Friday, October 24, 2014

2nd wedding quilt.....

On October 4th our family celebrated the second wedding this year.  Jess & Grant were married in Joplin.  Jessi is our granddaughter.  She chose a Gatsby theme for the reception and for the wedding her bridesmaids wore Taupe and the groomsmen wore black.  And then she added a touch of red .... Her lips and the red roses she carried.  The wedding ceremony was wonderful and the reception decorations were beautiful.   Sorry I don't have any pics to show you so I'll just move on to the quilt I made them.
The morning after the wedding a few of the family gathered in one of the rooms and the newlyweds opened the gifts that they received at the wedding.   Since Jess knew which gift was from me she wanted to open it last.    And of course they love it!!  lol

I originally made some of these blocks as a paper pieced BOM mystery from Carol Doak.   I needed several more blocks to make the quilt larger so when I made more blocks I reversed the colors and added a bit of red.   

Jessi, Grant and his mom are admiring the quilting that shows up so well on the black backing.  I had the Quilt Bugs use a gold thread.   So glad I chose that ..... It's gorgeous!

They love the label I added.

May I present the beautiful Mr & Mrs Conrad 
with their wedding quilt made with LOVE!!  

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Back again .... Maybe

I think this is the longest I've gone between posts since I started my blog.  I'm not going to bore you with all the reasons why I haven't posted.   I'm just going to move on from here and act like I haven't been gone for weeks.

So let me share the two wedding quilts I made for my granddaughters and their new hubbys.

First up:  Alivia & Brett   They were married in July and the weather was just perfect.  Her bridesmaids wore Coral and the guys wore dark chocolate brown.  All of her decorations were lace & burlap & Baby's Breath with touches of gold thrown in.  This is the brides mom (Gina) putting together all of the vases of baby's breath.
Alivia wanted a mini-light background for the head table and after checking the rentals (and the sizes available) her dad said he could make one.   Bigger & better!!  lol
Soooo he made three panels each measuring 9 ft tall and 12 ft long.   We ordered satin fabric for the back and organza for the front and they strung Christmas tree lights in the middle.
Here is the work in progress.  Dan & Stuart (my son & grandson) hanging the lights while the brides aunt and I are making sure they do it right.  LOL  

We were stripping the satin to trim the top edge.
The bride on the left (Alivia) and Brett's sister.  

Then they were ready to hang the
wedding wreath with their initial on it.

This is the finished backdrop.
Dan did a mighty fine job!!
As they start their married life...

I so loved making this quilt for them.  I used wool batting since they live in Iowa and their winters are a little ..... wintery!!  

Next wedding quilt installment coming soon..... Jessi & Grant

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My poor pitiful garden...

I love tomatoes, green peppers and zucchini and butternut.
So this year I decided we would buy a few plants and pretend we are gardeners.  Soooo, we planted 4 tomato plants, 3 pepper plants, 4 zucchinis and 4 butternut squash.  We added that good stuff to the soil and after planting put a layer of straw over the soil to help preserve the moisture.  And we watered and waited and watched and .....

Well.... pretending didn't work and we are NOT gardeners!  We've had a miserable crop of veggies.  especially zucchini's.  I believed 'those people' that said if you planted just one zucchini you'd be overrun with them.  Well.... 'they' didn't know my 4 plants.
And the green peppers.  Hahaha  I do believe this picture says it all.  Hubby may be happy but my peppers.....not so much!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hexie BOM...

Not only did I not do any blogging these last few months .... I also didn't work on my Hexie's.
Soooo A few days ago I did finish up the (May) butterfly I had started.  Here's a link to the Hexie BOM if you're interested.
  I did make a little change to the original butterfly pattern and made my butterfly a swallowtail.  We always have a big yellow Tiger Swallowtail in our backyard every year so I'm a bit partial to them.

I still need to embroidery the antenna ... but I'll do that later.
  I did spend a few hours this afternoon cutting the fabric for the next two months hexie BOM patterns.  So hopefully I can get caught up soon.
I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Believe it or not......

