Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I have been missing in action from this blog but all is well.  I just celebrated my 63rd (egad!) birthday without any major trauma.  Like Sweetie says, it is better than the alternative.  Yep it is!

In the last couple of months I developed a new passion – felted wool applique -- which proves you are never too old to learn.  Presenting my first completed project, HO, HO, HO.

ho ho ho table mat
My "masterpiece"

The pattern is from Sew Unique Creations.  It is supposed to have wool pennies around the outside but mine didn’t come out even so I left them off until I can figure out a solution.  My stitching is not very consistent in spacing and length but I think that will get better with practice because I've never done a blanket stitch before.

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Pattern photo from Sew Unique Creations

I’m currently working on two projects.  The first is for Valentines Day,  "Hearts & Flowers"  by Granola Girls.

Pattern Cover

I’ve got the wool pieces cut out and ready for placement and stitching onto the background.

The second one is a pattern from Threads That Bind called "Gentle Breeze".  It is the sheep weather vane at the top of the pattern.

Pattern Cover for Gentle Breeze

Here it is on my design board with the plastic overlay placed.  I’m working on the tongues now.

In Progress

Have no fear, I have not forsaken quilt making, but have extended my interest to this needle craft.  My Janome has been to the sewing machine hospital for an adjustment and cleaning so she is ready to hum.

We in North Central Texas are enjoying a beautiful sun shining 80 degree day so my apologies to my snow covered New England readers.  Let’s just keep on stitching snow or shine!
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Final Post on TVQG 2014 Show

This is a belated post to finish up the photographs I was sharing from the Trinity Valley Quilters Guild show for 2014.  There was a trend I noticed at the show, a larger number of New York Beauty or spiky type quilts.  There has always been a few of the past years but not this many that I recall.









Isn't this quilting FABULOUS!
I’m sure I didn’t get pictures of all of the nice spiky quilts and I apologize for the blurry info card photos.  I was usually too close or too far or the air conditioning blew the cards but I hope you can at least who read who made these jewels.

The following quilt was not in the competition this year but it was by far my favorite.  It was used in place of another quilt that ended up not making it to the show.  I don’t know who made it so if any of my readers know, let me know and I will give credit where credit is due.  Of course the photos don’t do it justice.  The colors and design were breathtaking.




That’s all I have for this year’s TVQG show.  Next year promises to be another fabulous display of artistry!

Hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving.  Sweetie and I gathered with his family at his sister Ruth’s home.  LOTS of good food and company!  Thanks for hosting Ruthie.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Recently I won a giveaway from my blog friend Julie K,  A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas along with two pieces of beautiful fabric.  I'm a huge Sandra Dallas fan and who doesn't love getting more fabric!

gift from julie

Julie’s blog is always interesting.   You can read it at juliekquilts.   I don’t know her personally although we have been following each others’ blogs for years.   We are both members of the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild, and we once took a workshop with Kim Diehl and didn’t know that each other was there.  A huge missed opportunity to  meet.

Julie is a very productive quilter who loves to use her scraps no matter how big or small.  She is the strings princess just after the strings queen, Bonnie Hunter of course.  She also is a nurse at a local hospital.  If she’s had a particularly interesting or touching day at work, she will share them in her “Nurse’s Notes” below her quilting blog entries.  I love those as much as I do her quilt musings.

Thanks Julie for this wonderful gift!  I hope after the first of the year we will get a chance to finally meet in person.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

TVQG Show Photos, Part 2

More photographs of beautiful quilts from 2014 the show.   Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge them.
This quilt I believe was judged the
Best of Show
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Sorry, didn't get photo with maker and quilter's
namesso they can be properly credited.
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This very small quilt was part
of the silent auction so I
don't know who made it.

Part 3 will come your way early next week.  In the meantime, keep those sewing machines whirring.
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Friday, November 14, 2014


I am very, very late posting these photographs since the TVQG show was in late September, but there are so many fabulous quilts I just had to share them with you.  As usual, I took LOTS of pictures so I’ll post them over a few days’ span.  I encourage you to click on each photo to enlarge the.  You will be glad you did.

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These are only a few of the quilts from the TVQG show.  As usual, there were many fine quilts created by so many exceptionally talented people.   Sure glad I'm not a quilt judge.  Choices would be almost impossible to make.

I’ll post some more show photos tomorrow.
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