Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm Baaaack..........

Sorry I was away for so long, but I needed a break from everything for a while.  Now to catch up on all we've been doing in my little corner of the world.

First--If you want a new quilt for Christmas, hop on over to Hazel's Quilts and get caught up on the Festive Mystery quilt QuiltSue has designed and a group of bloggers have been sewing since March.  It's called  a Christmas Quilt-a-long.   All the installments are still on their blogs or just email them for the info.

Second--Starting July 1st is a Red/White/Blue Blog Hop hosted by Jane's Fabrics and Quilts.  About 6 different bloggers each day will be presenting R/W/B blocks with tutorials and some giveaways from July 1st thru July 16th.  So now is the time to start your patriotic quilt.

Then check out the Bowls With Borders Blog Hop Madame Samm has been telling us about.  This would be a darling wallhanging for your kitchen with a few bowls on it.  Contact Carol at Just Let Me Quilt to sign up and get the free pattern.  Unfortunately, you have to play to get the pattern for free, but you can purchase it from the designer, Regina.  Those who do not want to participate will be given Regina's links on July 1st. (You can purchase directly from her at a cost of 5 Euros.)

And finally, check out the new blog hop offered by Madame Samm of  Sew We Quilt. Think Christmas blocks. (6.5 or 10.5 or 12.5)  You could be inspired to make another new Christmas quilt, or tablerunners, or potholders, or wallhangings, or .... and the list goes on.   Lesley at The Cuddle Quilter is hosting it, so go over and read all about it and start pulling out your Christmas fabrics.

I'll end with some pics of my friends and our latest quilting venture.  This is the Dresden Fan workshop Diane S. held at the fire hall last month.

We all had a great time, and of course, the food was fabulous!  We have some great cooks in our group!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting from Sharon and the girls, Katie and Patsy Cline

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A great loss....

Many of you may have heard the terrible news that we lost our friend, Gerda, yesterday. It was such a shock to hear -- I guess I never expected she would ever let anything get her down, especially some nasty germ from within. She was always so upbeat and positive about life, her family, and her hobbies. Gerda was so compassionate and giving of her time and resources to others less fortunate. She truly earned her nickname, "Marian the Librarian" with all the wonderful sites and tutorials she found on the Internet for us to
enjoy. She was a great internet friend and mentor, sharing her wisdom and skills with us all. She will be greatly missed by all her Groups--Block Central, Scrappy & Happy, the Quilted Table, Quilt & Needle, Seasons, and other groups she belonged to.

Rest in peace, Gerda, and know that so many people are hurting with your loss.

March 11, 1953 - June 4, 2012