Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tea Party

A Tea Party was scheduled at One Quilt Place in Fredericksberg during our last retreat in Stonewall. 

Kay let us know, so we all signed up.

We all dressed up and had a great time. Kathleen borrowed some wonderful hats.  Several of us found gloves in our wardrobes.  There were pearls and lace and rhinestones!

While we enjoyed tea and sweets,the Andover fabric rep gave us a program on the Downton Abby line, including information about the making of fabrics, including the process of batik making.

After the tea, we went fabric shopping.

The waitresses (granddaughters of the shop owner and one of the workers) were seen at the shop conferring with one of the workers.  They were all so cute and well mannered.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pink Linus Quilt

I turned in three quilts to the Linus Connection yesterday.
This pink one was made from two Riley Blake salesman's samples that I got at the last month's meeting.  I only had to add one other fabric (a Moda) to cut enough squares.

My daughter bought the red fleece to back it with.

The binding is a pink diagonal stripe - I love stripes for binding.


The second quilt was made from three fat quarters that were a gift exchange item at Christmas, featuring cartoon mermaids.  I added two additional prints and backed it with leftovers.   Don't know why I didn't get a picture.

The third was actually just a top and a pieced backing in dark red, green, and brown.  This was made from leftovers from the kit from last month.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Present

Yesterday I had a nice cup of Chai tea in the teacup and saucer that my friend Maxine gave me.  It was made in Bavaria by the Johann Haviland company.

Today I will go to her house to help her celebrate her 90th birthday.

It's said that
Old friends are the best friends. 

And this is true in many senses.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Unexpected gift

Unexpected gifts can be really nice.

Yesterday, my neighbor Brady, whose dog Kayla stays with me from time to time, brought over a jar of homemade chutney. 

Since I'm a sucker for this type of thing, I was very pleased to get it.  It's pretty zippy, and I think it's going to be eaten up pretty quickly.

I hope that those for whom I've made Christmas presents will enjoy them, too.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Linus Connection

Yesterday I went to my first Linus Connection meeting.  This is a gathering of people who create and donate quilts, blankets, and afghans to children who are  " in crisis situations in our area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women's shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives."

An amazing pile of blankets was collected.


I had taken a package of fabric a few months ago at a Pflugerville Quilt Guild meeting.   I made a top and turned it in with a backing for one of the longarm quilters to finish up. 
I don't know if it will be returned to me to be bound or if someone else will do it.

The colors were not my favorites, but they played together nicely.

I plan to attend and contribute regularly.  It seems like a good cause and a good group of people.

Friday, November 28, 2014

A Note from Bud

I wanted to share this Facebook post from Bud. 
Bud is my first husband's younger brother.  He stayed with us for a few months many, many years ago after he graduated from high school  Last year, in December, he was found to hve stage four cancer in his bones, his lungs, and I-don't-remember where-all in his body. 
He has posted regularly to share his progress, his concerns, and his great faith in God.  Many of his posts share his trials with pain and nausea, his concerns about leaving his wife, and his difficulties accepting the current limitaions of his body.
But he maintains a great faith in the goodness of life, the greatness of God, and the strength to be found in love.
This is what he wrote for Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!!

   One of the neatest things about being in a personal relationship with God is when He says "I love you son, here" and gives you one of your heart's desires.  Last night my wife got a phone call from my oldest son, he needed to borrow a stock pot.  So of course she said "sure!" knowing that if she went over there she would get to play with the kids : ) 
   I had struggled to sleep the last couple of nights but was feeling fairly good when the call came through.  I wanted to go "yea, I'll go play with the grandkids" but I knew the next day was Thanksgiving and I would need to have some energy so I stuck out my lip shoved my hands in my pockets and let my wife go without me.
   Then this morning came.  I slept in a little late after haivng the best sleep I've had in a week.  I soaked in a hot tub, ate a yogurt for breakfast and got myself ready for Thanksgiving dinner at my son's house.  The meal was incredible.  Chris' turkey was so moist, juicy, and flavorful it was difficult not to gorge myself.  Between his greenbeans and Carolyn Burgraff's yams, Albert Law's brother's homemade bread and some great sweet tea I barely saved myself enough room for my daugter-in-law's homemade pies - made completely from scratch.  She had pealed her own pumpkins, sliced her own apples, prepared her own crust...I mean completely from scratch.
   But as good as the food was, the company was better.  I got to see the Law family members that I hadn't seen for a while.  From Grandma Bev and the Colonel to Uncle Stan to Grandma Jenny and the Breziks...the fellowship was great!  I got to play not only with my own grandkids but with Albert's too.  By the time we left I was tired, a little sleepy but I couldn't get the grin off my face.  It was one of the best Thanksgivings that I've had in years and I didn't have to do any dishes!  I coughed very little and was basically pain free all day.  I felt so wrapped in God's love it was difficult not to cry.
   I've been lookng forward to posting one of these that wasn't all about pain, suffering, and cancer.  Today God gave me that.  I certainly hope that each and everyone one of you had a great Thanksgiving as well cuz God made mine wonderful today.  I certainly want to thank God, I have so much to be thankful for.  I'm too giddy to make the massive list...all I can say is Thank you God, Thank you God, Thank you God.  May God bless each of you on this fine Thanksgiving evening.
   Yours In Him,
   Mr. Bud
Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Computer Bag

My daughter and I went to Houston at the end of October for the International Quilt Show in Houston.  My niece drove us downtown and did the show with us.  It was inspiring, as always.

My daughter purchased a purse pattern and some fabric and asked me to make a bag for her laptop.  We modified the pattern somewhat, but the interfacing design was really helpful.   Before we left Houston, my niece embroidered my daughter's logo on the fabric.

I made her a makeup bag with some of the leftover fabric.  She found a great piece of trim for it.