Saturday, August 28, 2010


I'm really not sure where this week went, but it definitely flew by.  We are heading to the pool shortly to enjoy a end of  summer party with the subdivision.  Should be fun.  Some one is going to very sad when the tube has to be deflated for the season. 

I finally got my Pickety Sticks quilt top quilted and bound.  I love how wrinkly it go when I washed it and dried it on HOT.  The pattern is by Tula Pink.  I really think I'm going to have to make another one in bright colors like this. 
Pickety Sticks Finished

I quilted it using Daisy Swirl from Willow Leaf Designs and a really bright variegated thread from Signature.  I will definitely be using this design on a lot of kids quilts.  It was fun to do and turns out great.
Machine quilting

The picture doesn't do this quilt justice.  It is so bright and happy.  The pattern is from Blue Underground.  Makes me smile every time I look at it.  I used Dizzy from Willow Leaf Studio. 
Batik Squares

I'm finally starting to make a dent in some of my quilting.  I've decided no more new projects until I get some of the tops hanging in the closet done.  I'm going to put another on the frame this morning and hopefully will be able to work on it tomorrow.  It's been nice to have some hand sewing to do right before I go to bed.  Great way to relax and start the wind down.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Quilts of Valor

I'm officially behind on my blogging. I have so much to share and either leave it in the camera or get totally side tracked and it just never makes it to the big screen.

I was asked by Nikki if I could donate some time and quilt a quilt top for Quilts of Valor. My answer, definitely. Then I saw the top. Oh Crud. I don't custom quilt. I have decided that I'm a pantograph through and through. Everyone has to be good at something and I can safely say that I've mastered the pantographs. So back to the quilt. I stared at it for a few days until I figured out I could do an all over feather design.

Here is a picture of the quilting on the back.
Quilts of Valor

It's Fay Feathers from Willow Leaf Studios.

Now for the front of the quilt.
Quilts of Valor

I'm really pleased with my efforts and would be happy to help Nikki out anytime she has more Valor tops to be quilted.

Have a great day.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

TShirt Quilt

TShirt Quilt - Whole
Originally uploaded by blarma2001
I'm attempting to post this entry from my Flickr account. We'll see how successful I am at it.

This is a picture of a t-shirt quilt I made for a lady that I work with. She is retiring on the 31st after working 45 years, 2 weeks and 2 days. I can only imagine the changes she has seen. The whole time I was sewing the shirts together all I could think was boy howdy, she has worked one place longer than I've been alive. Not by much, but still longer.

My quilt holder is a little distracted in the photo. We had our dog and the neighbor's dogs out playing. It's referred to as Wrestlemania.

Have a great night.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


I haven't fallen off the face of the earth...yet.  Just a little preoccupied with life.

Title - Sad - Yes, I'm a little sad these days.  I told you all about my friend that was diagnosed with cancer.  Well things have gone from bad to horrible.  She is now at home with the help of hospice.  Yesterday I went to visit and she told me goodbye.  No, not goodbye like you see later, but goodbye with an I Love You.  I cried all the way back to work.  Not just a little boo hooing, but actually bawled. 

I know that death is a part of life and death is a part of being an adult.  Doesn't mean I have to like it or embrace it.  I know that my friend will be in better Hands soon and free from the horrible pain she is in now, but it still doesn't make it any easier to deal with. 

Pictures of quilty things to follow this weekend or during the week.