Monday, November 23, 2009

A Rose in Bloom November 2009

I took these pictures on November 15th. Can you believe a blooming rose in the middle of November?
I noticed a bud a few weeks ago and then I noticed it in bloom. My friend, Ruthie told me I should share it on my blog.

Ruthie has some pictures of four quilt that I quilted on Friday. They are now bound and ready to mail to:
Downey sponsored kits to made into quilts for this organization. I made three of their kits and made two of my own. A number of members of Common Threads Quilt Guild in Lafayette, IN
have finished kits and sent them back.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Baby Shower

Ashley, Toby, & Krayden

Krayden is our new grandson born on September 29, 2009. he weighed 9lbs., 14oz.

Toby & Krayden

Friday, August 7, 2009

Where Has The Time Gone?

I have been to Silver Spring, MD, Shipshewana, IN, Columbus,OH since I last posted. I went to MD for a month to spend more time with my husband, the Auth's and did a bunch of hand work.
Shipshewana was Common Threads quilt retreat which I had a blast with Ruthie, Tammy, and Shelly. I can't wait until next year!
I finished the Gypsy Rose quilt and put the binding on two quilts.

Ruthie and I went to Columbus to the quilt show and we stayed with Denae's (Ruthie's daughter-in-law)parents.they are so nice. Denae is a sweetie too!

Last Sunday I went to Tammy's for a sewing day. I sewed 47 blocks for another quilt. I used charm squares and a jelly roll. It went really fast. Shellie was our personal presser.

We are having some work done on our house right now. This week they are doing Soffits, facia covers and then new seamless gutters. We are so excited. Heathcote Construction, INC. they have been in business for around 30 years.

I've got to run some errands so I'll be back another time.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Is Almost Here and Busy, Busy, Busy

I've been sewing up a storm. I finished a quilt for my sister and delivered it to her the day before Easter. Randy was home for the weekend and we went for a family Easter dinner. I told her, "Read this label and tell me what you think." When she got to the part that says made especially for: she started to cry and said "Oh Thank You". So everyone got to be there for her surprise. The quilt is named"Happy Squares". It was made with Moda's line Gypsy Rose. I used a jelly roll and a charm pack. With a few extras added to the mix. I quilted it at Ruthie's Quilting the Monday before. I used the Leafage pantograph.

I finished the Rossville block of the month quilt from last year. Ruthie quilted it with her Circle lord in fan pattern and it is beautiful. All I have left to do is sew the binding down on the back and put on a label.

The quilt that I made with Moda's line Maypole designed by april Cornell is almost finished. I used the free pattern that I got when I purchased the fabric. It turned out beautiful. Ruthie quilted and I hope to get the pictures put on here soon. i have the binding and label to do on the back.

I have the binding done on my king size redwork quilt. It's 108 X 108, 120 8" redwork blocks that I hand embroidered. I have to do the sleeve and put on the label which is printed and ready to apply. Ruthie did a dfantastic job quilting this quilt. It was a Christmas surprise for me. I absolutely love it!

If you go to Ruthie's blog she has some pictures of my quilts.

I went to the quilt show in Chicago yesterday by bus there was a group of 42 of us. The show was lovely but it was so crowded. This is the second year that I've been to the Spring show.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Unfinished Projects

I'm trying to get a list together for my UFO's.

1. Apple Tree and Ant Picnic Quilt.
2. Quilt of Valor Stripes
3. Quilt of Valor Pails sent to quilter
4. Carole's Dresden Plates
5. Double Delight
6. It's A Wrap
7. Gypsy rose almost finished, binding and label
8. Mother Goose Baby Quilt kit
9. Kit from Quilted Angel in Petaluma,CA
10. Doll Quilt Kit Carol Hopkins
11. Orange Slices
12. Two Patriotic panel quilts
13. Batik jelly roll and charm quilt
14. 11 It's All About Me Quilts blocks and sashing cut for one
15. Rickie's Wizard of OZ quilt
16. Joann's BOM Christmas quilt
17. Hidden Wells quilt
18. Red and yellow Welcome applique wallhanging
19. Four patch and snowball block quilt started in San Francisco,CA
20. Sleeve and label on King size redwork quilt.almost done
21. See, Hear, and Speak No Evil wallhanging needs quilted
22. Sweet in 30's fabric
23. Rug Hooked Apple rug
24. Needle punch sewing notions kit
25. simplify embroidery kit
26. Coffee and Chocolate wallhanging
27. Children bluework building a snowman
28. Tumbler block quilt
29. Bug Jar quilt
30. Mini Jars quilt
31. Cat's Stairway To Heaven

Unfinished list getting smaller?

Today I took pictures of some finished projects.

Some mini jars from Miniatures quilts I started, 5 done and 10 to go. They are so cute!

