Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Vicki is hosting
Grow Your Blog
A great way to find new friends.
I would love to have new followers and
find blogs that I never knew about before.
Thanks Vicki.
Welcome to my blog, 
I dew quilting,
my name is Diane
and I love quilting.

I made my first quilt top in 1994
(wow that seems like forever ago)
I have learned, I have grown and love everything about
quilting (except maybe binding).
I make traditional and modern quilts.

  I have now found a new love...
I have fallen in love with longarm quilting.
I bought my first machine in 2011 or 2012.
I didn't use it a lot.  I couldn't quilt the way I wanted to
so I just didn't use it very much.
Then I discovered the Internet and books and rulers and teachers.
Bloggers that shared their beautiful quilting and even showed and explained how they did what they did.
I sold my first machine
 and I bought a APQS Millie last year.
Millie and I get along great. 
I make Memory quilts for family and friends
 (even a few for strangers)
This one was for a friend at work, whose parents passed on within
6 months of each other.  It was made out of their clothing.
Mother and father stars surrounded by nine stars, one for each of their children.  I quilted each of their names, dates and symbols of
their life together.
Then I made one for his son 
 and his daughter.
 The children's had 23 quilted pinwheels, one for each of the grandchildren.
More pictures here Jimmy's Memory quilt
here Details, details
(because I love pictures)
My favorite quilt this past year
has to be the one I made for my son's shop.

He loved it.
It was so much fun to make,
inspired by a quilt made by
Lisa Snipes
I love the way it finished.
Even won a 1st place ribbon in a local quilt show.

Another one of my favorites is one I made for myself.

A wall hanging
for myself.
I drafted everything and free hand quilted it with Millie's help.

I make t-shirt quilts.

Wedding quilts.

Well that's a little of what I do, in addition to quilting
I work a full time job, married, have an incredible 11 year old son with Down syndrome and an older son mentioned above.

I don't post everyday, gosh I might not post every week but I do share my quilting and hope you see something that will bring you back again.

Now let's have some fun. 
 Let's have a giveaway!!
I have a Scrap Basket Surprises Quilt Club Kit.
You can make anything you like
or use the quilt on page 44 of
the Scrap Basket Surprises book.
This kit includes:
two Fresh Cotton Jelly Rolls by Fig Tree Quilts
1 3/8 yards background
5/8 yard binding
3 3/4 yards of Fresh Cotton for the backing.

I bought this kit from the Fat Quarter Shop,
it is beautiful fabric, but I know I will not use it for a long time (too many things on my list) and it is too beautiful to stay on my shelf.
Just leave a comment for a chance to win.
Drawing will be Feb 15th.
Thank you for visiting and
I hope you come back and visit again.
Would love to have you as a follower.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

A little progress

I started quilting Diane's quilt on New Year Day.
I am really loving the way it is
developing.  I say developing
because I knew how I wanted to quilt some areas
but others remain a mystery, so
it is developing.
Feathers in the middle.
I'm thinking some pebbles and McTavishing around the
applique.  What do you think?  Or a circle, maybe 3/4 inch,
right there between the feathers and flowers, straight
up from that leaf. 
I had already rolled the top, but look a little dragonfly,
It's in her new book Quilting Wide Open Spaces.
Great book by the way.
Then there was two.
Then three finished.
Applique stitched around.
Almost ready to start the background fill.
Linking  up with Sarah
Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm.
We are having really cold weather in TN.