Thursday, February 24, 2011

Roses of Rembrance

A year and a half ago I took an applique class. I had taken one before but it was a total fail and I was convinced I would never be able to hand applique. My patience was shot after that class and, of course, my budget was too because of all the supplies they insisted you needed. Well, I was talked into taking from a different instructor and it proved to be a success. Not only did I find some new friends but I found a technique that I fell in love with.

We worked on Jacobean Christmas last year by Pat Campbell and this year we voted to stick together and do another project. We chose the Roses of Remembrance by Sharon Pederson.

We met in January for our first block and to iron out some details. We actually started on Block 2 because Block 1 is very difficult. We didn't want to get scared off by the difficulty of the first block. Here are a few pictures from the first meeting.

Not everyone finishes their blocks by the next month but we do love it when someone does and brings show and tell.

We are using what is termed the "Back Baste Method of Applique" which is really a very easy technique and can be done by anyone. It is very portable too!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pin Cushion Swap

The Quilt Asylum hosted a pin cushion swap in early February. I had no idea what to expect but let me tell you I was overwhelmed by the creativity of the participants. The pin cushions were so amazing!!

This is the one I made using a Vanilla House pattern. I just wasn't up to designing my own but I did have fun incorporating my favorite colors of gray and lime green.

I loved the bee hive! The neatest thing was that the recipient's daughter has always loved bees so it meant way more to her than just a pin cushion.

This little mouse served another purpose too. The way the tail holds the thread for you is just so nifty.

Could there be anything more appropriate for Texas???? This armadillo was just precious and the girl made the pattern up!! She should be designing and writing patterns for pin cushions.

Here are just a few more favorites. Not all my pictures turned out so I am not going to post everyone of them.

Our next swap is a pillow cover...can't wait to see the finished items!!

Funny girl....

All my kids are so different but they all have some sense of humor. We woke up one day to finding all of these childhood McDonald's toys bearing pleas to help find a missing Flip camera. They were placed in the refrigerator, on the stairs, by the coffee maker, on the dryer...etc. We still have not found the camera but are hoping it is just in a really great hiding spot.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Valentine

My Valentine knows me well...he made these for me! This is my favorite way to eat chocolate!!

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Friday, February 4, 2011


Last Friday I sat in the 73* weather on that chair reading. Today is our fourth ice/snow day for the schools to be closed. We have 6 inches of snow and it is still coming down.

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