow Fans, from a class.

Gratuitous picture of adorable grandson #3

Court Street Quilt Retreat Update

Well, it's been several months now and the CSQR participants were busy during the winter months trying to finish their projects. Here is an update on our progress:

Joann's Quilt

Due to what we think were very badly-written directions, Joann spent HOURS working on this masterpiece and had to buy MORE fabric! She is still looking for a particular Fusion green for her border. Completed quilt top will be posted!

Barb's Quilt

The pattern is Deb Tucker's Star Shadows, using her Flying Geese method and ruler. Let me tell you, I lost count of the number of Flying Geese units! As I began this project I thought I would make three separate wall-hangings in different color ways to reflect the seasons. Yeah. Now the challenge is to hand- or machine-quilt!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Really??!! It's been THAT Long????

Wow, I can't believe it's been 6 months between posts! That tells you how busy I've been! In addition to today's feature quilt, I've been working on my sister-in-law's birthday quilt from last August, and I've started a new Civil War block-of-the-month, Civil War Chronicles. It's a huge quilt with a LOT of sewing.

My nephew Nick and fiancee Jamie were married on May 20 in Stockton, California (another California quilt!!!). I was not sure what I would make them because I did not know what they shared together or how they spent their time when not working. Well, that question was answered as soon as I walked in to their home last May! It's contemporary in shades of brick red, brown and black. Bingo! I've had a kit in those exact colors sitting in a project basket for a "few" years and I was so excited to finally make it!

Living and Dining Room

Master Bedroom

The happy couple stopped by Mom's (my sister's) house before beginning their honeymoon trip, so it was the perfect opportunity to present The Wedding Quilt. They were exhausted from partying all night but were very happy to receive something for their home. The quilting was done in a tan thread in a vine and leaf design, but it's very subtle.

The Unveiling

Full View

The Back

The Newly Weds - and Tank