Sunday, August 30, 2015

Taking a break

I guess I've taken a break from quilting lately. Still doing a little running though.........

Three miles today. I've got the shirts for a remembrance quilt but they have a lot of Harley Davidson patches on them. I'm sure she wants those in the quilt, but that means I can't use my two go-to patterns for remembrance quilts. Going to have to think of a new pattern that will work with them......need to put my thinking cap on for this one.


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.