Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Embroidery Group made postcards.  The ones with Berninas learned how to change it.  But I have a Brother and my computer program doesn't work like theirs.  So I just made the postcard as is. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

 Our sewing group decided to do a challenge this year.  We are to alter a fabric panel.  Reveal will be in December.  This is my practice piece.

I cut 2 7/8" strips vertically and staggered each by 1 1/2" and sewed them together  Then cut horizontally, staggered them 1" and sewed them back together.

I think my real one will be a Christmas panel.


Went to the Kaw Valley Quilt Show on Sunday after the Shop Hop was over on Saturday.

It was at Crown Toyota in Lawrence and what a great large space for the show, lots of room for hanging quilts and setting up vendors.  Fortunately, the snow didn't amount to enough to keep viewers away on Sunday.

Front right is Jane Anderson's quilt from my pattern.  I designed it, Anna Aldman digitized it, Jan Hutchison quilted it and Jane Anderson embroidered and made it. I guess you could say it takes a community.   Vernice Flotman's quilt based in my light house pattern, was there too.  She's giving it to her grandson, who is graduating from school in California to become a ship captain.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New posts will be a little slowe in coming.  Dennis has pneumonia and it's taking a lot of time away from sewing.  I worked on some placemats tonight after dark but ran out of dark brown thread.  When they are finished I'll post their picture.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

   The WSG or Wednesday Sewing Group met today and made caps for kids undergoing surgery.  They will get to take their pick of the cap they will wear when they have surgery. And then the cap will be theirs afterwards.   About dozen of us sewed on them and at the last count, we had 117 caps with more being added still. 

Sandy called and Stormont Vale in Topeka and it has about 47 kids surgery a month.  So we have covered a little over two months worth.  Woohoo!!!

Doesn't it sound like a good project for your group to help in your area.  Check with your hospital to get it OK'd and then cut circles and sew a casing in the edge and insert elastic.  We made several sizes and even a few little ones for their dolls.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

This is a quilt I've worked on for several years.  I had it cut out and in a box.   Every retreat I went to, all I had to do was get my sewing machine and the box.  Didn't even have to take a rotary cutter or mat. 

Now I have another quilt partially cut out to do the same.  But I'll have to include the cutter and mat since it's supposed to be done in strips and I'm making it scrappy.  I'll have to cut some of the pre-cut strips into pieces. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

 Dennis gave me my Valentine's Day gift early.  He drove us out to west of Emporia to take pictures of some old buildings that I find fascinating and would some day like to paint some pictures of or use them as inspiration for a quilt.  For a day in February the weather was pretty OK.  Windy but clear and semi warm.

This Old Stone School House say District 34 1896 and just north of 50 highway.

 This double arch stone bridge is at Clements and was built in 1886.
The stone mill is at Cedar Point.  I couldn't read the date at the top in the front of the building.  But my bet is that it's about the same vintage as the other two buildings. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ooops.  As I quilted on my quilt ( pictured below), I found three of the squares in the center portion were put in backwards.  I looked at it a long time thinking that it wouldn't bother me.  Ha!  So finally ripped out some of the quilting, ripped the squares out, turned them around and hand appliqued them back into the quilt.  It shows up in the picture below.  The mistake is in the upper left hand  of the inner part of the quilt.  Where it shows up, there is a light square in the dark row and a dark square in the light row. 

Oh, well, it's fixed and I've requilted the part I had to rip out.  Certainly not getting it off the machine quickly.   

Thursday, January 25, 2018

I'd like to say another unfinished project done.  But the top is all that's finished. 

The center is a buddy quilt made ????? year.  So long ago I don't remember.  But Deanna Anderson and I took the class.  It made two quilts, one with a dark center and one with a light center.  Of course, Deanna finished hers years ago.  I found mine when I was looking for another project and decided it had "aged" long enough for me to finish it. 

Next time I have a break in customer quilts to be quilted, I'll put mine on.  I still need to find a Hoffman Batik 1894 Midnight for the binding.  But I could use the medium blue color if worse comes to worse. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Woohoo!!!! Another UFO bites the dust! 

I made this  small wall hanging in a Hollis Chatelain painting class ???? years ago in Houston.  So long ago I don't remember what we used, or how to do it.  Lots of good that class did me.

Don't know why it didn't photograph as vivid as it is, but it's out of my to-do pile.  All that is left is putting the sleeve on it.  The sleeve is made, just need to hand work. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Guess we know what Rex's New Year's resolution might be.  He just can't figure out how to get his paws on the pedals and handles to make it work.