This is a pattern from Lakadaisies. See, Hear, and Speak No Evil Redwork. This one is for a friend, Jan Ermel. She is Common Threads Quilt Guild president. Her husband passed away recently. I'll give it to her next week. She is at quilt camp this week.

This is a Blue Star Banner for my sister and her husband. They have two nephews in the war.

This is a See, Hear, and Speak No Evil done in Pinkwork. This one I made to go in our shabby chic bedroom.
I have made many wallhangings from this pattern for family and friends. I think twelve or thirteen so far.

This is a Bug Jar Quilt, pattern by Carol Hopkins. This one is called "Happy Bugs". It is for Ashlyn Taylor. Harry and Tammy Taylors youngest of three. It's a little late but I just finished the binding and label last night. I hope that she likes it. Ruthie quilted it at Ruthie's Quilting. It is a wonderful pattern. I have made eight quilts with this pattern.

This a doily that I purchased in Santa Clara, CA at an antique mall. I sewed it onto a gold cotton and had it custom framed at Hobby Lobby.The frame is a beautiful gold ceramic and the mat is a red silk. It turned out perfect. The picture doesn't do it justice. I had it framed in remembrance of the last time that Randy and I took a vacation to San Francisco, CA before my sweet grandma, Tillie passed away. It was two years ago that she passed on March 6th, 2007.
My DH will be home tommorow evening until Sunday morning. I can't wait to see him. It's been a month. We have missed each other so much since he took this job. Hopefully weather won't be a factor this time while he's travelling from Maryland. The last time he tried to come home the flights were cancelled because of bad weather.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Busy Sewing Day

Today I went out to Quilters Harvest quilt store Today was a Lasagna Supper sewing day. There were eight of us sewing on ufo's and newly started projects. I worked on a quilt from Modas line of fabric Gypsy Rose. I used a jelly roll and a charm pack. I finished 40 blocks and I have to make 20 more. The colors are beautiful. Maybe I'll work on it some more tomorrow. My DH was supposed to fly into Indy tonight but the flights were cancelled because of bad weather. We were both really disappointed that he couldn't come home.
I getting really tired so I'm going to cut this short and go to bed.

I finished the Maypole quilt, Rossville block of the month quilt, and a fleece and minkee blanket for me. I took them to Ruthies Quilting to be quilted along with a bug jar quilt for some friends daughter down in Bedford, IN. I have made 7 or 8 of these quilts. Young children love them because the colors are bright and cheerful.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rebel Roses

Have you been to this new line of fabric is wonderful and this week they are giving away a bundle of fat quarters. Red is my favorite color along with brights. This is the perfect fabric for me. Go look at the patterns and the sample quilts on this blog. http://fatquartershop sent me an e-mail telling about this line.ankastreasures has kits that you can buy if your local quilt store doesn't have them.

I went to Old Tippecanoe Quilt Guild tonight and before hand Ruthie and I went and tried a new restaurant across from West Lafayette library. It is called Qdoba, Mexican food and we both had the Three cheese chicken nachos. I had the mild salsa and Ruthie had the medium. Ruthie ate at this chain when she lived in colorado. We will be going there again. There was some fantastic show and tell tonight. We have many talented quilters.

Last weekend had a retreat at Camp Tecumseh. I went for all day on Saturday. I finished two "Mini Charmer" bags by Penny Sturgis they were the samples I made for the two workshops we had last month. I also started the quilt "It's A Wrap" by Pieces of My Heart designed by Sandy Gervais.
The food at the camp was very good too! I left camp around 9pm to head for home and it was dark and I got lost and ended up in Reynolds, IN. I was about 30 minutes north of where I wanted to be. Thank goodness I made it back to Lafayette safe and sound.

Tonight when I got home from guild I started another quilt that I recently cut. It is a Moda fabric called Maypole by April Cornell. The pattern was designed by Lisa Christensen for Moda. I bought my fabric at Rossville quilts.

This Saturday another guild I belong to Common Threads is having a sewing day at St. James Lutheran school. I hope to get lots of projects done. Maybe I'll even take some pictures to post on here. I love to get together with sewing friends and sew. It is nice to visit with people that you don't see very often or often enough.

My dh Randy got a job in Frederick, MD until December 31st, 2009. This is going to be a long year. I already miss him and he just left on Saturday. Today was his first day on the job.He is apartment hunting and in the mean time he is staying with our good friends Michael and Carole Auth in Silver Spring, MD. Michael and Carole lived in Lafayette until a couple of years ago. There aren't many pharmaceutical jobs in this area because of layoffs.
I'll tell you more later about this new adventure in our lives.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fabric, Fabric, Everywhere

I have been cutting fabric this month. Not much sewing but that is another story. I cut all of the fabric for Bonnie Hunters mystery quilt "Double Delight"

I bought a LARGE Tumbler Block acrylic template at the quilt show in Chicago last fall. I have cut blocks to make another QOV quilt. Ruthie at bought the next size down has already cut her blocks and has pictures on her site.

