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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Traveling Raffle Quilt

This past week Guild members spent 3 days in Chickasha Oklahoma showing our Raffle quilt and selling chances and our cookbooks. The event was the "Hop the River Shop Hop". This is the best pic I have taken of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" 80 x 80".
It is my original design, I am so proud of it. The quilt has been traveling since mid November 2010 and will be shown at many venues until our Holiday Festival Sept 17, when it will be given to a lucky winner.  So far we have raised over $500 the proceeds will be used for future programming for our Guild. I have been asked to design another quilt for a raffle for our next quilt show Sept 2012. I know for sure it will have a feathered star medallion center to honor Marsha McCloskey. We were so fortunate to learn from her in a full day workshop and an amazing feathered star quilt presentation.
Happy quilting!!!
Colleen

Friday, April 29, 2011

44yrs ago today --- I share this Royal day with Kate

                                                April 29, 1967 age 17
Celebrating today with Earl Grey Tea
 Our wedding reception napkin

Happy Royal Wedding Day!
Happy FMQ,
Happy Quilting!!!
Colleen

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sweet little Cottage Quilt


I made this little quilt for the Festival. It can be used at a table square or a baby quilt. Very nostalgic storybook like scenes. I love the purples and yellows!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another Auction quilt finished

This lap quilt is 65" x 65", it will be included in fundraiser auction for my Guild at our Festival in September.The design is in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine Dec. 2009 on the cover.
Happy Quilting!
Colleen

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

FMQ Challenge project


Day FMQ Challenge

Quilt for Auction Fundraiser

Day 2 FMQ Challenge
I joined the Free Motion Quilting Challenge that Wendy and Joanne are doing. My first project is this quilt for auction. This challenge should help me get caught up and finish the stack of items that I have made for the Festival/Auction. Also I have a batik quilt for auction that I need to layer and quilt for the PhD Challenge at Myra's blog. These challenges are very inspiring!
Happy FMQ,
Colleen

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blogging faster now & Easter cupcakes

Before making the changes in my blog (because I lost the old look trying to make a little change) My computer was so S L O W ---getting connected to my blog. Everything else was fast as normal, only my blog was slow. Now that I have removed all the gadgets etc from Shabby Blogs ( which I loved so much!) I can get to my blog really fast and move around in there with ease.
Last week I was frustrated with having to redo my blog, this week I am happy with it and so grateful that I can get right to it !!! Someone mentioned that the gadgets etc can slow it down, thank you blogger for that information because blogging is much more fun now!
I am starting the FMQ Challenge that Wendy and Joanne started, 14 consecutive days of free motion quilting! I will post later.
Happy Quilting,
Happy FMQ!
Colleen
              The Bunnies are serving cupcakes!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My wonderful day with Payten Hope



My grand daughter Payten Hope is almost 3 yrs old, this is the first time she has stayed without her brother Alex age 5, except for when she was a little thing.
We were up late last night so I showed her how to marinate a beef brisket at midnight --- hahaha --- went through each step and she was so awake and attentive. This morning she woke early to tell me the dogs were out of their taxis. PaPaw always plays with them before going to work, they knew she was here and I was sleeping in a different bed so they were really sniffing at the closed door. So we got up at 7 AM --- after breakfast we spent some time in the garden playing and taking pics, swinging on the new porch swing etc.
After a picnic lunch on the porch, peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh fruit and peach tea, we both had a very SHORT nap. But short is better than no nap at all.
The last picture is Payten Hope being so proud of Mimi because I learned to work the DVD player in the bedroom with the toybox and rocking horses. I painted the rocking horses for her Mommy and KK in 1984, they were 5yr and 1 yr old. They are 32 and 28 now. My how time does fly!
Well the brisket is in the oven this afternoon for 6 hrs, the whole family will be here Sunday for Easter lunch and birthday celebrations for 2 oldest grandchildren, Cody Dale 18 and Abbey Colette 13.
I praise Almighty God for the wonderful life and many blessings he has given me.
I will be sewing and quilting again next week after this time with my darlin jelly bean Payten Hope and family.
Happy Easter
and Happy Quilting,
Colleen

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday WIP

Today I played with fabrics for Lizzie Mae's Medallion. I made the machine applique center piece a couple of months ago, with a plan to use shades of teal and mahogany browns, touches of reds, greens and golds.



