Quilts in Common

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The Silent Auction Collabrative Quilt

My friend and I made a quilt together! It was for a silent auction fundraiser for a school.

Begonia Baskets with class

Let me tell you the story…..

First, my friend traced handprints of every student in her class onto brightly colored fabric. She cut them out and appliquéd them into baskets- Begonia baskets!

Begonia Baskets first

I added several pieced borders using the same fabrics as the handprints.

Begonia Baskets1

Here is the progression…… first four patches, then HST’s,

Begonia Baskets2

Begonia Baskets3

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It got bigger, and bigger!

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I had fun quilting all sorts of fun stuff into it- the class’ memory verse, the names of the students on their handprints, and more!! I hope it raises some money for the school :-)


October 13, 2015 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

Two More Quilts of Valor

I finished 2 more Quilts of Valor!

Quilt of Valor 2

Quilt of Valor 2

Quilts of Valor 3

And 2 of my quilts of valor were hung in our guild’s Quilt Show!!!

My quilts in quilt show

How fun is that! Keep on sewing! :-)

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Out for a winter’s walk

It may be cold and windy, but we’re gonna walk!  Come walk with us!

Winter walk

Here are some of the beautiful sights along the way…..

Winter walk1

Winter walk2

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Winter walk7

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Winter walk9

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Where do you like to walk?

October 13, 2015 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Our “sweet” Christmas tradition

Every Christmas morning for several years now, I make cinnamon rolls for breakfast (late brunch, really).

Christmas cinnamon rolls

I make the dough in the bread maker the night before.  I spread it all out and cover it with butter and cinnamon and sugar.

Christmas cinnamon rolls

Christmas cinnamon rolls 2

Christmas cinnamon rolls 3

Then I roll it into a long tube and cut it into small sections and lay it into a baking casserole.

Christmas cinnamon rolls 4

Christmas cinnamon rolls 5

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Then I store them in the refrigerator until I get up the next morning. I let them rise in the oven and then bake them.

Christmas cinnamon rolls baked

The magic happens when I turn them out of the pan and all the gooey goodness is on top!!!

Christmas cinnamon rolls 7

Time to eat!

Christmas cinnamon rolls 8

Oh– and Merry Christmas!

October 13, 2015 Posted by | Recipes | Leave a comment

Florence for Christmas

We had planned to go to Florence for the summer, with the boys. Unfortunately, we were on the East Coast for a funeral and missed our reservations. So instead- we went for Christmas!! Our first trip away as a couple. :-)

Christmas in Florence

It was very romantic! This fireplace had a remote!!! Just one click of the button, and we had a crackling’ fire– it was warm too!

Florence was lovely, of course. Doug was able to kayak around the lake.

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And we ate out at all our favorite restaurants.

Christmas in Florence 2

And the boys kept the house so clean while we were gone, I couldn’t even tell we had ever left!!!

Christmas in Florence 4

Christmas in Florence 5

Christmas in Florence 6

October 13, 2015 Posted by | Travel | Leave a comment

Butterfly donation quilt

Butterfly donation quilt 1butterfly donation quilt

Butterfly donation quilt 2

butterfly donation quilt1

Butterfly donation quilt close up

Butterfly donation quilt 4

This one is twin-sized :-)

October 13, 2015 Posted by | Quilting | Leave a comment

A Thanksgiving runner

Our wonderful friends invited us to spend Thanksgiving with them and their families. Since we moved away from our families, their kindness is so appreciated.  :-)  So, rather than arrive empty-handed, I made a table runner!

Thanksgiving runner

Thanksgiving runner close up

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It has Christmas poinsettias on it, but it isn’t overly Christmasy.

Thanksgiving runner poinsettia

Thanksgiving runner quilting

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comforting quilts

My quilt guild has a community outreach focus. We like to help our community :-)

Comforting quilts

So once a month, we get together, bring quilt tops with us, and work all day. We put batting and backings on with a serger and the quilts get tied or longarmed and handed out to the community– at hospices, nursing homes, domestic violence shelters, summer camps, and many more deserving places. Sometimes it’s a pretty crazy day!

Comforting quilts

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A baby quilt

Zoo animals rail fence quilt

IZoo animals rail fence quilt 1

Zoo animals rail fence quilt close upZoo animals rail fence quilt back

This one is also for sale in my Etsy shop!

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Bright Owls

Here is a quilt I made using a novelty owl fabric that looks like Russian nesting dolls.

Bright Owls quilt full view

I wanted to keep the novelty pieces large so that the owls could be recognized and appreciated. I came up with this square-in-a- square block combined with a quail’s nest block.  In order to make the secondary diamond pattern, I substituted the outside corners of the square-in-a- square blocks with purple, instead of turquoise.

Bright Owls quilt backviewThe back has big white asterisks with a lime green strip!

Here is a close up:

Bright owls close up

Bright owls close up

It is for sale at my Etsy store :-) Happy sewing!

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