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Monday, March 2, 2015

Traveling to Paducah ….

Not me!
But my Quilt is!!!

Yup received the awesome news the other day that
my quilt "Funky Garden on Red"

was accepted into the AQS Quilt Week in Paducah!

Way back in 2007 my sister and I went to the Paducah Quilt show …
it was a surprise birthday present from my husband!
(Yes he is definitely a keeper!)
I remember walking through looking at all of the
beautiful quilts thinking ….
"Boy wouldn't it be something to have a quilt displayed here"

Yup it's something alright!
SO although I won't see her hanging in Paducah,
just knowing she's there is thrill enough for me!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

200th Post!!! and another storm for Boston!

Oh My 200 posts!
Not bad for a very part time blogger!

Yes  - Boston is bracing for another storm!
My poor little house is buried! 

Already have 2-3 feet in the yard,
so what's another foot of fresh snow!! 

The trees in the backyard are covered with snow…
so Beautiful.
This one is my favorite!

Last snow storm I completed this 1600 strip quilt.
Plan on donating it to the SCQG Comfort Quilts,
someone will love this quilt!

In planning for this snow storm I've pulled this fabrics!
The background is "October Afternoon" a flannel by Riley Blake,
Print fabrics are "Robotic" a Rebekah Ginda Design for Birch Fabrics,
and the solids and Moda Solids.

Such a yummy combination!
The perfect selection for the new little boy
my nephew and his wife will be having in May!

Now to find the perfect pattern!
That's today's task!

Snow starts in 6 hours!
Snow blower and shovels are ready!

For all of you that follow my blog…
Thank you, 
I hope you find it inspirational.

Happy Quilting, Janet

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Snow Days and hand stitching go together …don't ya think!

SO my house is buried under Inches FEET of snow!
Third week in a row of two snow days off from school!
With two more snow storms expecting to be coming into 
Boston and surrounding areas in the next few days … 
I could be getting LOTS of hand stitching done!!

Taking full advantage of the snow days I decided to … Yup….
Started working on another new project...
Along with the snow my Quilting ADHD has set in!

Let me back track a bit…
a month ago one of the nurses that I work with brought in
a quilt that was made by her Great Aunt.
A beauty Vintage Quilt!

looks to me like it may be from the 30's - but not sure.
It's in great condition, just a few little stains here and there
but no fabric fading!

Here is a close up of one of the blocks
they measure 18" x 16" - good size blocks

It is all hand quilted. 
Check out the whip stitch binding technique, 
below in blue thread!

I decided this quilt was just way to cute, 
so I traced the pattern,
and made my own templates

coming up with my very own CUTIE!

Background is a Moda Bella Solid in cream, 
the solids are mostly Moda Solids with a Kaffe Shot Cotton thrown in, 
and the flowered fabrics are mostly "Liberty of London" (purchased on Etsy!)
or "London Calling" by Kaufman.

Here is block two in progress …
Love the red polka dot fabric (from my Japanese import stash!)
pairs nicely with the "Liberty of London" fabric

This is going to be a fun one!!
But aren't they ALL!!!

Cross you fingers that Boston and surrounding areas 
won't be totally buried with more snow in the next week!!

But then again … 
it just means more time for cutie projects!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ladies of the Sea Block #4

This block was started way back in July

it wasn't a difficult block…
other projects just took over!

Another redwork quilt...

Finally finished putting together
my latest embroidery quilt.
The pattern is "Sun and Sea"
by Sandi Bard Designs

Nine embroidered blocks
stitched in Sulky 12 wt color 4014

The border fabric is "Bubble Shells"
from Tula Pink's Salt Water collection.

It features a way too cute Seahorse fabric
called "Ocean Ponies"
that works great for the corners!

Here are two of the blocks up close

Now it's time to decide on quilting choices!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Super Bowl WIN and some nervous EPP!

What a GAME!
Congratulations FOUR time Champions
New England Patriots!
They did their Job!

I have been a Patriots fan for as long as I can remember!
Watching my Dad go to the games 
(he was a seasons ticket holder - 
from way back when they played at Harvard Stadium!)
the fever just rubbed off!
When he stopped going to the games
we would sit and watch the games together
yelling at the tv!
Happy Memories.

Last nights game was so nerve-wrecking
couldn't just watch
 so I nervously English Paper Pieced (EPP)
my 2 inch pentagons … 
and was able to complete
TWO blocks!

