Thursday, January 19, 2017

Green Scrappy

Sally had a lot of  piecing into this scrappy green quilt.  Quilted with a green variegated thread on top and a little less green shade on the back.  Quilted with Bubbles Big/Small.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Texas Two Step - edge to edge quilting

This is a lovely scrappy quilt and that black inner sashing really enhances the colors.   To get the backing to the right size, she also added black borders on each side of her main fabric.   The golden beige color of the thread was so striking on the black.   My photo color does not capture how pretty this quilt finished.    Machine computer guided pantograph using  Bethanne Nemesh's Feather Grande and Omni thread in Creek Bed.



Friday, January 13, 2017

Suzie's Paradise in Blooms

This is my 6th time to quilt a Paradise in Blooms quilt, a Quiltworx, Judy Niemeyer pattern!  This one will become a bed quilt and originally was to be lighter custom but Suzie saw the one I quilted for Lou Ellen in a similar colorway and really liked the quilting dimension she saw in the photos.  We changed a few things around, different feathers, double batting.  It really pops!  I used Quilters Dream 70/30 with Quilters Dream Wool on top for nice dimension and a variety of Glide, Isacord and Superior threads.

 
Suzie took it straight from the box and had to see in in the bedroom it will grace once binding is complete.  Beautiful!






What an awesome embroidered label she made directly onto one of the backing fabric panels.

even with busy fabrics you still see a good deal of detail from the back

I added a little geometric design to the bottom corners.


 
 
What a lovely quilt to sleep under.  I really like the QD combo of battings.    Not too puffy in in the larger areas but enough to really make a difference compared to 1 batting.  Thank you Suzie for the opportunity to quilt for you and I'm looking forward to seeing what is under your needle next!
 
As for me...I'm approaching 2 years that my Paradise in Blooms has been a stalled work in progress.   Someday!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Barbara's Eight

I've had a run on the aqua, teals lately!    Here is another Judy Niemeyer pattern called "Eight" pieced by Barbara.  This is constructed differently from the Fire Island Hosta and similar quilts in that the leaves are constructed from their placemat series, then appliqued onto the background.  Barbara wanted light custom quilting with lots of feathers.   She did a beautiful job constructing this!  Barbara is also a regular in our WWIT  (What Was I Thinking} group that meets once a month.   It's fun to quilt something that you have watched being made from inception to finish!    If you are local and interested in joining us, we meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Cupcake Quilt Shop graciously allows us the use of her classroom and we are so grateful!  Contact me for more info.




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Our Christmas and New Year 2017

We had a whirlwind driving trip over the Christmas break, driving up from Houston to NE Dallas area to pick up our Aunt  Doris (sister to Bob's mom).  That's a 5 hour drive for us, then on to NJ from there  - 1500 miles over 2 days.   Each way, then our trip back to Houston area.    I'm getting too old to handle these get there as fast as you can trips... but then again it would have been 8 travel days instead of 6 if we added one day on each end.   That's exhausting too.  Aunt Doris had not seen Mom since 2011, travel is difficult for her now.   Happy she agreed to go with us driving, flying was not an option.

The town my husband grew up in is so quaint.  I love it there and would have always considered moving there.   I understand his reasons on why he did not want to work there, 2 hour commutes/traffic added to your work day is not fun.   But when you can stay in the community, oh my gosh I love it!  It was a community built to raise your family, the train stops there, walking distance from our house.   2 houses down and the shops start.   You can walk just a few quick blocks to restaurants, convenience stores, bakeries, delis, banks, doctors, parks.  Another community starts minutes away and the next town and on and on it goes.  No chain stores allowed in that town (10 minutes away yes...)  The yards are small but over the past 100 years, they are all beautifully landscaped.    Houses are EXPENSIVE there.  I can't imagine how jobs pay that much more to allow all these people to live there!  But somehow they do.

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, established 1790.  George Washing stayed there, I think he may even be buried here or nearby but I don't remember for sure. 1 small block from home.


 
Doris Franson Friedel, Anita Franson Wagner, Bill  Franson
 
Bill Franson, Bill Wagner, Valerie Wagner, Doris Friedel, Anita Wagner,  Bob and Mickey Wagner.   Mom is 86 and Dad is 89.  Will be 90 in March.  Still walking everyday, still using the stairs.

 
 
Dave and Jack came to visit from Connecticut.  Bob and Dave met their freshman year @ Slippery Rock.   I met Dave in the 80's at TAMU  but our friendship really started after Bob and I changed from friends to dating which was 27 years ago.  Dave and Jack are among those few people that we have always been in contact with over the years since college days or even grade school.   You know, you probable have a few of those awesome friends too!

Jack, Dave, Bob, Doris, Anita, Bill
 
Gizzy went with us, too long to be at kennel and too much work for our 21 year old that stayed home.   He has days that he works 12 hours plus commute time and that does not work well for a small dog that likes to go out every 2-3 hours or a tired boy that gets home and does not want to deal with a needy dog after all that.

 
Our elf on a shelf!  He's not too happy about being there.   What a good dog.
 
 
 
The beginning of our trip, sunset coming in through the window at Aunt Doris' cabin at the lake.
 
 
It was very cold, wind chill of 5 and in Texas that is cold.... view taken from inside, one of the ponds - not the main lake is visible from her house. 
 



Her A-frame cabin during the summer when we were there.   For you quilters.... guess what awesome store in only 20 minutes away and we DRIVE right by on our way there?    Stitchin Heaven!
 
 
5 o'clock traffic somewhere  - and the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile!   The plates said "Big Buns"
 



 
Finally we get there, they had snow several days before but none fell while we were there, warmed up to rain even!   It was all gone by our 6th day.  Giz was afraid of the banks of snow but within 24 hours he was a pro.
 
I took a few pictures of the neighborhood on the last day.   Most of the snow is gone.  Giz loved walking around the block,  Sidewalks!  No getting feet wet in the grass. We walked 4-5 times a day.
 

Homes have the prettiest yards, tall trees for privacy.





Giz in Roanoke, VA  La Quinta.  Happy to be out of that car.

We stayed at La Quinta's coming and going.   A "suite" with 2 beds and a pull out sofa for Mickey.   No pet deposits - yeah!  




 
And finally - Happy New Year!
 
 
Mom and Dad are doing much better than this summer, both seem more accepting of Mom's memory losses and mobility issues.   Household arrangements, meals have all been taken care of.  Dad has been eating and sleeping, plans are in place.   Everyone is maintaining well.