Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colorado Beauties

I had the most wonderful time in Colorado!
I flew in with a group of Quilting friends, all very special and dear to me.
There were so many amazing experiences and activities packed into just a few days. I will have to share them all over several blog posts.

This was our Welcoming Committee!
Dawn Ronningen and Lisa Matlick met us at the Airport with these super fun and creative signs.

Morning - Day ONE:
I had the distinct privilege of meeting a few members of the Interfaith Quilter's of Longmont Guild! These ladies are extremely passionate quilters, all dedicated to helping/serving their community. They are also extremely talented, endearing women.

Their Guild was just featured in McCalls Magazine. (the March/April 2016 edition) Celebrating 30 years of community service - you can read about them on page 82 in the magazine.


Suzanne Thayne, Julie Althorpe, Karan Michael, Katherine Huelskamp, Me, Peggy McDonald and Elizabeth Muehe

Their members have been working on Dear Jane quilts over the past few years with some assistance from my class tutorials/program. I've been eager to meet with them and see their stunning quilts.
Dawn graciously opened up her home for all of us to meet in person!

Missing from the group due to a recent move was Corry Love, the woman that initially pulled this group together to work on Jane.
Determined to share this special day with Corry, her friends brought her to our meeting via an online link called SKYPE. What an awesome way to be with her despite the miles in between!


notice Corry's Jane quilt in the background

Below is some show & tell... all of these quilts were stunning to see!
You can click on the pictures for a larger view.


Elizabeth Muehe


Katherine Huelskamp


Peggy McDonald


Karan Michael


Julie Althorpe


Suzanne Thayne

Also driving out to meet us that morning was a friend of Dawn's - Linda Rhodes. Here is her amazing Jane quilt.


Linda Rhodes

I have more to share about my first day in Colorado in a couple of days.
However, I would like to end this post in saying what an honor it was to meet these very special women from the Interfaith Quilters of Longmont Colorado!

I speak not only for myself, but also on behalf of Dawn and all of our friends in attendance. This was a meeting and exchange that we will always treasure.
Thank you for the wonderful memories!

every quilt tells a story....

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Double Take on Bouquet's & Colorado bound

This is my Red & Taupe version Bouquet block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album. And below is a modern version I made of the same block.

I made the Modern version first for Carly, the owner of WebFabrics.
OK I admit it, I got a bit lazy when it came to making the block again in my red/taupe theme. Although it really doesn't look much like the original, I like how it turned out just the same.

Be sure to pop over to the SVBAQ blog early next week to see how other quilter's have interpreted this block.

I will be in Colorado next week!
Dawn, Collector with a Needle and I have a fun week planned with a special group of quilting friends. And I'm very excited for the opportunity to meet with some of the talented women from the Longmont Interfaith Quilt Guild! These ladies have been working hard on their Dear Jane quilts the past couple of years and I look forward to meeting them and seeing some of their amazing finished quilts!

Wishing you a Happy and Stitch filled May!

every quilt tells a story....

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Farewell to April


PEA POD


PARSLEY

What a busy month April turned out to be!
I was out of town 2 weeks and every weekend this month.
So today (this last day of April) I will savor the fact that I am finally home to rest, catch up on laundry, housecleaning, correspondance etc.

The highlight of my month:

Hubby and I took our 5 yr old grandson to Legoland in Orlando Florida.

Obsessed with Lego's, this was a very exciting adventure for him.

And filled with lots of precious memories for all of us!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Is it Friday Already?


ROTUNDA

We've been having cooler than normal weather this spring.
Despite the cold evenings and morning frosts, I continue to work on blocks that remind me of warm Spring days.


GARDEN

I've completed 72 blocks so far and my grid is finally starting to fill in a bit.
Still more blank spaces than blocks, but I'm hoping to tip that scale by mid summer.
I'll continue to work on a few more Spring themed blocks as I wait for those warmer temperatures the weatherman keeps promising.

May your days be stitch filled and your journey Joyful!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Early finishes....


PUSSY WILLOW

(my first Dutch Treat blocks for April)


SPRING GROWTH

And a picture of my completed Tiger Lily block.
It is the botanical flower assignment for April over at the SVBAQ blog.
The sew-along is free to follow and newcomers are always welcome!

Wishing you a happy and stitch filled start to April!

Friday, April 1, 2016

More March finishes


CAIRNCROFT

I decided to keep with Spring themed blocks for the month.
It was fun searching thru all the blocks in the book to find them.
There were plenty of blocks left to chose from. (grin)


FLOWER BASKET


BUNNIES
(can you see them dancing around the circle?)

I also completed 2 of my blocks for the Sarah Fielke BOM.
The star is not part of Sarah's design, I decided to make an Anniversary star instead. I will add a verse in the center of it before completing the quilt.

I've also been working steadily on my blocks for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Sew along. I'm including a sneak peek of my finished block for April.
Can you tell what block this is?
Today is the next monthly block reveal over at the SVBAQ blog.
You can see which botanical design it is by clicking HERE.

Wishing you a Fabulous start to April!