Monday, September 29, 2014


It feels so good to be back at the sewing machine and getting some projects finished! As I mentioned in the previous post, my son recently moved to an apartment in California. He furnished it in typical basic bachelor-pad style (thank goodness for IKEA!), which means it's a bit boring. He did buy a few things with color -- red kitchen towels, oven mitts, toaster oven, kitchen rug, etc. -- but a lot of his furniture is black, including the dining table and chairs, so I decided that his place needed some more color. I made the placemats and coasters from scraps of two previous quilts -- one that I made for my son when he went off to college and then another one I made for myself using scraps from his college quilt.

Here's a shot of his quilt...

It made me feel good that he took this quilt to California!

And mine...

I just realized that I had another red/black/gray/white quilt that I made from some of these fabrics...

donated to charity earlier in 2014
The black and red scraps are getting very limited, but I have enough for a couple more things. Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Anybody There?

Wow, what a summer. I had so many things keeping me busy that I didn't really have much time for quilting/sewing stuff, just an occasional quilters' day out with friends or a day spent charity sewing with guild members. And that meant that I didn't have time for too much blogging, either.

So, what was it that kept me so busy? First, it was moving my elderly parents and aunt to a house that we built next door (and then helping them get settled in -- changing bank accounts, driver's licenses, doctor's appointments, etc.) Then, it was my son's graduation from college and job hunt, culminating in helping him move to California for a job with Google (yeah!).

My sewing machine barely got turned on all summer. About all I managed to finish were the labels and sleeves for entries in my guild's exhibit this past month.

Anyway, things are slowly getting back to normal, so now I'm getting back into the routine of sewing something (and finishing it)! And hopefully, that will mean more regular blogging, too, mainly to show my projects.

And since I don't like to write a blog post without a photo, here's a shot what greeted us when we stopped by at one of the Google buildings!

I hope to be back real soon to show what I finished sewing this past week! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's Almost Exhibit Time!

2014 MLQG Raffle Quilt

My guild's 2014 exhibit opens this upcoming Friday, September 5th with a gala evening reception (7-9 PM) at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, PA. There will be refreshments and door prizes (and lots of gorgeous quilts, of course). The public is invited.

The exhibit will be on display September 6-28, open 2-5 PM daily, with free admission.

You can check the details on the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild website, blog, or Facebook page.

Monday, August 18, 2014

For My "No Reply" Readers

Over the last few weeks, several of my readers have left comments on my blog posts, but because their Blogger profiles are set to "no reply", I am not able to respond to them directly.

Is your profile set to "no reply"? Are you not sure? Here is one of many tutorials online with clear instructions on how to change that. And here's another one.

So...Becki, Marina, Donna, Chris, and Quilting are the most recent readers who have left comments and your profiles are set to "no reply". I apologize for not acknowledging your comments, but there's no way I can contact you directly.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On the Road Again

My Jane Stickle quilt (aka "Dear Jane") just got back from a trip to Charlotte, and now she's getting ready for a trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Once I send her off this time, she won't be home until August 2015. I will miss her and my wall will be quite bare, but I know she'll get lots of admirers during her tour.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cheering Up

I was in need of some fabric retail therapy last week, so some of my quilting friends and I made a trip to Verna's fabrics in Mifflinburg, PA. I didn't really need any fabric, but I couldn't help myself, so I bought an addition for my striped fabric stash (love those bias striped bindings), a large charm pack (I already have a project in mind for it), and a Moda jelly roll at a great price. Verna also threw in a cup celebrating her 30 years in business (I use the 25-year cup for filling my iron with water).

And, of course, we don't usually make a trip to that area without stopping at the wonderful Lewisburg, PA farmers' market. I came home with a giant head of cabbage larger than a bowling ball (for only $2), juicy cantaloupes (3/$5), sweet peaches (for ice cream sauce), green bell peppers (3/$1), and even a few zucchini. My muscles got a workout carrying everything back to my van, but I think my friend Dori won the prize for carrying half a bushel of beets!

There's nothing better than a fun quilters' day out with dear quilting friends to cheer one up!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Almost Forgot

My version of Jane Stickle's 1863 quilt will be on display later this week at the AQS show in Charlotte, NC. If any of my readers sees it in person, please take a picture of it for me (and one with you standing next to it!).

Click here for info on the show (July 30 - August 2)