Tuesday, February 24, 2015


 It took longer to finish for many reasons , mostly because I was getting quilts ready for 2 shows. 
It's hard to see the writing on the quilt but it is there! 

 I learned a lot exploring a new approach adding messages in my quilting.
 I also learned a lot about the University of Ohio. Not the least of which is that they have "The best damn band in the land " and they sing "Hang on Sloopy" . 
Usually when the quilting includes messages on the quilt , I add it as I come to the spot designated for the chosen words. This time I actually planned out where and what would go in each place and wrote it out on tissue paper and left it pinned to the quilt as it was loaded on the frame. I discovered that string quilts defy being loaded in the traditional manner , one end of the quilt rolled up neatly, one layer on top of the other, and the other end was all over the place. I usually can fix this as I roll but since a string quilt is made up of small units sewn onto background squares, I couldn't just pull on it . Not a problem , I  laid the quilt  on the frame and basted it at the top as usual then used pins to secure it to the other roll bar. The only issue I had with the quilt piecing was that not all the fabric stings were well pressed so there were places where a lip of fabric kept making my thread break. Once that happens a few times I got a little gun shy and the thread broke because of me. When that happens a coffee break is the only way to go!   All in all I am pleased as punch with this quilt. Next time I won't put the tissue paper on the quilt , I will use safety pins to mark where the words will go.   This quilt was charged out at $175. 
       I am happy to say this quilt, 2 CAts in the Yard ,  was accepted into the Juried Art Show at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens.

Monday, February 2, 2015

This is Kathie's quilt,  for her daughter who graduated from Ohio State. Usually I just totally wing it, writing as I stitch. Call it a New Years resolution , something I should have always done , or just a darn good idea , but this time I decided to plan out the placement of the words . 

 Usually, I stop and write out each word I choose on scrap paper , holding my pen like a stylus , not a pencil. This most emulates the way the machine does the stitching.  This time I will have an idea of where the words can go and will trace the outline with a pencil to get it into my mind .

This is the practice piece , perfecting tension and practicing the words. This is where I use up bobbins with short runs of thread. 

 I plan to share this whole process , including the price. I asked a fellow quilter to share a ballpark figure charged for custom quilting and never received a reply. No big surprise and certainly a prerogative. This blog series is my way of saying it was OK to ask. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Finally back to quilting , yeah !

is turning 40 this year !
 The following  quilts are up for consideration in their juried show, there is a 3rd but alas it's photo was not available at press time.   
 2 Cats in the yard

I will have 3 quilts in the  Cotton Patch Quilt Guilds bi-annual show in Watkinsville . 

Be there aloha! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last quilts of the year

Lots of quilts as Christmas gifts this year! 
Sue's Hello Kitty 
 Judy's Butterfly! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sorry, no updates in forever!

Facebook is easier to post on than blogger but that is no excuse for the months I have neglected to post anything on blogger. Oh well. 
 This is a quilt commissioned by  Kim , a hundred wishes quilt for her 
adopted son. 
 Bags made from animal feed bags for the shelter. 
 Coleman and his quilt in Romania ! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Art Therapy for your creative spirit

This week I found 3 things that will be lifting mine .  I hope you are able to be there in person but several of theses links allow virtual visitation ,
or  maybe arrange to have Scotty beam you up ( over ?) . 

At the Lyndon House on Hoyt St . Check your local listing for times and when I will be there. Just kidding. 

Free eats in a part of the library I haven't been in, 
( possibly  that locked door  found sneaking , no exploring! ) 
 This next is a direct copy and paste , gee, didn't that used to be frowned on ? I used to call it rogueing things from OP 
( other's pages ) . 

So click the links to do virtual, BTW we can also watch those folks eating later on RSL but not me ,  creeeeepy, but I bet it would make me laugh. 

Gather in the Appleton Auditorium at the library on Thursday evening, July 24 at 7 p.m. for Meet and Three: A delicious Look at the Athens Food Scene then and Now will showcase the latest eating trends in Athens. Mary Charles Howard, of Georgia Food Tours Athens, will help us discover why some call Athens the Best Foodie Town of the Southeast. Reminiscing about restaurants and food from Athens past will be Athens historian Milton Leathers, food and event master Lee Epting along with Roy Moseman and Jerry Crawley of the popular Facebook page Growing Up in Athens GA, and a surprise guest from The Last Resort Grill. To top it all off, Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market has donated a $50 gift certificate and a t-shirt for a lucky door-prize winner.
If you can't come in person, you can watch it live from a computer, tablet, or phone or watch it later from the RSL website archiveCLICK HERE to watch it live online. You can watch without registering, but if you'd like to ask a question, we suggest you register before the program begins.
These events are made possible through a leadership grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services called Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, awarded to the Athens Regional Library System and Lyndon House Arts Center.
There is not a charge to any of the events listed here.

Have a great week and quilt calm.Click Here  if you want to read what I read. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happily taking the 5th

 Mum's the word but today I will take the 5th . 
I love fireworks , some of my best memories are of fireworks at Fincastle Country Club in Bluefield Virginia. Fincastle is built in the shadow of East River Mountain .
When I lived in West Va. the view from 
"the club " was unmarked by any houses  save the unaposing family farm house.


And .....................