Quilter's Life

National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month!!!  As quilters we are very lucky because we get to celebrate both National Sewing Month and National Quilting Week.

What do you have planned to indulge your sewing pleasure this month?  Don't forget to treat yourself to a little something special too!  Perhaps there is a notion or tool you've wanting to add to your arsenol. Maybe you desire some new fabric for your stash!  You might even want to treat yourself to a new sewing  machine!

Back to School

Bummer, it's the end of summer!  Now, don't get me wrong, I love what I do.  I teach second graders.  It's just that my job cuts into my quilting time. Laughing  Our new school year started today.

Flower Baskets

Flower BasketsFlower BasketsI had the opportunity to quilt this beautiful Flower Basket Quilt for a friend.  When her sister passed away she found this quilt top that she had made. 

BasketBasketThe baskets are pieced from a pink floral print on a white-on-white background.

BackingBackingI had a perfect subtle print to use for  the backing and the binding of the quilt.

34 Years and Counting

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary!  We decided we are looking forward to the next thirty four years together Smile.

We had another busy, wonderful week with our grandson.  Our last chance to spend time together before the beginning of the school year.  We also got to have an awesome day with both of our children and their families together for dinner.  There is nothing I like more than when we are all together.

Jury Duty

SquaresSquaresSummer seems to be flying by.  There are not enough hours in a day to get everything done that I want to get done and having Jury Duty this week sure didn't help!

I will say that it was an interesting experience to serve on a jury for a criminal case.  I was fortunate to work with a good group of people.  Although deliberations were long and hard, I believe we agreed on the best verdict.  Still.....I was there several days and it really cut into my quilting time. Laughing

It really felt good to get back to my studio today.

Beautiful Applique

BlockBlockWhen this quilt was brought to me to be quilted, I was excited to have the opportunity to work on it.  These beautiful Antique Peonies are appliqued to a white block and set on point.

The creator of this quilt did a fantastic job with the placement of so many pieces in each block.  It couldn't have been an easy undertaking.  The results are stunning.

I outlined the floral pieces in the large blocks and the designs appliqued in the cornerstones.  I quilted repeated loops in the green rails, leaving the center, red rails, unquilted.

One of the best things about being a long-arm quilter is that I get to see many, many different quilts.  I get to work

Happy Fourth

Happy Independance Day to all of you!  We often think of the Fourth of July as a day for picnics, parties, cook outs, swimming pools and fireworks.  While these things are all wonderful fun, I think it is important for us in the United States of America to remember why we celebrate this day.  With this in mind...I hope you enjoy your day whether you are spending it alone or in the company of family and friends.

I have been spending the day with my family. I also had some time to spend in my studio, and will be grilling our dinner in a little while.  This evening, we will enjoy watching fireworks from our own yard.  Our neighbors put on quite a display and we can see the fireworks shows from five of the surrounding towns.

Back to Business

Pink RibbonPink RibbonI am happy to say that my husband is feeling well and doing so much better.  He is back to work and back to being his old self.  I feel like summer has really just begun and I am busy with the normal activities of cleaning, yardwork and, of course, quilting!

Happy Ending

I knew this week would be a very busy one considering we had Father's Day, my son's birthday and my husband's birthday to celebrate.  What I didn't expect was the ugly turn that this week took and the reality that our lives can change in the blink of an eye.

Our world was turned upside down when my dear husband had a heart attack.  Fortunately, he hung on and after an angiogram and the placement of a stent is doing well.

It was obvious my husband was beginning to feel better when his sense of humor began to return.  He had been hospitalized on his birthday and started telling everyone that he knew I was planning to get him something special this year......he just hadn't realized what I had in mind!

Busy busy

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday for Father's Day.   I cooked my Hubby's favorite foods and we got to see our son on his first Father's Day! 

This was just the start of our busy week of celebrations. Tommorrow is our son's birthday and Thursday is my husband's birthday.

Today, I did get to do a little bit of fabric shopping.   I needed to pick up some more of the fabrics for the Princess quilts I am making.  Luckily, I was able to find all that I needed and can get back to fussy-cutting the princess squares.

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

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