Saturday, May 30, 2009

More quilting from my past

Well, since I was pretty busy yesterday enjoying the sunshine and having DGC here, I thought I'd show you another quilt I completed in 2005. I think it was in 2004 that we went to an outdoor quilt show in Livermore, CA, and Jan Krentz was the featured quilter there. I loved this pattern, and she had some patterns and fabric for sale, so I purchased a few pieces of fabric and then added some of my own, to come up with this quilt. It is probably approximately 45-50 inches square. It was my first foray into using autumn colors, and now I am just addicted to them (well, most all colors!!). I have it on the back of our couch, and it has been a favorite of folks who have seen it. It obviously was not a very difficult pattern, but I love how it turned out.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gotta love the springtime

Well, I thought I'd work on my reformation and not wait three weeks to post again. I don't have much to show on the quilting front, so I'll show some pictures of our back yard, and some of the plants and flowers that we enjoy so much. I spent some time yesterday just sitting on the patio reading and enjoying the weather.

Tonight is our guild meeting, so I'll take the quilt I completed for Project Linus. Janet Fogg is to be our guest speaker. She is an award-winning quilting, and her studio is located in the Portland area. It should be a great event tonight. I'm missing a grandson baseball game for the meeting, so anyone who knows me well, knows I am really, really looking forward to hearing Janet.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Oops-time has slipped by again!

Wow, I better get myself in gear and post!

I did manage to finish another Project Linus quilt. It is mostly made from leftover fabrics from one of the French Braid quilts I made last year. Our guild had gone together and ordered a roll of polyester batting from our quilt shop, and then when it came, it turned out to have a greater loft than most of us like. I decided to go ahead and try it with one quilt, and while I still am not crazy about it, it did look much better after I "tamed" it with quilting and the binding.

Last week we were having beautiful weather, so hubby and I decided we needed an outing for the day, so we went to Astoria, Oregon, which is a two hour or so drive from home. We had lunch at this very quaint fish and chips lunch stand. We had eaten there before. They just have tuna fish and chips, and it was so yummy! It's worth the drive just for that, and then there is the marvelous scenery on the way and when we get there.

At Astoria, they have a wonderful walkway that goes along the Columbia River. We took a long walk along the walkway, and went out on the pier, where all these sea lions were resting and making a racket, probably belching and digesting all the salmon they eat. (Spoken like a person from the Northwest!!) :-)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Lessons from Mama

Yesterday was such a lovely day here, so we spent a fair amount of time outside soaking up the vitamin D!

I have worked a bit on putting together the blocks and rows of the Project Linus quilt I showed in my previous post, but since I don't have much to report on that front, I thought I would show an early quilt I made. This was made in 2003 and is from the Lessons from Mama sampler book. This quilt was such fun to make, and since I hadn't made many quilts at that point, it was a great learning experience. It now resides on top of the cedar chest in our bedroom. The reason I thought of this quilt is that Conni of had completed a few blocks of this pattern, and hers is going to be just lovely!

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