Thursday, December 8, 2011

Small Quilt Exchange -- part 2

Sometimes the United States Post Office just amazes a good way.  The quilt I made for my exchange partner was mailed from Phoenix on Monday, December 5th.  I didn't want to post a picture of it in case she happened to look at my blog.  Low and behold, she received the quilt in Ohio on December 7th!!!  That's amazing.

Here's a picture of what I made my exchange partner.  It is a 26" square Carpenter's Wheel.  I loved making the quilt and will be making another one in Christmas colors this weekend (or there abouts!)

Small quilt exchange

One of the yahoo groups I belong to (smallquilttalk) hosted a one-on-one small quilt exchange. I received the quilt below from Mary M. Who lives in Sprinfield, Ohio. The quilt is 15" square and right now resides in my cubicle at work where I can gaze at it 5 days a week. Mary incorporated my favorite color into the quilt ---- purple! And she made one of my favorite blocks, Lone Star, without knowing it was one of my favorites. Thanks so much Mary!!! I love the quilt.

When Mary receives the quilt I made her, I'll post pictures of it.....don't want to spoil the surprise.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Another blast from the past...

Here's another afghan I made, this time for my son.  I made it sometime between 2001 and 2003.  I copied the pattern from a very colorful afghan my grandmother gave me in 1988.

The picture is a little dark.  When I'm up in Washington next week I'll try to get a better picture.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blankets from mom....

I asked my daughter to take pictures of the afghans I've made for her over the years.

This first one is a basic granny square.  I made it for her during her sophomore year in high school and made it with her school colors.

And this next one is just a basic knit made from Red Heart Baby Cloud.  I actually made a smaller version of this for the baby of a friend.  My daughter liked the yarn so much I made her a bigger one.  I believe I made it her senior year of high school.  Blue is her favorite color.

I now finally have pictures!  Now to get some pictures of the afghans I crocheted for my son.

Happy stitching....

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's been a while.....

I just discovered the other day that a friend and colleague of mine has taken up crochet.  And she has been incredibly prolific in the past month or so....several caps, scarves, and shawls.  And she is really good about taking pictures.  After giving me a slide show of her goodies, she asked to see my pictures.  Pictures?  What?  I realized that most of the items that I knit, crochet, quilt or cross-stitch are usually given away and I don't always take pictures.  When I started crafting digital cameras didn't exist (and I'm only 43 years old!). 

My daughter has several items that I've knitted, crocheted and quilted for her so I asked her to take some pictures of the items for me.  I've also reached out to my ex-husband, who has a couple of lap sized quilts that I made years ago, to take pictures of them as well.

I'm making a New Year's resolution early.....take pictures of the items I'm working on and take pictures of the items when they are done.  And it wouldn't hurt to take pictures of them with their recipients, too.  This has to be easier than a New Year's resolution of losing weight!!!!!

The title of this blog really has to do with the fact that it has been months and months since I posted an entry.  Life has been a tad crazy around this house and around work.  However, thanks to the prodding of my friend, I'm going to be a bit better about posting what I'm working on and <gasp> include pictures.

Happy stitchin y'all!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Deb Karasik

The Arizona Quilters Guild held its annual Spring meeting in Globe, Arizona this past weekend.  Our theme was "meet me at the fair" and our guest speaker was Deb Karasik.  What an absolute hoot!  I love the fact that she doesn't take herself too seriously and certainly doesn't think of herself as a diva.  But man, I'm here to tell you she is definitely a quilting queen!!  We had a wonderful time seeing her quilts and hearing the stories behind them.  And I learned a new word:  schmatta.  Deb seems to be under the impression that many of her quilts are schmatta.  I disagree.

On Sunday I was lucky enough to take a class from her.  We worked on her Ribbons of Hope pattern.  You know, one of those that she claims only takes a day or two to put together.  Holy cow!  It took me from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. just to do 1/16th of the quilt.  Again, I'm in awe of the woman.  She does reassure me that after doing a few more of the blocks I will love curves, I will love curves, I will love curves....

