Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I don't usually keep many of the quilts I make but I do tend to keep those I can decorate with during the holidays. Here is the hand-applique Hawaiian quilt hanging in the dining room.
There is also the compass star piece on the dining room table.
The first thing I made that was a holiday decoration was the wool holly wreath. It was hand-sewn with blanket and running stitches using pearl cotton. The red 'berries' are buttons.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Just to assure you that this was not just a holiday trip into the city I am including a picture of myself with the poster that Holly and I presented at the ACRL/NY conference on Friday.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
This quilt started as a bunch of fat-quarters I bought the 2nd year I started quilting (2004?). I bought a variety of prints in 4 colors - black, pink, beige, and green. The fabrics sat in a box for a few years but about a year and a half ago I made the half-square triangles using the Thangles method and ended up with a box of 600 of them. I had the top pieced together by May 2009, but I just machine quilted it in Nov. 2009 and put the binding on.
The front of the quilt actually has only 576 (24 x 24) of the HSTs but I plan on using the last 24 on the back as part of the hanging sleeve and the label.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Thanksgiving holiday cooking has been underway. Yesterday I baked these Chocolate-pumpkin brownies. Follow the link to the recipe. I will taste-test them today to be sure the are good enough for our guest, but if the batters are anything to go by they should be fabulous. I think this was the first time I have made brownies from scratch (the box mixes are so convenient). One change to the recipe I would recommend is not to use a double-boiler to melt the chocolate and butter - just microwave it - easier, quicker and fewer dishes. It says to bake for 30 to 40 minutes, but mine were done right at 30 minutes.
Damon was also busy cooking - or in this case making candy. The picture is of some of the torrone candy cut up for serving. He found a new recipe and it turned out really well. We also discovered that parchment paper works really well to keep the candy from sticking to itself and everything else. Damon made two flavors vanilla and lemon, both with almonds. It is a good thing we have friends coming over - don't want this amount of goodies around the house to ourselves.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Its been over a week since the annual fall Wadhams quilting retreat but between unpacking and going strait back to work (lots going on due to budget cuts to the college) I haven't had the time to take photos or post any info.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The Bailey Ave. School is now packed with quilts. It is amazing how full it is. Everywhere you turn you are looking at a quilt. I took my camera but the batteries died - hopefully I will get some pictures from other folks taking pictures.
As I will be the one in charge of the set up of the next show in 2011 I have taken copious notes and what things needed to be done and what emergency items we needed - drills, saws, etc...
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Here are the new windows from the inside. The contractor just needs to prime the drywall and all the inside work will be done. We are doing the finish painting. Next week they will do the finish work to the outside, including putting up new siding.
I really like the new windows - a bit bigger than the miss-matched set we had. And now we have a really nice wide sill. I have started researching what sort of window treatments I want.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here are the 'Before' pictures. We had already taken down the shutters outside and started moving out the living room furniture. So these are the old windows - mismatched and not aligned.
And here are a couple of pictures of the 'During'. The hole in the wall got a bit bigger the next day. I am hoping when I get home today we will have a few windows installed. The goal is 3 windows that match and all line up.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I figured on a pretty quiet evening when I got home - but surprise the new laptop I ordered arrived (3 days early). So I spent the evening setting up the system and software.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
The garden was very busy with me away the past week or so. As you can see the sunflowers are now in bloom. I have a couple tiny tomatoes starting to form and the blueberries are starting to turn blue. Of course the busiest part of the garden was the weeds. Damon's bed of peppers is overrun with weeds - some as tall as the pepper plants themselves.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
As is typical in the north west the weather was warm, but cloudy and a bit hazy. Only had a few minutes of light showers in the afternoon, but nothing to cause us to miss these outside attractions.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
As a way of partially catching up here is a picture of the summer placements I made for my sister. They have been done for a month and shipped to her a couple of weeks ago.
All quilting is on hold for a bit, but I should re-group by late June when I have a full schedule of classes at the Vermont Quilt Festival.
Well I can't dawdle online today, the rain has stopped and I need to tackle the jungle that used to be my yard. I am going to attempt to mow the whole thing in one day. Wish me luck.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I currently do not have a computer (they said they were able to salvage the data, but I will need a new machine) I also do not have a phone at the moment.
I took some photos and will see about posting them tomorrow.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Since this fall I have been working on the guilds' Brown Bag challenge (pictured here in its not quite finished state). I came up with the idea of paper-pieced 'flowers' even before I got the fabrics. I have to finish one last flower and then figure out how I want to piece the background which will be in a variety of greens. It fits nicely with the general hope for spring.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I didn't figure I would get any quilting projects done this weekend, but I got into a groove and finished this 'One-Block Wonder' quilt that I started last year. It was pieced and the center and outside border had been sent out for machine quilting, but I wanted to do some decorative quilting in the orange border. So I did some free-hand machine quilting and put on the binding.
I am still working on my Brown Bag Challenge quilt which is due in April and my guild WIP (Work in Progress) quilt due in June. I also signed up for the Spring Stashbusters quilted postcard swap. I am trying to keep the number of projects with deadlines to a manageable size and timeline. The last thing I want from a hobby is more stress.
I am looking forward to our regular Spring quilting retreat in March. And I hope I will have made some real progress by then on these projects.