Friday, January 30, 2009

January Happenings

Quilt group was this week. I know I showed this JOY pillow last post, but this picture has a couple of friends from quilt group in the background, so I want you to meet my blonde friend, Lenette. She'll love that I've put this here. Robin is there too, she is fairly new to the group and fun to have. There's is definitely a chill in the air around here, you can see I'm holding the pillow... I still had my coat on. Which reminds me, out running this week, yes, chilly, Tuesday was 11 degrees at 6:00 a.m.! {I've beefed up my running attire by adding a thick fleece jacket and a Nike beanie under the ear band.}

I'm real pleased with these two quilt blocks I made for Kathi in quilt group. She just happens to be our leader. She outlined for us what she would like, we brought our blocks that we made for her to our meeting this week. I think these are very cute. If you'd like to see the show and tell at our meeting click here: Material Girls Idaho

This red white and blue flimsy is FINALLY done! I purchased this pattern about 5 years ago. As I was sewing away on it, getting ready to put the strips onto the stars, things weren't matching up. I pondered and pondered, coming to the conclusion that what I was trying to do was impossible and that the pattern must be wrong! ugh! I called the girl that designed and wrote the pattern, she didn't know it was wrong, so very very off.... the cutting measurements~ way way off. I asked her, "Am I the first person to notice this? and call you???" Yes. She sent me some money to compensate for the fabric, but there went all that TIME! I'm glad the thing is done. I do still like it. Anyone wanna borrow a pattern???:) j.k.

This quilt is Bloom by Thimbleblossoms. I purchased it as a kit in the Quilt Shoppe in Rigby, Idaho! (It was on sale!) Nancy and I worked on the top together, she did the embroidery and applique, I did the piecing. It is all quilted now ~ I should be binding it RIGHT NOW, but I'm typing! The fabric for this quilt is the Allspice Tapestry line by Moda.This is Nancy's birthday gift(she already knows) for her 25th coming up in May!

Sure feels good getting several 'works in progress' completed these last few months! BUT that doesn't mean I haven't started anything new, or haven't bought any new fabric...ahem. I've been going crazy on the Spiderweb star blocks with scraps, mmmm fun AND I've been playing with Paintbox Quilt blocks. I'm finding it a little challenging to track down solids and a monochromatic that MATCH!!! It will be a very gradual project.
I traveled across Idaho to see all of my siblings and parents a couple of weeks ago. That's what I have to do everytime I want to see loved ones, drive across the width of Idaho, the big width, not the narrow width. However, it was worth it! Here are a couple of pictures of us 5 kids, I guess we're still kids. I thoroughly love being with my siblings, there is a definite connection felt everytime. I wish we could hang out with each other once a month. They are so great.
My sister Karen, me, my eldest brother Doug who lives in Colorado and Kurt who lives in Utah.
Younger brother Mike who lives in Rigby Idaho! Brettster and Doug.
Take Care~~~


Nancy said...

Your post looks great. I just went in and moved a few pics a bit. The quilts looks awesome! I can't wait to see the back, and have it here with me. Thanks.

Nedra said...

So many fun things I don't know which one to comment on first. I love love love the spider web quilt. I've downloaded the tutorial and know it will be a long time before I can make one. But it's on my list!

Material Mary said...

Just got your message on the frames. Bernina does carry the little threesome frames, however, it has a holly leaf worked in the metal. Mine just has the scroll on top. I got mine at Sew and Save in Clearfield, UT, but you can also order them through Ackfield wire as well.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Great pics of family and friends. I always love a good quilt group meeting. Nothing like them!

spackslider said...

That is a beautiful quilt. Lucky Nancy.

Judi said...

I love the April showers quilt by Jan.
Any possibility of finding out what pattern that is? Thanks

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

The red, white and blue quilt is really nice. I've been making mental note of good ideas for a Quilt of Valor and that would be perfect. Also love the Bloom quilt. All the Thimbleblossoms patterns are so cute. Good luck on your current project!

belinda said...

Hi Diane.....hey, I'm so glad for
your visit. I'm glad you like the
little hearts I made...they were
soooo easy to should
put them on your 'to-do' list!
You have a lovely blog...
but, I must go now and look some