Toby and Ashley came for dinner last night and their list of 75 things is completed.(for the quilts mentioned below.)
Tait came by today after work and his list is finished too. One of my sisters', Louann, was the first one finished with her list. Four down and nine to go. Each person is supposed to give a list of 75 favorite things/and or sayings from when they where children to present age.

I bought a pattern called "It's All About Me". I have started cuting the blocks for this. I have over 200 novelty fabrics. I plan on making 12 of these quilts. I'm calling them BigBoy/BigGirl quilts. For my three sons, daughters (wives of two sons), three sisters, brother, husband and grandson. They are all quilts for adults, my soon to be 14 grandson. I am in love with all of the novelty fabric avaiable. I got a package in the mail today from
z& A total of 23 half yards of fabric all novelties. I need more feminine type fabrics and faith type fabrics. If you know of some that you noticed on line at a shop please let me know.

Ruthie and I were supposed to have our BOM from
quilts done by tonight. I got a reprieve until next week because of bad weather. Ruthie's are done mine were lost and I found the blocks today. I have two blocks to cut and put together, besides sewing rows together. I do not know where I put the last two blocks thus, my quilt will only have eleven blocks. I'm not very good at designing quilts even with eq5. So, Ruthie came up with a layout of my blocks on point that I think is going to look really good. I have to have the top done at least by next Wednesday.

I'm planning on making my sil a Wizard Of Oz quilt. I dug out the fabrics that I have purchased. Now, I have to decide how to put all of the fabrics together. There are three lines of different WOOz fabrics. it will be a fun quilt. I'm going to either make it two sided or make two different quilts. I'll keep you posted.

I am way behind with reading blogs that I'm tracking and I'm new to Drankland and haven't logged on to it either. I've been reading instead of doing anything else. When I'm interested in a book I can't hardly put it down.

Until next time be safe, warm, and enjoy each day.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Getting Ready for a Busy Weekend

Tmorrow night is one of my guild nights "Old Tippecanoe Quilt Guild"West Lafayette, IN. Ruthie from threadsofmine and I will go out to eat somewhere. Our goal is to check out places that we haven't been to before. OTQG is located near the campus 0f Purdue University and sometimes the parking situation and weather will dictate where we will go last month it was Brunos.

This coming weekend January 10th we are having a "Mini Charmer" bag workshop. We hope that the weather will be mild. Participants will sign up tomorrow night. The pattern can be purchased at

This is a picture of part of my fabric stash. This fabric is yardage of a yard or more. The cubbies go all the way down to the floor and I have added more cubes since this picture was taken.There isn't room for the smaller amounts. I'm embarrassed for you to see the rest of the room. Ruthie and Carole A. have both helped me in this room. I have come to the conclusion that I have too much stuff for this small room. It's only 12X12.

Kitchen table to the left.

Living room

Everything was removed from other rooms and put into the "Studio" and it is a tad full!

I have all of the fabric in the living room for the "Double Delight" Bonnie Hunters mystery quilt from can see how it's going to look by clicking on the links. I love it!

Another guild that I belong to "Common Threads" Lafayette, IN is having a Nickel Swap and I now have almost all twelve months cut in 5" squares and in ziplocs. I have to buy more turquoise and black on black fabric. I've been purchasing fabric on line along with my stash for the swap. There are over 30 participants. Ruthie nor I were expecting that many people in this swap. How fun will this be? When the swap is over we will have a Nickel Squares sewing workshop in 2010.We all love scrappy quilts, and the methods used to create them are usually very fast and
simple. Our Nickel Quilt Fabric Exchange is just that. It is based on Pat Speth’s books - Nickel
Quilts and More Nickel Quilts. Everyone will sometime over the next year purchase one of Pat's book.

On January 17th Ruthie and I will be having another "Mini Charmer" bag workshop. There are 35 members signed up for this one. I'm so excited to see all the bags that are made with charm packs or cut 5" squares.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

January 3, 2009

I can not believe that it is 2009! This year just flew by so fast.

I started Bonnie Hunters from Years mystery quilt. "Double Delight". I have all of the pieces cut out, but I haven't started piecing it yet. I thought I had enough pinks but I didn't have double pinks. So, I went out to to get some more yesterday. Karen didn't have very many. Maybe I'll start sewing today. This is my first project of 2009.

I have been enjoying His Majesty aka: Truffles. We get a lot of joy having him with us. He is my baby and he adores me. He has been living with us
since April 2006. I inherited him from my grandma.He is from
San Francisco, CA he is twelve years old..

Ruthie from has a new granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann. Her daughter had three sons and no girls until Friday. I'm so excited for the whole family. Elizabeth is so cute.