Thursday, May 27, 2010

Project Linus completion

I completed another quilt for Project Linus. Somewhere on the web I saw a quilt made up out of this pattern, and they called it "Hopscotch." I liked it so well, so drafted the block, used lots of colorful scraps, and came up with this. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and hope it will bring pleasure to some young person who is going through some difficult times. The first picture is actually the back. I was lacking a bit of fabric, so had to get creative.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ready to baste

I got my breadfruit cut out and put on the background.  The next step will be basting it.  The next lesson is on Friday, but considering all the other things on my plate, there won't be any problem finding something to do.

It looks like we may get some sunshine today, so I want to get out for a while.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hawaiian quilting

Before I talk about my latest little venture into the learning realm, I am going to gripe about our weather.  The week of May 9 spoiled us with absolutely gorgeous spring weather, and then BAM, the last few days it has rained and poured and rained some more.  All the kids' ball games have been cancelled and the fields are just a terrible muddy mess.  Okay, that's it for the rant.

I signed up for Hawaiian Quilting 101 at  I really love their classes and have taken several.  This is the site for my class. .  I have heard glowing reviews of Nancy Chong's teaching, and I am really looking forward to this.  I have fabric laying out all over my sewing room, and am still trying to decide which two fabrics I will use.  I am definitely not going to buy fabric.  I will eventually figure out which suits me best.

I also, a couple days ago, signed up for Connecting Threads Quilt With Us. .  They have some wonderful tutorials, and I am enjoying doing the different methods of making flying geese.  I know, I definitely did NOT need another on-line thing to follow, but someone (and I can't remember who) mentioned signing up, and I had to have a look, and I was very impressed.  BTW, Connecting Threads has very nice fabric at a reasonable price (and no, I don't have any connection with them - just a pleased customer).

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Today doesn't look to be quite as soggy as the last few, and I plan to get some sewing done.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Baby quilt completed and sent

My nephew's wife delivered a baby girl last week, and I had completed a quilt to send. I didn't post it before because it's doubtful that they look at my blog, but just in case I waited until I'm sure they have received it in the mail.

I love the Hanky Panky quilt pattern, and that's the one that I used. The picture isn't all that good, unfortunately.

I am waiting to get good pictures of the two remaining grandchildren as they play softball and baseball.  You know, I need to give equal coverage to all!!  :-)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Quiet Sunday - hopefully

As I look at my most recent posts, I see I've featured our youngest grandchild a couple times, so I think it's time I brought someone else into view - his big sister. She played volleyball and her team just completed a very successful season. It is a 4th-6th grade team. They were so cute and full of spirit. They had a 20-year old coach that they adored and she really brought out the best in the girls.  Our granddaughter is on the bottom right, next to the coach.

After the volleyball game yesterday, I went to a charity sew at the home of a friend.  Several of us try to get together once a month and work on charity quilts.  Yesterday we made four patches using Billie Lauder's tecnique. .  It was great fun, and we got a lot done.  We are pairing the four patches with coordinating fabric, so each row has a four patch followed by a coordinating fabric.  A picture will follow when I have more done. 

A while back I saw the fabrics shown in the following table runner.  I first resisted temptation, but then went back and bought them.  The pattern is garden twist.  I obviously did not use a floral pattern, but I am very pleased with how it turned out.  The umbrella fabric is directional, so after an initial oops, I was careful to keep them all going the same direction.  Also partially depicted are my Mother's Day roses.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Two days in a row - what can I say?

Today was such a beautiful day! Hubby went and got a load of bark, and we discovered we will need a few more loads. I planted a bunch of marigolds and zinnias and petunias. The yard will have lots of color before too long.

Tonight hubby went to our grandson's T-ball game and I went to a granddaughter's softball game. Our poor little girl is struggling with hitting and I feel so bad for her. Last year she did so well, so I'm sure it will come around, but she is discouraged, and it makes us sad for her.

On the quilting subject, I made this quilt recently for Project Linus. the little bears and other animals were all on a panel and I cut them apart and put on the sashing. I hope some child will enjoy it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What can I say?

OMG, it's been more than a month since I have posted.  I seem to do pretty well for a while, and then, well, I don't know, I just don't get it done.

We have had a wet and cool spring after a much dryer winter.  The next few days, however, are supposed to be nice, so we really need to get out and get some of our large crop of weeds pulled.

We have been going to a lot of our grandchildren's sports activities. Our grandkids are playing softball, baseball, basketball, T-ball and volleyball. We love seeing them play, and they love having their fan club all there. These are a couple pics of the youngest at his T-ball game. Those little guys are so cute.  The little girl behind him in the bottom picture is his cousin.

One of the things I want to get accomplished is to go to the blogs I especially enjoy following and catch up a bit, so hopefully I can spend a little time on that today.

I have done some quilting, but I'll leave posting about that for another time.

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