Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pictures are worth 1000 words




This quilt is my January quilt , I made it with sparkly firework fabric. Thje fabric below was to be for the backing but its too red so I dyed some more that is going to be ready tomorrow.

While I am waiting for the fabric to get washed ( 4 times to get the excess dye out) I am working on this ( no longer ) mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter. 11 down and 9 to go then on to the star blocks.

Later..............




I am laughing this morning at Judy's blog title " Yikes ". Judy stepped into a mess by posting about cutting up an old quilt. Judy, I guess you didn't know that the only other thing you can get that many responses from would be a discussion about copyright law on the back of your favorite pattern. Just to get it started my particular favorite is when a pattern states that not only may I not make copies and pass them out to my friends I also may not sell anything made from said pattern. Oh , don't get me started. But cutting up an old quilt can rile the lurkers for sure. Even if it has burn holes and chunks missing. Have fun with it !

As to me I am going to post my pictures on day 2 of Jan 31st as I have none to share. I am dyeing baking for a new quilt and am sewing blocks for my Bonnie Hunter no longer a mystery quilt. ( the issue with the reveal came out already. So once I get down to my room I will post pictures.
Its raining again and so the horses will not get new shoes. We have ridden twice this week but yesterday was cold and overcast. It's amazing what a difference there is between 45 with and without sun.
I am off to feed horses and maybe take a picture or 3 in my room.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Here is the 09 tree. Smaller and easier to decorate. DD put out the decorations this year.
This is my favorite ornament.


Here are Lulu and Ben viewing the tree.


This is the table quilt


Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!





Sunday, December 13, 2009

Spiral Bee Bags

I made bags for all my Too Bee , here is a close up of the spiral message. the words were done on this web page. Here are some of us who braved the weather to get together on this cold and rainy Sunday.
We bee very cute !


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cotton Patch Holiday Meeting

This year as Social Chair I chose to mix things up a bit . I had the members draw numbers for table and decorating jobs at each table. After all was said and done the evening was a success. Each table was filled with lovely decorations and party favors .

The talented artist and Lyndon House employee Nancy had the task of judging the best table. She chose the table above as best because of all their handmade items. Below are the origami bags , filled with prizes, that each member of the winning table recieved. Everyone who attended recieved a fabric pen .
Now on to those 10 bags I am making for my quilt bee.
Merry Christmas!



























Sunday, December 6, 2009

quilting ala knitting

Here is a knitted quilt made for Cindy's baby shower. Kathy Jo's 4th grandbaby is due in January . I knew I had it right when a friend saw the banket and commented that I was now knitting my quilts. Cindy is a quilter so mitered squares are perfect for her. This is Kathy Jo with number 3 grand "Olivia " , who at 2 months is a good sleeper and very snuggly.

Later..............

Sunday, November 29, 2009

To Bee or Not to Bee

How to describe the bee? Beeing has become a verb to us. How many different ways can we use the word bee? We have been beeing since '99 or so. We met at the Athens Mothers Center and were drawn together by knitting then quilting. We knit , we quilt , we sew you get the drift. One of our founding members moved to DC and can't Bee with us so we mailed her a care package. The little quilted bag is from me. Kathy included the Graduation Bee. Kris put in a notepad of paper made from poo. Cricket put in a wooden bird ornament. Victoria contributed a dishcloth.
Here is Cricket and Karin , can you tell Cricket isn't happy to be photographed? This is her cool cabin where we get to Bee in when her parents aren't visiting.



we are 12 in number and plan to bee forever.
Just spellchecked and the only words mispelled are BEE words.
Bee there aloha.....


Monday, November 23, 2009

Irish Chain

This is a quilt I quilted for Shelia. She is new to quilting and did a good job on this Irish Chain. I quilted a shamrock in the white squares and stippled the rest. Once the red binding is sewn on it will look great.
My Too Bee ( or not to bee) met yesterday and I will have pictures from Crickets Cabin soon. We determined that we have been beeing officially since '98 or '99 depending on how we look at it. We all met at Athens Mother Center.
The plan is to survive motherhood , hot flashes , grandchildren and old age together. We are 12 years into it and have members who have moved away but still stay in touch and one who commutes from Gainesville.
So there..............



Sunday, November 22, 2009

Buds from the Past

This beautiful quilt is a memory quilt made by Cathy Rowan. This quilt is for her sister who lost her son several years ago. Cathy used to come to Cotton Patch guild , we would see her and her exquisitely hand quilted quilts at the show every 2 years. I was so happy to hear from her and found out she works in downtown Athens now so I plan to get her back to the guild meetings. She is such a hoot. I met her at Dragonfly Quilt Shop last Thursday , where she offered to stay and heckle me as I taught a quilt class.


I have several more posts to come . I have lots of quilts to get quilted. I also am Social Chair at the guild and we are decorating the tables for prizes this year. Guess who is making the prizes? Almost done with them and I have a huge bite out of my Christmas list too. There was a Artists Market in Danielsville last week and I got gifts for a lot of people. I like buying things other artists have made.
The cows are getting another bath today. They have been so sparky lately. I was walking fence yesterday , trying to figure out how one ended up in my in laws driveway. The whole herd ( 31 ) followed me , imagine 31 1000 pound animals galloping and bucking around the pasture. We also have been invaded by 3 new horses over across the creek and that is freaking my horses out. The good news is with the new fence on the other side of the creek my cows won't be able to get out as easily.
Later................



