Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blog Pause

Hi Everyone
For some time now I have not been posting on this blog. I am continuing on my other blog www.boutisflorida.blogspot.com
Initially I thought I would keep the two blogs separate, one for quilting and one for boutis, but topics simply overlap and I am finding it better to post on only one blog.
So please come visit me at the Boutis FLorida site !

Sunday, February 14, 2010

West Pasco Quilt Show

Yesterday I visited the lovely West Pasco show. This is a large guild which puts on a show every two years with many beautiful quilts. The show is still on today, with a live quilt auction for charity, so if you are anywhere near Hudson FL today give yourself a treat

I will let the photos speak for themselves - since I am mostly fond of applique, that is what I photographed. Enjoy !

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cold Weather !

We have had unusually cold weather here in Florida, and while we can't compete with the amount of snow everyone else has had, we have had freezing temperatures for the last couple of days, and yesterday was very cold. A perfect day for staying indoors, I cooked and baked and even managed to sew a little. Our oldest cat Rusty made himself comfortable next to the fire.
I made this bag for my daughter who is going back to college today. I had cut the fabric a while back and finished it yesterday - the pattern is the Frenchy bag by Amy Butler, the fabrics are so much nicer than in the picture. I lined the bag in a coordinating stripe fabric from this line, and it has two big pockets inside with a magnetic snap.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year Bonne Annee Prosit Neujahr !

I wish everyone a happy and successful New Year 2010, I hope you will have plenty of stitching time this year !

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Frohe Weihnachten Joyeux Noel

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, I wish you a wonderful Christmas Day with your families, with joy, peace and happiness for all.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Mystery

Yesterday I went to my favorite quilt shop for the annual Christmas mystery, always the first Saturday in December for a number of years - I remember going to the first one, and I think I have only missed one other since. It is a great concept - there is a mystery designed by someone different from the shop each year, this year's was done by the lovely Pam (see her smiling face above top). We all take some food to share, and the shop provides sandwiches. I look forward to this as my treat for St Nicholas ! This year there was a choice of fabrics, either the blue and white, or the contemporary version, I chose contemporary and I LOVE it ! Aren't the poinsettias fabulous ? You cannot tell from the photos that the half square triangles are dimensional, and have to be folded back and stitched down to make a curve - that way, a small angel is formed in each of the corners. As usual, I have my photos back to front, so you see the end of the mystery first - Becky chose to make her decoration with the music to a Christmas carol, the black appliques are the words to the song (not cut out and appliqued yet), and of course the notes are correct ! Roni made hers with thread painting branches at the top, and stencilling snowflakes. So we were given a lot of inspiration to make our quilts individual. I did finish my top well in time, and now I have to get the poinsettia pattern enlarged so I can applique. We had a great time and are looking forward to next year !

Friday, November 20, 2009

Brown Bag 2nd Part

For my brown bag, I received three fat quarters of batiks in colors that are not my usual style. The object is to try to do something different, and I did enjoy making this little appliqued wallhanging. I had sent some Civil War fabrics (I didn't remember though which ones) and I received a fabulous quilt back - perfect for me, exactly what I like and beautifully made, I was very happy - thank you Lynda. The quilt will be treasured. The smiling lady in the photo is Judy, who coordinated the entire exchange and has done it twice now very well, perfectly organized - and this year, 50 projects were started, and all 50 were finished - a record !