Saturday, September 13, 2014

A start....a middle..... and a finish.....

 
I took a wonderful field trip to a lovely quilt shop in Cambridge Ma. recently called Gather Here~
It is chock full of beautiful everythings.....
Liberty fabrics for one....on 60 inch bolts......
Oh! Joy!

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Then it was off down memory lane.....to visit my Alma Mater....
My hospital school of nursing.....my first apartment....the streets I walked and walked as a 19 year old....Harvard square....
I could be swept away with melancholy if I am not careful....

The thing that saves me is this....I met my husband here....on these streets that we walked..

And I took him home with me after graduation.....#best.decision.ever.


 
 
 
Back at the ranch I am finishing the white on white quilting for the "Redwork Girls" Cali quilt~
 
 Pretty ladies....
 And in the in between times I am working on the borders for my Flower garden quilt...each strip is prettier than the next.....A great big "Thank You!" to Quilters Way in Acton MA. for a great 12 month class!
 Personalizing and playing with my "Wonky basket" quilt....
 all the children will have a basket to call their own.....
 As I was ironing....(strips, not clothes..lol!) I glanced up and reminded myself...
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Addicted to dots....

 
This quilt with all the differents shades of ecru....all the different shades of white.... Lots of ideas for the shapes between the Redwork girls....




 And then my "in between handwork" that travels with me outside in the yard, to play with the kids or just to sit by the wood fire on the patio on some of our cool New England nights.

 The "dots" are addicting...This is where you get the most "bang for your buck" using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. One fat quarter or 5" square gives you such variety of color~
 
As I move along with my Wonky Basket quilt and steer off the course with my misaligned borders I realize that life is like that right? At this time in my life I don't linger over mismatched corners...I simply add a dot~they are so cute that you forget about the rest...
 
like my grandchildren...my dots in my life~



 Bright eyes...bushy tail....ready for a big day of squirrels and neighborhood dogs~

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back in the saddle....

 
This was the summer that was.....that is for sure! I have to rethink my quilting business in the summer next year so that I can really maximize my time with family~
I have 9 excellent reasons for summers off right here, right?
 


 My Cali girls redwork quilt...so beautiful.. Finally getting the attention it deserves....


Quilting all the shades of ecru before starting on the white....
 Bits of flowers and sentiment....more pictures tomorrow~
 A "new" old pattern to begin....one of my all time favorites~ Its good to be back....Wishing all of my bloggy friends good health and happiness this "new" school year! xoE
 
Millie taking it all in stride.....#dreamingofnewtoys

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sometimes the quilting has to be about the piecing and not the thread~

 
Here is a gift from a great grandmother for a wedding gift.....threadties finished last night...ready for pick~up tomorrow! What a lovely piecing job with meticulously matching points.....no running over these blocks with thread.....so pretty~
 




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Do you have a favorite? Quilter?

I have many......one lives in Cali and all of her quilts are magnificent! So much so that she inspired me to buy a line of French General fabric to call my own~
As I work on this Cali girls quilts I have imagined them hanging quite nicely on my porch or in my family room....but in the end they are sent on their way to this kindred colorway spirit I have discovered thru my blog~
So sitting for a minute with my fabric and wondering what to do with it I remembered this pattern I bought this year that I was drooling over called....

 
 
 
 

 
My French General fabrics will take this quilt in a new direction which will be interesting...for me..
All I know for sure is that I will love it because I have seen the big picture with my Cali girls quilts....
speaking of which is next up on my machine....with a Thank You card in advance.....oh my...right?
 I love my job...
 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Sleep~overs and" in the between" times a big pink quilt finished!!~

Emma and Tara are turning 8 years old this summer and could not WAIT for their turn "alone" to sleep over....
 These two are serious business with their lists and plans....rascals.....just look at them....

 This was the last picture of the day.....their rules...lol!
 Grampy and Vinniedoodles~watching old movies...napping....both.
 late nights with long running batteries.....
 we had a wonderful fourth with lots of birthdays and cake~

 My daylilies have arrived in the hundreds once again to put on a wonderful show for July~
When we moved into our home 24 years ago my friend Deidre planted a "few" in the front yard and a "few" in the back.....
Well I have daylilies for miles and I remember her fondly every time I see them...

I have flowers taller than my tallest grandchild...the kids measured to be sure~

 Lots to explore when you are two......

Serious doll playing....


 My older bunch...Nate, Kate, Isabel and Dan...can I freeze them?
 Millie having fun too~
 
And all the in between times I have my quilts~ This big girl was finally finished this morning and shipped to her rightful owner.... My therapy.......
 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

More "LoNgArM LoVeLeTTeRs" and summertime......finally....

This memory quilt has the cutest peeks at a toddlers wardrobe.....It is VERY big and so I took pictures in bits~and on different days...with different light...lol!
Lavender on lavender...."Amazing Grace" is Moms "LoVeLeTTer"
Quilt top by MYBLANKIES
Quilted by moi.





Take a close look and you can see that I used a lower case "g" and then corrected myself~AHEM!! (what was I thinking?) And a tip for longarmers...just spritz it with water and the previous lines disappear! I will do that as soon as I get off my blog~please let me remember......












My "Spooneylove" kids (my daughters) playing at "E's and Grampies house on a hot summer day....


Vinniedoodles stayed in the sprinkler till he was shivering.....babies and waterplay=LOVE.