Shelly is a new(er) quilter and this is the second one she has sent to me…it is beautiful, rich and lovely.
It has many shades of blue and silver…and we added all over type feathers to add to the richness of this little quilt.
I think the reason so many of us love feathers is because feathers are so versatile.
They look good on a country quilt, a rich Asian inspired quilt or a lovely Victorian floral. They can be made in so many different ways to compliment each quilt. There are some people who don’t care for feathers..but I think majority of us love them.
Thanks Shelly….Beth has the quilt and she is binding it….I will send it out later this week.
Dotty from NYC has sent me countless quilts…I can’t even tell you how many…she always uses the best fabrics…and very prolific for a new quilter.
Well now her daughter Molly has taken up quilting and Dotty calls her a “Stash Buster” which I think is a lovely nick name …..don’t you? How generous of dotty to share her Kaffe fabrics with her daughter..I hardly let myself cut into my own Kaffe fabrics unless its for a special project…I love them so much. LOL Then if my LQS still has the same print available..I will go buy it and replace what was in my stash if I used it…horrible right?
Anyway…here is Molly’s lovely quilt…I think she showcased all of these fabrics in a nice way…
Brianna quilted this quilt…Dotty likes simple border designs…so she did loops to fill in the whole border and then basted the corners down…because she outlined the birds in the cornerstones. The center has many bubble flowers which are ADORABLE!
Caroline and I have worked together a few different times this year. She always makes beautiful projects.
This is a OBW that she put together. I am always amazed by OBW’s because when finished they look nothing like the original fabric. AMAZING!
So this one I was a bit stumped as to how to quilt again..I know? I think that happens often with OBW’s because they usually have so much going on …you don’t want to take away from them…but I never know how simple I should actually quilt?
So this one I quilted different types of flowers leaves and swirls in the center, Charisma Curls in the inside borers..and a leafy feather in the outer border.
The second Brown batik quilt is for Caroline’s son. Caroline asked if Carl could quilt it and use his creativity. LOL Well I was a bit nervous about this. Carl is very creative…I just want him to be a little more in control of the machine before I let him have complete freedom. So told him she had mentioned maybe some waves….and then maybe he could mimic some of the designs in the material…or follow the lines in the material..if all else fails just revert back to stipple.
well he did waves in the outside border….more like a sideways water design…..he tried to outline some dragon flies in some of the blocks..(I think he needs some more practice with control) and he tried following lines on one of the materials that kind of looks like stipple in a way. In the end he did have to rip out some areas and re-quilt….But it was a good learning experience for him.
So today I went to breakfast with my quilty friends. Always a nice time. Laughs….and bacon…Lots of Bacon…LOL. The breakfast place we go to makes really good bacon.
Then I came home and practically pulled Rob out of bed. He knew it was a day of hard work…so he doesn’t move to swiftly when he knows whats coming…LOL. It was actually a beautiful day today..so we went to the storage unit to clean it out. UGH! We made three trips to the thrift store…so drop off stuff. We filled our dump trailer….and now we can get to our Christmas decorations. I didn’t bring them home yet though. I want our whole family here and I need to sort through all of it.
When I was a teenager one of my first jobs was selling at home parties “Christmas Around the World” products …do any of you remember them? I have TONS of Christmas stuff. I got rid of some today…it’s just overkill….and it seems so overwhleming now when I get all the boxes out. SO this year I am going through it all …I have all of Landon’s ( my ex husband) Childhood decorations. I will give him back his now that he is re-married and stable. I also have all of his baby books and scrapbooks…family photos…so he is getting all of those on Sunday. I want the boys to have all of them so I kept them…But Landon is stable now he can have them and store them himself. I trust him to give them to our boys at the right time.
I have been purging all sorts of stuff. We got rid of many boxes of good will stuff from the house today as well.Now I only have two closets to clean out. I will also do some rearranging in my studio so I can organize fabrics and such….after the Christmas rush of course.
So the storage unit is cleaned out! YAY! We can walk in there..access everything and after teh holidays we will be sending stuff home with various family members so we don’t have to store it anymore….YAYAYAYAYAYAY!
So the family room is put together FINALLY! It is so nice and cozy in here….very nice. We sorted more stuff today and finished putting everything away.
WE are caught up on laundry….
***The Angel Choir is Singing****
I am not even kidding. It is a MIRACLE that we are caught up. That hardly ever happens. So I have to put away my clothes again tomorrow..but hey….laundry is caught up…I heard that singing again. SO I took the chance to clean out our laundry room today as well..swept, organized the cabinets..Rob cleaned out the dryer tube thingy. It feels good to get everything back in working order. I have let things go to long.
It’s like when you start working on one area you have to keep up the momentum and fix everything around it ….so that’s where we are…we just have a few little things left to do…trim(still), transition flooring, light fixtures,I have to paint a few things to hang up in my bedroom…..Rob will probably start the bathroom in January…I told him he could have a break. 🙂
Today at Wal-Mart I found The Muppets sound track…Oh Yeah! We are rocking out now!
So now I have more paperwork to go through..it’s insane..I have kept every tax return since I started working …every manual for every toaster, vacuum and anything else…I need to purge it all. …so I can make room for the current stuff that sits in piles.UGH!
SO I guess i better get to my studio and start quilting…I need to get some “paid” work done…I hope you are all having a great Black Friday!
So today we spent majority of our day working. I have only done a bit of quilting…sad to say…I was hoping to finish at least one quilt. But we started putting together our family room. It is actually starting to come together. Rob finally decided how he was going to arrange everything. I am happy to report that I recycled most of the decorations from other parts of the house. We only bought a few new things because I have enough already.Although the kids have told me we can no longer have picture frames without photos in them…..”real” photos. Carl says it’s weird to have a frame that says “our family” and there is an African American family in the frame. Clearly it’s not “Our Family” LOL. Well the store bought family is nice looking…I just thought I would keep them around for awhile. So I promised I would fill them.
I used to be so good about sending out pictures, taking pictures, sending out cards..I would even make them each year. When I started school all of that stopped. So I think maybe there are big things in 2012. First major purchase for me….will be a new camera. my camera is old….I think the flash is broken…and I would like an SLR.I have an old 35 mm SLR…yeah..how dated am I? LOL. My resolution is to take more pictures of my kids again, scrapbook some…and send out CHristmas cards. Little steps. hehe.
Sally called tonight and asked if I really did make Hamburgers for Thanksgiving….why yes…yes I did. LOL with all the fixins….even Pickles. We all love pickles..(except Jeri). They love pickles as a snack.
We finished the evening off with the Muppets. YEP! My kids don’t even really know who the muppets are…but the movie was cute. …the best part for anyone who remembers the muppets was “Muppet Man”…..Do any of you remember muppet man?I think I am actually going to buy the soundtrack from the movie..Carla if you read this I thought there was a song in there especially for you! LOL “Party For one” LOL.
Today was a good day. Laughs….sweaty brows…and more improvement.