Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Show n Tell

I promised that I would show some of my quilts soon. I've been trying to do a little on my blog, but blogger has just sat and spinned for me the past few days. I think it has more to do with our location than blogger though, as our internet does that quite often.

Here are a couple of quilts that old to me, but new to you. The first one I made when we were stationed in Germany the first time. I used a fabric line by Robyn Pandolph and the pattern was in an old issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting. Sorry, I can't remember the names as it's been a few years. While at Ramstein, we had a lady to join our guild who was a long arm quilter. So I had her to quilt this one for me. I've since sent it to my Mom and Dad to have.

This next one is a Thimbleberrie pattern. It was a fun quilt to make. While we were stationed in California, I joined a guild there. I met a wonderful lady, Diane, who had started the guild and she and I became friends. She had a long arm and told me to bring a quilt up to play on the machine. She helped me to quilt this one and it was fun playing on that long arm. She kept telling me to relax my arm. *LOL* I kept raising it up higher and higher, so she would remind me. Think I should have had a glass of wine before starting to loosen up. *S*

Here is a close up of the quilting.

I will share more another day. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shopping in Trier

I spent the day shopping with a neighbor friend on Saturday. We spent the day in Trier and had a fun time. I bought some goodies for the house. I've been hung up on birds lately and was on the lookout for an iron bird. I didn't find one, but found some made of stone. I also found this wonderful bird bath for sitting on a shelf or window ledge. I haven't decided on which yet. It was on sale for 5 Euro's!

Next I found this wonderful jar with an iron top on it. I can't figure out what to put in it, so any ideas would be appreciated. I just loved it and had to bring it home with me. Not sure if you can see the iron ring of keys in the lower left corner, but had to have those too. Now the iron basket in back is one that I have had for awhile. I just haven't figured out what to put in it or how to use it. So again, I would love some ideas.

Here is a gorgeous Iron Water Feature in the Walkplatz of Trier. I would love to have something like this in my future dream home.

I will get to my quilting pics soon, so be sure to check back.

Friday, May 15, 2009

I've been MIA again...

A funny thing happened earlier. I was thinking, Gee, I haven't posted to my blog in awhile. So I run downstairs to take a pic of my fabric stash and a backing that I have been working on. DH calls to tell me that gas will be going up .18 tomorrow and I should go fill the car up. So out the door the little guy and I go. Get back home and check Google Blog and there I see a quilt of mine. *S* My friend Mary at Quilt Hollow has posted to introduce my blog to her blogging friends. *S* Mary is the one that got me to start blogging a short while ago. She and I must have been sending vibes to each other, over the pond, to remind me to post. *S* Below is my fabric stash, although it's not all of it. This is just my favorites. I still have 1 or 2 totes full of fabrics that I bought over the years and aren't really what I want to use.

Just last weekend, I sent a couple of quilt tops to Mary to do her magic on. I still have 2 more that I am piecing backings for. While working on these backs, I've pulled out of my stash of older fabrics and some from the same lines that are in the tops. I noticed that some of my pieces of fabrics now have fold lines in them that are a bit lighter. So now, I'm determined to use up some of my stash and not let this happen again. Let this be a warning to you, either use it up, or re-fold from time to time. I went on and used a piece with those fold lines and figure that will be my humble part of this quilt and, also, a reminder to use up the stash. See the fabric in the lower right hand side. That's the lighter fold lines.

After I get these 2 backings done, I'm going to start cutting strips from my stash for a Lady of the Lake Quilt. I found the perfect border fabric in my stash and I used EQ software to design it out to see if I have enough. The blocks will be set on point and the border fabric will be the corner and side triangles. The fabric below is the border fabric that I chose. This from the Harvest Home by Brannock/Patek for Moda. I'm a big Moda fan!

Until next time......I have other quilts that I don't think I've even taken pics of yet. I'll get to that for my next post.