Food for thought.

Memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey is done!I

Ha!

I should have posted this yesterday for Thanksgiving.  Hopefully everyone has recovered from their overeating of all that turkey.  

The turkey I am talking about is this one.  


He's the next installment to the seasonal calendar.  


While I am at it, I should also mention that Nancy, Sharon and I finished up our Salvation Army's mens shirts string blocks and Sharon has them altogether here. 


I think it looks great!.  Sharon has bought some chambray for the backing and will be getting to quilting it very shortly.  Then it will be off to New York for one of the Sandy hurricane victims.  

Also, got a little package in the mail today from a great little, very contemporary quilt shop located near St. Louis, MO, that I discovered when I was at retreat there in June this year.  The place is called Fabric Nosherie.  If you google it, you can find it and they are on Facebook, too.  

On Facebook, I saw this great chevron fabric and just had to have it.  


It's very wide and I am going to make a holiday table runner out of it...maybe two.  

Also picked up some cool little gadgets that I can't post here because they are for Christmas, but if you are looking for something different or very contemporary, this is the place to go AND the service was fantastic.  I called Shannon on Tuesday and I got it today, Friday, and that's even with the holiday stuck in the middle.  

Anyways, it felt good to be back in the sewing room today.  So, I guess you can say that I am thankful for the time I got to spend doing what I love.  

Stay tuned.  There will be more soon.  


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Busy, busy last few days.

First off, at the end of last week my friend, Sharon, put out a challenge to gather five men's shirts in blues and greens to cut up and make into a quilt for a Sandy (hurricane) victim in New York. Her daughter lives and works in New York and personally knows people who have lost everything.
 
So, here are my five shirts. (L, XL, XXL which gives you lots of fabric to work with)
 
 
In fact, you should see Bonnie Hunter's video on how to deconstruct a shirt to use it as fabric.  I wish I had seen it before I cut up my shirts!
 
On Sunday, there were three of us who had a sew-in for about 4 hours and between ripping these shirts apart, cutting them in strips  and sewing them back together, we made a few blocks, but we went home with homework.  We each needed to make 11 more blocks.
 
Here are my blocks.
 
 
I should say that these blocks consists of strips from all three of our collected shirts.
 
Thank goodness I was off work today to get these together. 
 
There will be 48 blocks to make up this quilt and as it comes together, I will send you all over to Sharon's blog where I am sure she will  post pictures of the quilt's progress.
 
Then last night I attended guild and we had Sue Nichols as our speaker.  Why oh why did I not sign up for her quilting class this coming weekend?  I am going to be sorry that I didn't.  Her work and her sister's are absolutely beautiful.
 
Here's Sue
 
 
and here are some closeups of some of the projects that she brought along to show us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Their machine applique and machine quilting are absolutely awesome and if you haven't been to the Paducah Quilt Museum to see two of their quilts, one being the Beatle's quilt, you are missing something just magnificent. 
 
Ok....back to work tomorrow and back to my normal quilting tomorrow night. 
 
Hope you enjoyed the show.   
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Up for a little show and tell?

I met up with my mini group today for some lunch, some chatting  and a little show and tell.

Thought I would share with you some of the lovely things my friends had to show. 

Sharon is working on completing her pink star quilt  that will be a gift for a little girl.


Here she has her little star blocks just pinned trying to figure if this is what she wants to do. 


She says it is still not big enough, so there will still be some designing going on. 

Sharon is, also, working on a chunky cowl.  She has made a couple and they have all been very gorgeous.  


and when Sharon doesn't have anything better to do, she is making some very tiny yo-yos



Nancy had plenty to show.

She has been putting together some charity quilts for our guild.  Here are four of them.

Robots


Penguins (flannel)


Jungle animals


and a quilt for a teen


For herself she has put together a few very pretty quilts. 

I don't know the pattern name of this one.


Scrappy quilt


Pickle dish with a little hint of the fun backing.


and this adorable Halloween quilt.



Such eye candy!   I am feeling sooooo motivated. 

Hope you enjoyed the little show. I know I did today.  

My stuff?  You've all seen it before here on the blog.  Nothing new for now from me, but stay tuned.