Monday, December 28, 2009

Finally, I have once again picked up the sweater I've been working on for the past two years. It takes awhile, I only work on it for a few months after Christmas. This is a shot of the back, the front is done, and I have finally started the sleeves. I hope to get it done this winter. It is the Willow Tunic from Jamiesons Shetland Knitting book 2. The yarn is Berrocco Ultra Alpaca that I got a few years ago on my annual trek to Webs. Last year, actually in January 2009, I got enough yarn for two sweaters, a vest, two pairs of socks, a hat and mitten set, and two scarves. I haven't started any of these yet, and January 2010 is just about here. Can I justify more yarn? Hell, yes!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

This is the quilt I worked on this last trip to Kalispell for a Judy Niemeyer retreat. It is her paper piecing pattern called Dancing Batiks, set a little differently. I will be making a bed size and work on it after Christmas. It was pulled together and cut about 2 years ago, and it is not as "warm" as I thought, so I will try to add some colors to balance out the many "cool" fabrics.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

So glad I've finished working for the holiday! This is the first year since I started longarm quilting in 2001 that I've had more than 2 days off to get ready for Christmas. Now to clean, move furniture, decorate and shop, cook, wrap, and in my spare time I hope to hem the curtains I bought last year and hang them up!
I made this kindling box for the porch. Roger installed a cute little wood stove out there and this is perfect for it. It took only one day to paint the designs on it in a workshop at the Quilted Acorn in W. Newbury, MA. Of course Cynthia makes it very simple to do.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This UFO was from a Jan Krentz class at the Gathering a few years ago. The points get lost here.

This view is much better. I wonder what I did with all that background fabric?

Found another UFO in the pile under the cutting table. This was very dull without the cube blocks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Now the quilt show is done til next fall, and this retreat is over, with lots of projects left to finish. It's time to drag out some ufo's to work on. This is one of my favorites. It was from a Strips That Sizzle workshop with Mimi Winder.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The mountains in Montana are breathtaking at every turn in the road!

The first stop this week was the Buggy Barn for Brenda and I. It is a tiny little carriage house, but when we walked in, we had to just stand there to look at all the quilts on every inch of wall and ceiling. Great fun!

Monday, October 19, 2009

This is the completed Dragon Star pattern. It won a first place and a Viewer's Choice at the Cocheco show this past weekend.
This is the last quilt I was working on. It won a red ribbon and a Judges Choice. I also showed the small quilt "Green River" and it got a blue ribbon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Alrighty, now we're cookin! Got this ready to put together yesterday. Blocks are done, and paper is off! I wasn't sure about the green in the small border, but lime was too bright and olivey green faded away. I like this the best.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I was working on this quilt this spring for my cousin's wife, who was diagnosed with cancer. I finished it a few weeks ago, unfortunately on the day she died. Why do we think we always have time? I'm sending it to my cousin tomorrow after it gets a label.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Been working on this Judy Niemeyer paper pieced quilt this weekend. It's hot out, and I can't go anywhere for awhile. Have to take care of the dog, she's confined for 3 months after knee surgery. And the kitten is crazy. And the other dog hurt her hip. So I have been happily stealing some hours in my air conditioned studio. I have to go take care of everybody right now, I really don't want to stop. I think I will keep going on this tomorrow, can't wait to get this on the machine.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Meet Ozzie Bevins. Some days it's Awesome Ozzie, today he's Crazy Ozzie.
Generation gap: I thought Osbourne, Roger thought Harriet.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Oh Boy, I came home from guild tonight and look who I met! Kenn , my stepson, and his brother-in-law, James, brought him over for us to adopt. Kenn's wife and son had brought us Little "Perley" Big Britches 6 years ago, and they just found out he died. So they brought this little guy over to try and cheer me up. He's cute and the others, (Domino, Molly and Zoe) seem to like him okay. We haven't named him yet, we'll have to see what fits. Roger has been calling him Stinky, but I don't want that to stick!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Here's another one I started at Asilomar in the "Series" workshop. I did some quilting on it (not shown yet) and have been trying to quilt the circles with some metallic thread that keeps bunching up on the back. I will have to figure this out since I really like the thread. I don't love this quilt as much as the previous one, but maybe if I keep at it, I'll be able to bond with it.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I finished this one from the Empty Spools seminar with Jeanette DeNicolis Meyer. I took the workshop "Working In A Series" hoping to gain some confidence in my own work. I don't think I started out that way, but once I got there....So I had lots of advice, and "you should..." and it was all good, but I had to struggle to stay on track and do my own thing, good or bad. So I am very proud of this one. I used all my own hand dyed fabric and I like it very much. It just evolved, and when I did the quilting last night I was really into it and listening to CCR, hence the name "Green River." I am taking it to Portsmouth Fabric today to hopefully be included in the 30th anniversary celebration display on the Brick Wall Gallery. Wish me luck!
Finished the therapy quilt. It is called "Last Dance".
Here are some of the blocks I've done since the Judy Niemeyer workshop last Monday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Therapy blocks, playing with scraps of hand dyed and painted fabric, mostly my own and a few are from friends. The challenge will be to put it together.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Finished this wall hanging this weekend. Now I'll have to paint the dining room and kitchen to really make things pop! We've had the paint for 2 years and painted one wall right before Christmas. It really looks great and now we need to finish! I have so many UFO's that it is good to finish something. (Wish there were about 60 hours in a day.) I got a bag o' buttons at Quilted Threads in Henniker and stacked some lime green and purple ones in the flowers. Fun.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

