Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Heartstring baby quilt

Here is a picture of the heartstrings quilt( )I finished for Mexico. I have tons of 2.5" strips and have just gone through my fabric closet and pulled out more fabrics to cut into strips. I could be sewing these quilts all summer long! I am sure I will have to put some variety into the mix. Right now I am quilting some of the tops for the Ukraine. Work is going to be busier in the next month as the bank I work for is being bought by a bigger bank and I will be working more hours so everyone can be trained before the actual transition the end of June. I am looking at going to the orphanage in Mexico ( in October. Don't have all the details worked out but checking out all my options. It will be fun to hand deliver all the quilts I have for them! As of right now I have 29 quilts finished and with the quilt pictured that will make it 30.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Question on a How to?

I have been reading alot of blogs lately and I was wondering how you are able to get words crossed out with a line through them . Could someone please show me how to do this?
Is is something on the keyboard? Enquiring minds want to know!


Time Flies!

Well time sure does fly! I can't believe it has been ten days and I have no pictures to share for quilting finishes. I do have three baby quilts in the dryer but these were just panel quilts that I have had sitting around here waiting to be quilted for Mexico. Don't have pictures yet even though they would be boring.

We are selling all our animals and have sold one horse and took two cows to market this week. We have one horse left along with two calves that will be ready for market in the fall.

We are headed out of town this weekend to visit family. Have to take advantage of my three day weekends when they happen. I have been working extra hours at work as our bank is being purchased by a bigger bank and we are all in training to be ready for "transition day" on June 23rd.

Hope to be able to post something very soon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

High School Quilts

I finished the three graduates quilts that will be presented at church this Sunday. I really don't like working on denim quilts. They are better off being tied and I tried quilting them for speed. I am sure the kids will still like them but I am not happy with the results. I also worked on the Dresden plate quilt for my friend and got one of the tops pieced but will need to get a photo of it to post it. I had today off work and ended up not having much time to sew at all as I had a doctors appointment and delivered the last of the kids quilts to the schools.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day Gift

Yesterday we were out shopping and my Husband and youngest son bought me a weeping willow tree for Mother's Day. I was out flower shopping and spent the morning putting together some flower beds in the front yard. It looks pretty bad right now because grass seed we planted last year did not come back this year and we are trying to grow that right now also. I am not much of a gardener and need to keep things simple because I do not like to weed and spend alot of time on flowers and such. I think the weeping willow is such a graceful tree and once it gets bigger is should look great in the front yard. We have alot of wind where we live as you can see it was windy when I snapped these photos. Today I plan on spending the day in the sewing room both sorting and sewing in between baskets of laundry. So I best get on with it as the day is already half over!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007

This is a photo from the orphanage in Baja, Mexico that has a special place in my heart! This quilt was one that I donated with the help of a group of online quilters that make quilts for kids in orphanages and also children that get cleft lip/palate surgery overseas.
As you can see I really enjoy quilting for kids in need. About two years ago I went on a mission trip to an orphanage in Morelia, Mexico and so far have not been able to schedule another trip so I make quilts from home.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Baby Quilts completed

Here are the baby quilts that I have been working on for the last month. There were too many of them to post individual photos so decided this would have to work. I am going to deliver to two schools tomorrow and take pictures for the newspaper. I am happy to do these with the schools every year but I am glad I can now move onto the next project which is to finish the denim quilts for the High School graduates at church. I only have three of them to make and one is already complete and the other two are in various stages. After that I can start to work on whatever I want for awhile. What is that? At this point I am not even sure!

Baby Quilts done!

Today is a day to celebrate! I finished up the 14 baby quilts and the last three are in the washer right now. It feels great to be done with them. I will get a picture tonight and post it. I have to take them to the schools next week but may stop by a few classrooms tomorrow or Wednesday. They are also going to be displayed at the local public library in June. I am excited to be able to tell the kids that news.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Another Hobby

With all my deadlines pending for my quilting projects I still managed to get away for a weekend of scrapbooking with some girlfriends. This was the first time I went with this group and it was a blast. It is with my co-worker and we go to her Mom's house about 2 hrs away. Her house is wonderful and we all had a good time. I actually finished 80 pages over the weekend. I like to keep it simple because I am so far behind in all my scrapbooking. I actually have a combination of scrapbooks and pocket albums as I can not keep up with all the pictures. I worked on my youngest son's book and also the middle child's Boy Scout album. He will be working on his Eagle project this summer so I figured I better get that album done for his Eagle Court of Honor which hopefully will be this fall. Our theme for the weekend was "Look, its a chicken" so we all brought small gifts for each other that fit this theme. I made the chicken pin cushions for all the ladies. I ended up staying up late a few nights before to get them finished. I guess the story behind this theme is that we have a tendency to be talking about something and then in the middle of it interupt ourselves to say something like, "Look its a chicken" and then continue our converstation like we never stopped. It has something to do with my co-worker and her family, but I can completely relate.

I am back to quilting this week trying to finish up the baby quilts with the colored in quilt blocks from the elementary schools. These need to be done by May 15th and I believe I can get them done no problem. I will post some photos when they are complete.