It would be hard for me to explain how impressed and encouraged I am by my sister Jill. She has overcome so many medical issues and still deals with so many today but is so positive, so giving and so loving to literally everyone she meets. If someone asked me what I wanted to be once I grow up, my answer would be Jill. She is simply an inspiration. She never forgets a birthday, always makes a call when you need to hear from someone, never misses sending a sympathy, Christmas, birthday card. If you need help she is always there, even 900 miles away.
That being said, I have to brag on her. She came last Thanksgiving and I know they were likely bored stiff as half way thru the visit I got terribly sick. They were kind enough to stay and help me and we were actually able to fit in ONE crochet lesson. After an hour or so of learning a crochet stitch, she went home and a few short months later I received this amazing shaw. I can’t imagine how hard she studied and worked to make this with one single lesson. I LOVE IT. Perfect weight for a cool Florida morning to sit out with the pups or head to work.
I have to brag a little more. Again on what she has accomplished with only about 2 days of sewing lessons a couple of years ago. She has made a few beautiful quilts, pillows and runners but I was really impressed with her recent finished one. No pattern, no fabric directions, etc. She just saw a picture online, drew out her pattern and made this beautiful cat quilt for her friend named Cat. Don’t you love it?
Finally able to quilt a few more. Because of my feet, I am having an issue basting my quilts once I have the tops finished but one or two friends in my local class have offered to baste some for me. These were actually finished and delivered to my daughters co-workers this week. I’m working my way thru gifting one to each of them and then not sure what direction I’ll head in. I’m thinking maybe a blanket ministry except using quilts. I have a number more tops completed and once basted, I will start quilting those and give them homes.
This one has no name. I saw it online and my sister Jill drew it on graph paper. Made using some Tula Pink charm packs and a few jelly roll strips. Gifted this one to my new groomer Heidi. The boys love her.
This Twisted Baregllo was a long time in the making. I made a bargello about 12 years ago and ran out and bought the fabric to make another. I got home, cut it up in strips and realized I had spent hours picking out fabrics and I HATED it. It got boxed up and left for a long time. I’ve been working on cleaning up pre-cut projects so here it is. The border was just a fluke I happened to find in my stash. I think it worked out well. I have to admit it came out much better than I thought it would. I gifted this to my daughter’s co-worker also. I think I need to do 5 or 6 more to get one to all of them. They opened a second clinic so now has more employees.
Sometimes I forget about my blog. A friend posted she started one yesterday and it reminded I have forgotten to update mine in a few months. When you’re single and mostly just spend time working and with your pups, there isn’t s lot you need to blog about I guess. I pretty much live life in the slow lane.
Here are a few quilts I’ve actually been able to list as complete so far this year. The diamond quilt was made using KF fabrics and a pattern called Bordered Diamonds. So far I’ve decided to keep this one for myself. I think it will be a bed topper for my room.
This next one was very similar to the one made for my daughter’s co-worker last year. My dog trainer saw the yellow and absolutely fell in love. I don’t normally made one so close looking but he really loved it. Started it before Christmas as was finally able to get it quilted and delivered to him.
I made this for a friend and a vietnam veteran along with the help of his wife Diane. I am thrilled how this came out. The pattern is called 3 Tours
I was able to close out 2019 with 2 more finished quilts. These were down to the wire with the binding and washing but they are done. 4 more are in the pile to baste and quilt for the start of 2020.
I have been wanting to make a braid with these colors for a long time. I’m not sure I LOVE how it came out but is pretty and has a lot f color so I am happy with it. It also got one of my pre-cut boxes finished. I gifted the quilt to my niece Michelle this past weekend. They are going to hang it in their bedroom.
The other is my Christmas magic tile. The first I ever made is still my favorite but the dogs got that when they were pups. I’ll keep this one for myself. It’s very similar to the one I made my sister Jill.
I am making this for a dear friend’s husband. Well I shouldn’t phrase it like that as he is a dear friend himself. He has been having a difficult year health wise and being a veteran I wanted to use this pattern.
I had to hoped to finish by his birthday, early January, but it will be a push. I love how it’s working out though.
I’ll be sharing more things we are doing around the house to get ready for 2020 but will wait till we have them ready to view.
Love to all and have a blessed and merry Christmas.
Finished this and hadn’t made a plan for it yet but like I say, sometimes God knows where they need to go.
I finished this a few weeks ago and laid it aside till I decided where it needed to live. Diane happened to call and say her step-dad, granddaddy Bob as they call him, had hurt himself and would be in assisted rehab for a while. Well like I said, God sends them where they need to go so, off this one went to granddaddy. I’m thrilled he will have something that he feels is his while he has to be away from home. Diane does such as amazing job taking care of him.
I wish I had a picture of Marilyn’s quilt. It will be stunning. We met last week and she got her final borders on and is having it basted. I can’t wait to show you.
I think Marilyn is going to enjoy quilting as she is very creative and I think she has a long line of quilts in her future. Can’t wait till I can post one she did but here she is working on it. Isn’t she cute as a button?
Diane has taken to quilting like a fish to water. I started her on a Magic Tile that she didn’t like, but she stuck with it and loved the finished piece. In order to work on her 1/4 inch seams I had her make jelly roll quilts. She actually made 4 for her family for Christmas. She certainly got bitten by the quilting bug.
Here are a couple she has finished. I think she’s in love and her hubby is so happy for her. It’s a joy to see him stop and admire her work or say something nice about how it looks.