March Bee Day Show and Tell

Yesterday was Bee Day!  What a great day!  Linda was our hostess with the mostest – thank you Linda!  Now I usually take a lot of pictures of the food, the visiting, the laughter and the fun but for some reason I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures.  But I did get the show and tell and that’s a good thing – it was particularly fabulous yesterday … so here you go!

First up was Lynda – she was having a dilemma assembling her quilt and asked for a bit of advice.  Well, we are never short on advice!

Lynda-soliciting-adviceSuz was binding this quilt and said she would unfold it once and only once for show and tell… (until Sally showed up and she unfolded it again).  This A&M quilt for Suz’ niece is called Tradition – now, let me see if I can get the story straight – she has two pictures of nieces with Revelry the mascot and anything done twice at A&M is considered a tradition.  (Is that right, Suz?).

Suz-with-TraditionWhen I got up for show and tell, Lynda tried to help out but the camera was a bit challenging so dear Judy took over the photography detail – thanks y’all!  Here is my latest in bringing chickens into the kitchen without the mess:

Me-with-chickensI just got two quilts back from my quilter (Susan Corbett).  This first one is from Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory blog:

Me-with-Threads-of-MemoryAnd I saved the best for last – the Le Jardin quilt:

Me-with-Le-JardinI have to show a close up of some of the quilting:

Le-Jardin-with-close-up-of-Next up was Lemma (I sure hope I’m spelling that correctly).  She brought a beautiful nine-patch:

Lemma's-9-patchLove how some of the blocks were embellished with buttons from her mother’s button collection:

Lemma's-buttonsDavene brought several hand appliqued/hand embroidered blocks – super cute!

Davene-with-applique-and-emHow about a close up of one – look at all those french knots!

Davene's-block-close-upJudy’s granddaughter made this quilt!  It’s it just awesome!  It has minky on the back too.

Judy's-granddaughter's-quilWhen Sandra showed us this beautiful quilt she said, “I just love Fall.”  I think that would be a good name for this quilt.

 

Sandra-Love-Fall-QuiltBarb has been working on her Dear Jane quilt!  Look at these two cute blocks!  And a cute new sweater too.  😉

Barb-made-Dear-Jane-blocksSomehow, at this point, the subject of moose came up (can’t say why…) and Judy gave us her best moose impression!

Judy's-moose-impressionAfter we laughed until we cried, then Mona brought us back around with this pretty quilt she quilted for a client:

Mona-shows-a-client-quiltCindy was working on some embroidery – this sweet Christmas towel.

Cindy-is-embroidering-chrisWish I had gotten a picture, Cindy and Lynda both had on the same cute Scottie dog top!

Peggy brought a project box to show and tell.  I got so caught up in her story, the only picture I got was of her holding the box!

Peggy-with-her-show-and-telThe project box contains a quilt project that Peggy started a long time ago.  Our guild speaker last week was Froncie Quinn and wonderful her presentation was about historical quilts and how she creates quilt designs for reproduction quilts. Well, at some point Peggy had visited the Shelburne Museum, had seen this quilt and had bought the pattern.

Froncie Quinn

After hearing the speaker at guild, Peggy found her project box and discovered that a lot of the nine patches are complete and the applique prepped and ready to stitch.  She is all inspired again.  How fun is that whole story?!

Sally brought a very special quilt to share – made for her friend as a remembrance of a lost child.  So much thoughtfulness and love went into this quilt – it will be a precious gift.

Sally's-rememberance-quiltAnd Sally brought her gorgeous Christmas Quilt fresh from the quilter:

Sally's-Christmas-QuiltLove it!

Nancy came across several antique quilts being given away by a neighbor (I think…).  Here are just a couple of these amazing quilts:

Nancy's-Antique-Quilts-1 Nancy's-Antique-Quilt-3 Nancy's-Antique-Quilt-2What a fabulous show and tell!  And what a fabulous Bee Day!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Two to the Quilters!

I’m very happy to say that today I took two quilt tops to the long arm quilters!  Woohoo!  I just had to share a quick picture of each quilt.

Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs:

Le-Jardin-TopAnd Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory.

Thread-of-Memory-Completed-I’m thinking about renaming the Threads of Memory quilt “Stars in My Flower Garden.” And I keep referring to the Le Jardin quilt as the “Bunny Quilt” but I bet I can come up with a better name – maybe “Bunnies in My Flower Garden.”  I seem to have a theme going!

I’m still working on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion quilt.  Unfortunately I stitched 55 units from part three with the black in the wrong place.  Ugh!  So I’m ripping as I watch TV this week and will take it to my guild retreat next week.

