Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Monday, November 14, 2005

Okay, well...

I didn't drop off the face of the earth after all. Back injury and business travel have kept me away from here, but in August I started back quilt making with a vengance. Annie's duvet cover is about 2/3 done, a surprise quilt for an online friend is finished and ready to be mailed, and a baby quilt for a new mom (also an online friend) is done. The latter two are in the Gallery.

I also got a commission from a colleague at work and while waiting for him at Black Cat Quilts, I got another commission for two baby quilts. Those will be my first projects for someone I don't already know, so that's exciting.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

away from the sewing machine

I've been in the hot and humid south, Morehead City, North Carolina and came back missing having my hands on fabric. I used the quilt shop's classroom cutting table, which they've raised up 6 inches, and cut all the strips for a king-sized version of Pagodas. This will turn into a duvet cover for my good friend, Annie. The good news is that all that cutting didn't affect my back at all. Yay!

The bad news is I'm going back to NC July 4 for two weeks. But the other good news is that I found a quilt shop there, Sew it Seams, and I'll have some time to visit some others in towns nearby.

My mom was very happy with her quilt as was Cora and her daughter. The binding is done on India's quilt and her mom is coming back to work on July 5th. I just have to remove the ubiquitous cat hair and wrap it up and I'll leave it with someone here at work to give to her.

Friday, June 10, 2005

needless to say...

...I didn't get any of my pre-travel chores done (except refill some prescriptions) so now I have to do it all tonight. Welcome to the world of procrastination. I also stopped after a quarter of the way on finishing binding the last quilt because my fingers hurt so bad. What do you get when you have a procrastinator with a slight case of OCD?

Cora got her package on Thursday and was tickled pink (get it, Cora?) with the quilt and I got to speak with her daughter when they called to thank me. It was such fun to brighten their day and speak with these two southern belles.

Mom's quilt went in the mail on Wednesday. I hope it got there today and that she's as thrilled as Cora.

I also updated my links over there, adding the Architect Knits! and Following in Mother's Footsteps. These are two of my invisible Readerville friends who are interested in knitting, quilting and books!

Another new link is to PostSecret, a fascinating site that gets updated every Sunday with postcards sent anonymously. Scroll down to the first one posted on March 5.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

getting there

Two out of three bindings sewn on, Mom's is done and Cora's grandbabygirl's. That one's a surprise, so don't mention it to her. I'm traveling for work next weekend, to Morehead City, NC, so I also have housecleaning to do for the cat sitter. I'll do dishes in bit and then work on the final quilt. Then I can get started maybe this week on Annie's duvet cover. That'll be a fun one to work on. It's the Maple Island Pagoda pattern.

Friday, May 27, 2005

holiday weekend

The weekend is starting and I'm looking forward to getting some bindings made and some quilts finished. One is for my mom, which could have been done for Mother's Day, but will be a birthday present instead. The other two are quilts for two babies. I took the pattern Yellow Brick Road and got fabric for the crib-sized quilt. I've made this before and it's actually quite large for crib-sized. So this time I made the blocks and then divided them up to make two smaller quilts that are the perfect size for little babies. The original pattern makes 20 blocks, so there are a couple left over to play with. I'm going to do it again with this Jennifer Sampou fabric, Robomatic. I've been dying for an excuse to work with this print.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

slacking

Almost 2 weeks without updating. I need to be more engaged here. I've not done much recently except for trimming up three quilts I got from Sally last month. I find if I make the binding when I finish the top, then it's easier to finish the quilt. In March I got a back injury and endured 3 weeks with a doofus physical therapist ("Why are you limping?") ("Why don't you just walk normally?") after waiting 6 days for an appointment. I ditched him for a great chiropractor referred to me by another quilter, and I'm making good progress. Which I don't want to mess up by bending over my (too low) cutting table.

Dr. Bonnefin has a huge Rottweiler named Pfritz who is my new doggie boyfriend. Isn't he adorable?

Thursday, May 12, 2005

My first comment

I've been away from the blog for a bit and was thrilled to see I got a comment on my last post, which wasn't much (my post) except for a portion of a quilt I made for my cousin in Australia. Thank you, salt water, for your kind words. Now I'm inspired to get more of my quilt pix up in my Gallery page. Stay tuned.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Dancer

Well, I slammed this picture up here without much of a how-de-do, but it's another Maple Island pattern called Dancers. This is a portion to show the quilting and that diagonal line is a shadow from a telephone wire, not part of the design.

I made this quilt for my cousin's oldest son, John. Her family lives north of Sydney, Australia, and I hand-delivered this to him for his 16th birthday in 2002. I called it Surf Dancers and he was well pleased.


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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Here's a block from a pattern by Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Quilts. This was the first quilt I sold, last year. It started out as a gift for a cousin who thought he'd use it on the beach (!) instead of a ratty old blanket. I'm making him something a bit simpler, another Maple Island pattern.


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I like this picture because the quilting shows up so well. If you look closely, you'll see that the quilting is different in the center of the block, on the dark fabric, than it is in the yellow. I took my first quilt to Sally Bertlesman up in San Anselmo and haven't looked back. I really feel she lets the fabric speak to her as she's quilting.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Let's get this thing started

Well, I've futzed around long enough and it's time to get this blog going. I want to share my quilts and get encouragement to branch out into more creative projects. I'm working on getting the pictures ready to post, and there's a bit of a learning curve there, but I have a good online coach. Here's her blog, lendmesomesugar.

I'll also be putting up various and sundry other pictures eventually.