Thursday, July 30, 2009


I've been away from the keyboard longer than I anticipated. My mother fell and broke her arm. She has had surgery to insert 4 pins (which will be removed in several weeks) and I have been sitting in a hospital in Detroit.

Hopefully I'll get home next week and can post some photos of the Knoxville Quilt Show.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hitting the road

Several members of the TTT gang are leaving in the morning to attend the AQS quilt show in Knoxville, TN. After the show Karen is going to join me on my trip to the place pictured here. Do you recognize this skyline?

It's my home town - Detroit. I'm going to visit family and friends for a few days and will be attending an all class golf tournament/dinner reunion for my high school - Redford High School. Many of the Detroit Public Schools have been closed in the past few years and Redford is one. I understand that my elementary school was also closed this summer.

I never posted photos of what I did at our guild's beach retreat. This top was created from a kit I purchased at Sew 'n Sew. The blocks were constructed at retreat and I sewed them all together after I got home. This is a whole lot bigger than what I usually make and I had a problem finding somewhere to photograph it. Not sure whether this will end up as a charity quilt or not.

I spent most of retreat making this paper pieced iris. This still needs a border. I really enjoy doing complex paper piecing projects but by the comments I got while working on it, it's obvious not everyone enjoys it.

See you all after I get back from my Motown trip.

Monday, July 20, 2009

One small step...

40 years ago today man first walked on the moon. My mother hosted a moon landing party in our basement. We set up the 19" TV in the basement and everyone gathered around to watch the grainy pictures as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin exited the lunar module and planted an American flag on the surface of the moon. Wasn't it an awesome event?

It's amazing how complacent we have become about space exploration. The shuttle was launched just last week and I bet most of the US wasn't even aware of the event.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

cute hairdo

Hayden spent the night with us last night. This morning we gave her a new hairdo. What do you think? Cute isn't it? Her hair sure is getting long.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More beach retreat photos

I'm still having some posting issues with photos, but have a few more to share.

This is Louise with her Ricky Tims quilt. The floral fabric in this quilt is the same as the fabric Jeanne used in her Asian style quilt that I posted yesterday. (click photos for larger view)

Marva made this cool Tree of Life quilt. She mentioned a couple of times that it used the "herky jerky" technique. I haven't heard that term before and kept meaning to ask her about it, but never got the chance. (sorry this is so blurry)

This is Karen's outer space quilt. The dark fabric is printed with space ships.

This is Sheila's Cracked Pots quilt. 4 people have been working on this same pattern for a while and all 4 finished their quilts at retreat. Unfortunately, I missed getting photos of the others so can only share Sheila's. Way too much precise work for me!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Beach Retreat 2009

My guild, Cobblestone Quilters, holds an annual retreat on the beach. We go to an Episcopal conference center located on Seabrook Island.

We were blessed with fantastic weather and even better company.

Here's the entire group.
(click photos for larger view)

The theme this year was Christmas in July so we all received Christmas red shirts.

Lots of beautiful work was done. Unfortunately, I kept forgetting to bring my camera until the last day so I missed some great photo opportunities. I did catch a few of the great quilts though.

Here's Jolene with her blue and brown quilt.

This is Janice's Stars over Ft. Sumter. She revised the original pattern a bit. This still has some borders to be added.

As luck would have it, when Janice first sewed this together she set it wrong and ended up with this. The photo was taken before she realized the mistake which explains why she was still smiling. I actually thought it was an interesting setting.

One of Frances' projects was this paper pieced magnolia.

Janet was our resident bag lady. She comes all the way from Alabama to attend retreat and it's always a joy to see her.

Jeanne's original design includes work from several classes she has taken. This photo is terrible, but the quilt is beautiful.

Virginia finished a number of beautiful items but I didn't get photos. She's our resident applique expert and her work is exquisite. She sat next to me and every time I looked her way I saw her busily at work.

Some of our hand quilters enjoyed the wonderful weather and the company.

I'm having a few problems with some of my photos - they're not posting in the proper orientation. If I can get it fixed, I'll post more photos.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

TTT sweat shop

The TTT (Tuesday Thimbles and Threads) gang decided to make 3 quilts to present to a Habitat for Humanity family. The mother and 2 daughters are moving into a "Woman Built" home. All of the labor was provided by female volunteers.

Sheila presented the idea to the group and we all agreed it was a good idea. Through Habitat Sheila was able to talk with the new owner and find out what size/color of quilts they would like. The owner asked for a twin sized black, white, and pink quilt, a full sized blue and yellow quilt and a queen sized earth toned quilt. We pooled fabrics from our individual stashes and decided on the pattern for each quilt.

Last week we sewed the yellow and blue top. Karen very kindly did all the tedious cutting so when we arrived at the studio all we had to do was start sewing (...and sewing...and sewing...) (click photos for larger view)

By the end of the day we had assembled the top with the exception of the borders. Karen added those over the weekend.

Today we worked on the black/white/pink quilt. Again Karen was a real trooper by having the fabric all cut when we arrived. This block was a little more complicated, but only a few errors were made.

Here are Frances and Karen holding up the completed top.

Well, it's not really complete yet - there are 2 borders to be added - a pink one and then a black & white one.

The earth toned quilt is on tap for our next session.

Hopefully the family will enjoy these quilts for years to come. We've enjoyed making them.

Karen has 2 studio cats. Today Lucy was very interested in Sheila's glasses. It's a good thing Lucy let Sheila actually take them off first. The other cat, Callie, would more likely just swat them off Sheila's face if given the opportunity.

Saturday, July 04, 2009