Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stitching and Stitching

For the granddaughter's 16th birthdays they have requested a new quilt - an upgrade from their baby quilts.  We have a granddaughter turning 16 next month so I needed to get this finished.  I decided to go with the Disappearing Hourglass pattern and the fabric line Amelia.  The blocks are done and now I need to put them together before the big day.

010



As I do each year, I made an 18" doll uniform for the grandchildren's school auction coming up this weekend.  This item has gone for a lot of money over the past years.  I'm glad it all goes to a great cause - their school.

003

February caught me off guard and I did not get my monthly AYOS mini quilt done, but I did win this fabulous layer cake of Honey Honey by Kate Spain from an earlier AYOS project.  I hope to get this month's mini completed.  It looks like a great sampler project.  You can join the fun as well.  The information can be found on Sinta's or Sherri's blogs.

008

We had a wild and wicked storm roll through over the weekend with hail, lightening, thunder and a real downpour.  The lights flickered several times, but we did not loose our power.  It was nice to get the rain as it will keep things green a bit longer here.  The surrounding mountains are covered with snow so it remains a pretty sight.  This was taken as the storm rolled in here.  Would you believe that I actually picked my first rose of the year on February 27th?  They are so early this year.
 
005

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Let It Snow

I know that the last thing that a lot of you want to see is snow – or pictures of snow.  We, on the other hand, had the delightful experience of snow for our annual “snow” trip.  When we arrived it was summer like weather with temps near 70*.  The only snow to be seen was on the mountain top.

June 2015 006

The day afterwards it started to snow.   It snowed and snowed and snowed.  We all loved watching the flakes falling throughout the evening and then all the next day.  In total we got about 12” of fresh snow and it changed our scenery to a winter wonderland.

June 2015 043
June 2015 016
June 2015 047

Digging out to leave was a different story and driving was a bit challenging.

  June 2015 039
June 2015 050

It was a great time for making family memories.

June 2015 044
June 2015 021
Indoor time for Guesstures!
June 2015 027
Their last snow trip as they will be away at colleges next year.
Have you signed up for the Spring Meet and Greet Stitchers?  If you do any sort of handwork – cross stitch, applique, etc. you need to sign up for the fun.  I just signed up and am looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful work that is going to be shown. 

meet%2Band%2Bgreet

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Herd

I just couldn’t stop myself after getting that green frog made.  I love the way this quilt top turned out.  The splashes of bright color are so much fun thrown in with the black, white and grey.

003

My birds are a variation from the pattern as I added some very skinny legs.

004

My frog has personality.  It is pestering the baby elephant.  Years ago we were in Colorado Springs and went to a pub that is known for flying bees.   I’ve held on to this bee for all these years and thought this was the perfect finish for the frog.
  
005

The Elephant Parade is an ongoing SAL at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Be sure to pop over and get the patterns while they are free. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

New York Beauty and Elephants

Now that’s a title for you!!  Happy Friday the 13th.

I have a very talented “baby” sister.  She was an art major in college, but worked as a juvenile probation officer until she retired a couple of years ago.  She and her husband built a beautiful home and retired to Homer, Alaska.  She now enjoys her crafts in her new studio with spectacular views of the bay.  Everything she does is magical and done to perfection.  She has been working on a New York Beauty queen size quilt for her daughter and I begged her to let me share it on my blog.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Em's quilt

Isn’t it stunning?  I love the greens and golds that she is using.  I am trying to convince her to start a blog to share her creations.  Don’t you think that she needs to do that?????   During the summer months she works as a landscape artist so I am sure she would have a lot to share with the blogging world.  Wouldn’t you love to see her creativity?

My herd of elephants is slowly growing here.  It has been a rather crazy week, but I did finish my first row of the Elephant Parade.  I love the splash of green that the frog brings to the piece.

520I
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day this weekend.  Ours will be quiet with a special dinner cooked at home.  I’m pretty sure chocolate will be included.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Here…There….

The last few weeks have  been crazy here and there.  It is always a busy time of the year so I’ve come to expect it.  Unfortunately, there is not a lot of time left for sewing.

A few days after returning from our trip to the snow we headed off to the Florida Keys.  For my husband it is a business trip, but for me it is a time to meet up with treasured friends and relaxation.   Needless to say, the sewing machine and I were separated so there isn’t much to show from this end. 

