Sunday, May 29, 2011

Spring 2011

Here is Spring at my house.  I am really enjoying my flowers this year.  They have finally matured enough to put on a show.  I tried to get rid of some invasive flowers and will be moving things around .  

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My first quilt

This is the very first quilt that I made.  I think it was made in 2000 or 2001. It has been well loved by my daughter.  My mentor began teasing me by bringing her beautiful quilts to work.  Then she further tempted me by bringing in quilting magazines.  When I decided to try this quilt, she shared some of her scraps with me.  This  is one of only a few that I quilted with my domestic sewing machine.  That is the only part of the quilting process I did not enjoy.  I apologize as I long ago lost the name of this pattern.  I made the label on my printer and it faded away.
The addiction began and I have been quilting ever since.  I print my labels by hand now with fabric pens so I have their names and dates they were made.  Looking back on this quilt, I see the pieced borders.  I am trying to go back to that as I  think it adds a lot to the quilts.  
I also bought a quilting system.  I wanted to be involved in the entire process and since I disliked quilting with my domestic machine I went to the next level.  Now I can say I love the whole process and hope to improve with each quilt I make.

I decided to post this quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What I made

Here us the fabric that I won.  I decided to make my granddaughter Madison a dress from it.  Her mommy wanted to get her picture taken in the dress, and wanted something for brother Elijah to wear to match her.  He selected the cute bug fabric and I made him a tie.  (Sarah has the rights to the pictures-no copyright infringement.  I couldn't get my copies to turn out so used theirs.)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Spring 2011

I forgot to take pictures of my magnolia blooming and the lilacs are almost done blooming too.  Here are some small irises, a strange dogwood, and a broom almost ready to burst into bloom.  I just love this time of year.  The weather is beautiful today.  I took off work again to work in the yard next week.  I am hoping this weather is what I have to look forward to!