Thursday, September 17, 2009

When I started this blog, I had high hopes of being a regular here, but it's not to be, I guess. I haven't been able to add any images so that's a bummer. These past weeks I've been distracted by family issues and am starting to recover from that. I managed to finish the "Scottish Rose" quilt for my good friend's daughter's wedding which is Saturday. Amanda and Will live in Glasgow so I though "Scottish Rose" the perfect piece for them, but I did have to modify the roses a bit. If you want to see pix of the quilt, go to and check my blog under thanxsandy.

Since I can't post pix here, I'll describe it. Three inch scrappy pale blue and white squares set on point make up the center panel. The first border is 5" of scrappy white pieces and the second border is 5" of 1" scrappy blue and white squares set on point. On the white border, I appliqued green batik vines and leaves and mauve and red batik 5-petal roses with round yellow batik centers. I quilted a cross hatch in the center panel and straight lines in the 2nd border. In the white border with the appliques, I filled in all the white areas with large flowers and viney leaves. Pieced back on which I appliqued the leftover rose petals and it's done.

I think it's the very best quilt I've done (but I say that about every quilt I finish because each one is so much better than the last!) But it still isn't good enough to enter in a major show, and that's my goal. On each quilt I try to be careful, take my time, rip out the mistakes, and I still find too many errors when it's finished. But, each one has fewer errors than the one before, so maybe in a couple of years, I'll have one to enter.

Next, I want to catch up on all the Bunny Hill BOMs that I've neglected throughout the summer. Maybe I'll be able to post pix of them when I get them done--wish me luck.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Moving forward, finally!

I'm making progress both on the remodel and the quilting. Hurray! I finally went back to the machine yesterday and started sewing. I've come down with a chest cold that makes it hard to do any gardening or painting, so I forced myself to spend the afternoon at the sewing machine. I finished Lily's nightgown so that meant I could go ahead and begin the wedding quilt. Yea!!!! I got almost all of the center panel done before bedtime--all pale blue and white 3" squares set on point--but tonight I have to finish painting Lily's room so we can start moving her--and all her things!--back in there.

Don is going back to work. His month of "retirement" is about over. He says he really liked just puttering around the house and garden, and he played a LOT of golf! But tonight he's got a board meeting to go to and I expect tomorrow he'll be back in the school. My retirement is a few years away--I haven't decided exactly when. I'll know when the time comes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I haven't posted anything here for several weeks because I've not been quilting. We are in the middle of a big remodel--guest bathroom, guest bedroom (which Lily uses) and TV room. I've been priming, painting, varnishing, and tomorrow will lay the tile floor in the bathroom. Much too busy to be sewing--but I'm starting to get a little crazy from not being able to spend time at the machine.
I promised my friend that I would make a quilt for her daughter's wedding in September and I'm so anxious to get started on it so, hopefully, it'll be finished in time. Yesterday I stopped at the quilt shop and got the fabrics I need and I hope to be able to get started on it next week. I think my remodeling work will be finished for awhile and I can get started. With luck, I'll post some pictures of the project.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hi there!

I've decided to join the others from mqb who have migrated here. I miss all of you and it seems this is the way to keep up. For those whom I haven't met yet, here's a little bio. "Mature" woman from N Wisconsin with 3 grown kids and one "perfect in every way" granddaughter age 5. I started quilting about 10+ years ago and absolutely love creating something of beauty. I'm also into gardening (for half the year), reading, love cooking and baking, and occasionally, exercising. I'm working full time for another couple of years, at a job that I absolutely love, but which is really taking too much time that I'd rather spend at the sewing machine!
When I finish my gardening chores--yeah, right--and get back to the sewing room, I'll post about what I'm working on. Til then... Barb