Last night, our guild had their Christmas dinner/meeting and, as usual, it was very enjoyable. Attendance was light, as it usually is, but we had a great time and some wonderful food! One of the bees made our little table decorations and those were given as door prizes at the end of the evening. I WON (along with 12 others, I believe) so thought I'd post a photo. One of the bee member's DH is a woodworker and he made the little quilt frames then the bee members made the quilts to go on the frame. I know it's hard to see in the picture but there's a tiny spool of thread and a needle in the quilt top, just as if the quilter got up from the frame after a time of quilting. Isn't it ADORABLE?!!!
HALLELUJAH!! I finished one of the red, white & blue tops!! Yes, I know, it DOES look just like the Home of the Brave quilt (only a little larger). I LOVE these blocks for donation quilts as you trim them all to the same size and don't have to compensate for various and sundry sized blocks! Now hopefully I can get the other top finished up tomorrow and then on to the backings. But at least I'll have SOMETHING to show at guild next Tues. These are coming out about 68X84 so a nice size for the Fisher House, methinks. I'm sure they'll keep a veteran warm!
My class at church had their annual Christmas auction for missions last Sat. evening and women in the class sign up to decorate a table. They're always SO beautiful (way more so than the one pictured) and I wanted to show you mine. Now, mind you, I'm am NOT talented in ANY decorating way so this is pretty much as good as it gets! I thought it was kinda cute and already have an idea for next year. And we did raise around $6,000 so that was a GOOD thing!
Instead of working on the two red, white & blue quilts for the Fisher House, I got another Home of the Brave put together. I know, you're probably getting sick of seeing these but I LOVE them!! And just knowing who they go to makes me love them even MORE!! I shipped 6 to our state coordinator (one of them, anyway) a few weeks ago and she told me 5 were gone already and maybe all 6 by now! So hopefully today, I'll get a little more decorating done (I have 3 trees up and I'm stopping there!) and then get busy on the Fisher House quilts since I want to show them at guild next week.....GULP!!
GOOD GRIEF, it's been such a LONG time since I've posted ANYTHING, quilty or otherwise. And I haven't been THAT busy!! Just didn't feel like I had anything to blog/post pix about! OK, that's gotta STOP! So here's my latest project, the mystery quilt that Beverly's been doing over at Quilter's Dream in our Quilt Sitters meetings. This was a 3 month mystery and I did a pretty good job of keeping up with each month's steps (if I DO say so myself! HA). Then I decided to make it a tad bigger so added a few more blocks and TA DA! I think son #2 likes it so will probably just have it quilted in an allover meander (but will see what Julie thinks) and he can have it for his 'collection'. I've also been putting together two quilts for the Fisher House over in Dallas. Guild members made the blocks (quite some time ago!) and I'm putting them together. Have also been busy with my church 'bee' making lots of donation quilts (Home of the Brave, etc) so I HAVE been sewing. Will post pix of those once I have the borders on.
I completed another UFO recently and had taken it to Julie to quilt. She called and said it was ready so I headed over to pick it up today! I'm SO happy to cross another UFO off the list and very pleased with how cute it turned out.
I picked up another from her a couple of weeks ago (another UFO) and it's a Halloween quilt so will post a photo of it later. Both of these UFO's were from Fons and Porter magazines. Slowly but
surely, the UFO pile is dwindling every so slightly! Now if I could just STOP ADDING to that pile!! HA
We took the new trailer out on the first road trip! Up to Okla. and Cedar Lake State Park. It was VERY pretty (and got quite chilly at night!).
We found this odd monument while driving along a portion of the Talimena drive (and doing a little caching at the same time!!). I looked for info. and found very little--but here is what I DID find (no clue as to the accuracy of the info) "Three Sticks is an historical monument. It was dedicated to President John F. Kennedy for his participation in the opening of the Ouachita National Forest Road on 29 October 1961 in Big Cedar, Oklahoma.The three "sticks" symbolize Land, Water and Wood." INTERESTING!!
We did manage to find two caches AND I finished one (and a 1/2) of my Dear Jane blocks. Will post photos of those later.
Alright, so, I won TWO shop hop door prizes. The first was the quilt kit from Kaleidoscope Quilts and the second (pictured to the left) was a nice little goody basket from Lone Star in Arlington!! There was a book, a pattern, three sets of charm squares, a little pack of fat quarters, two spools of thread AND a $20 gift certificate! Can't beat THAT with a wet noodle.
