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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2014 Bits ‘n’ Pieces Quilt Show part 2

It was fun to see some of my quilts at the Bits ‘n’ Pieces Guild show. Here are photos I took of a couple of my entries. I had 9 other quilts in the show but I was so busy working I forgot to take photos of the rest!

My friend Tracy won 3 ribbons in the show! Here are her quilts. Congratulations Tracy!

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2014 Bits ‘n’ Pieces Quilt Show part 1

This past weekend was the 2014 Bits ‘n’ Pieces Quilt Show. It was a big success and there were more than 350 quilts entered by members plus several special exhibits. It was a terrific show! There were a few quilts exhibited that were made by quilters who took classes from me. I missed getting a photo of Bernadette’s quilt but here are the others. I always love seeing the products of my classes!

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Auction Quilts

Asian Windows 2I donated this quilt to the annual fund-raising dinner auction sponsored by CASA of Eureka, CA. I found out the other day that it brought $975 to help the very important work of CASA. I’m thrilled that it brought such a nice price. My daughter, Beth, is a long-time volunteer for the group and she keeps me up-to-date on their work.

I spent today sewing with my 2nd Tuesday Scrap group. We made a quilt top that, when quilted, will be a donation for a Planned Parenthood auction in a couple of months. Candy donated the fabrics and the plan for the quilt top. Bernadette, Bernie, Michele, Candy and I all helped piece the blocks and sew them together. I’ll buy and make the back. Candy will quilt it and then I’ll bind it and send it off to the auction. It’s amazing how quickly a group can put together a quilt top!

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Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

I’ve always known that when I meet another person named Marsha, she is likely to be close my age. Today I found a website called the historical name analysis tool that confirms that lifelong survey. MarshaAs you can see, The vast majority of us were born right around 1950. I’m right in there at 1952. This explains why there were 3 of us named Marsha in my 6th grade class! If you want to check your name, just click on the link and put your name in the box at the top.

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