OOPS!!! I used most of those fabrics in my Feathered Star Quilt. I just kept choosing fabrics out of the Lizzie Mae's fabrics I had been collecting since last fall. They all looked good in the quilt that began in the workshop with Marsha McCloskey and grew into a long rectangle tablecloth quilt.
I love these colors most of all!!! So a new plan.

I finally had to decide that I like my blog page and give up on try to perfect it!

Happy Quilting!
Colleen

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gardening before sewing today ---


Jennifer Lynn angel/fairy, named for my precious niece who was killed in an arson fire 10/1/2000. She was only 26 yrs old and was manager for Estee Lauder at Dillards in Oklahoma City. We all miss her, my sister is an amazing survivor and Jenny is always a part of our lives and our conversations. My grandchildren all call this angel/fairy Jennifer! So now she is planted for this year. I gave her a good power washing to remove bird doo and she loved the shower!
Now on to a good day of sewing with my good friend Margo!
Happy Quilting,
Colleen

A new day, a better perspective

Many thanks to you kind bloggers who took the time to sympathize with me over the anguish of re-designing my blog. Your comments and suggestions were very much appreciated.
Now it's time to SEW! that will be a nice change from the last few days at the computer. I hope to have some pics of projects for next post.
Happy Quilting!
Colleen

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pulling my hair out trying to work on this blog!

Once again I had a design I ALMOST liked ----------------lost the background after completing header with title and picture ------------------------------arrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New look for blog

After several hours I have a look that is satisfactory, not at all what I had in mind but it will do for now. Goodnight bloggers.

I ruined my blog background trying to make changes :(

Today I decided to make some changes to my blog design. In the past I was successful but this time a huge failure. I tried to copy and paste from ShabbyBlogs as I had before but couldnt and in the process made changes in layout that I didnt intend.
So far I have done what I can and added a Wizard of Oz quilt pic against a yellow background. If anyone has suggestions, please leave in comments. I am wondering if Shabbyblogs is no longer compatible or if it is just ME!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Quilt Guild Holiday Festival

Here are some pics of items I have made for sale at my Guild's Holiday Festival, it is in Sept and will include an auction. These smaller items have been so much fun to work on.
 Quilter's caddy in button print
 The Christmas table topper is reversible!

 coffee coasters
 Table set, with 4 placemats, runner and table square.
 Patriotc Snowmen table runner.
 Thanksgiving table square, I have also made a table runner, it is in a previous post.
Wool sweater handbag with wool and velvet pansies and leaves. Amethyst studded cross embellishment and jeweled pin closure.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stitching Memories Quilt Guild sign


Today I made a new sign for our Guild events. I turned the letter "I"'s into spools of thread and did a machine quilting stitch from spool to spool.

Also pic of my Joseph's Coat roses. So many pretty colors on one rosebush.
Happy Quilting!
Colleen

Friday, April 8, 2011

Feathered Star is now a flimsy!


I worked today on the ends of feathered star quilt for tablecloth, reworked borders and now it hangs beautifully off the table. I am so happy to be finished with this!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tablecloth Feathered Star


I am trying the feathered star quilt on my dining table. So far I don't have a quilt that fits my table, most are too large. I love to make square quilts so this is going out of my comfort zone 64 x 96. The drop is just right for my chairs. I am considering making changes to the corners. Just wanted to get some input from Quilter Blog viewers.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Feathered Star play

The large star blocks are 15", the bordered center block is 21", the smaller star blocks are 12". I might try to go smaller. The alternate 6" blocks are economy blocks from Blended Traditions by Marsha McCloskey. The feathered star class I took last week with Marsha has been quite an inspiration to push myself. I think I will make some small easy star blocks to border the 12" stars if I decide on this layout. I am playing with 2 large scale prints for the center border. I have fussy cut the center squares of the 6" blocks using the large and medium scale prints. From a distance they almost look like framed photographs.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

progress Feathered Star quilt

Today I completed one 12" radiant feathered star and 16 additional 6" blocks. 3 more 12" blocks, one is cut out so I will sew tomorrow and post again.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Feathered Star quilt progress

The feathered star is addictive! I plan to make 4 more for this project - out of the fabrics I have pinned up on design wall with blocks.