Monday, April 20, 2009

How Life Changes!

This past week I found out that a good friend lost her father & another close friend has cancer. Sometimes it seems like things in life change so quickly that we can't keep up with it all. I am a firm believer in God & I can only pray that each person & family going through troubled times will find comfort in their faith. The following is what is on my calander for today:
Some people in our lives are like angels; their very presence makes our world a safer place.
As we go through our days let us all remember to be thankful for friends & family. We never know how long they will be with us.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Watching the Masters

I am a fan of golf & even play when I get the time. I spent Sunday morning in church, had lunch at my mother-in-law's, came home & watched the Masters. I have to say this year was one of the best I have seen in awhile.

I always like to do some kind of hand work while I am watching TV so I picked up a couple of items to work on.

I finished the aqua colored scarf that I had been knitting and then I finished the hand warmers that I crocheted. The thread was for socks but I haven't attempted that pattern yet. Since Mom's hands get cold I thought she would like these. She already has 2 pair, but I really like the way this fit on the hands.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Slideshow

I have spent most of the day taking pictures of my quilts I have finished & blocks I am working on plus some other stuff. I realized my paintings were showing but not my quilts. Even though it has taken some time I am really excited about having them posted. This is not everything so I will continue to add to the list as I get pictures made & as I complete old & new projects.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dear Jane Quilts starting in April

I am starting a new class next week and I will be working on two Dear Jane quilts. The class meets once a month and will last for one year.

One will be in these Civil War fabrics with a cream muslin background.

I so admire the talent that it took to make that quilt. Jane must have been one patient lady to hand stitch & applique all of those pieces and then quilt it.
One corner block is stitched with the following:
In War Time 1863, Pieces 5602, Jane A. Stickle.

This is the fabric for the 2nd quilt.

This print is called "The Quiltmaker's Gift". I have had this fabric for several years. At one time I was going to use it on the back of a quilt, but changed my mind. I think it will work up well using a cream color background. I believe it is quite appropriate to use this fabric because Jane Stickle was certainly a quiltmaker with a gift.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My New Baby!

Here she is, born December 9, 1948. I'm not sure what time of the day, but she is simply a beauty. I have dreamed of owning one of these little ladies and now that has come true. Tomorrow I take her to be serviced and when she gets back home I plan on making my Dear Jane blocks with her, and maybe I will do some paper piecing. The stitch on this one is great and I can't wait to get started.

As you can see I have several bobbins and attachments that came along with her. I only wish I had the manual, but I know I can find one online so I'm not dissappointed.

The case is a little worn but that is okay too! I was told that it used to belong to an older gentleman that sewed and when he passed his daughter gave it to her friend. That lady did not sew at all and when she moved here to Tennessee she put it up for sale. I very seldom look on the internet for anything but I just happened to be browsing the other day. I found this and only had to travel about 15 miles to look at it and buy it. I still can't believe it! She is actually mine!!