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Here I am again.  After a very long absence.  Seems like I had things to do ... places to go ... and people to see .... AND a wedding quilt to focus on that I could't show.  And my blog took a back seat to everything.
 But now that the kids are very happily married here is a picture of the quilt I gave them.

I used her wedding theme colors for the top:  Coral, burlap, lace & babies breath and a dark brown for the back to represent his tuxedo colors.
It turned out to be a bit larger than I intended because I added the extra row to extend the pattern.  Then added the borders.  I did use wool batting for the first time and love it.   I had the quilting done at The Quilt Bugs and I don't remember the pattern they used on their computer machine.
Here they are reading the label.  

Now I have another quilt to finish up for another GD that will be getting married in Oct.  And .... I'm going to be testing the waters and try making some of my own jewelry.  I LOVE hobbies!  
Have a really FUN great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Sunday, April 27, 2014

2½ weeks ....

That's how long it's been since I've posted anything.  And that's how long it's been since I've even had my machine on.  Nothing real important kept me away from sewing.  I'd walk into 'my studio' (I love saying that) for a minute or two then turn around and walk back out.  There were a few boring health issues -- medications taken -- all well now.   Spent several days driving to and from appointments and when we do that I usually don't get back to the machine that day.   I'm making a lot of excuses I think.
But mostly I just had a bit of a lack of sewing mojo there for awhile.  
>>> Oh yeah!  The biggie!  How could I forget???  Chalk it up to a senior moment(s).  ..... I bought a new computer and that thing is sucking up all my time just trying to learn how Windows 8 operates.  Quite a change from EP for sure!! 

So there's nothing new on my Design Wall so no need to link to Judy's.   So I'll just show you a few pics of some of my pretties at this time of year. 

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Hexie BOM

This months Hexie block is a 'Basket'.   I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it too.
I did have to dig around a bit before I found the fabric I was looking for. 
This will show it up close....

I thought I could make it look like the basket was woven and I think it kinda looks that way if I use my imagination.  hahaha   

Here's a pic of it completed on that black background (that I still don't have cut up and basted)  Maybe next month. 

I'm linking this block to the 2014 Hexie Yahoo Group and Esther's Work In Progress Wed.  
 I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday on my Design Wall.....

Just a quick picture to show how I'm coming along with my Carol Doak blocks that I made and how I'm setting them together.  I'm really happy with it so far.
And of course, it's really much prettier in person.  

So now I'm going to link to Judy's Design Wall Monday
I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sandhill Crane Migration....

A couple of days ago we headed to Kearney, Ne to watch the Sand Hill Cranes as they feed in the farmers fields.  "They" estimate over 500,000 cranes stop there on the Platte River to rest and feed to be ready for their next leg of their migration.

   This was our 3rd or 4th time to take this trip to specifically watch the cranes.  I could sit for hours and watch them as they 'dance' and feed and then lift off and fill the sky.  That day, however was very windy and that hindered the cranes dancing.  

Once we turned onto the Fort Kearney road we saw a large group of cranes in the field.  We pulled over to the side of the road to watch them for awhile.  (This is a very common sight if you're driving along this road at this time of year).  I did manage to get a couple of video's.  Here's one.....

If you're interested in reading more about the cranes I found this site to be very interesting..... 

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sashing & cornerstones.....

When I started designing this quilt in EQ7 (using Carol Doak's finished blocks) I wanted to spread it out as much as possible to make it a large quilt so I chose to set the blocks on point.  Then the sashing came next.    I decided on a 5" sashing and a square-in-a-square cornerstone.  That's pretty simple!
Then I wanted to dress up the plain sashings a bit so I chose to paper-piece them.
 This is my original idea with the sashings and the cornerstones. 
  Once I started making the sashings and adding them to my design wall I realized very quickly that I wasn't going to like those cornerstones.  They just didn't play nice.  So out with that idea.  
I did want to continue the black from the sashings into the cornerstone.  
So ..... 
Of Course!!  
A nine-patch would be perfect!  
See how it finishes the curve of the sashing?  Love that!!
Here's how it works on one block. 
I'm going to link this to Judy's Design Wall Monday.
And....I'm off to get some more sewing done for this quilt.  Yep!  I think the quilt is happy now.  :-)

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda


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