Monday, May 31, 2010

Remember them........

all those gallant soldiers who gave life and limb for our freedom.

I received this email today and want to pass it on to all of you-how appropriate for today:

After all the bad press over a few teachers who stepped out of line teaching songs to our children, this one is one you will be so proud to hear. At the end of the song you can order the sheet music. Awesome. I hope this sweeps our country and gets sung in all our schools. The music teacher wrote the song and had all the third graders sing. Enjoy -- great message.

(Click on link and video will upload and play)

From the third graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I've Been Bad Again....

about not posting--and not because I don't have lots to show you. Just lazy, I guess--and spending too much time reading and goofing off. We lost power from 4PM to midnight 2 weeks ago, and the same quilt is still stuck under the needle on my sewing machine as it was when the power went out. I have to get that taken care of today, because I'm behind on getting my Easter Egg blocks done for a swap we're doing on Block Central's forum.

I do have lots to show you, though, just not my stuff. Here are pics from our last 2 Quilt Club days at Joan's. This is a quilt we're all making for Diane's sister, Linda, who has been in the hospital for months. We all pieced parts of it and Jane is quilting it. We hope it will lift Linda's spirits-she's been through so much.

These are 2 more of Sharon D's Christmas quilts. The colors are really gorgeous, and she did a great job of making the blocks to surround her panels.

Bonnie and her sister, Donna, made these nice bags using that Texture Magic stuff that scrunches up the fabric. I haven't tried it yet, but they say it's very easy. It must be because they've made several of these bags now--it's addicting, lol.

Here's the group hard at work-although some days it seems we do more talking that working.

Some days we work so hard, though, that Joan's kitty--our mascot--gets plumb worn out and has to do some recuperating. As you can see, she needs her rest. She's such a sweet kitty--I guess that's because she loves whipped cream and ate most of mine off my pie the other day!

Yesterday I went with friends to Pat Knoechle's presentation at O'Susannah's in Watkins Glen. I'll show you all my pictures over the next couple of days. What gorgeous quilts-great inspiration for me to get that needle back out of the quilt and get sewing again!

Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon and Katie

Monday, May 3, 2010

A New Mystery is Starting....

at Erik Homemade Coffee Break Ezine. It's called a Scrap Pile Clean-Up Mystery Quilt, so you know you can count on using up lots of scraps from your scrap bins. The prologue step has been posted and Step 1 starts today, so make sure to hurry over and download the instructions, so you don't get behind.

I found another new BOM that just started recently at Turkey Feathers: HomeCraft & EveryDay Adventures. It's a beautiful state flower embroidery that Vicki has posted and will be adding new blocks to frequently--probably several per week-- so make sure to check out her site often. And visit her web store, the PatternBee for loads of classic, vintage embroidery designs. She has a great lot of freebies, too.

If you'd like even more flower embroideries, Diana at Quiltecke is offering one, also. Right now the pdf files are only in German, but she promises to follow up with instructions in English. General instructions and Block 1 are posted now. I'm saving these for now and waiting for the English ones before I start them.

Friday my friend, Lynne, came over to sew and finished up the tropical fish quilt she's been working on. It's turned out spectacularly, but now she's not sure if she can give it away, lol. It's so bright and cheerful--don't you just love it? The picture doesn't do the colors justice.

She and our other friend, Mary, put together a quilt last month for a little girl that's a friend of Lynne's granddaughter. The little girl is quite ill and loves horses. Lynne used 3 charm packs from Moda and made this quilt for her, using the Disappearing 9-Patch pattern. Didn't it turn out great?

Here's a picture of my latest Quilty Auntie block. This pinwheel block from Quilter's Cache uses trapezoids-which I've never done before. I actually had more trouble sewing the HST's on the right sides, than I did with the trapezoids, lol. I used some of my 30's fabric for this block--they're great for baby quilts.

Until next time...
Happy Quilting from Sharon and Katie