Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sneak peek

I finished my bright scrap quilt. I've named it Hashtag Graphics. I won't show it all just in case......some of the magazines are kind of picky about that. I've sent pictures off to McCalls. They have been so very nice and I want to give them first chance at publishing it. If they don't want to, I'll be sending pictures off to a few more. One at a time, with a 30-90 day response time, is a very slow process. It will be worth the wait though if I get a taker.

I'm really, really happy about how this one turned out. Pattern number three in my repertoire.

After church and lunch I got in my Monday three miler. Run and done. I love having Monday's off. I've got errands to do in Knoxville tomorrow, so now I won't have to find time to run.

My kids sent me this today. I had to laugh. They are still in Paris and have attended a few churches trying to find a good English speaking one. It seems not many have nurseries (Or crèche as they call it in Scotland) and Emma is pretty wild. This is how they distracted her today.



Monday, August 17, 2015

The bigger version

Got an email from the magazine today. I sent them the pictures of the bigger version of my Edinburgh Square quilt design, and they want to use it rather than the small version. Yay! I'd rather it be published than the smaller one. I think it was a fluke. They said they had two baby quilts for that issue and wanted just one, and after seeing the pictures of the larger version wanted to swap and use it instead.

So, I quickly made a nice label commemorating it's namesake and have it all ready to mail.

I finished my other design today. Now, to decide how to quilt it. Going to have to get some backing first. No more scraps left. Hope I can find something bright to go with it.

Can't wait to get it quilted. It really turned out cute.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

More Edinburgh Square

I named this quilt for the city where my son and his family are living in Scotland. Edinburgh is a stately, old city on the shoreline of Leith, near the North Sea. I picked colors to remind me of the sea, and the pattern reminds me of the many historic castles in the area.

I finished the binding today on the big one, then continued working on my other design.




Edinburgh Square Quilt

I got this massive quilt back from the long armer today. It was just too big for me to quilt. More pictures are forthcoming......

In other news....I started my training today for a November half marathon.



Sunday, August 9, 2015

How do you display your quilts?

From this...

To this ....(36 screws later)....
This quilt ladder is made by Briick, a family owned company in Illinois. It is wider than a regular ladder and the rungs are farther apart to allow for more display of each quilt. Mine has seven rungs. It has a couple of hooks on the sides for hanging (what? I'm not sure), and a shelf at the bottom. I probably won't use either. I like having my quilts where I can see them.
And for your viewing pleasure......from Paris....
My favorite thing I saw when I was there years ago... The Arc De Triomphe!

Notra Dame handsome son and daughter-in-love...

..and their tired baby girl, after a day of playing at the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Emma and her "Bier-Bier"


Wednesday, August 5, 2015


My son, daughter-in-love, and grand baby girl are in Paris for a month. I'm excited for them but I also know how difficult international travel can be. I can only imagine with a baby. However, my sweet DIL sends me pictures and videos almost everyday.

My baby girl seems to be enjoying her new digs. I hope and pray this adventure is just that, an exciting fulfilling adventure for all of them!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

North Carolina

We saw lots of barn quilts around Burnsville.

We drove up to Mt. Mitchell and it was so pretty, but cool, at about 63 degrees with a breeze.

The fisherman wanted to stop at Bass Pro on the way home so we ate there. Their tilapia tacos were fabulous. we had a good little trip but are happy to be back home.


Friday, July 31, 2015

July Adventure Trip

For our monthly adventure for July, we made a trip to Burnsville, NC. It was a beautiful drive. The front that came through at home came through here too....low humidity, clear skies, just beautiful. We are staying at the Buck House Inn B&B, a beautiful historic home a few miles from Burnsville.

A little relaxing in the yard. I did five miles this morning so I am tired! The fisherman did his thing last night and didn't get home until about 3 am. He is now napping in the comfy bed.

Does that not look so inviting? We decided to come here to see a play. Our choir director's son is working this summer at the Burnsville Playhouse and has a leading role in a play there.

In other news, my little quilt got rejected from Fons and Porter, but I sent pictures to another quilt magazine. Maybe they will like it :) but if not, that is ok. I like it.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Next Project

I'm still into designing quilts and came up with another one I want to make. I didn't want to buy anything so I decided to use some kiddie fabric scraps I'd saved and a large fabric piece, also from my stash.

It is going to be a bit more challenging since some of the blocks take about an hour to make. I guess I make up for it in the simple strip blocks though......I think it will make a cute, bright, toddler quilt.

...but for today, I'm snuggled up underneath one of my first and favorite quilts.....

Doing a little reading. We had friends over for lunch and enjoyed our afternoon very much, but now it's time to rest, relax, and count our blessings.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Day Trip

After church the fisherman and I went to Crossville. We ate lunch at th Cumberland Mountain State park restaurant. It was the best buffet food I'd ever eaten! The wait was about thirty minutes but it was worth it. We ate our lunch with a view of the river. Then we drove around a bit.

Crossville is a beautiful community, establshed by homesteaders.

In quilting news, I sewed up a small quilt on Saturday and did the quilting when we got back from our little day trip. Here is the pieced back.

I'm not showing the front yet, because I plan to send the pictures to a magazine as a submittal. Some of them are very picky about not posting pictures on the Internet.

I used three traditional blocks with some more modern fabrics. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will like it!


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday Sewing

Finished the massive quilt yesterday and today I made these to use as pillow shams....I think. Just put together some of the scraps.

Then I started a new little one. Probaboy going to be a baby girl quilt. Testing out a new design. This is only one of the block patterns. I've got two or three in the quilt.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Quilt Cave

Sometimes it reminds me of a cave. Especially when I keep the overhead lights off to reduce the temperature. It gets hot upstairs!

I worked on the large Edinburgh Square quilt today for a bit. One more column of blocks to go. I'm definitely loving it. My quilting room is due a good cleaning/organization day. Maybe after this big project I can take some time to do that.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday doings

Did some house work, laundry, catching up...a little cooking.

Ever made a peach cobbler this way? Peaches on bottom, pieces of bread, then top with a mixture of sugar, egg, butter and flour. Pretty good

Then finished up all 64 blocks of my next project. I put my quilts together a bit different than most, I think. I chain piece the blocks in columns rather than rows. Sixty-four blocks (8x8) ends up being four columns. After I chain piece then I do the horizontal sewing on each column. I decided to put this one together using an ombré colors way, rather than randomly using the light and dark shades of blocks.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Quilt Guilds are Awesome!

Today was the Village Quilters Guild meeting. It is such a fabulous group of quilters. Some of the friendliest ladies I've ever met. And so much talent....I could go on and on. It is a large guild with many, many activities, workshops, classes, and an impressive community service group. After the meeting my friend and I went to a new members luncheon and had a great time visiting and getting to know some of the other newbies and board members. If you are visiting from there --hello! Glad you stopped by my blog!

During the show and tell time I showed my retirement quilt and the little one that is to be published in the magazine. Compared to the work of the other very talented quilters in this guild, it really isn't anything special or difficult, but I think it would appeal to someone wanting a quick and easy quilt to make. (BTW I do have permission from the magazine to publish pictures of it on the blog.)

These are very exciting days for me. I've learned so much lately about designing quilts through EQ and now I want to study up on color theory and value.

This evening, I've got it all packed up and ready to ship to Colorado tomorrow...

They told me they would make a style shot and a flat shot of it for the magazine and would send the pictures to me for my social media near time the magazine comes out.