Thursday, February 26, 2015

stuff happens

I was making some progress
on Barbara's quilt...
when Mother Nature decided to send a lot of ice
and some snow our way.
Guess what happens when your gutters are full of ice
and then it rains 2 inches?

Rain comes inside.
Part of my quilting studio flooded.
Water down the wall, soaks carpet and to the garage
ceiling below.
I had to move a bookshelf loaded with my books, desk,
and furniture.
Studio is not so pretty right now and
almost impossible to work. 
But still not as bad as my sister has it
Spring will come!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Time for the Giveaway drawing

It is finally time for the GYB giveaway!!.
I had my assistant draw a number
again this year.
Before the BIG reveal
I would like to thank every one
who visited and especially those who
left a comment.
A BIG thank you to Vicki
at 2 bags full for hosting this event
again this year.
Without further delay....
(pretend to hear the drum roll)
My assistant drew number
That would be
Jeannie in Ohio.
I will contact you by email.
I enjoyed reading all of the comments and I think
I replied to each of you.
Still working on this quilt
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

seeing green

I started working on a customer's quilt today.
A couple of weeks ago
I purchased a set of curved longarm rulers
I wanted to try them out.
Sixteen little dots later this is how it turned out.
This is going to take a while.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Road trip

If you're looking for the GYB posting and giveaway
click here
Drawing will be Sunday, Feb 15.

I really need to build a design wall or something
so that I can hang a finished quilt
and show the whole quilt.
Until then, I will do the best I can.

It was raining and cloudy today so I
couldn't get real good pictures.
This quilt will be taking a road trip tomorrow,
so these pictures will have to do.
This quilt will be in an auction this weekend 
at  the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation
of Western New York Gala.
Pattern is Dresden Bloom by Edyta Sitar.
76.5 X 76.5
2 layers of batting.
Glide thread.
All quilting is hand guided on my APQS Millie.
I just love how it turned out.
It was my new favorite and very hard to send away.
I know it is going for a very good cause and
 I was very happy to make  for the auction.

On to the next one...
This is for a special friend. 
I tied to make it a one day project, but wouldn't
you know it....
I had to (well I didn't have to but I did)
 cook weekend breakfast, wash clothes, and
of course watch the Super Bowl. 
( I know I did more than that)
So I still have a little bit to finish.
Then on to some customer quilts.
Thanks for visiting.
I would love to know you stopped by.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

is hosting Grow Your Blog again this year
and it is so wonderful to meet old and new friends, sooo...
Hello and welcome.
I am Diane and welcome to my world of quilting.
Monday thur Friday, 8:00 to 4:30,
I am an accountant, Controller at a wholesale hardwood
lumber company. 
 Wife and mother to 2 sons.
The oldest 39 (does that spill the beans of my age?)
the youngest is 12 with Down Syndrome.
 Kind of like having two only children.
Saturday, Sunday and any minute I can squeeze
I am a quilt maker, about 17 years, and
a longarm quilter, about 3 years.
I sometimes design my own quilts, just
so I can quilt them on my APQS longarm.
All of my quilting is freehand, no computer here,
I use rulers and templates.
(Click on the pictures for a larger view.)
I seem to make a lot of memory quilts
for people who have lost a love one.
I love to make memory quilts special with a story to tell.
Love to quilt names, date and special memories.
I also make quilts for my family (whether they want one or not)
I made this one for my son's shop.
I quilt for friends, old and new.
I have entered a few quilts in quilt shows
and have won several ribbons.
Baby quilts
T shirt quilts
wedding quilts
(Feeling like Forrest Gump now.)
Hope you look around, like what you see
 and join me in my quilting adventure.
I may not post every day or every week
(remember squeezing every quilting minute)
but I do share quilting progress and completed quilts.
If you have made it this far without getting bored and leaving
let's have some fun.
Just leave me a comment
and you will be entered to win a
jelly roll and about 1 1/2 yard of Sunkissed by Sweetwater.
Beautiful fabric, came out several years ago,
 just yelling to be made into a beautiful quilt or bag.
Please make sure you are not a no reply blogger or
leave your email address so that I can reach you.
Thank you for visiting and hope you decide to follow.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Coming along

Working on a special quilt
and guess what...
it's not a memory quilt.
Need to finish this one this weekend.
More pictures when it is finished.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

And a Happy New Year to you!

I want to share my last quilt
for 2014.
I tried to finish for Christmas, but
I was a couple of days late.
I came down with a nasty bug on Christmas,
flu I think, (even though I had a flu shot).
Even though I love sharing things,
 I didn't think I  should share the flu, so the quilt
has not been delivered yet.
Being in the accounting field, year end is...well you can image.
Monday was the day I scheduled inventory,
outside, 32 degrees and still sick, but I made it.
Anyway, I'm sure you did come here to listen to me whine.
So here it is....
A little history...
This is a memory quilt I made for my aunt.
The stars are made from her late husband's
There are six circles of stars, one for each of her children,
and 8 stars in each circle, one for each member of her family.
I quilted 18 friendship stars for each of her grandchildren.
There are 15 pinwheels for her great grandchildren.
The pattern is Round and Round by Thimble Blossoms.
I left the center circle off and quilted his name.
(just in case you noticed, I did fix the corner of that pinwheel)
I quilt everything freehand, including the names.
2 layers 80/20 batting.
Glide thread, linen, it's not a white white, but not beige.
Love it on a white background.
I like to try something new on every quilt, this time it was
feather circles.
Nice little feathered border.
I couldn't get a picture of the whole quilt,
this is as good as I could get.
Thanks for stopping by,
back to work tomorrow.