A Summer Quilt

Pennant flagsFinally, I’ve finished a project. I’ve been working on this quilt for about 3 months. I fell in love with the Sphere Collection by Zen Chic and bought a packet of fat 8ths. This seemed like the perfect pattern. I think it has a very summery, nautical feel. I’m calling it Pennants on Parade!

I also quilted a smaller crib size quilt for one of my guild members. She’ll bind it and donate to the hospital for our guild kid’s quilt project. I had fun quilting it and got some good practice time in.

I’m off to a quilt retreat this week and hope to get a good start on a quilt using my Marcia Derse fat quarter collection that I bought in Houston last fall.

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Peru!

Peru was amazing! We spent 2 wonderful weeks in Peru on an Overseas Adventure Travel trip with a great guide and 15 interesting, congenial companions. I’ve wanted to see Machu Picchu since I was 19. Seeing it was wonderful but touring Peru, learning about the culture and meeting the people was wonderful too. Here are some photos that only begin to capture the experience.

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Small quilt finishes

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This week I managed to finish a charity quilt for the kids in the hospital and another baby quilt that may or may not become a charity quilt. I used both of these quilts to practice my ruler work with my handi quilter sixteen.

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Busy Month!

This month has been really busy! It included a 3 day workshop with Sue Spargo, a week in Paducah and a quilt finish! paducah

This is our annual photo of our Bryerpatch Studio work crew. This was the last year so it was a bit bittersweet this year. Caryl and Ron are off to live full-time in Washington state. Bryerpatch Studio has been sold to Paper Pieces who will be up and running in the Paducah building in June.

I’ve spent some time finishing the block I photostarted in the Sue Spargo workshop. I’ve learned lots of new stitches and really had fun with this.

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This summer I’m going to be teaching a chevron quilt at The Quilted Fox.  In preparing for the class, I finished another small quilt.beth and john small

Now it’s Mother’s Day weekend. I’m including a photo of my daughter, Beth, and her husband, John, at a fundraising event she organized for her job as the development director of a not-for-profit.

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My new handbag!

Koret Vintage handbagI found this amazing vintage Koret leather handbag at a thrift sale today. It’s the perfect bag for a quilter! Notice the elegant gold and silver scissors. And the clasp is a thimble. The ladies running the sale saved the bag for me because they know I’m a quilter! I came home and did a little research on it. I discovered that The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a bag just like mine in their collection. I’ll be taking it with me to the AQS show in Paducah!

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Sue Spargo workshop

Sue SpargoThis week I’ve had the very fun opportunity to participate in a 3 day Sue Spargo workshop. My guild, Piece Mill Quilters, brought Sue to St. Louis. We’re learning to create backgrounds, applique wool flowers, and embellish them with stitching. Here are a few pictures of the first part of the workshop. More will come as I make progress with my flower blocks.photo2 photo

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Charity quilts

IMG_0537Here are my two recent finishes which are both charity quilts. I picked up this quilt top and backing at the last Bits ‘n’ Pieces meeting. All I needed to do was quilt it and bind it. This was a very nicely made and pretty quilt top that quilted up easily. It should make some child much cheerier!IMG_0539 The quilt will go to Cover our Kids.

I found the blocks for the second quilt in a Charity Sharity bag along with fabric that had been used in the blocks. So I put the blocks together, added borders and quilted it. This one will go to the kid’s quilts project for Piece Mill Quilters.

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It’s Finished

ConnectionsI just finished this wall quilt this week. The quilt is called Connections and it is made with two of the Benartex gradations designed by Caryl Bryer-Fallert Gentry. This quilt will hang in the gallery at Bryerpatch Studio during the upcoming AQS quilt show in Paducah. Caryl has her 30 x 30 show hanging in the gallery now and this quilt will join them for the week. Caryl invited all of us who join her every year to help in her shop to make a quilt.  The quilt represents the connections I’ve made with dozens of wonderful quilters while working in Caryl’s store during the annual show.

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Crocus

crocusIn most years my crocus bulbs bloom and are gone sometime in February. This year, we are one day away from April and the crocus has just bloomed! The good news is that it does give me hope that spring will actually arrive!

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Refrigerator dies!

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This is our lovely side-by-side stainless refrigerator bought 5.5 years ago when we remodeled our kitchen. The warranty on the refrigerator compressor was 5 years. This week when the unit is 5 1/2 years old, the compressor died. Now we have a large, useless stainless steel box in the kitchen. Most of our food is in the basement in a not lovely harvest gold thirty year old refrigerator that still runs perfectly! Our most used items are in a cooler sitting in the corner. I think that an appliance that costs well over $1000 dollars should last more than 5 years!

quilt 1On the good side, I just finished binding a quilt made by the Tuesday Stitchers that will be going to my daughter’s annual dinner auction at the Planned Parenthood of Humboldt County. The Tuesday Stitchers are a small group of women who get together once a month to make charity quilts. This year we’ve made multiple Quilts of Valor as well as a quilt that will be auctioned off for Honor Flight. This quilt is twin sized or could be used as a large lap quilt. The fabric and quilting was donated by my friend Candy.

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