Now that's nervous energy!!

The pentagons are EPP and stitched into a ring,
the ring was appliquéd to the center blue square,
then the ring was appliquéd onto the background!
All hand stitched!
 The background fabric was trimmed away to remove the papers.

Have a total of 4 made, 5 more to go …

When do the Red Sox start playing!?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Surprise in the border and a new start ….

with the top of my Sashiko / Applique quilt done
(Sylvia Pippen design)
I struggled with what to do for the border…
really wanted something different.

decided on a Sashiko border!

 with and applique surprise every once in a while!

really like how it's turning out…

New project…

Using 2" pentagon paper piece papers
and fabrics from my stash of Bonnie and Camilla.

 This is what I've come up with so far - 
a 16" red polka dot background square,
blue/white hounds tooth fabric in the center,
sashing in a blue/grey fabric, 
cornerstones in a blue/white fabric
blue piping
and flowery border.

but it's still in the percolating stage!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's starting to come together!

My Sashiko and Applique Quilt
is starting to come together!!

The center is done!
quilting ideas are running around in my head…
but next up borders … hmmm…what to do?
Maybe a sashiko border?!?….

we shall see what the new year brings!

Happy New Year to all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Whirl wind Month and Block #9 done ….

December is JAM Packed!

Victoria came home from Grad school for Christmas
and she brought Stella!
The cute little Chihuahua puppy that was rescued 
from a trash barrel at her school…
a true rescue dog!

We celebrated my mom's 90th birthday!

Victoria and I went out for our yearly
girls day out at the Nutcracker!

Nana over seeing Cookie Night

the start of 15 dozen Santa Face Cookies

Matthew doing his part for cookie night

Matthew, Nana and Victoria

Tree trimming night
Matthew, Victoria and Stephen

The Christmas tree
Love our tree
it has such an old fashioned look to it

the mantel

Here are just a few of the ornaments on our tree,
everyone has there passion represented!

My Quilting

Matthew's Flying
All the planes are from the Hallmark Plane Series
that go back to 1997!

The Nutcracker
we have at least 2 dozen nutcrackers on the tree

Stephen and his fishing hobby

Victoria and all of her sports

and music

there are even four very social ornaments from my childhood tree
yup they are over 50 years old!!

me with the Dogs
Stella and Bella!!

I even had time to finish block #9
of my Sashiko Applique quilt!

It all leads up to tomorrow …

Wishing you all a wonderfully blessed Christmas
and a Happy and Healthy New Year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

block 8 and the design wall

Here is Block 8 

looks whats coming together on the design wall!

working on block 9!

just need to cut the setting triangles …


I know they are here in my sewing room…
some where…
just can't seem to find them!

I must have put them in that 
"special safe place so they don't get lost"
ya know what I mean …right?!


I'm sure they will turn up as soon as I finish the quilt top!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Block #7 of the Sashiko and Applique Sampler

Block #7
Moth Orchid

Here they are on the design wall!

What a pretty Bunch!
just two more appliqué blocks and I can
start putting them all together!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two more Sashiko and Appliqué blocks completed!



the Plumeria block was a challenge!
I did not like the way the pattern had me do the pieces
so I ripped it all out and designed my own
Plumeria flower … the challenge was
the petals overlapped
so my first flow center did not come out so hot
but with a little pressing and a few 
strategically place beads I think it will be ok!

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Quilter's Gathering 2014

The "Gathering" has come and gone
and I'm still pinching myself!

Yup ... Funky Garden on Red 
did very well!

Second Place in Overall Craftsmanship!
I'm just so pleased!

This beauty won Best of Show
"October Sky"
by Bethanne Nemesh
done on silk
 just look at the beautifully quilted turkey!

"Kaleidoscopic Calamity"
by Margaret Solomon Gunn
received a first place for color compatibility

Quilting Excellence went to
"Endless Waves"
by Loiuse LarRose Isabelle

 I've seen this quilt done before,
but when you get up close it really sparkles

The feathered quilting really made the quilt

And I was SO happy my Quilty Gal Pal
Diana R. Annis
won a third Place for her beautifully machine quilted

These are just a few of the fabulous quilts
that were display this past weekend…
really enjoyed strolling through the quilts
and getting inspired!