Monday, October 20, 2014

Starting Over

Sometimes when I am bored I hit the “Next Blog” button on my blog. It starts out with sewing blogs and then morphs into all types of different blogs, from poetry to foreign philosophers on motorcycles.

Sometimes I hit blogs that have not been updated in months and even years.  Some people say goodbye, some change formats and some people just stop posting. Did they get bored? Change life circumstances? Or, as some have told me, get a life?

No, I am not stopping.  As I have stated before, I like my blog. I look at it as a diary and as a way to watch my family grow.  I also enjoy looking at past projects.  I still surprise myself sometimes.

But I did lose interest for a while.  In fact I even lost all interest in sewing.  The thought of going into my sewing room just depressed me.

You see, my friend Mimi died in April. She and I did lots of sewing-and shopping together. We had a couple projects that we were completing together. We laughed and cried together.  I taught her about quilting, she taught me about the Civil War. When I hurt my back, she called me every day. She never came to visit me without a bunch of flowers.  I once mentioned I thought kitty clocks were cute. She got me one for Christmas. She was a wonderful friend.

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Mimi and me at the beach in VA. Mimi loved the beach.

John, her husband, has asked me to finish a few of her quilts. As I work on them, I hear her talking to me. It has helped me to start sewing again.

A friend from high school has started a purse challenge on Facebook. I thought that the challenge might kick me back into gear. Here are the beginnings of my purse.  It combines a couple of my favorite things, Japanese fabrics and beading.  I found the inspiration in one of my Japanese craft books.

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I will keep you posted on my project.  I am not going anywhere.

Diane

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thumbstall Quilt Guild

Last weekend was my quilt guild’s bi-annual quilt show. Admittedly, I have not been active in the guild lately; I did go to see our beautiful quilts, visit with old friends, and work a shift at the door. I did not put anything in the show but I did admire some great work from our members.

I thought I would put the pictures in the slide show mode.  I won’t bore you with lots of chatter but I will explain a couple of the pictures:  the first few are from our guild challenge to the members. There is also a display from the NY consortium guild honoring our great state.  Finally check out our Quilts of Valor and Annie Laurie’s fish quilt (the picture with my hand behind the cut out applique!

 

Enjoy!

Diane

Monday, June 30, 2014

What Do You Think?

 

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The other night my sisters-in-law and I went to see the movie Jersey Boys.  It was a very good movie.  Then we went to Cheesecake Factory for a light dinner and not so light dessert.

We then went to a few stores at the mall, one of them selling Vera Bradley goodies.  I decided I wanted a new cover for my I Pad. Unfortunately, they do not have a style that fits the I Pad Air.  So I found a shirt in the 60% off bin and made my own.  I even used the tag from the shirt to put on the case!

I used a Nancy Ziemann pattern but I adapted it to my own needs (size, etc.).

I think it looks pretty good, but what do you think?

Diane

P.S. It has been a while since I posted. I am sure I have lost a few readers.  It has been a tough couple of months.  More on that later.

Monday, April 7, 2014

ALYOF-April

Another quilt-another binding! This one has been quilted since last summer.

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This one is relatively big-about 72” square.  I hope the next picture will show it hanging on my wall!

This is my last binding-for a while. The next couple of months should have some more interesting WIPs.

Let’s finish up some quilts!

Diane

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ALYOF- March Finish

Yay! I got it done!

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I have been working on doing pantographs from the back of my frame. I think it looks pretty good.

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Do you have any finishes for March?

Diane