Monday, May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
May you all have a wonderful day!
I think we are going to head up to the high country and go for a hike at Lake Alpine. There's nothing like fresh mountain air, and beautiful vistas to make us appreciate where we live.
I hope you all have a wonderful day doing what you enjoy.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
I get a huge smile on my face when quilters send me pictures of what they've created from my patterns. My friend Lynnette, sent me this picture of her gorgeous Grammy Squares quilt.
Lynette added her own special touches in each of the corners. This also showcases the excellent quilting by Dianne Schweickert.
Both of the quilts that I'm showing you today are an excellent use of your scraps. You can mix, match and throw just about everything in the mix. I always tell my quilters not to stress when making a scrap quilt. Use it all, and they work beautifully together.
News on the BEAR front. Another bear strolled by during breakfast the other day. My sister and our friend Paula were here to see it. This bear was a little shy about having a picture taken, but let me tell you that it was big, it was golden, and it was in our yard. Note to self: Don't forget to take the airhorn when I go out for my walks.
Now, news on the BOM front. The blocks are almost all sew together and it is really starting to look like something. I'll finish up the rows today, and start on the borders tomorrow. Then I'll make the backing and get this quilt loaded on my longarm. I've decided my least favorite part of quilting is stitching the rows together. It takes me an eternity! My second least favorite thing of quilting is loading the quilt on the longarm. That takes me an eternity also.
Let's hum a few bars of....If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. Sorry for the earworm, but it's what I will be humming today.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Just a quick post today. I'm off to my sister's cabin for a mini-retreat with a couple of friends. I just wanted to tell you that my Crossing the Pond quilt arrived back from France. She was photographed for the May/June edition of QuiltMania magazine. It is always such a relief when the quilts arrive safely to and from their destination.
It was fun to hang some bright, Spring-looking quilts.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Yogi also likes to do a balance beam routine on the deck railing. I guess he is smarter than the average bear.....even though he's not wearing his signature green hat, white collar and tie.
We took them to two skate parks so they could ride their scooters. I'm now fluent in skate park lingo. I know what a vert wall is behind a quarter pipe. I always thought a "kickout" is what an irritated horse would do.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
I love to receive emails and pictures from quilters around the country who've made my patterns. When I opened this email from Dena in Wisconsin, my jaw dropped, and I uttered an audible gasp. This is her gorgeous creation of my Heritage pattern.
I just wanted to say thank you for this beautiful quilt pattern! It was very easy to follow. It is the first quilt I have finished and kept for myself! I tend to make quilts and give them as gifts. Some I have gotten very attached to, but I would never have been able to give this one away! The colors were picked by my husband and I together. I made it approximately 100" x 100", and hand quilted the entire top in between other projects. It was on my frame for nearly 3 years! I have received so many compliments!
Well, I couldn't give this quilt away....ever. Take a close look at her incredible hand quilting. This level of detailed quilting would be hard to do on a long arm.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
The paisley fabric for the birds' wing couldn't have been any better.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
The calendar, and my daffodils are telling me Spring is right around the corner, but Mother Nature begs to differ. We received another 6-8" of snow on Wednesday which makes for perfect quilting weather. Mazey loves to frolic in the snow. Her fur attracts powdery snow like a magnet, and she ends up with little snow dingleberries hanging from tummy to tail.
On Tuesday we headed out for a hike along the Arnold Rim Trail and watched the snowstorm roll up the spine of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's quite thrilling to watch the clouds, listen to the wind, and feel the temperatures plummet like a stone. It makes all of your senses come alive.....in addition to keeping a lookout for bears along the trail. The closest we came to a bear was a large pile of recent scat. Mazie's senses were on overload as she pulled at the leash while investigating every inch of the trail. For every one mile that we hike, she travels at least three times more crisscrossing back and forth across the trail investigating under every fallen tree, and around every rock.