Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Got It Done in spite of things

There's a story behind this quilt I made for Barbara. It was a long time in the making for starters and then when I sent it to the quilters it came back with puckers, pleats and the back completely uneven. As big a difference as 3 inches on one end to 6 inches on the other. In my hysteria, between Susan Nixon and my DH they got me calmed down. lol I went ahead and "undid" where I could and did the binding with the intent of giving it to Barbara with the story of what happened. Then making her a new one. Well bless her heart, as she opened it and I was telling her what happened, she kept saying no she didn't want another one she wanted only this one. lol :) Friends are so amazing, no matter how flawed an item or WE are they love us anyway. What a wonderful Christmas present she gave me. (that's Barbara standing next to the quilt:) )
We had a great time all day with the family and of course ate till we couldn't move and will be eating left overs the rest of the week. I hope everyone's Christmas was as good as mine and hope we're all looking forward to a very very Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

May God Bless & Keep You All

May God Bless and Keep You All this Holiday Season. May the New Year bring you prosperity and happiness. May He keep all of our Soldiers in Iraq and safe and bring them all home to their families. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Samantha and Morgans Art Work

My granddaughter Samantha and her best friend Morgan came over this week end and dyed socks:) They had a great time and as you can see on the second picture they began to get very creative:) Dots, attempts at stripes, etc. They plan on coming back this week end to do some more for Christmas gifts so I think we'll all be running around in tie dyed socks! lol Tooooooo much fun!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Decorated Indoors For Christmas

Our Tree is up whooopiee!:=) The other pic's are a few of the ceramic items I made over the years when I had my ceramic business. My favorite is the deer, they look so soft like you can squeeze them, but of course they're ceramics:) I only have a few things, as most of what I made I gave away:) The set you see was my MIL's before she passed away, so now each year I put out hers one year and my mom's the next. I've since given my set to my daughter:)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Yellow Fishy Blanket for Project Linus

I finally got the yellow quilt done for Project Linus, it'll be the last one I work on for a while. I have a number of Christmas presents I need to get finished up and then some UFO's that desperately need attention:)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tea Cozies for Christmas

These are the Tea Cozies I've been working on for Christmas gifts. I love the black and white kitty fabric one. I've got my eye on a black tea pot for it.:)

Signs on my Blog

You'll see signs on the left hand side of my blog and if you'll take the time to click on them, it will take you to the site. There, click on the button that says click daily, and you'll help those in need. The Childs Health site, Sponsors Pay for Health Care for Children; Hunger Site, Sponsors pay for cups of food; The Rainforest Site, sponsors pay for habitat protection. Please click on or all three, it only only take a few seconds to do it and help others. On my Candis Eye Candy there are two more. One for Breast Cancer and the Other for Animal Hunger site. Please check them out as well. Most of us can't do much to help all of these important organizations but just by taking a few seconds to "click" daily we can help:) Thank you for your help

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Table Runner Complete

I've wanted a table runner for Christmas for the longest time, but never took time out to make one. I got this one finished last week and I'm real happy with it. The red fabric is some I dyed myself so that makes it even a little more special.:)

Quilts for The Linus Project

I've gotten two more quilts completed for The Linus Project and one more that I'm working on, I hope will be done next week. Hopefully before Thanksgiving:)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My dear friends quilt is almost done

I finished the quilt top for my friends Christmas present, and today I got the backing done so now it's ready to go:) whooo hooo What a challange this one was in getting measurements accurate etc. My living room is not that large and I have overstuffed furniture in it, so it takes up most of the floor space. lol We took the coffee table out, moved everything back as far as we could and just kind of trudged along and got it done. My DH is a doll, he never complained once and gets right in there and gives me the extra hands I need. Thank you dear, I really do appreciate you:)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Christmas Blanket For the Kids

I started on a Christmas Quilt for the Linus Project yesterday and got it this far. I need to put some edging and backing on it to have it ready to go. I have another one of the "Rainbow Zebra" quilts I finished up too. I hope to have 3 more done before the holidays. That's when kids in hospitals or other situations really need some cheering up. As well as, it was nicely pointed out to me, their parents. Isn't it amazing when we see a smile on a childs face, especially our own, how that warms our hear:)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Matthew & Samantha with their quilts

It took a while but I was finally able to get the kids to stand still long enough to get a picture of them with their quilts! Told them with any luck, they may even get a Christmas Quilt next year. lol

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Todays Work On My Quilt

This is what I've been doing for the past 8 &1/2 hours:) I started early this morning by finishing up the blocks to put the quilt together, then putting all the blocks together. I still have to do the edging that will (I hope) set it all off. One is a mottled maroon and the other is a green & marron batik that matches the maroon batik in the quilt itself. I hope to have it done and ready to quilt sometime this week. It's going to be a christmas gift for a very very dear friend:)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Amy's Baby Doll Blanket

About a year and a half ago (before she was born) I made Amy 5 baby quilts. When I shipped them to her mom, UPS left them on the doorstep and they were stolen:( I insured them, but UPS said they had met their obligation and wouldn't cover the needless to say I won't use UPS any longer. Anyway, I had these 4 blocks left so I made Amy a doll blanket out of them. She's all ready at the age where she covers her "babies" up to "keep them warm: :) So she'll get to enjoy this one anyway.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It's Amazing what you find in baskets!

It's amazing what you find hidden in baskets when you start digging:) I found this quilt I started a couple of years ago and had totally fogotten about! It's a little difficult to lay it out and photograph it when you've got two dogs trying to help! lol Woohoo I think I'm going to start back on it and maybe get it finished in time for the holidays:)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

For Baby Megan

Here's two of the blankets I've been working on for baby Megan. Who surprised us and arrived 6 weeks early! One is a kitty quilt and the other a shell afghan that's a trusty old pattern:) I hope to have the third one finished by this week end.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Illinois Star Quilt

I posted the wrong photo the first time so I'm trying this again. This is the Illinois Star quilt I started a couple of years ago at a Quilting Retreat in Montana. My sisters Quilting Guild held it at Camp Make A Dream and it was an amazing experience. I got to see so many beautiful beautiful works in progress. This is my first attempt at paper piecing and although it's not difficult, this one is very time consuming. I had no comprehension when I began that the star had about 110 points in each star! So I figure by the time I'm 70 I might, just might have it done. lol By then Matthew will be at an age that he should be able to take care of it and it will go to him. Then again, after all the work I may just keep it. lol Who knows? Time will tell. lol

This I Just Had To Share

This one I just had to share with you:) I'm making some baby blankets for a new member of our family. I laid the blankie down on the couch, where I was working, to check my emails. When I looked over Taz had burrowed into the blanket and was fast asleep. All you could see of him was his little head. You see, he thinks anything, pillows, blankets, towels, folded clothes, you name it, that are on the couch is fair game. They belong to him and he digs, twists literally shapes whatever it is to fit HIM! So he had decided the baby's blanket belonged to him:)

A Few of The Kids Quilts

Here's a few of the quilts I've made for my grandkids, although the pink one went to The Linus Project. I was really tickled when Claire (Project Coordinator) sent me a note saying that the last 4 quilts I sent were going to go to the University of CA at Davis Hospital for the children there. So many children there in need of comfort.