The last few days I have been playing with elephants.  (For some reason Henry Mancini’s Baby Elephant Walk keeps playing in my mind as I stitch these.)  I love this QAL and could not resist joining in on the fun.  The splash of color really makes a statement and I have always love elephants and frogs.

Mammoth. Ocean Reef 016
Elephant%2Bbutton

The influenza has really hit hard in our area this past week and many of the little ones and their parents have been hit with it.  We’ve been helping out as much as possible all the while trying to avoid the germs.  This week is forecast to be warm so I am eager to open the house up and air it all out…..cook all of those bugs.

Since there isn’t a lot of excitement here, I’ll share a picture from FL.  DH and I have always enjoyed the raw oysters that we get there.  We had an unexpected guest in one of the oysters that we ate this year. 

Mammoth. Ocean Reef 010

I was hoping for a pearl, but a live and wiggly crab is all we got.  Guess they were really fresh.

If you love a good hand stitched project be sure to check out and sign up for the newest blog hop at Sew We Stitch.  There are still a few spaces left.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tea For Two

Calling all stitchers, embroiderists, applique artists...

There is a new blog hop coming ...
has designed an amazing pattern exclusively
for Madam Samm at www.sewwestitch.com
It would be wonderful in so many projects.....
"Tea for two...just me and you..."

teafortwomary



We all remember what a great job that Cori did for our Tammy for All Seasons blog hop.  I know that this hop will produce just as many fabulous creations as we saw then.  I am thrilled to be your cheerleader for this hop as hand stitching has always been dear to my heart.

This hop will only be for one week and I am sure the slots will fill up quickly.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun please drop me an e-mail  (RKJRK5@aol.com) with the subject Tea Time and include the following information:

Your name
Your blog name and blog link
e-mail address
For all of the details please visit Madam Samm's blog

What is required from YOU...
1. Be committed, if you sign up , commit...
if you drop out for any reason, we will expect you to still add
the LIST Of bloggers who shared their day with you  on YOUR BLOG and also
a note why you could not complete your project.....
WE will understand! 
2. You are asked to post your project on your blog 
at MIDNIGHT EST so everyone in the world will be cheering you on.
3. You are asked to post all of the participants on your blog
with links that work, so we can find everyone as easily as we found you...
4. You are asked to cheer everyone with comments...
YOU know the power of lovely notes...be kind and considerate
to all those who are kind and considerate to YOU...
It matters...
5. Add the button to your blog so everyone who LOVES you
will cheer you on too...
To all those who participate this pattern will be available to you 
for $5.00 U.S. ( if you drop out you will have to remit another $5.00) 
send $ to 
cori@chitterchatterdesigns.com
paypal


If you want the pattern and you are not in the hop, this pattern will be $10.00
There are 5 components of this pattern along with the text...
it is 15 x 15 and you can make it as small or large as you want...
YOU can embroider it..
YOU can color it....( fabric colors)
YOU can X-stitch it
YOU can applique it ( needle turn or machine stitch)
We hope to see some incredible pieces.

Marynametagcopy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Having Fun With Peanuts


I’m still having too much fun with the Charlie Brown characters.  The little ones here are choosing the order that these are being made.  The patterns are designed by Alida at Tweety Loves Quilting for a QAL hosted by Beaquilter.  Alida quickly came up with a pattern for Pigpen when I asked her about one.  Amazing!  The children were so excited about seeing him come to life.



peanuts%2BBOM2

The QAL calls for one character a month, but I have a serious addiction to these little guys.  My paper piecing skills have been challenged.  I consider myself a novice, having only done pieces that involve no more than two sections.  My latest ones include one with 18 sections!!!! 

These are the newest members of the team.

002
Charlie Brown
001
Snoopy and Woodstock
003
Pigpen
Aren’t you tempted to join in on the fun?

Recently we all enjoyed the Bloggers Quilt Festival with all of the spectacular quilts that were shared.  The winner of the Viewer’s Choice award went to Gosia of Quilts My Way for her Light of Stars.  I have followed her work for awhile and have admired what she creates.  She had a giveaway on her blog for her pattern of her winning quilt and I was one of the lucky recipients of it.  I was thrilled.  This is a photo taken from Gosia’s site.  Aren’t the colors stunning?  I hope I can do it justice in my attempt at making it.


We spent the weekend in snow with several of our children and their families.  There wasn't much snow for playing, but we had a great time anyway.  We need a good blizzard like they are now getting in the Northeast!