Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Vanilla on the Wall

Although I plan to give this quilt to my granddaughter in a few years, I am using it now to add texture and interest to my living room wall.  It's a smallish wall, directly by the traffic flow, so I don't want to put furniture there.

I hung the Vanilla quilt there and was pleased to see that it left a border of about 2 inches all the way around.  A perfect fit.

The colors blend in well with my cottage decor and it really makes me smile as I look at it.

Janie did a wonderful job of quilting it on her longarm with the Rambling Rosepantograph.  I like a swirly quilting design on a very geometrical quilt.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Only in Texas

My friend Kay took this amazing picture of her bluebonnet plants the other day.  It was five degrees below freezing and the bluebonnet plants were iced over.  What a fascinating picture.

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.