Monday, May 18, 2009

I've been quilting

These are not very good photos, but here is an example of what I've been doing. This is a star sampler quilt using batiks only. The orange background fabric was given to me by a friend in the quilt guild. Over the weekend she gave me fabric with turtles on an orange background. I won the pattern for the stars at a quilting retreat I attended in Jan. This was a very fun quilt to piece. I plan to do it again in other colors.

This quilt is flannel, but has no batting. It is a 5 yard wonder pattern, one yard each of 5 different patterns. Use 4 to cut blocks and the last for the border. This quilt was the 2nd in the quilt guilds UFO challenge for this year. Next times is already completed.

This last one is a lap quilt. A volunteer at the museum gave me the bird blocks. The stars are a variation on the old detectable mountain square. Very interesting. The stars are made using half square triangles. The volunteer's husband passed away in the local veterns home, so I plan to donate the quilt there.

Even though, I've done a lot quilting, I have a sweater almost completed, just one sleeve to complete. I'll post when completed. It needs to be done before we go to Florida early next month.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekend Events

Saturday the quilt guild went on a bus trip to Lancaster Co., to buy fabric. The weather was perfect, mid 70's with a slight breeze. We bought lots of fabric of course. I was good, only batting and a 1 1/2 yards of fabric for Tyler's policeman quilt. While we were at Sauder's six of us had our first round robin exchange. Each of us completed our center square and then passed them on to the next person. In two months we will meet (for lunch) to have our next exchange. Sorry for the bad photo. It is missing Janet to the left. Her grand daugther is holding mine. I get to work on the pink star this time.

On Sunday we went to the Phillis game. The tickets were our Christmas gift from the kids. Great seats, 4th row behind the dug out. This is the first game I've been to in 20 years. We used to have season tickets, but gave them up 2 years after the Phillies won their first world series. Only photo I took was of the Harry Kalas memorial so my son could see it.

I have a few minutes before I get ready for work, so over to the sewing machine and finish up a quilt. More next time.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


A VERRRRRRY Large Easter Bunny arrived at my work yesterday. He just rolled along the paths and settled in front of the glass studio. I was told he planned to stay the weekend, building a nest filled with over sized eggs. He is over 15 feet tall. I over heard that his name was Harvey.

I hope the rain today does not dampen his spirits (or paint). Sure would like some of the chocolate that a rabbbit of his size can bring, but I would hate to clean up after him.
Happy Easter everyone.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Not much happens in my, home, work, home....But I guess that might be good, doesn't add much to the conversation though.
However, last night after a thunderstorm a double rainbow appeared in our neighborhood.

The north end is hard to see in the photo, but

the other end is much clearer, even a double bow at this end.

Finally, the first sign of spring in my yard.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Night in the Big City

We spent last night in Philadelphia to celebrate our anniversery. The kids gave us a night at the Rittenhouse 1715, located a block from Rittenhouse Square. It's a beautiful hotel with only 23 rooms, each room being slightly different. It has a tiny elevator, but since we were on the second floor, we only used it once. Our room was a junior suite, it had a small foyer with a double closet and table and chair, the bathroom and bedroom opened off of it. We had a fireplace in the bedroom and king size bed. First hotel that I've been in that had turn down service, bath robes and was triple sheeted.

We took the long way to the city and went to the Lancaster area first. We stopped at several fabric stores, only bought some batting and background fabric. Both are allowed purchases in my use it up program for the year. Also had lunch at Shady Maple restuarant.

Our room was in the section with the blue shutters, in the back. After we checked in we walked around, did some shopping and went to the park where we sat on a bench and watched the kids play in a fountain, dry, of course. Stayed out until early evening, then had wine at the hotel. Left late this morning, but before the St. Partick's Day parade.
Wonderful weekend, Thank you- Tom & Erin.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Whales Tail

Before the tale, let me rant about Windows Vista. I would blog much more if the *******computer did not shut down to update (what I don't know) right in the middle of working. Can't stop it, can't delay it, it just happens. Anger****Anger.

I started to knit little cat toys. I got the pattern from Ravelry (yeah). Knit, Knit, Knit, turn to page 2- whoa- NO TAIL instruction, so......

Once there was a whale with no tail
He tried to swim but to no avail.
Try as we might
To fix his plight
The download instructions continued to fail.

Finally it worked, so here is the whale with his tail.

Now I am working on the third part of the last quilt.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Snow day

We did not go to work on Monday. SNOW DAY yeah, yeah, yeah. So this is what I did. I quilted two sections of this quilt. Finished it will measure 118" by 118", queen bed size, to be used without a dust ruffle. The pattern was a guild project, with the pattern given out in sections, center, stars and Jacob's ladder. I added the outer row of stars to make it the correct size.

Last night I sewed these two sections together, by machine on top and by hand on the backing.
Snow photos, icicle at work the next day from a broken drain.

This is how Mac spent his snow day. Although his beard is white it is not this long or thick. ICE, brr, brr. He had a great day. He would move to Maine or Alaska, just to play on the snow. Florida is looking good to me.