Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Baltimore Album Quilts

I met my deadline and the quilt for market is at the quilter.  Since I was good and stayed focused I decided to reward myself by working on my Friends of Baltimore quilt designed by Sue Garman.  As a reminder, here's the quilt.  Some of you are probably scratching your head saying "THAT is a reward??!"

Here's the first block.  I prepared my pieces and spent a lovely day Tuesday with friends stitching them down. 

I am working on the second block -- the ship.

Baltimore album quilts fascinate me.  The next few posts I want to share my favorite album books. 

Mom is doing very well.  Yesterday she told me she has hair growing back - fuzzy, soft, barely visible white hair.  For those in the area, stay dry.  Hopefully we will be able to dry out soon.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Great news!

Ever have a week where each day seems like a month?  That was the week between mom's PET scan and the visit with the oncologist.  Our prayers were answered - she is cancer free.  Doc wants at least two more chemo treatments to be sure the cancer is in remission.  She had a treatment yesterday so we may have just ONE more.  One of my friends put it so well when she said "It's like getting a new birthday." 

I haven't got a lot to show.  Had too much nervous energy to focus on anything.  I did work on the quilt for Lynette Anderson for spring quilt market.  Here's a sample of the yummy fabrics she created.

I also worked on another holiday project.  Here's a sneak peak.

It was so much fun helping at Sew Graceful's booth at the quilt show last weekend.  It was fun to catch up with many of you.  Here's a couple photos of the booth in case you didn't get a chance to make it out to the show.

I'd better cut this short and get back to sewing.  I have to finish Lynette's quilt and get it to Darlene for quilting soon.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Quil brothers have left the house but, unfortunately, didn't leave the area as I know several who have the crud.  Get well soon!  With energy returning, sunny days, and lots of projects in the wings I had a pretty busy week. 

I finished this project including the quilting.  Background is brushed cotton and the applique pieces are wool.  I enjoy having a wool project in my stitching bag because it's very forgiving.  By that I mean that if my stitches aren't uniform, it's OK.  You can get the pattern for this piece here.

I don't know if you remember that I made the quilt for Lynette Anderson for her new line of fabric that came out during the fall quilt market.  Suffice it to say that I did not quilt it - Darlene did.

Lynette asked Darlene and I if we'd help with the quilt for the spring market in Salt Lake City in May.  Of course, we said yes.  I have been working on the quilt but can't show it just yet BUT I can show you some of the fabrics I'm using.  Sew Graceful Quilting will be getting in the line later this year (late June/early July).  The pattern will be free - can't beat the price! 

The fabric is wonderful to work with and the colors are just so me.  As you can probably tell, I am having a lot of fun with this project. 
Mom has her follow-up PET scan this Friday.  Please say a prayer that the cancer is all gone.  She felt well enough to go to church with me yesterday and that was a huge blessing.  I don't know how many of you go to church with your mother but let me tell you that when she's not sitting next to me things just don't seem right. 

If you live in the area, don't miss the annual quilt show this Friday and Saturday.  It will be at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 9:00-6:00.  Admisson is $5.  Lots of vendors and pretty quilts.  Have a great week!