Monday, January 23, 2012

The Quilt for my next project

Some Fabrics to start with
 above are some fabrics I have chosen to start with - some are reproductions fabrics -

This Quilt is made up of forty blocks from the civil war era with detailed explanation of their historical significance. The top blocks represent the Union States, the middle represents the Border States and the bottom represents the Confederacy- with 6, 9" blocks inspired by the book "Hidden in Plain View" -

January is almost over!

Hello again, Janurary is more than half gone.  I feel like I have lost 3 weeks of productive creative time.  I began the New Year with a cold - ended up with pnuemonia and before I knew it 2 1/2 weeks had passed by before I felt up to doing any of my creative projects.  I finally went to my weekly Quilitng class this Saturday.  Friday I visited my local Quilt shop to get my creative juices flowing.  I picked up a great quilt pattern and fabric to start - called Civil War Sampler, a reproducton Quilt from Karen Witt of  I am looking forward to starting it. 

1st I do need to finish the quilt I am making for my daughter Beth - I wanted to have it finished by the end of this month - The quilt top is almost pieced together and then I need to layer it and then I can have fun quilting the top...something I do not want to rush on since I want her to have this quilt for a long time and I want it to be my best effort for her.  I am hoping to start working on it this coming week.

Thursday was my 1st day back in my sewing room - I spent the morning putting away fabrics that I had left over from my sewing project for Christmas.  I folded and re-organized my fabric stash - just enjoying the colors and patterns.  Getting back into the Swing of things.  I also worked on some small blocks for my quilting class to be used for the womens sale next fall using fabrics from our stash at church.  I chose some green patterned fabric to make a churn-dash block.  I would like to use a red for the borders but maybe brown would go better. 

Startng with little projects will help me get back into the swing of it and help me to focus better so I can finish my quilt for my daughter.  I am so glad I am over that pnuemonia - I can finally breath better and my cough is gone....Darn winter colds.... I have decided to slow down a bit - since the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas had been so hectic.  I will keep you all updated with pictures of my projects as I go and my UFO's as I finish them.  So by next Christmas I should have my Christmas Wall Hanging done. LOL.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy 2012! The New Year is Here

2011 finished in quite a hectic way, exciting but sad too. It has been a very Hectic Holiday Season for me. In Nov we had our Women's Sale and our little group of quilters at The Point collaborated on our 1st Quilt for the Sale...It was a great success and we enjoyed doing it. I will post some pictures of it. The winner of our quilt was quite delighted with it and has been attending the sale each year. I enjoyed a quite Thanksgiving Day hanging out at my daughter, Nancy's house. A simple meal, great movies and quiet conversations. 

 Alan, Aunt Nancy & Rikki enjoying Christmas Dinner

Heather & Echo painting Ornaments
My Son Earl and his Fiance Rikki Hosted our family Christmas gathering this year. The little one's were quite excited and couldn't wait to start drawng and coloring. The Gathering was very noisy, lots of fun and lots of food! Everyone brought a dish to share. Beth's Cheezy Potatoes, Nancy's Ham, Turkey and Dressing, Cookies and Treats made by Rikki and her Mom Bobbi, Green Bean Cassarole, A yummy Cheese Ball & a spicy cheese dip and desserts. Wow! Nancy brought Christmas Ornaments for the children to paint and Paul brought Gingerbread Cookies for the kids to decorate...Earl was so worried that there wouldn't be enough and was pleasantly surprized at the turnout. LOL

My newest Great Grandson - James Russell 4 days old.  My newest Great Grandson James Russell was introduced to his new extended family - at four days old he was so sweet - Johnny and Tawnie are the proud parent's.

Decorating the Gingerbread Cookies with Uncle Paul
Aunt Nancy, Zuri & Ruthie

Nathan opening up gifts

Our Family December 2011

The Quilt our Group made for the Sale 2011
This Quilt needs a home!

In Nov we had our Women's Sale and our little group of quilters at The Point collaborated on our 1st Quilt for the Sale...It was a great success and we enjoyed doing it. I will post some pictures of it. The winner of our quilt was quite delighted with it and has been attending the sale each year.
Gwen  Richardson sewing the Quilt Backing together
Our Teacher Elaine Fredrickson Arranging the fabrics
Frank Johnson Piecing the Trees

Diane Swett Piecing the Stars

Bob Richardson cutting Strips

Diane Quilting the Top

Arranging the columns before sewing

Preparing to Quilt the Trees

Early December was very sad for our family.  My son Paul's wife Jen died after a brave 4 yr battle with cancer leaving my sweet granddaughters, Ruthie & Echo without a Mom and my son without his lovely wife.  They are only 7 and 4 yrs old.  She passed peacefully with friends and family at her side and now is our Angel in Heaven.  Prayers for the family during this great time of grief would be appreciated.

Christmas Day was spent at my son, Michael's house dinner was great and the day was relaxing.  The New Year weekend was spent at home by myself.  I was nursing a cold so the evening was spent quietly - napping, taking decongestants and then watching the ball drop in Times Square at 11pm.  I celebrated with some sparkling Grape juice and crackers and cheese.  The following week was spent at home nursing this horrible cold - now turned into pneumonia.  by thursday the Dr put me on an antibiotic and an inhaler.  I should be good as new by Monday or Tuesday....LOL - well at least it was a quiet start to the New Year...

Today I plan to do a little quilting and am expecting some of my kids to come and visit.  My Grandaughter Heather wants to start a quilt for her girlscout project and my son Earl and Fiance might come to visit.  my daughter Nancy said she would come over too... great!  I am ready for company...
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