Friday, August 28, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses update

Two rows completed with borders.
I have all the blocks made and have decided to add the borders as I go. Border is English Paper Pieced as well, and I am loving the way everything "fits" and lays flat, not always the case with my machine piecing. Who am I kidding, it's seldom the case with my machine piecing, unless it's machine paper fundation piecing.
I am pleased with the red sashing, red is becoming my new neutral. The block borders are scrappy shirtings.
This is a long shot across my design wall, and below is a close up. The pesty white like is the pull cord for my light that I keep forgetting to pin out of the way.

I have started the process of hand quilting another EPP project that I have been putting off quilting until retirement. Retirement is here and time at last to finish this quilt.
Doing the Baptist Fan pattern and for once tracing the pattern on to the top before basting the sandwich together. This was one of my Mom's favorite patterns to hand quilt. She used a cardboard strip she cut holes in and a pencil to mark her fans, and quilted on a quilt frame that hung from the ceiling in her living room. She let me quilt on a few of her quilts with her, but I have a feeling she ripped out my stitches when I left. I do remember her look when I called it a Baptist Fan, no she would say. It's a fan pattern, not a Baptist Fan, hahaha. Her faith background was Catholic and Methodist - no way would she do a Baptist anything. Didn't help matters that I am a Baptist!
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Aren't grandkids just the best blessings!. Thought I would share a couple pictures of my daughter's children.

Presenting Titus on his one month birthday. The quilt is a quilt I made him. Took the last stitch on the binding the night he was born. It is English Paper-pieced tumbling blocks.

And here Titus is with his siblings. Back row is Toby, Taralyn and Timothy. Front row is Tess, Titus and Tori. They all love and are so proud and caring of their new baby brother.

My son's sons at the SC State museum. We took them on a day outing and had a great time. The museum has a lot to offer and well worth the visit. They are, from left to right, Levi, Eli and Malachi.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Circus Stars

My long awaited September issue of AQ magazine has arrived! My quilt, Circus Stars, is in the magazine and will also be in the November issue as part 2. I was thrilled when they said they wanted to publish the quilt, but just couldn't believe it was real until the magazine arrived in the mail today. I can't stop smiling :)