Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's Finished!

Here it is! My finished mini pineapple quilt! Each block has 45 pieces and finishes at 2" square! Don't look too close - it was a challenge for me, but from far away it looks ok. I love it!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I"m off for home

I"m heading home from mom's today. Goodbye to the old and new bridges by her house - you don't see bridges like this in the midwest!

Lancaster June 2008
And for those of you who wanted to see all the pics from the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum - click above for a slide show! (or on Lancaster June 2008 to take you to my webshots album).

Sunday, June 22, 2008

More Amish Quilts and my mini is finished

I got my mini pineapple finished! Each block finishes at 2" square and has 45 pieces. The 9 block one is going in a barn-wood frame, but that is at home so you'll have to wait to see that. I had 4 blocks leftover so I"m making a mini quilt out of that one. I made extras in case I really screwed one up for the 9 block - I didn't want to start all over!

And here are some treasures from the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum. Mom bought them for me but I have to wait until xmas to get them. Isn't the pottery dish wonderful! It is made locally. And the button frame is just too cute!

Here are some more quilts from the museum, I knew you would enjoy seeing some more!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum

Mom and I went to the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum yesterday. Oh what a beautiful building. And wonderful old Amish quilts. The way they had it setup with information was really nice. We had a wonderful time there. Above was my favorite quilt - I just loved the colors, of course pictures don't capture the real beauty.

They also had an exhibit of hooked rugs. Some were new and some were very old. Many I wish I owned!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A peek at my project this week

Here it is finally, a peek at my project I've been working on this week at my mom's! I have 16 more pieces to put on - and it finishes at 2" square! I"m nuts to start this, but I'm not about to NOT finish it now!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Quilt Shop Finds and Yard Art

Went to the 2 local quilt shops out here in Delaware today! Had a great time - who wouldn't! I got fabric at my favorite store Lil Country Shoppe to make the above pointsetta quilt from Lisa Bongean's new Christmas Book "Primitive Christmas".

Also got some gorgeous Christmas Fabric from Quilters Hive for a wall hanging pattern my mom gave me for Christmas this year. You'll just have to wait and see what it turns into!

Last year on our trip to Paducah Laura and I made a wrong turn and found some unusual yard art. Well I think I have it beat. My mom and I went out to eat yesterday and look at what was along the road to the restaurant. If only that Sunkist can was Orange Crush - we could send it to Bonnie!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Gwen Marston

If you haven't heard of Gwen Marston or have any of her books you are missing out. One of her best books is Liberated Quiltmaking which is no longer in print. But check out Tonya's blog - she is collecting a list of interest in getting Gwen's book reprinted. This is a book that NEEDS to be reprinted! I was lucky enough to attend a lecture of hers and then take a class from her a few years ago. It was so freeing and enjoyable. She allows you to just enjoy the fabric and sewing. Above is my finished liberated log cabin quilt I started in the class. I just love how it turned out.

Here is my mom's and my little setup while visiting. Felicity Featherweight and I made it just fine to Delaware. I can sew while she works on puzzles and we sit and watch movies and chat! It is a lot of fun! I put a few pieces in the puzzle usually too - although this afternoon I got on a roll and put about 1/2 of it together! Course I made my mom do this one since it was only 500 pieces. I HATE the big hard ones! I leave those to her!

Made 2 blocks for Lynda at Primitive Pieces Breast and Ovarian Cancer Block Party. I love how they turned out. I"m thinking I may have to make a quilt using this block for myself, I love it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Preparing for Delaware

I"m off to Delaware in a few days. My cold is a bit better, lets hope 2 more days helps a lot more! Anyway, everyone laughs when I cut up projects and put them in baggies to work on when I go somewhere. So I thought I would share my baggies for Delaware. So here you see it! Any ideas? Gotcha didn't I! Just wait until you see what they turn into - you will be surprised, that much I promise you!

And here is a peek at what my Orange Crush will look like with the tri-rec stars. I still have about 15 star blocks to make yet, so that is going to have to wait until July when I get back home.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sick, sick, sick....

Yup, I've got a nasty summer cold. I've been of no use to anyone the past 3 or 4 days and am still dragging today. BUT - if you want to see something fun, a local paper came to our guild meeting last Wednesday and printed an article today about it! Check it out!!!! Nann and Julie are in it too.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

MMMMMMmmmmm & You can't just work on 1!

Doesn't this look yummy! My sister made this a few weekends ago when I went out to Delaware to visit. I had to make some for home! It turned out sooooo good. My husband says it is too hot (spicy hot, not temp). I put in less cayenne pepper than my sister does - she says he is a wimp! Well I'm loving it! All I could think of was Libby and all her fresh produce coming in. She will need to whip something like this up. Today for something different I added some cold cooked shrimp to it - oh that was yummy! The recipe came from Taste of Home and it is called Southwestern Rice Salad.

No you just can't work on 1 project at a time. Nope, no way. So even though I have stuff to do on Orange Crush, I have to play! I did get one finish! Above is my latest baby quilt for my husband's cousins newest grandson! (Well actually it is his first grandson!). Little Nathan is getting a monkey quilt! I even went out and got a cute little stuffed monkey to give with it. No I did not make a sock monkey to go with it - I just don't have that much time! (and I don't know how!)

Here are closeups of the fabric and backing. Aren't those monkey just so fun!

And one more project I just had to start. Holly picked out this fabric and the pattern for me to make a quilt for her friend at school who is getting a new apartment. This isn't the pattern - I"m going to keep you in suspense a bit more, but I"m loving how it looks!