This pile of fabrics will someday become a beautiful (I hope) paper pieced quilt. I am taking a workshop tomorrow with Judy Niemeyer and I am using the "Total Eclipse" pattern. I favor batiks, but thought these (mostly) Kaffe prints would be fun. Certainly a whole day of just sewing will be fun!
This one is done. It was fast, easy and one of those quilts you make just to put fabrics together.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thelma, the mother turkey that roams our field every day, brought her chicks to the feeder at the window the other morning. They are so cute! We've also had a fox at the feeder several times, so I hope they make it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I am devastated by Perley's death yesterday. He was sitting in my lap, we were watching the birds, having coffee. I went downstairs an hour later and he was dead on the floor. Only 6 years old! He went to work with me every day, sat in the window. If I put the music on, he wouldn't stop begging until I picked him up and we had a few dances. Then he'd settle in for the day, all content. If I muttered to myself, he'd answer me. I just don't know what happened to him. It could have been a stroke. But I am afraid that he may have been knocked about and trampled by the dogs he loved and trusted so much. When they heard someone at the door and jumped up and ran to see, he may have gotten caught up. It's hard for me to deal with them today, I just don't know. Maybe tomorrow. It's quiet in the studio today.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

PERLEY June 15, 2003- June 7, 2009
My constant companion is gone. I am shattered.

Friday, June 5, 2009

It's getting there. Still in big pieces on the wall, I think I have to add some lighter fabric to the "geese" border. In some spots the point of the star get lost. But I'm inspired to finish now.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Zoe is enjoying the beautiful weather we're having. I think she wants me to either throw the camera, or feed it to her.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The baby phoebes in the "big birdhouse" look ready to come out soon. They are as big as mom.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

This is a section of the quilt I just machine quilted for Knight's Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick, Me. The shop and the quilt will be in the Quilt Sampler magazine in Sept. 2009. Congratulations to Michelle and ladies!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The orioles are back and they have tidied up last season's nest. I wonder if these are the parents from last year or the babies? We have a phoebe nest in the new garden shed, which is now being called "the big birdhouse." Also, the grosbeaks (evening and rose-breasted), and cardinals and several varieties of woodpeckers.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

This is a very small quilt top that I put together during a workshop at Asilomar in February. The class, Working in a Series, with Jeanette DeNicolis Meyer was fantastic! I made three additional small quilts while there, yet to be quilted. This one was part of the exercise done the first day, and I put borders on later at home. Sort of a what if...  Maybe the quilting will help. I feel like I'm looking at some sort of weird hungry ginkgo fish in a tank. Or on TV.

Friday, May 15, 2009

I was inspired to throw this one together when my guild decided to make it for a raffle. This quilt pattern came from American Patchwork and Quilting. Currently on the design wall to be sewn together. I think I like it the way it is.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This one is finished. It is being auctioned for Girls Inc of NH. Hope someone gets to take it home!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I've finally finished the pieces from Judy Neimeyers Montana retreat last spring. Now to put it together and quilt it. Of course I can see things I would have done differently, but I can't look back, finished is good.

Monday, May 11, 2009

This wall hanging is ready for quilting. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I finished this little just-for-fun quilt with big hand stitches and colorful buttons.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Here is a small quilt I have put together using some hand dyed squares. I need borders, and when finished I think it will be donated to Girls, Inc. for their fund raising auction.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Five + years! Finally finished and delivered to it's new home!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Finally finished the wedding ring quilt! The kids love it and I can start something new without guilt! OOps, it's in use for now!