We had our gathering of Janiacs today at Quilter's Dream in honor of Dot visiting from England again. We had a great group (11 total, I believe) and thoroughly enjoyed the show and tell and just plain visiting!! (Dot's the gal in the front, green blouse, in the left photo). We're looking forward to Trinity Valley's quilt show on Friday (they have FIVE HUNDRED quilts!!) and will see lots more janiacs there.
After completing the N. TX quilt shop hop a couple of weeks ago, I was notified that I was the winner of Kaleidoscope Quilt Shop's (in Whitesboro) door prize which was a lovely quilt kit. Here I am with my prize along with Patty and the shop owner (yikes, her name escapes me!!). Good GRIEF, that's an awful picture of me..but Patty ALWAYS looks good!! hmph
Tomorrow, we're having our little DJ gathering with Dot from
England so will upload pix of that. It's gonna be good to see her again.
Out and about today with my niece and two great-nephews, lookin' for trains and treasure! There was a new 'kid-friendly' cache in the area so introduced them to this new sport. They found the cache fairly easily and were excited at all the booty they found inside!! Also got to see two trains goin' down the track as well so was a good day!!
This morning, Donna and I continued our shop hop journey without Miss Patty :0( Our buddy had another journey to make so we traveled on without her. First thing, we headed up to Gainesville to start the day.
THEN we headed to a little cemetary in Gainesville where I introduced Donna to the world of geocaching. She found TWO caches in the same cemetary and can no longer be called a 'muggle'. HA
Onward and upward, we continued our hopping and found ourselves at the wonderful Lone Star quilt shop in Arlington where we found a beautiful rendition (and MY personal favorite) of the shop hop quilt.
At our visit to Quilter's Dream in Colleyville, what did we find
but our guild's BEAUTIFUL raffle quilt. Sure hope the gals
were able to sell LOTS of tickets today (and I want to sell a lot
MORE when I sit with the quilt tomorrow). Isn't she a beauty?
We finished the hop today after visiting 15 shops. Didn't keep track of the miles but it was lots of fun, mostly due to the company. And meeting several familiar faces along the way made it even more enjoyable.
So, Patty, Donna and I decided to do a little shop hopping today. We headed along the southern route and hit 8 shops, collecting cute little charms and a portion of a pattern from each of the shops. It was a long day with many miles on the vehicle but a fun time was had by all. AND we did some serious damage to the debit/credit cards (except Donna, she's WAY too disciplined!!).
OK, so now I'm into geocaching!! This is NOT GOOD! HAHA But I made my very 1st find today so I'm a happy camper! Frank and I just ran up Denton Hwy. a little ways and made this grab. It was an easy find. It was VERY windy out there but very pleasant temp. wise! Wish it'd stay that way!! Tomorrow, going shop-hoppin' with Patty and Donna so will try to remember my camera for pix of that!!
Today we worked on more donation quilts. We have several string quilts in progress (one pictured here), lots of baby rag quilts, more Home of the Brave quilts, pillowcases and on and on. We really get a lot done and THANK HEAVENS for our two longarmers who do so much for us!! If it weren't for them....I don't EVEN want to think about it!!
and thought to myself "hey, that'd be a good way to use up some stash!". So I began digging through my fabric, pulling out stuff I wasn't real crazy about and started cutting! My purpose from the beginning was to make a donation quilt so I think this'll work! It's going to the local battered women's shelter. Two of my goals this year were to reduce the stash at least a LITTLE (that does require not buying anymore fabric and I've not been successful there!!) and to get a couple of donation quilts done for the shelter. A gal GRACIOUSLY longarms our donation quilts gratis so that definitely makes my work easier! I really appreciate her hard work.
After the Thurs. meeting, I brought home enough blocks to put together in another HOB top. So yesterday afternoon, I seized the opportunity and 'got r dun'. I absolutely LOVE these quilts--the 'antiquey' look they have, their purpose (going to families of soldiers who've made the ultimate sacrifice as a small remembrance and thanks) and the ease of making them. For anyone who's never heard of the project and wanting more information, check it out here...
After working with the group yesterday, I was 'inspired' to come home and get busy today. I cut a bunch of blocks for the Home of the Brave quilts (our primary focus) as well as 3 or 4 sets of coordinated sashing and cornerstones for same. I have enough blocks here to put another HOB quilt together (this will make the 6th or 7th by our little group!) and I'll work on putting those together tomorrow. I'll post a picture next week of the ones we've completed but not yet sent to the TX coordinator for Home of the Brave.
I'm also working on my next 'list of five' UFO's. I was successful completing the first five so hopefully will do as well with the next five. I've taken two of those quilts to the longarmer (including the ugly fabric challenge quilt) and hope to get a couple more to her before too long!!