Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blessings everyone.  We had a beautiful Easter with much laughter, hiding Easter eggs, and celebrating Eli's third birthday.  It was a beautiful day.

It is back to work tomorrow with six quilts needing my attention this week.  Whew, one day at a time, one day at a time.

Blessings to all.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Greetings everyone.  Well we did end up with about 8" of snow,  but at least it is melting fast.  I wish I would have had the materials to do some snow dying of fabric like by friend Viki is doing.  I'll have to plan for next year and try this method of fabric dying out.  I have done marbling of material, but it has been awhile  since I marbled which sounds like a good spring through fall project.  I'll have to put that on my to-do list.

I actually put the binding on my Chevron quilt a little bit ago.  I have to confess I am binding challenged.  I really, really don't enjoy doing binding, but it is only because I have not found a good method of applying binding with my domestic sewing machine.  That is until today.  Enter the Clover Wonder Clips which I purchased at Yoders in Shipshewana, Indiana when I was on a quilt retreat last October.  All I can say about the Clover Wonder Clips is, "where have you been and thank goodness I found you".  These pretty red clips held my binding in perfect place while I was top stitching my binding down.  I am thrilled with the outcome.  I probably would of had 99 44/100th% almost perfection if I had practiced a little bit first, but I threw caution to the wind and went for it.  I think I will like doing binding now.  Thanks Clover for coming out with the Wonder Clips.

Blessings to all.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy, happy, happy Friday everyone.  The sun is shining brightly here in beautiful Monticello, Indiana, but my goodness it is still cold, cold, cold.  At least we don't have any snow on the ground, but I hear that could change later this weekend.  Okay enough about the weather at least it is SUNNY!

I have had an interesting week.  I really thought I would use this week as a catch-up week for longarm quilting, but while I was having lunch on Monday I broke a tooth.  Luckily, my dentist was able to get me in later that afternoon.  And so a crown prep was started, but little did I know this would be the easy part of my week.  On Tuesday night I became terrible ill which I realized happened to me the last time I had major dental work.  So I'll have to have a discussion with my dentist when I get my new crown placed to see what previst treatment I can try to head off becoming sick.  I did get dressed today and I think I'm getting my strength back slowly. I am thankful that God's healing hand was placed on me today.

I do hope everyone who may read this blog today has had a joyful week.  Blessings to all.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy National Quilting Day everyone.
This is my chevron quilt I put together last week.  So in honor of National Quilt Day today I thought it only fitting that I should be quilting today.  How do you like my apple green Bella by Moda backing I chose. It's got color!  Happy quilting everyone.  Blessings to all.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blessings everyone.  The weather here today has been cloudy, windy, cold, sunny, snowing so hard you couldn't see across the lake and sleet.  Who said Mother Nature was boring?

I am working towards a productive week with almost three quilts completed.  My Statler Stitcher received an upgrade to its software last week so it is now running on Creative Studio 4.2.  I must say I am very impressed with this new upgrade.  The Statler has always run well, but the new upgrade is.  
S. M. O.  O  T. H.   I don't begin to say I understand how software works but it is amazing the tweaks this software has done for the Statler to run the Gammill.  Quilting and sewing have come a long way when you think about all of the machines that have been manufactured for sewing.  As quilters we have almost endless possibilities on how we can put our quilts together.  Just when I think there couldn't be more fabric lines, Moda comes out with a new line in colors that I just can't resist, and Moda is just one fabric company.  When I think how our grandmothers made quilts from flour sacks, I can hardly believe that I live in a time that material is in such abundance.

 I have a baby quilt to quilt this week that has pink elephants - pink elephants - I mean how cute is that?  I already have a darling elephant pattern that I plan to use for the quilting pattern.

Well I better settle down and get some rest, the morning will be here before I know it.

Blessings to everyone.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Greetings everyone.  I think I may be back in business to post pictures on my blog.  This will be a test run.  My fellow longarm friend, Jude, in Australia told me about Picasso web albums so I'm hoping this will post.

 The picture is that of a chevron quilt I did last Friday and Saturday while attending Common Threads Quilt Guild gathering at Pineview Resort here in beautiful Monticello, Indiana.  What a great time to sew new projects, make new friends, share ideas of quilting, life, food and to fellowship.  I really was tired Saturday evening when I came home, I only attended during the day and into the evening.  My time was spent on completing my Chevron Quilt, but oh the wonderful conversations I was allowed to partake in have left me thankful.  Thankful that I can pray for the individuals that shared moments of their life, thankful to learn of others' faith, thankful that respect and grace were shared in our conversations.  When I look at my Chevron quilt I will see the beautiful colors of the fabric in this quilt, but I will remember the beautiful ladies who shared moments of their life with me.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Yippee, it's March and we all know what that means, SPRING.  Well that is in the USA.  For my fellow longarm quilter, Jude, I think she might be starting summer in Australia.  We did get about eight inches of snow this week in beautiful Monticello, Indiana but it was still a beautiful day today.

I've worked hard this week to complete my workload of quilts (4 in all) so now I can go to the Common Threads Quilt Guild retreat.  The retreat is at the Pineview Resort right here in Monticello so I don't have far to go to enjoy two full days of sewing, sewing, sewing.  I've got my projects packed and homemade cookies baked to share with the 50 or so other quilters who are already there. My plans are to put a Chevron quilt together using two layer cake packages.  Really mindless piecing.  I've already decided what quilt pattern I plan on quilting on this quilt, at least I think I know.  I do reserve the right to change my mind though once I have the quilt put together.  I also plan on not putting any borders on this quilt which is a first for me.  I'll post some pictures of this quilt when I get it together on my Facebook page and I'll put a note here on the blog when I post them.

Well I better try and get some sleep 7:00 am will be here before I know it.

Blessings to all.