Friday, November 13, 2009

Cold Sassy Quilt Class

I taught my Knotwork 9 Patch Celtic Table Runner ( pattern by Scarlett Rose ) to the Cold Sassy Quilt Guild last Saturday. I was their guest speaker in October and came back to teach these fun girls Celtic. I had 2 more class members who audited the class. Once I get all my computer issues put to bed I plan to take photos of how to apply the Celtic bias to the curved pieces so the gals have a reference for theirs.
My new computer is nice and yes I have windows 7. I haven't figured out yet how to snap two windows up at the same time like they do on TV. I have been too busy carrying the tower back to Best Buy as I can't download any large file due to my DIAL UP Modem. Chris at Best Buy was appalled that I can't get any other kind of service, he said 3rd world countries have more options than this poor farmer in Ila.
Gotta run the kid to school. I am hanging spme of my Christmas quilts at my library today. Pictures soon.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Harvest Quilt

This is Kathy Jo's latest creation. Each of her dd's and ddil gets a new quilt this year 'cause they all are having babies. Yes , by January Kathy will have 4 grand babies. K has been practicing on my dd for 14 years, and kept saying that might be all she ever would have , other people kids to dote on. Well her kids really showed her. This beautiful quilt is all from her stash and I had fun quilting freehand leaves all over the top.

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween

Halloween is for the dogs. This is in the mail to my niece for Halloween. She has a cute new puppy , named Henry.
I have a new quilt to put on here when I get back next time.....

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fair Pay

My pay for my ribbon at the fair. Mom got $10 for her two 1st places. LOL Now that I know there is payment involved maybe next time I will put in 9 quilts.
These are both sides pipe that the creek runs under on my driveway. The water had run over the top of the driveway but I wasn't available for that shot.
This creek , really its a branch but then that gets confusing , is normally mild little stream.
I have some quilt pictures to post , I had photo down time as the printer died this week and that's the easiest way to transfer pics. Then there was the 2 hours I spent on the phone getting the new printer online. I was determined not to return it just because they got so cute with the descriptions on the CD I couldn't figure out which button to push to put the software on the computer.
Later....


Sunday, September 27, 2009

quilting job

Here is the latest quilt top that I quilted for hire. This is Lorrie's quilt and I love the black fabric she used. I quilted it with Deb's Swirls.
Lorrie has another top that she had me estimate. Its a custom job , 2 thread changes and multiple designs. I have my Celtic 4 patch on the frame now and am so happy with it. I am quilting a design in the center of the 4 patches and free form feathers in the Celtic patches.
More rain yesterday meant no horse lesson and no visit to the little local festival. I quilted and we watched Ghost Whisperer , recorded from Friday night. I watched a movie called Sliding Doors , a strange Gwenneth Paltro flick. The scenario is that the girlfriend comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with his old flame but with a 2ND plot of what would have happened if she hadn't caught the 1st train and didn't get home in time to catch him.
So today is much cooler and hopefully we can get in a ride this afternoon.
Its supposed to be fall like next week , I hope so I am tired of sweating it up just saddling the horse.
Later....



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lots going on in the quilt room

This is Kathy Jo's newest creation that I am in process of quilting .
This is the 1st Build a Better Log cabin. I donated it to Habitat for Humanity. That was the last time I did that as the auctioneer started the bidding at $25.

I have several projects in process and nothing close to done . This is a Build a Better Log Cabin class project. I have to make a house block for the center. This is Celtic Quilt made like the table runner , the oval sections are appliques on with bias along the edge. And just like the table runner I cut out fabric from behind the ovals and can make something with those as well. I saw the quilt in Quiltmaker this summer and tried it with celtic instead of piecing it.
http://www.quiltmaker.com/issues/July_August_2009


This is what I am doing with what I cut out from behind the oval sections from the table runner. This will stop here , and not be the never ending project.



Many events on the horizen. I have a class with Ruth Powers on Saturday. http://www.ruthpowersartquilts.com/

I also hope to visit Gwinnett Guild next week and hear Linda McCuen , look here for a small snippet of Linda award winning quilt Bella.
so I am keeping busy as you can see....





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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Soy Batiking at Judyinthedyes

Last week I journeyed to Gainesville to Judy's place to try Soy Batiking. All I can say is I am hooked. I need to start finding the supplies , like an electric skillet to melt the wax and creative things to dip in the wax to stamp on my fabric. This is a Tjap and is dipped in the wax and stamped on the fabric.


Me stamping , head must be at weird angle just for photographing purposes.



Applying the thickened dye to the pieces was like finger painting as a child. Nice and goopy.






My finished pieces were a lot lighter than I would have liked and the green disappeared from the turtle piece. But all in all I love them.




Fun fun fun