Laurel's blog

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. 

I wish our weather was a little more spring-like but when I heard that my sister got several inches of new snow today, I decided to be happy that it is at least dry here today!

In between Easter Egg Hunts, dinner, chocolate bunnies and spending time with your family and/or friends,  I hope you can find a few moments to work on a quilt!

Happy Quilting,

Wedding Quilt

Signature QuiltI finally finished this signature quilt for my son and his wife and gave it to them so they would have it for their anniversary at the end of the month.

National Quilt Week

I had forgotten about March being the month for National Quilt Week!  I was looking at the Accu Quilt website and they are having some specials to celebrate National Quilt Week!  I noticed some sales at Fons and Porter,  American Quilter's Society and Keepsake Quilting too!  Some of these deals are good for the week.   Like I needed another excuse to shop. Smile

I like having a designated time to celebrate being a quilter.  Although I appreciate being a quilter every day, I like a week to reflect how quilting has been good for me and the positive impact it has had on my life.

Snow Day

SquaresSquaresSquaresSquaresand More Squaresand More SquaresYesterday was a wonderful day.  It was a snow day! The Chicagoland Area was hit with a winter storm and with it came that most-wanted five a.m. phone call.  The official---school is closed today phone call which translates into the you can stay in your jammies, have an extra cup of coffee, add three extra minutes to your nice hot shower, throw in a load of laundry and go to your studio and play with fabric all day phone call. I'm not sure who likes snow days more.....the students or the teachers!

Good Busy

This has been a very busy week.  It has been what I call "good busy", when you are very busy but with all good things!

We were able to have our grandson visit us while our daughter attended a conference.  Although he keeps us hoppin', we always enjoy any time he spends with us.  I got to have some fun in my studio too!  I quilted two quilts for a friend in WA, a wallhanging to be presented at a special occasion and I had the great honor of quilting a newbie's (a new quilter) first quilt. 

One Year

PlaquePlaqueHappy one year!

This is the one year anniversary of my first surgery for Ovarian Cancer.  Two surgeries and one year later....I'm doing great.  I still get tired more easily than I used to but I think that is slowly getting better too!  I have wonderful family and friends who helped me through this scary and difficult time. 


EnvelopesEnvelopesI recently had the opportunity to work on this beautiful "Envelope" Quilt. 

Each of the eighty-eight envelopes is made from a fancy ladies handkerchief.  The handkerchief is folded to form the envelope.  Since each handkerchief (thus each envelope) is slightly different in size, a white-on-white border is added to each one then each piece is "squared up" to create the actual block.

The entire eighty-eight envelope pieced center was surrounded with a white-on-white framing border before the other borders were added to make the quilt top a bit larger than a queen size.

Cold Weather Sport

Our weather has turned very cold. Cold weather is to be expected in January, in Illinois, but our winter has been mild so far so this seems exceptionally cold.  People around me are hoping for snow and are talking about the cold weather sports they love such as skating, skiing, sledding, building snowmen and even making show angels.  Years ago I did all of that with my children, but frankly, now I'd rather stay warm and dry in the confort of my own home.  My favorite cold weather sport is quilting (OK, quilting is my favorite cold weather sport, warm weather sport, wet weather sport, dry weather sport, windy weather sport, fair weather sport, hobby, art, craft ......)


My poor sister fell and broke her leg and ankle in several places.  She had to undergo extensive surgery to get things put back together.  Now she is in a wonderful rehabilitation center where she is learning to function without bending her leg or putting any weight on it while it heals. She has physical therapy several times per day.  Please send well wishes her way!

Between therapy sessions she has knitting, crochetting, puzzle books and her laptop to keep her busy.  I am trying to talk her into quilting lessons but I haven't been successful quite yet.  She loves the quilts that my other sister and I make but we haven't been able to convince her to join our obsession.

Happy Quilting,

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

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