Stop by and visit Deb's web site at  She also has a Yahoo group called DebKarasikQuilts.

Kudos also to Jeff Karasik.  What a wonderful man!

I'll post a picture of my 1/16th of the quilt when I un-bury it from my class bag.

Happy quilting all!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Quilts for Japan

Like many of you, I have watched in absolute awe at the power Mother Nature has unfurled at Japan.  I've watched houses and cars float through the streets.  I cannot even begin to imagine what the people of Japan are going through right now, both physically and emotionally.

And like many of you I've wondered what I could do from my little corner of the world.  I was reading via another blog that the Quilter's Newsletter will be gathering quilts to send to their sister publication in Japan, who will then distribute the quilts to those in need.  I was sure that I could find plenty of fabric in my stash to make some quilts.  And guess what?  I did!

As a born procrastinator, I figured I'd better pick a fairly easy pattern otherwise nothing would get done.  I contemplated just plain large blocks.  Then I thought about a nine patch.  Then I remembered someone on one of my quilt lists talking about a disappearing nine patch.  So I looked it up and decided to give it a try.  I am TOTALLY hooked!  I made two small quilt tops this weekend.  And I made both of them with stash fabric -- even better!!

The first step it to  make a basic nine patch.  The first quilt I cut my squares/strips 6".  The second quilt I cut them  8".

Once the nine patch is put together, you then cut it apart!!!  Yes, you cut it apart.  You cut it down the middle both vertically and horizontally.  This will yield four blocks.

Now it's play time!  Here's what my quilts ending up looking like.

Both quilts still need to be sandwiched.  I'm heading over to my local quilt shop tomorrow after work.  My goal is to make (and finish) at least four quilts.

I'd like to encourage all of you to make at least one quilt to send to the Quilter's Newsletter.  You'll get to do something you enjoy and someone on the other side of the world will be able to feel the warmth, love and caring from a total stranger.

Happy quilting!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

First quilt of the year

I finally did some sewing this year.  And it's only March, lol.  I participated in a signature block exchange with a quilting group online.  I had enough of the fabric left to make some extra blocks so I put them together into a small quilt.  Love small quilts, you can get something finished rather quickly.  The quilt should be about 20" when finished.

Maybe this will the start of a sewing spree....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Where does the time go?!?

Wow, last time I sat down and wrote in the blog Gary and I had just decided on a wedding date.  Time has flown by since then.

Let's see, Mom and my daughter moved in with me (at different times).  So we now have three generations living in one condo.  And my daughter has "dognapped" my mini Schnauzer.  He only belongs to me when he is 1) acting out or 2) needs to be walked.  We're having a great time living together.

Hosted Thanksgiving here at the condo for Gary's family and my mom.  It was a great success.  We had a ton of food and I had been worried that we wouldn't have enough.  We played Wii after dinner and had a fabulous time playing Just Dance 2.  Even Gary's 78 year old mother got her groove on!  Go Lora!!!

Then came Christmas right on the heels of a stressful deadline at work.  Christmas was wonderful (with the exception of the ER visit on Christmas Eve when daughter's kidneys decided to cause some problems).  Gary and I had our first Christmas exchanging presents and it was wonderful.

And let's not forget:  we got married on December 28th in Las Vegas.  No, Elvis did NOT marry us.  Both of my kids were there as was Mom.  My son walked me down the aisle wearing his Class A uniform -- he's a Private First Class in the U.S. Army.  One of my dearest friends in the world was my maid of honor.  Gary's sisters, brother-in-law, niece and nephew-in-law, sons and aunt and uncle were also present.  It was a great time!  And I finally got to marry my Prince Charming!

With the beginning of the year came the reality of getting back to work.

And I haven't done ANY quilting since then!  I've done a little knitting and some cross stitching.

Hope everyone had a great holiday season and you are elbow deep in quilts!!