Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Quilt/Amish Shop Hop

I know it's been a long time since I've updated. My life has been spinning faster and faster each day. It's almost time to take down the "13 Lucky Cats" quilt and I'm just now getting a picture of it posted.

The last two days were spent going on a shop hop. We went to 12 shops in two days. We are just getting too old to do it all in one day. The fabric line is The New Year's Quilt Collection. It's from the Elm Creek series of books. The fabric is beautful!

The only bad thing about shop hopping is the amount of money you drop at the stores in addition to buying the quilt block kits.

Last week I received an email from a lady that I met on the hop two years ago. She had graciously sent me the last two blocks of that year's hop when I was unable to make it to the last two shops. This year, she and her friend were unable to make the hop (they come from Indiana) and asked me if I would mind picking up two extra sets of blocks. Of course I did! I am happy to say that we are finished with the hop for this year and I now have possession of three sets of blocks. I'll hand them off to the ladies from Indiana in November. I've never met a quilter that hasn't been willing to help another quilter.

This weekend, I hope to start another quilt for my daughter. This one she has requested and was a big help in tracking down the fabric online. The fabric was from last year so we had to go online and do a bit of detective work.

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Latest Quilt

Today was uneventful, if you don't count the phone call from my sophomore college student, asking me how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Honestly, how hard can that be? We got thru that crisis and she is on her merry way this evening.

The picture above is of the last quilt I have made. Actually it's just a top at this point, but it should be finished in the next week. This is my sixth quilt for Charlotte's Garden. It is a yahoo group that makes quilts (to the child's specifications) for seriously ill children. This little girl said she loved rubber duckies, so here is my take on that request.

My daughter called early this morning on her way to Microbiology. She was taking her first test in the class and I could tell she was nervous. Keep your fingers crossed for her and say a little prayer that she gets a great grade. I've talked to so many people about this class and they are not very encouraging. Some said they failed and had to retake the course and others said they just got by by the skin of their teeth. Below is a picture of my little darling (she's the blonde) and her new roommate for this year.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I've got bindings to do...

I have a wonderful friend who owns a longarm and has been quilting my personal quilts for me since the day she first got it up and running. Lucky Me! We have a wonderful time working together. I do all her bindings on her quilts or customer quilts in return she quilts all my quilts. Binding is one of my favorite things to do, so it's a win win for me. She always loves it when she can bury me in quilts to be bound. Well today she did a fantastic job. There are eight quilts sitting in the back seat of my car. Two of these quilts are mine, the rest are hers.
One of my quilts is from a retreat I did in 2003, the other one is a round robin quilt I did, not sure about the date on that one, but it has been awhile.
As you can see, I tend to buy fabric by the bolt. This was a special purchase and I don't think I'll ever be able to get this fabric again, so I bought the whole thing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And the winner is.................

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a great time playing the Fall Into Fall Giveaway. I know I did. I found so many wonderful blogs thru this process.

Guess I really should get to the good part. I used a random number generator to find my winner, and she is JEAN. I have sent her an email and am just waiting to hear from her so I can send these fat quarters off to her. Jean.....where are you? gggg

Thanks again for playing.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My First Quilt

It only seems fair that I show you my first quilt. I've really enjoyed reading about everyone's first quilt. Mine was started about 30 years ago. I regret to say that it is still not finished. I began with the metal window templates, traced them, hand cut, and hand sewed them together. I should have known better. I doubt if it will ever be finished. I started it for my mom and she still asks occassionally if I have finished it.
I just finished a quilt for my daughter, Sara. I will try to post a picture of it tomorrow. I bought the fabric on the day that we took her to Ohio State University for her freshman year. This was a year ago, so considering I still have a UFO that is 30 years old, I think she did well to get it in just a little over a year.
Thank you to everyone who has entered my fall giveaway. I am amazed at the number of people that are participating.