Friday, July 27, 2007

Triple Star Buggy Barn

So even though I am doing really badly this summer keeping up with blogs, I'm trying to not make mine go tooooo "stale". I'm just sick I can't keep up with all of you lately.

Anyway, I got 4 blocks done for my buggy barn class in August. Here is the triple star crazies block. They were way fun!

My nephew is here from Delaware for a week, so this weekend we are going to a Renaissance Fair and then next week up to the WI Dells and staying at a resort with indoor and outdoor waterparks. Just what I need, more things to do! But we are having fun!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Top Quilts

A few of you asked about the top quilt below. It is a Fig Tree Quilts pattern called Harvest Fruit and Winterberries. Here are some past posts about it.

More fair news!!!

OK, I kind of didn't tell the whole story last night, I was tired! I actually did really, really well at the fair this year! 5 blue ribbons, 5 second place ribbons and 3 third place ribbons! I was soooo happy!

As for those comments about the plastic! No that isn't plastic in my house! Those pictures (and these) were taken at the fair. Not stop and think about the dust and dirt and grimy hands that travel through that building in a 7 day period. The fair covers them up with plastic to keep dirt, dust and children's food off the quilts. It makes it hard to take good pics - but I was sooooo happy they do that last night as I watched one young boy lean over the quilts and drip grease, ketchup, hot dog chunks and breading onto the table from his corn-dog! Yuck! You'd be happy with the plastic too!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

First night at the fair.

Well I had to go to the fair tonight to see how my quilts did! I did really well this year! Above are just 2 ribbons I got:
First Place for my Folk Art Threads quilt in the Appliqued Quilt Machine Quilted category (quilted by Bonnie!)
Second Place for my Fall Moon quilt in Appliqued Quilt Hand Quilted category

It's late and been a long day, I have way more pictures to show you tomorrow!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Its that busy time of year!

Yes it is that busy time of year. Summer picnics and parties. Kids camps and activities. Getting kids ready for college in the fall. And the county fair!

So besides having all of that to do, plus an extremely busy work load right now (as you can tell by my lack of quilting and blogging), I entered 3 quilts into the Midwest Folk & Fiber Art Festival. Two were juried in! This is the first year for the festival so I had no idea what to expect or what they were looking for in a quilt. The art show part is in the old Dole mansion on Crystal Lake (top picture). Isn't it wonderful. They slowly are trying to repair and renovate it, but it is wonderful anyway. Then outside they have all kinds of fiber vendors. I saw some really "way out" things - and thought of Tonya with some of them! Anyway, the quilts above are my two quilts in the art gallery.

The gallery had all kinds of fiber and folk arts. I took some pictures of just a few of them. The most intricate and wonderful I thought was the swan mask that was bobbin laced. Can you imagine spending 159 hours on just that small thing! But it was beautiful. I just couldn't get a good picture. And I loved the flamingo quilt with the scissors!

Then to top everything off, my oldest turned 21 yesterday! She came home today to spend the weekend with the family. We have several family picnics (cousins, etc - not just "us") this weekend.

Happy Birthday Holly. I can't believe my first baby is 21!

OK, so all my cute pictures of her growing up are on my other computer. Oh well, I'll share them next week.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Weekend Fun

I did a bit of sewing - besides Betty's surprise! I'm teaching a buggy barn class in August so wanted to make some blocks to show done, as well as some in various stages for my display boards. I'm making 6 of these hearts. These 2 are all the way done, the other 4 are in various stages on the class board!

Aren't they fun! I dug through my stash to find 6 FQs that would work together. The hardest was finding full FQs! They were a lot of fun to make.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Yes its been forever - and will be

Yes it has been forever since I"ve had quilt stuff to show you. And it will probably be some time before I have anything too exciting to show you! The main thing I"m working on is a surprise small quilt for Betty. We are in a swap so I"m working away on hers - but if I show it she will see it! No, no, no - can't do that!

I did make a few small blocks for another exchange I do. It is a reproduction block swap. I got July's and August's blocks done! Woooo Hoooo! In they mail they go today!

One new picture of my 3 girls last weekend enjoying their "sisters weekend"! This is at the celery bog next to Holly's apartment. They have a lovely walk through the bog.

I'll be working on some buggy barn blocks soon for a class I'm teaching in August. So I"ll have those to share if I ever pick some fabrics!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Saying for Today:

Got this at Zook's in Intercourse, PA.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

There's a kind of hush.... - all over this house - today! Ahhh, was it fun to have the house and Mark to myself today! Actually I was glad to see him go to work for awhile to really have the house and day to myself!

So not a long post - I"m too busy enjoying myself. BUT - I did go to see Ratatouille! It was so good! I really enjoyed it! The girls are having fun with their "sisters" weekend with Holly as you can see.
Just wanted to say hi!

Friday, July 06, 2007

It's Been Forever...

It seems like it has been forever since I've posted, and even been able to browse around. Things this summer are just way hectic with the 4 teenagers and full time work! Or - could it just be that I'm getting older and keep up as well??? Hmmmm

I did finally finsh round 3 of my medallion challenge which was suppose to be done by end of June. Round 3 is "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend". I'm hoping to begin round 4 today - "Bountiful Garden".

Jenna and Emily are heading down to Purdue today to spend the weekend with big sis Holly. So that gives me a whole weekend to do as I please! This is the busy work season so Mark will be busy working. Not that it wouldn't be nice to spend time with him, but I'm kind of excited to just be able to sew! I think I may even go to the movies by myself and just relax!