Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spools for Alyssa

Finished this one - it was so fun to piece.  A quilt for my niece Alyssa to take to college.  She is a cancer survivor and wants to be a pediatric oncology nurse.  She is a star soccer player - and a quilter!
Alyssa loves homespun, repros, batiks, and wanted some maroon.

I always like to add a bit of sashiko to my quilts:

The machine quilting was fast, simple, and fun -

8-inch blocks.  Medium/dark spools on light backgrounds, with a few opposites mixed in.  Plenty of gold/orange to complement the maroon.  Some "fade out" blocks.  Blues and greens too - to balance those assertive maroons and golds.

Wish I could deliver it in person but it's packaged and ready to send to North Carolina tomorrow!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Fall Festival month 5

All caught up on Fall Festival.  Not sure about this guy's mouth, but I'm leaving it.  Football style I guess.  I love using wool for projects like this - the eyes, nose, mouth, berries, star.

I put most of my sewing room back together.... which has made things easier.

No design wall, but pushing the twin beds together works just fine.  I know when we downsize I'm unlikely to have such a great sewing space, so I'm enjoying every minute of it!

Thanks Lori for keeping us on track with yet another Jan Patek pattern quilt along!  See the link ups here!

Such a nice Mother's Day yesterday with a visit from Noelle and Keenan for dinner.

Noelle indulging me with a photo:


My Mom's china - Wild Strawberry.  Lots of good food and good memories associated with this china.

Today... it's chilly, rainy, cozy.  House is pretty clean.  Day off work.  This all adds up to... a day of (mostly) quilting.  Well maybe some laundry too!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

visiting my kids

Last week I flew to Utah to help settle Tommy into his student housing.

Oh, how I love the mountains!  The dry air... and the general ease of life in the West.

Tommy will have Sunday dinners with his aunt and uncle and family who live nearby.  What a blessing!

I then flew to Austin Texas to visit daughter #2, Kaela, and husband Joe.

On the agenda - starting this t-shirt quilt for Joe, who swam in college (hence the fantastic collection of t-shirts).  

You know the drill - stabilize the t-shirts with some Pellon featherweight - and the rest of the puzzle will be solved by Kaela!  This is only about half the t-shirts, so I think some will be eliminated or used on the back:

Austin was greener than I'd expected.  Big sky, sunny, artsy, friendly, awesome! And... tacos!

Still, a world away from Massachusetts and it's hard to think of Kaela so far away.  What a big and diverse country we have!

 My grandma would have been upset to see a dog on a quilt, but I think it's cute (because I quilted it by machine for sturdiness!).  This is mighty Zeus!

Kaela and I stopped by a little quilt shop to consider backings for the t-shirt quilt, and I couldn't resist picking up a few fat quarters.  They had a lot of nice low volume prints.

And no visit is complete without having Kaela cut my hair - what a treat!

Quilters see quilts everywhere..... am I right? ;)

And it is good to be back home, even though it's chilly and cloudy.  Let's call it cozy!