Friday, March 29, 2013

"Pear" adise

It's done!  This was the quilt I was working on a couple weeks ago at my quilt retreat and ran out of fabric for the small inner border.  The original fabric was going to be a smaller print black and white that looked like a solid black from a distance.  I could not get any more of that fabric so I substituted the white I used for the background for that inner border and I like it a lot better than the original fabric.  This quilt is a pattern by called "pear" adise.

 It is for my daughter who has wanted a quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics, she choose this bright red  (another Kaffe) for the back.  I took it to one of my local quilt shops and had them quilt it on the long arm.  Yea, finished!

I also have 5 more blocks for the Sally Post Floral Sampler ready to machine applique and then I will be caught up on her blocks again. 

Here in Nebraska the snow has finally melted and we are to reach 60 degrees today, spring is coming,
may you all have a blessed Easter.

"Our Lord has written the promise of the Resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring"
                                                                                           -Martin Luther

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Time To Start Quilting

The machine is all cleaned, oiled, and has a new needle.

Tables set up at the side and practice quilt sandwiches made.
It is time to start quilting Ladies of the Sea (pattern by Sue Garman). Walking foot work first, then stitch in the ditch around the appliqués.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Quilt Group Retreat

I have gone from quilting and stitching at the beach to quilting and stitching at the local state park on a retreat with my small quilt group.
We did a group project of making portable ironing mats that fold up and carry your hot iron home from class or retreat.

I have had this cute countryside fabric with windmills on it for over 15 years and it FINALLY got used. The finished totes looked so cute side by side.

I also worked on some pear appliqué blocks made with Kaffee Fassett fabric called "pear" adise (pattern by

They were turning out pretty cute and have black and white fabric for sash and borders, but, there was not enough fabric for the inner border in the kit I bought.

Arrrgh, don't you just hate when that happens! I bought the kit from a shop when I was traveling last fall so it is not even a local shop. I have written them to see if they have more fabric....I only need 2 one inch X WOF to finish this, otherwise I need to remove the 2 inner borders I have done and find a new fabric locally.
So "pear" adise went back in the tote and I finished the weekend working on my Scarlet Letter sampler.

I have really gotten a good start on this sampler and cross stitching on linen is starting to become more natural, I need to remember count threads not holes.

The members of my small quilt group were interested in the sampler and Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year blog, a couple gals even thought they had Scarlet Letter reproduction sampler charts somewhere in their sewing rooms and were going to go home and look for them.
Well after 3 weeks traveling and getting lots of stitching done I have returned home and gone back to the work at the hospital (I am an ultrasound technologist). I truly love my job and patients and have not once ever dreaded or not wanted to get up and go to work, but as I turn 60 this year I know I am really going to be good at retirement in a couple years.

Happy Stitching All,

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