Monday, November 28, 2011

My first Quilt

 This is a  closeup of my first quilt. I hope these pictures get in order. There are to many of each one. and I don't know how to get rid of them.

 Had to put in a picture of Penny, She likes sleeping in this chair where I put my laptop.
 The  first blocks to the new mystery quilt. Orka Bay that Bonnie is doing. I have about 100 of them finished but the hardest for me is squaring up as it means standing up and I can't do that for very long. So do a little at a time. then sit and sew

This is my butterfly quilt. first one I made and there is a story behind  it, I said I wanted to make a quilt but didn;t know what pattern. My husband said make a butterfly quilt. His grandmother had made one while she lived with them when he was a teenager. His Mother said there was a box on the attic that might have some of her sewing stuff in it. So I found the box and yes, there was the pattern from a New  York paper. The old cardboard templates she used. So did I. It is all hand stitched. I didn't realize this was a diffecult pattern,  If   you   look close the block is on the diagonal and is made in two  pieces and then the  body of the butterfly is sewn in the middle.. There is one block that is pieced wrong. My Mother visit whle I was making it and made one block. She said no more. I just let it like she did it.

This is the  Alaskan quilt I have made to remember my cruise. I bought the kit in Sitka the first port while on board ship.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Wedding Quilt

No this is not the wedding quilt but was made for me by my online quilting friends. Just brought to mind a lot what this book is about.

Yes, I am talking about the new Elm Creek book, called the Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. The 18th in this series and I think it will continue.
This by far is the best for it's history and the tales she tells. It is mainly about the wedding of the daughter who now lives at Elm Creek Manor. But then goes back and tells about other weddings held there over the years

I have spent the entire day reading to get it finished. Just got it from the library on Wed afternoon. I am not a fast reader. But just had to find out what happened next.

I have read all these books and mostly they tell about the people who come to Elm Creek Manor quilting retreats. What they do and what quilts they make. But this one delves more into the family now and before. Going back hitting times she talked about in other books. But this one is really almost a little in the future.

If you are into quilting and like history you must read it.

After last weeks storm which put down a lot of heavy wet snow and down came limbs and when that happens the electric lines with it. Our County was hit bad. Since we are up on the side of the mountain and have lines that run through the woods directly from the power station and only about 20 homes. We land at the bottom of the list to get repaired. The electric went of Sat. at 1:15 and didn't get on until Monday night after 9 PM. Fortunately I have a generator to run lights the pump, refrigerator and the microwave so I was OK, during the day. I turn it off when I go to bed. It did get cold Sunday.
Monday I went down to Boonsboro to my friend, Roben's who had the Internet . Took my laptop so I could at least get on Face book and tell family all was fine and then tell my online friends what had  happened.

Then I guess I was coping Kim and had a tooth infected and swollen face and Hurt. WOW. This tooth has to be saved . Saw a specialist who drained it and that cut the pain so after a week of antibiotics it should be ready for a root canal next week. Then a cap. There goes the budget.

In the meantime I have been doing a little piecing and mostly reading. On Tues. my oldest granddaughter the artist is coming for a couple days.  So that will be a change.
So much for the pictures. It looks all golden and red outside. A beautiful day. Thanks for stopping by