Have a great week, y’all!

A Couple Months of Blocks of the Month

There are two Blocks of the Month that I’m working on – one is Le Jardin hand applique quilt and the other is Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory Civil War quilt

Le Jardin is from Bunny Hill Designs.  I started this in April after seeing the Block of the Month for sale at the Houston Street Mercantile booth at the Dallas Quilt Show.  Here are blocks 6 and 7.  There are only 9 blocks, so 2 more to go!

Block-6Block-7Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory is a free online BOM.  Check out her Civil War Blog for the patterns and fascinating history.  Here are blocks 9 and 10.  And there are only two to go on this BOM!

Threads-of-Memory-Block-9Threads-of-Memory-10---BritSo I only have two more months on the BOMs!  I’ll miss them, but don’t worry, I have a lot more projects up my sleeve!

Have a great week, y’all!

Finished Projects and WIP Projects

I actually finished a project this week!  Yay!!!  It is a little wool Pumpkin Candle Mat from a pattern published by Primitive Gatherings:

pumpkin-table-matThe size is about 18″ across.  It looks great on my big leather ottoman in the living room adorned with a candle and, yes, that is a lizard climbing through the pumpkin vines:

pumpkin-candle-mat-with-lizI loved working with the wool and I am ready to start on another one!

And I took this Christmas quilt to the long arm quilter last week!  Can you believe that?  I hope to have this pretty plaid quilt on my bed by the holidays!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIt came from a book called Mad about Plaid by Teri Christopherson.

Another almost completed project is the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Scrap-ScrambleI want to add some borders – a small red inner border and then a piano key outer border made up of all the fabrics used in this scrappy paper pieced project.  I don’t have enough of the red Aunt Grace 1930’s reproduction fabric for the inner border, so I’m stuck until I find that.

While I’m at the keyboard (computer keyboard, not piano keyboard) I may as well update you with my blocks of the months and weeks.

The Austen Family Album block of the week from Barbara Brackman’s blog is up to week 23 so I have three I haven’t shared yet.  Here is week 21, called West Wind:

Block-21-West-WindWeek 22 is Friendship.  This was a good block to use my red swirly stripe – I don’t have much left!

block-22-FriendshipAnd finally, block 23 is Old Maid’s Puzzle.  If you look at the layout of this block on the blog and on the Flickr group web site there were several different interpretations of this block.  You can see that I took it in a whole different direction than everyone else!

Block-23---Old-Maid's-PuzzlThreads of Memory block of the month.  This is block 8 called Jacksonville Star:

Threads-of-Memory-8---JacksI tried real hard to line up all that background fabric!

Last but not least is Le Jardin block of the month.  This is block 5 – this block was one of the reasons I signed up for this block of the month!

Block-5

Eventually I will embroider a red clothes line across the top, but it continues on into the next block with little birds holding the line. How cute is that!?!

I’ve mention this before, but next week is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show (September 19th and 20th) at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  Y’all need to come!  I’ll see you there!

Blocks Blog

I really have been keeping up with my blocks of the month and the week, but I haven’t been keeping up with blogging about them!  I will do better, I promise!  But here they are all of July and half of August:

Austen Family Album – Barbara Brackman’s block of the week blog gives us a free block every week and some wonderful details about Jane Austen’s life and times.  I have six blocks finished that I have yet to share.

Block 15 – King’s Crown

Block-15-King's-CrownBlock 16 – Lucky Pieces

Block-16---Lucky-PiecesBlock 17 – Waterwheel

Block-17-WaterwheelBlock 18 – Indian Star

Block-18---Indian-StarBlock 19 – Cross Patch

Block-19---Cross-PatchAnd Block 20 – Best Friends

Block-20---Best-FriendsThe fabric I’m using is called Modernism designed by Barbara Brackman.  The flowers and stripes certainly lend themselves to some fun fussy cutting!  There are 16 more blocks in the series; I sure hope I have enough fabric!

Threads of Memory – another Barbara Brackman freebie – this one is a Civil War block of the month.  I only have one to share – Block 7 – Oberlin Star.

Threads-of-Memory-7---OberlCarol Doak’s Scrap Scramble – August is the last month for this paper piecing project.  In September the instructions for finishing the quilt will be supplied.  Here are my August Scrap Scramble blocks:

AugustI’m looking forward to putting these together!

Last but not least is block 4 of the Le Jardin block of the month:

Block-4These blocks are so pretty but very time consuming!  I need to get cracking on block 5!

So those are all my blocks to share – I started a fun and easy Christmas quilt yesterday.  I hope to have it ready for show and tell very soon!

Have a GREAT day, y’all!

 

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