Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Wonder of Blogging

I've been totally seduced by blogging. I think it's accurate to say it has changed my life.

I've found it to be the diary I have never been good at keeping on paper. This blog has meant a lot to me since I started it 8 years ago. It's been my own record of projects and collecting over those years. It's been such a wonderful way to connect with so many of you that feel like I do about quilts. My kindred spirits! I am so happy to know you.

These days I turn more of my energies to personal blogging. Several of these are pretty private:

  • I keep a blog about our home, recording events, things we have seen (sunsets, bee swarms), a record of when flowers bloom ...

  • I keep a blog of my time with my parents and the amazing things I learn as they cope with decline.

  • I also keep a scrapbook type blog - pictures mostly - of my new hobby, mosaic.

So if entries in this blog seem a bit infrequent, that is why. I suspect I will be back to this blog when some of those current interests wane.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Our Quilt with Words

For several years, I had the pleasure of attending a quilt retreat at Point Bonita, California. It was heaven for me: a week to sew, visit with friends, hike, be fed by very good cooks - all right by the San Francisco Bay. Julie Silber stopped by one year and showed some quirky quilts. One of our favorites was what we called a quilt with words. It was made up of odd little sayings embroidered on wool. My favorite was, "Mister xxxx ran through the screen door." We were mesmerized and my stitch group decided to make our own version of it.

We recorded personal events, phrases that we overheard, favorite quotes, pictures of our pets, whatever! We stitched them for a long while ... finally, someone (CGJ I recall) gathered all of the pieces together and stitched them to a wool background. Someone else (LF) added the rickrack and it was displayed at our guild show last month. It is 53 inches wide and 60 inches long.

Blocks were contributed by Kathe Dougherty, Carol Jones, Georgann Eglinski, Barbara Brackman, LInda Frost and me.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Mini for Our Quilt Show

Here's a mini-quilt I made recently. I named it Hot Mess. You can bid on this quilt and a host of other wonderful minis at the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild quilt show on April 2-3. It's in Lawrence at Crown Toyota, 3430 Iowa Street. Hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-3.

Proceeds from the sale of our minis benefit these local non profits: Douglas County CASA, GADUGI, Habitat for Humanity, The Social Service League, Spencer Museum of Art, the Lawrence Humane Society and our guild.

Bidding ends just before the show ends on Sunday! Here is more information about the show.

Be sure to hear Marge Banks' talk - her Seminole scraps inspired my Holy Seminoley!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Alice's Aprons 5

Last but hardly least. Our apron seamstress went nuts on this one. She must have had a new sewing machine with fancy stitches - note 2 colors of thread used on this decorative stitching!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Alice's Aprons 4

This apron shows no use at all and there was clearly more fabric available for it ...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Alice's Aprons 3

Another apron that celebrates flowers! Look how the lace outlines the pocket. I am having fun imagining WHEN these were worn. Just for ladies teas? They truly are more for show than anything else ...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Alice's Aprons 2

I love the way these aprons use fabric pieces. This one was cut so the pocket is accessible from both sides.

It sounds like these aprons come from Alice's family - they lived in Westphalia, Kansas long ago ...