quilting life

Quilting is Healthy

It is just two weeks before Christmas and I am soooo not ready. As I do every year at this time, I wish I had another month to clean, bake, shop, make a few more gifts, decorate and mentally prepare. I was getting myself worked up and then remembered that this joyous season should not be so stressful. I started dinner, threw in another load of laundry, fixed a cup of coffee and headed down to my studio and started a new project!!

More Pink

I have never worked with so much pink at one time in my life.  This quilt is stunning though, even if I do say so myself!!

I first cut the "pinks" into 2½ wide strips.  I sewed the strips together 8 or 10 at a time.  This kept the pieces manageble.StripsStripsStripsStripsMore stripsMore strips 







When the Weather Cooperates

I always put too much on my to-do-lists for the weekends.  In  my mind I think I should be able to accomplish all of it with time to spare.  In reality, I always end up with some things which are not crossed off..

This weekend is no different.  I, of course, have cooking, cleaning and laundry to do.  I also have a ton of yard work and gardening that need to get done.  I have to spend part of Saturday at school because I am on the interview committee to interview candidates to fill our principal's position.  What I really want to do is spend the whole weekend quilting.

Area, Perimeter and Quilts

I see quilt patterns everywhere I go.  I have mentioned before that I see block patterns in tile, flower beds, wallpaper, sidewalks, books on a shelf etc.  You can imagine my delight when my students start seeing quilts in things.

Breathe New Life Into An Old Quilt

I cannot give up on old quilts.  I always feel the need to revive them.  There are many ways this can be accomplished.  Before you do anything to an old quilt, you must remember that any alteration or repair you make to a quilt can take away any monetary value it may have had.  I do not yet own any truly historic quilts so I can fix, repair, redo, reuse and recycle with no ill effects!  This makes me happy because most of my quilts hold a sentimental value to me.

The first thing to get ragged on a quilt is usually the binding.  If you have a quilt with a worn binding --- simply replace the binding.  The new binding will make this quilt like new.

Back to School

It was surely difficult to get up early this morning, get ready and make my way back to school after being off for Spring Break!!!  As much as I enjoyed the time away from school (time spent with family and friends, quilting, catching up on chores etc.), I did miss my children and the people I work with.  While catching up on all the news.....new shoes, haircuts, visits to grandma's, a trip to Florida and a broken ankle......two of my co-workers brought me surprises!!! They each had traveled over break and brought back pieces of fabric for me to add to the fabric I'm collecting for my international quilt project!!! One from Tennessee, USA and the other from London, England.  They made my day. 

The Drag-about Quilt

Wow, what a week this is turning out to be!  My grandson's Spring Break is this week.  My daughter and he have come to visit.  I, of course, am in my glory.  I love having them here.  We have been shopping, playing, working in the yard, shopping some more, reading books, drawing, coloring etc.....

Feeling Lucky

I was sent to a conference last week.  One of the speakers was a man from Dublin, Ireland.  Although I was inspired by his presentation and intrigued by his wonderful accent,  my mind wandered a bit.  You know it wandered off into the world of quilting.  I began to think about quilting, Ireland, and the fact that I do not have any fabric from Ireland for my International Quilt Project.  I have been a little slow-moving on this wonderful project in hopes of still adding a few more fabrics from around the world.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!  My mother always told us "Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day!".  I know we always have fun on St. Patrick's Day.  Today was no exception.  A "leprechaun" left "gold dust"  all over in my classroom.  The children caught glimpses of him in the hall but we couldn't catch him!  We did a fun art project, ate shamrock cookies and got lucky coins.  Whew!  Second graders sure have alot of energy and enthusiasm.

National Quilting Day

March is National Craft Month.  I love celebrating.  I try to revisit some of the crafts I have not done in a while because of my busy schedule.   I also like to do an extra project or two in my classroom with my second graders.  They are always very excited to work with my art and craft supplies.

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