Friday, May 31, 2013

Passing Down the Passion

I remember when my great grandmother handed me a box from the Younkers Department Store in town.  I was about 15 years old.  I looked inside the box at the small scraps of fabric and started to hand it back.  She just smiled and said "Keep it.  Some day you'll make a quilt."  She was right.  About ten years later I started on my first quilt and have not stopped.  In the passing years I did use those scraps in a wall hanging.  Now I get to teach my 12 year old granddaughter Shannon and she is more than happy to learn.  This is a Dresden Plate block that she is making for her teacher.  This is learning the piecing and applique process on this block.  She is just doing one block and going to make it to sit under a plant that she will also give her.  Shannon hasn't decided if she likes my theory that the finger underneath the fabric is the "pricking finger." 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rain, Rain and more Rain!

With all this spring rain the creek behind our house has risen way out of it's banks.  Usually it's a couple feet across and about two feet deep but it's turned into a mini river at the moment.

Since the weather outside hasn't been good enough to work in the yard or sit on the deck I've been hard at work hand quilting my latest quilt done in batiks.  It should be done in a few weeks.  The rain has made a good excuse to just stay seated, with needle and thread and stitch. 

This photo was taken before the outside borders were on and it was basted.  I hope all of you have a great day and get to work on whatever you enjoy!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul through the years

Hello there!  I have been going to start a blog for several years and something always gets in the way so here goes......I struggled with which quilt to post for my first ever post to my new blog and chose this one.  The color here isn't real great.  This quilt is actually wine colored and cream. The pattern is Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.   I hand pieced this queen quilt at least 25 years ago and it sat in a box and on a shelf patiently waiting to be quilted while I worked on other projects over the years.  Finally it's time came to be fitted into the frame that my mom had loaned to me.  This is the second quilt I've quilted on this frame but really prefer to use a big hoop, so now it's back out of the frame and being quilted with a hoop.  Except it's on hold again for a few weeks while I quilt a smaller quilt for my son in law.  When that one is done sometime next month I'll go back to this one.  This is the year when this quilt finds itself on a bed!