Stretching myself

This next quilt is something totally out of the ordinary in the quilting for me. I loved  working on  this customer quilt. This octogenarian made this quilt for a grandchild. She did  a great job!!

I think that I am getting the hang of making more customized quilting. I think that the quilt turned out and I am pretty excited about it!!! Remember my work is all done freehand.

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Click on the picture to enlarge and see the  details,


It’s that time of year….

to take our youngest back to college. This time I took him by myself. I don’t usually drive that far or in that much traffic but it worked out just fine. I need to get more confident with my driving. I was tired and car sick by the end of the road trip but all in all it was a good time. The dorm set up went very smoothly. I took today off to recuperate and clean up the house. I wore myself out cleaning today and then went to the gym. The rest of the post will be pictures that I took on the trip and at the college.

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I have been pretty busy and here are a few pics to prove it!

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I love this rich colors and this autumn fabrics in this quilt. Sue made this quilt for her home. I quilted it in an all over feather stitch in a copper thread. Love it!


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And Carol made a baby quilt. It is quilted in  flowers and ribbons. I love the pinwheels and the fabrics are adorable! I think this will be treasured by a new baby!

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I have to say that I even sewed a block or two recently. I haven’t sewn a block in a while because we’ve been so busy with summer, Highland Games and work. I am looking forward to sewing a couple of quilt tops soon.


And then today I saw the airing of an episode of Quilty. It was so much fun. I blogged about it here. It is pretty cool to see the end product. I can’t thank Quilty enough for this opportunity, it was awesome!!!


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Yesterday was a great Highland games in Sparta. It is a festival that is full of great music, dance demos and beautiful park. My husband had a great day and tied for third in his group.  I have tons of pics and movies on several devices. I am testing out each one and its limits so I am prepared for SCOTLAND, next month. I can hardly wait.



Now to settle down and get some long arming done today.


Squeezing the most out of summer

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There is something about Queen Anne’s lace that I really like. It reminds me of tatting. I love the purple centers. It is really quite complex clustering of tiny groups of flowers and most tatted doily’s are assembled in the manner.



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This last flower is the Mr Lincoln rose. Its lovely. I love the color and fullness. So the flowers are reminding me that summer is still here. It was 80 today. It was lovely and sunny. I refuse to look at the leaves that are changing, lol. Yea, they are right next to the flowers so that’s not easy but it is all about perspective isn’t it. What we are looking for, what we choose to see.


Design wall Monday

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This is the latest customer quit I am working. I decided that feathers felt right for this project. And I had a copper colored thread on hand that was perfect color , I think that it will look great.

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I am making a mini chevron block. I had 13 of these purple and green fat quarters. I also have 2 1/2 inch hst paper piecing papers. I like how the two blocks look next to each other. I am not sure how many I can get out of these fat quarters but there will be a pretty cool design I think.

I have been working full time at my day job so I have survived the first round of downsizing. I have been commuting half of  my time to the office 40 miles away. I have found it bites into my quilting and cleaning time. So things are a little more chaotic around here but I am getting a routine going with the commute.


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yes, the trees are showing the beginning of fall colors. My son returns to college in two weeks.  It is a start reminder that I need to savor each ray of sun and get out and enjoy all of memories to be made this summer!!!!






Quiet times

Sometimes things need to slow down and be quiet. We have had a couple of those weekends recently. This weekend was one. I have to say, I felt tired. I had no real reason to be. I haven’t over done anything. I have been resting well, taking care of myself. But you run into times of being tired. During July, my husband gets tired too. It’s mid Highland games competition, long unheard of hours at work and lots of travel.
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We went to a Beatles tribute concert at Alpenfest till 10 on Friday. It was a fun to be nostalgic with them. Then we decided to go to our 30th High School reunion. It was touch and go weather or not it was going to happen.

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It turned out to be great. Saw many people, caught up. I felt pretty good about myself and didn’t feel bad that I was overweight. So were tons of other. I didn’t feel bad about greys and wrinkles. It is part of being 30 years older. I have to say that it was a time to feel refreshed. A time to see that everyone else has the same struggles and triumphs with jobs, family, parenting and finances. For one night we were on all a very level playing field our age and the common ground was our times in school. We were able to talk about who we were and who we are. It wasn’t weird at all.wpid-20140720_122901.jpg2014-07-21 07.05.59


I have been home more so I have been quilting more. I have two of Alisons three done. I am finishing up some clothing for the grand daughters. There is one top, one dress, one diaper cover and 4 pair of shorts. Here hoping that they can wear them!!!