Quilter's Life

Thanksgiving Week

My adorable second graders have shared with me once again.  I am glad they are learning to share but do wish they would not share their illnesses!  "This thing" that is going around has knocked me for a loop.  All I have wanted to do is sleep. Sleep. And sleep some more! My sore throat is gone and I'm only coughing at night now. Enough whining now,  I am certainly glad I am feeling better so I can enjoy the upcoming holiday.

Veterans Day

Our music teacher put on a special music program at school last night to honor veterans in the area.  The students paid tribute to all who have fought for our country.

I was happy to see that so many stores and restaurants had special offers over the weekend for veterans.

I hope you were able to find a way to show your appreciation to a veteran too.

Conferences

Grades are done, report cards are finished and parent/teacher conferences are completed! This weekend is mine. 

I do enjoy meeting the parents of all of my students and discussing their progress but it takes alot of preparation and some long days to hold all of those meetings so I am happy to have the weekend to "recover".

Tomorrow morning I plan to sleep late then get up and attack the day.  Now I'm going to go dream about which project I'll work on tomorrow.

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

Election Night

I hope all of you that are of age and in the US remembered to vote today!

While watching election results on the television, I finally finished the repair-work (by hand) on a friend's quilt top.  Now I can think about how I'm going to quilt it.

I'm trying to stay awake to see the final election results but I don't think that's going to happen.  Since I finished my work on the quilt top I was repairing, I leaned back and got sleepy!  I think I'll have to wait until tomorrow to catch up on the progress of the election. Smile

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

Time Change

Spring ahead....Fall behind.  It's time for us to change our clocks again.  I don't know why I feel like I should stay up an entra hour because we will be setting our clocks back tonight, but I did!!!  Of course I'm tired and will have to sleep in tomorrow morning.Smile

Neckties

TiesTiesI am on a mission to collect enough neckties to make a quilt.

This is the beginning of my collection.  These ties were found at an estate sale for a very reasonable price.

I have seen a few very interesting patterns for quilts made from a variety of neckties.  I even saw a Bow Tie Quilt that had each Bow Tie made from a different necktie!!!   I am not certain which pattern I will follow or if I will create one of my own but I figure I'd better start collecting ties now in order to find enough for an entire quilt.

If you have a favorite Tie Quilt, I would love to see it.  I hope to have many different designs to choose from.

Fat Quarter Star

StarStarMy sister brought this Fat Quarter Star to me when she came to visit.  The reproduction fabrics are beautiful and the bundle fascinated me.

I did not want to undo the bundle but "had to" figure out how the pieces were folded to  look so cute!   While walking through one of the quilt shows, we saw other fat quarters displayed in these cute little star bundles and the vendor was kind enough to show us how it was done!

Each fat quarter is folded in the same manner you fold a flag for storage!  The triangular pieces formed are then turned, stacked and tied with a ribbon or string.

 

 

Stained Glass Log Cabin

Stained GlassStained GlassThis beautiful quilt was dropped off to be quilted by one of my longtime quilting friends.  She has made a couple of these. Each one more striking than the last.

I just love this quilt and have to make one!

This gorgeous scrap quilt is a good way to use up some of your scrap collection.  When Gina makes a quilt, she cuts her scraps into 1½inch strips (for 1inch finished pieces) so they are ready to create one of these masterpieces.  Black fabric is cut into ¾inch strips (for ¼inch finished pieces) and sewn to each piece for the "lead".  The black sashings and her bright colors make it look as though light is actually shining through a stained glass window.

Busy Days

This past week has been crazy busy. I'm sorry I have been away from the computer for a few days.  My sister and I had a wonderful visit.  We don't see each other too often since she moved so we try to do everything, all at once, while we are together.

We had the opportunity to go to a wonderful picnic/party that is an annual gathering where we see some people we don't see the rest of the year!

We also had a sad goodbye this week. Our very dear friends lost his mother...her mother-in-law.  Mary had been ill for awhile and couldn't hold on any longer. The services went well dispite the rain.  She was a dear person with a good heart.  She will be missed.

Too Many Ideas

My sister is in town visiting.  I love when she comes! Yesterday, my sister, our sister-in-law and I went to Michigan to see our other sister in her last craft fair.  I was a very busy day. While walking around viewing all of the wonderful things the vendors had to offer, I saw many quilted items from table runners to wallhangings to bibs to jackets and purses.  Lots of hard work was put into many beautiful items.

Today, my sister and I went to a small quilt show we had heard about from a friend. We saw many beautiful pieces.  I love going to quilt shows.  I am inspired by the pieces on display by the quilters as well as the samples, fabrics, patterns and new gadgets shown by the vendors.

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