"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Postcards to Share

When Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World invites us to participate in her postcard exchanges, I try to join in because it's challenging and a nice way to get in touch with other bloggers from, literally, around the world.  The last two exchanges are a good example of this.  See this beautiful giraffe?  It is fabric painted and stitched by Janet who blogs at Caribou Crossing Chronicles. What an elegant creature.  Thank you, Janet.
This is the postcard I made and sent to Janet  It made a long journey from New England in the U.S. up to the Northwest Territories to the Yukon.  Lucky postcard:)

I also joined in the December exchange and received this beauty from Virginia who is a Canadian but winters in Florida, so our cards just went up or down the east coast.  This card is lovely; the trees are on a net background and have glittery stars and balls.  It's so pretty. Thank you, Virginia. 

 This is the card I sent to Virginia.  As you can see I am in cross stitch mode. 
Thank you, Sheila, for organizing the swaps.  My collection of cards is growing and I like placing then on the door frames to add to the decorations for the season. 

We are having such a mild season so far that I still have flowers blooming.  They have a bit of a tired look to them, but I'm amazed that in December they are not quitting.

Have a wonderful week.
God Bless.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Back to Quilting

The Big Clean Out is still going on but is being turned over to the professionals.  They will be here this week to work in the cellar and attic areas and haul away stuff that nobody else seems to want but takes up lots of room.  But I am quilting.  I have a new sewing machine, one with a larger harp area, that I bought to make the quilting easier.  I can say I've broken it in because I have broken one needle and ripped out all of the stitching I did on this quilt last week.  It's going better today.  My little Kenmore is still my sweetheart, but this new machine, a Brother, hopefully will win my heart, too.  
I have a question.  The new machine comes with an extension table that I thought I would love, but I find that it has alot of drag, even after cleaning it.  I am thinking of getting a Slider.  If you have one can you tell me if it makes a difference for you?  

Have a wonderful weekend.
Keeping Paris in our prayers,
God Bless You.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Checking In

I haven't done much sewing or quilting for the past few weeks because I've been cleaning and throwing out stuff. It's a major clean out.  My family has lived in this house for 62 years, and some of what I'm finding seems to be at least that old.  It is a challenge, sometimes a tearful one,  but once I began I found that it gets easier to just keep filling the trash bags and getting them out of the house.  Not my fabric, sewing machines or rulers, mind you.  Just the stuff nobody wants.   Once this is done, I think I'll be able to focus again and spend time on more interesting things, like quilting.

Some of things I've thrown out have been clothes from the 1960's and 1970's, some of which were hats.  My generation, and those before us, grew up wearing hats.  I held on to this one.  Even if you would never wear this hat, and I'm sure that's all if not most of us,  you have to appreciate the workmanship.  By today's standards it's definitely over the top.

It's something else, isn't it?   So feminine.  It belonged to either my sister or mother.  

I have made the postcard for my swap partner who is in the Northwest Territories.  I can't share it yet because it hasn't been mailed but when I can I'll post a pic.  It's Christmas themed, which by the way is less than 2 months away.  I hope I have my life straightened out by then.

God Bless!

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Quilt Show

I went to a Quilt Show yesterday put on by a guild that I was seriously thinking of joining.  I wanted to join a guild because the only other quilters I know are you, my blogging friends.  Everything I've learned about quilting is from books or the Internet, and some television, but not much.  A big thank you to all of you who have shared your know-how.  I'm thinking of all of the quilt alongs I've joined over the years.  The online crafting community is really a wonderful thing.
As it turns out I'm not joining this guild because I don't think it would be a good fit for me.  There were some quilts that caught my eye that I will share.
I have not included the names and towns of the quilters, but if that is wrong and it's your quilt, let me know and I'll edit.
Little City Park.  A mother and daughter made this quilt, and the border is charming.  

The Purple Peacock.  The guild has a purple challenge going on, so there was alot of that color.  This peacock was so pretty and has alot of detail work.

Halloween Sampler.  This was the only Halloween quilt but cute.  The quilter appliqued images from different fabrics. 
I love those little pumpkin faces.
Open to Interpretation #4.  A very modern quilt. 
Quilty Barns; a Lori Holt pattern.  Love all of those traditional blocks.

Appalachian Trail.  The quilter hand quilted and hand appliqued this traditional design from Quiltmaker magazine.  The fabrics are 30's types.
Rick Rack Nines, a Bonnie Hunter design.  For all of the scrap lovers.
Cobblestone.  The quilter credits Joan Carpenter for teaching this pattern.

God Bless You and have a wonderful week.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My September Let's Book It

As I mentioned in my previous post, I chose this wall quilt, Pumpkin Patch, by Lynette Jensen for a  Let's Book It project for September.  If you don't know about Lets Book It, check it out on Sharon's blog, Vroomans Quilts,  and think about making something we all can ooh and aah over and get inspired by.  

My project is from the Thimbleberries book, Quilting for Harvest, and I'm in love with so many projects in this book that I might make all of them.  The book was published in 2006, so I'm only 9 years behind.  Why don't we have 48 hour days?  

God Bless You.