Thursday, August 29, 2013
I have not been very good about updating. Sometimes time just flies when you are having fun and some things just do not get done! After much thought, I decided after 18 years being American Patchwork & Quilting's technical editor that it was probably time to devote more time to home and family and I let the editors know last year that April 30 would be my last day of working for them. It was a great ride and I loved every minute, the people I worked with were great, I learned a lot about magazines and quilting. Met some great people and have great memories of the job. I also love to design and make quilts so leaving them will allow me more time to do my quilting.
I just finished a wall hanging by Laundry Basket Quilts and so happy to have it finished before Fall arrives. Usually I finish something way past the season that it is intended to be hung.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
2012 was a busy year and I expect 2013 to be no different.
I have not been making quilts as much as I have in the past years, but I am hoping to finally finish quilting a Halloween quilt that I worked on most of 2012. It sits waiting for me to get back to the machine and finish it. I think I have the binding made, if I can find it.
Last Fall we made a trip to Iowa to see friends and family. I was so happy to be able to see my friend, Carolyn's barn boards on their barn. They look so pretty and I know any one passing by on the road will appreciate them.
This was made using paper, fabric, stamps, machine stitching
The card is also made with machine stitching, and anything you can think of to decorate the card.
This is a post card that I made for friends who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
The church quilting group that I belong to had a wonderful luncheon. Gail hosted the party, the food was potluck and everything delicious. They are a good group of women.
The last thing I made in December was a little bag for the 6 year old granddaughter. I found the directions on line after someone in the guild told me about making bags using tape measures (metal) for closures. Quite a neat trick and I intend to make several more, only larger. Natalie loves ladybugs and seemed an appropriate theme for the bag.
As January begins, my plan is to start making things. Now if I can get past the tax season and still squeeze in some crafting and quilting I should be able to get something accomplished. I have a zillion ideas of things to make, just need to put them to fabric.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Easter is over and I have not been keepimg up with the calendar. It's time I catch up with what is happening.
I'll begin with Easter and go backwards a bit to catch up with happenings from the beginning of 2012. It is hard to believe that April is here and going fast. Easter was beautiful in Georgia this year. The flowers have been blooming for almost a month. Our weather has been as strange as most of the country and we are now spoiled by having only a tiny bit of winter. I wonder what summer holds for us. Steven and his family celebrated Easter with us.
Spring break was last week and the temperature was in the 80's. The children and I enjoyed the pool for three days until we had a cold snap. Drex and I got to have our pictures taken too.
Cathy's daughter, Olivia played in the high school tennis finals today and took second place and we are very proud of her.
I did sew up a tiny basket that is in Better Homes and Gardens, "All Small" book that is now available. I did the technical editing on many of the projects and when I worked on this one, I decided that I just had to make one for myself. Isn't it just too cute!
In February I went to a Creative Hands retreat that Alice Berg (Little Quilts) put together with two other teachers. We went to a lodge in the north Georgia mountains and for February we had amazing weather. Never even needed a jacket. But we were so busy we hardly stepped outside. One of the things that I learned to do was to draw Zentangles. It is an extremely relaxing process and I am no artist, but even I could draw the tangles.
I also learned to do collage taught by Alice and that was fun playing with scissors, paint, and glue. It was a wild time in the room with papers flying everywhere. Mine is living in my studio,
In February, Drex got to fill in for Steven and go to Natalie's kindergarten class for Valentine's Day. They never had days for Dad's when our children were in kindergarten, so this was a "first time" for him and he had a ball. Natalie read him stories and they had doughnuts and he had such a nice time. It looked like Natalie did as well.
Monday, December 19, 2011
I finally completed the jelly roll quilt, "Dreams and Wishes". The colors were not my favorite, but I won the jelly roll and 5" squares at my quilt guild. It took me a while to design something that I thought would show off the colors as well as making them more interesting.
We had our children and their families meet us at Seagrove Beach in Florida in June after everyone was out of school to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time just watching everyone enjoy the sun, beach and sand.
Remember the tiny little kitten we got last August 2010--well she got HUGE. Hanging over a bit on my window sill, She likes walking on my computer and opening new programs to surprise me when I come back to work. Georgia believes she owns the house.
We had a great trip to the Black Hills and Colorado in September.
THANKSGIVING--we had a houseful. Our oldest son and children and our daughter's family made the trip from Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving with us, our son and his family who live about 4 miles from our home and our daughter-in-law's mother. (yes, there is some Christmas showing.) I decorated before Thanksgiving because the Texas families never see Christmas at our house.
With 15 people, there was not enough room at the big table. The four youngest sat at a small table beside the rest of us. The two blonds belong to our youngest son and the dark haired to our oldest son.
|Our three children catch up with each other.|
|MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR|
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Drex and I went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens last week to see what was blooming. There was a beautiful array of tulips. We were probably a week late for their full blooming, but they were still gorgeous. The rose garden was magnificent and the bees were enjoying the feast.
We were lucky to see most of the orchid display, but it was being taken down that day. We did come home with two beautiful plants because as they took the orchids down, they had them for sale.
We came home with this beauty for $12.
The Easter egg tree is up for Easter with my miniature Easter basket quilt under it
I am working on a red and white quilt to hang in our great room behind the new red chairs. I started on it a week ago today and the pieces are being sewn together and hopefully by the weekend I can baste it and begin to machine quilt.