progress on other projects

I thought that I was certain as to how I wanted to quilt my posy quilt.  I had practice stitched all the ideas that I had sketched out. Got everything ready to begin the machine quilting, then as I sat down to begin, something else took control and here is what it said.  Tiny  round and oval seeds all over the quilt with ghost flowers sprouting up randomly amongst the seeds.  I generally dislike the quilting process, machine or hand, as I much prefer the design aspect.  But for some reason I have become obsessed with this one.  It has become a joy to just sit and move the needle over the fabric and see these little designs take shape.  Who woulda thunk it? 

back side

I love the way it looks on the back.  Using the different colors of threads to match the top fabric color gives it an interesting look, don't you think?  

There could be a hidden meaning in all this, because I do need lots of practice with my machine quilting and I had predetermined that I would be machine quilting great gran's string star repro quilt.    I want to duplicate the quilting patterns on GGM star quilt.  Perhaps by the time that I finish making thousands of tiny circles and ovals, I will, just maybe, have gotten a bit better and become a bit more patient.  Patient enough to make her proud.  Not to say that I am there yet, but who knows.  It could happen. 

the original GGM

my version ready for quilting

 My quilts are going to be featured for one week at my home town museum during their quilt show and I do want to have enough new pieces completed for the show.   So I have been plugging away  Nothing like waiting until the last minute to complete the quilting part, huh? So wish me luck.  I hope to have these both completed before mid March.  I'll let y'all know how that turns out.  Meanwhile, I better get busy........

Done & DONE

it's not gonna rain on my parade

The Aspens at Muddy Pass

for Sarah Beth & Kyle
marking the big event


Not much to say lately, because I've been getting a few things completed at long last.
Sorry about the photo quality.  The more pictures that I take the worse they get.

I Got Tagged

I'm IT.  Well not that kind of IT, but I was tagged by Lisa, who was tagged by Jan-Maree.  Then Lisa tagged me.  So check out Lisa's blog and see what great things that she is doing. And while you are there, don't forget to see who else she has tagged and take a peek at all her followers and followees.  What fun to discover exciting new and creative bloggers. 
Since I was so honored, I'm going to continue to share the award and name some fellow blogger friends who I'm sure would love your company also.

If you choose to participate, the rules are:

1. Tell who tagged you.

2. Add a link to their blog.

3. Award 3-5 bloggers who you think deserve this award.

Inform them & post directions to your blogspot.

Please don't tag people who already have 300 followers.

The goal of this award is get more publicity to blogs that are good, but not so well known.

So in the spirit of the award, I am tagging SujataHeather, and Valerie.   I hope you will check out their blogs and enjoy them as much as I do!  They are wonderfully talented artists. 


Happy Days

I sketched

I colored

I designed on EQ
I was not happy

I ripped
I slashed
I cut
I auditioned

I stitched
I added all the leftovers and rejects

I added a bit more
I am very happy with the
 back door of my log cabin posies quilt

It has a new name
Not your Prim and Proper log cabin with posies

And for the first time ever, ever, ever in making a quilt
I have an idea of how I want to quilt it.

Hello 2011
Happy days are here again

So long sad times
Go long bad times
We are rid of you at last

Howdy gay times
Cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Altogether shout it now
There's no one
Who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

Your cares and troubles are gone
There'll be no more from now on
From now on ...

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So, Let's sing a song of cheer again

Happy times
Happy nights
Happy days
Are here again!
[Music and Lyrics by J. Yellen and M. Ager]

Happy New Year
from a late bloomer

Happy New Year

I spent the better part of  New Year's Eve cleaning up my studio.  Although I didn't finish all those UFO's in 2010, I am still resolved to get them completed by the end of 2011.  (HA!)  Famous last words, eh?
I pulled out this quilt .  It is a mystery quilt from Electric that my quilt guild did several years ago.  We were even featured on the EQ website with some of our almost completed quilts. I am thinking to myself about what could I do with this quilt if I finished quilting it.  
I realized that even though I never make New Year's resolutions, I could challenge myself to make more cuddle quilts.  There are far too many children who live in shelters without any parents or siblings.  This is something that they could have as their very own.  Something that they can wrap around themselves and feel that they are being hugged and loved. 

So I got this one all ready for quilting.

But wait, while I was cleaning up a stack of fabrics I found a fat quarter that I didn't know what to do with.  It was just rows of  kittens. OH!   Why not cut out each kittie and free-piece strips of fabrics all around each one.  The first block took around 15 minutes, maybe less.  So part of New Year's Day was spent piecing this quilt. 

  Now to get it sandwiched and ready to quilt.  This is a first for me.  Making a quilt in less than 6 hours. So  I should be able to make one each month.  What about you?  Can you do a quilt each month?

I hope that each child who will receive these quilts will feel the love that I felt as I sewed each and every stitch.  I hope that it will help to make them feel more secure and know that they are cared for.  I hope that it will give them hope for a happy and bright future.  I wish for them a happy and bright future.  So now, I know what to do with all of my other unquilted tops.  There are far too many children of all ages who need to feel love.