Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Time to Share Pictures

I joined a Yahoo Group dedicated to small quilts. The hostess issues a challenge every 2-3 months. This was their first challenge. All fabrics from my stash!

This is an itty-bitty Tumblers piece, finished about 15" square. I found a baggie with a lot of tiny tumblers already cut and three rows had been put together - so I sewed up the rest - and whalla - a tiny wall quilt. It is hand quilted - something I've not done in a long time.
Yes - another baggie with 50 cut Tumbler pieces - a tad bigger than the one above. This is machine pieced and quilted.
Broken Dishes blocks - also have a bag full of these. Machine pieced and quilted. Measures about 18 x 22".
And would you believe another baggie of blocks? Well yes - and there's more of these made up, too. Machine pieced and quilted.

Aren't baggies wonderful? Nice to have something quick to sew up when your in the mood. The only problem is, I'd forgotten about all these blocks and found them when I was looking for something - worse yet, I forgot now what it was I was looking for to begin with. Does this happen to anyone else?

Today is Chet's 71st birthday. We celebrated the day by going to Rushville and picking up three quilts I had at the longarm quilter gal. Stopped on the way home and bought sweet corn which he quickly cleaned. Made a stop at Long John Silver's for a fish sandwich - he loves fish. This evening he's gone to Bible Study group with "the boys." Tracy called this evening to wish him a Happy Birthday and he's gone - she'll call back tomorrow night.

Till next time - - take care.

(Hope this post stays as lined up as it is now - before I hit the "Publish Post" button!)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Here we are, half way through July already - where does time go! We were please to visit with Tia & Tori for a little while last week. They spent the week with Mark and had friends for sleep-overs and visited at their homes. Both girls have grown into nice, polite young ladies. I did manage to take a couple of pictures but am having difficulty getting them to show here.

Tracy & Family arrived on Monday night and left this morning at 4:00. Just spoke to her and they were within miles of home. The kids had a ball with kids in the neighborhood and were on the go all the time. They swam at the neighbors and at the city pool, played miniature golf (Tracy won) and went to the County Fair on Friday night. We spent an afternoon/evening out at Marks on the pontoon boat and the kids went tubing .

Mark & Jonathan Jeremy & Anna Grace

Tiffany, Tracy, Dan - the man at the helm and Mark. Jonathan and Jeremy on the tube.

Quilty Time! Each of the kids sat patiently at the sewing machine, watching it stitch out the embroidery design of their choice. Later we finished the embroideries into little pillow.

Then we had "choose a quilt" time. The stack of finished quilts was tipping over so each one choose a quilt to take with them. Tracy (shown with Jon) choose the Batik Maple Leaves with Flying Geese sashings and borders. You'll notice some areas of the border do not have the Flying Geese - that's cuz I just plain got tired of making them!

Mark (the husband/dad) admired a throw I have in the family room - Hour Glass design - and I just happen to have another in the stack - I call it Happy Hour Glass - love the perky colors in it. This throw was made from a fabric exchange we had in quilt guild. Tiffany (age 15) took the Girly-Girl colored piece - all pinks/greens/creams.

Jon (age 14) choose a Split 9 Patch and Anna Grace (age 8) took the bright yellow and blue Stack & Whack.

Jeremy (age 13) took a really scrappy look, also a Split 9 Patch design. This is the backside of Jeremy's quilt - I am trying to use up fabrics from my "solids bin". The difference between this quilt and Jon's quilt is the size of the block - Jeremy's is 6" and Jon's is 9" and it is "controlled scrappy" using only blues, burgandies and creams.

Each year we take a picture of all the kids in the neighborhood that come over to play. Amazing to see how they change.

Till next time. . . . Stay well.

(I've worked very hard to have everything in today's post line up nice and neat. For some reason, after I publish it it goes totally wacky. Perhaps some day I'll be able to master it.)