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.