Tuesday, November 20, 2012

AAQI Update 11/20

Hey all,

Just a quick update on the Alzheimer's Awareness Quilt Initiative.

The first one from the MQA group to sell was Brenda Crownover.  http://www.alzquilts.org/12475.html It raised $60.

Two of our groups were accepted to the auction; Sheila Pierce http://www.alzquilts.org/12478.html and Watana Cantrell http://www.alzquilts.org/12480.html.  This is for the December Auction that will run from December 1 to the 10th.

Mine are still not up, but I am sure they will be soon!

Every one have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Big Plans!!!

Hey all,

Probably won't be much sewing this week.  I am going to Boulder to see my wonderful, smart, fun, athletic, talented, giving, beautiful daughter.  We are planning to have a wonderful Thanksgiving day dinner with whom ever is around that wants to come.  

Been getting exciting that Bonnie Hunter mystery starts Friday.  I have never participated before, but decided to do it this year.  These are the colors she is doing hers in.  I started to do mine in the same colors, but I did not have much teal.  So first I was just going to substitute in blue for teal and move forward.  Then I decided that I am going to use a different color combination.  So I went shopping in my stash of fabrics and pulled this combination.
I am liking it a lot...still not sure about everyone of them, but I am trying to do this quilt without buying any fabric....I have been organizing my fabric and I have a bunch of it up there.  So I am trying to sew it up and make room for more.  

In organizing, I found this UFO that I had forgotten about.  I could either make a 4 x 4 small quilt
I would have to get rid of two blocks to make it square.

or a 3 x 6 block quilt and make a long quilt...maybe with sashings between the columns?  What do you all think?  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  


Sunday, November 11, 2012

No Sewing. Cleaning.

Hey all,

No sewing occurred this week....sadness.  Spent way too much time listening to politics.  I will get to sewing this week and post later!!  But the yard and house look better, laundry is done, dogs have been bathed and all the dog beds washed as well as my sheets!!  Car is still a mess, but will work on that later too.  Live the day well, as my friend Su C. (knew her in Okinawa, but now hails from northern Virginia.)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Alzheimer's Quilts Updates

Our quilts are still on the waiting to be assigned page, but pictures of all our quilts are up, except mine.  The ones I registered for myself were sent to one lady and the ones I was the quilt registration goddess (their words)  for were sent to another lady.  The one that is doing mine might be at the International Show in Houston...so I am sure once she is back they will be posted.  I know the lady who assigns the numbers was going and indicated they had a group going to work the show.

click here to see the photos

Photo credit:"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" quilt exhibit. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  All these photos are credited to Alzheimer's.

12,475 - All That Remains
12,476 - Changing Directions
12,477 - A Different Path
12,478 - Alzheimer's Blues
12,479 - Uneven Lines of Life
12,480 - Sunsets of Our Lives
12,481 - Stop and Smell the Rose
12,482 - Flowers in the Tree
12,483 - Hope For A Cure

you can click on the quilt to go to alzheimer's page!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Blueberries and Key Lime Pie

Hey all,

Klaudeen Hanson
Our guild, in conjunction with the Starkville guild arranged to have Klaudeen Hanson come teach two seminars on the same topic so that we could share the cost.  She taught one in Columbus yesterday and today was in Starkville.  Since I work, I went to the class in Starkville.  They have a beautiful facility at their Sportsplex.  It is so roomy and bright.  We were making her quilt pattern called Blueberries and Key Lime Pie. 

 It is a fairly simple pattern that can look very different depending on colors and types of fabrics.

I like the wavy stripes.  

This pattern looked really elegant.

I forgot who had this one, but the stripe was really a bargello that looks striped when cut across.

Nancy from Starkville - love the black and white, that will be very dramatic.

I always think brown and blue look manly.
Doesn't this look Springy?

Diane - Fall colors

I forgot...but this looks like the colors of an iris.

Judy's Blue and Yellow

Lawana's  Classy gray and red

Bobbie's  looks like summer to me.

These were my colors...I think I will call it "Death by Pumpkins"  (I might change my mind!!)
If you look close, my striped fabric has skulls on it...I have very little striped fabric in my stash of fabric, so I bought this fabric for this project.  I may have to decide to not eliminate it so quickly.  I usually choose not to use it as directional fabrics sometimes cause design problems.  But I put striped fabric on the binding of the last quilt and we used it in the stratas last summer and I really like it in this.    Hmmm, I am sensing a trend.

Here are a few more photos from the day.  It was delightful and relaxing.  Hope everyone from the other class had as much fun.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Keeping warm

Hey all,

My students are always complaining that it is cold in my room at school.  I must admit that at my age, I do like it cold.  But I am trying to take away their excuses.  One is it is too cold in here to concentrate.  And before you say why don't you just turn up the heat?  In this brave new world of fiscal savings teachers can no longer control their thermostats in our rooms.  I have had them out a few times to check the thermostat but they say it is working correctly.

So I decided to make jackets for my room.  So I bought cheap sweat shirts from WalMart.  So I have been splitting sweatshirts and turning them into jackets.  I figured that would stop any clothing malfunctions from pulling them over their heads.  (You have to think of everything!)  I cut the band off the bottom and the cuffs off and put double fold quilt binding on them.  And since I want them to stay in my room, I have been putting orphaned quilt squares on them and putting T^2 on the block....and no pockets...don't want them too comfortable.  Oh and I put a hanging loop in the neck so they can be put on a hook in my room.  It takes about an hour for the whole process.

I bought shirts sized XL to 4XL so there will be some that will fit everyone.  There is one more that is at school, that I forgot to photograph. Usually I only have about 6 that are not dressed appropriately, so hopefully this will be enough...now back to quilting!


Dark Grey

Light Grey

Purple (ladies xl)  This is the smallest one.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Joyfully Finished!!

Hey all,

I wanted to post pictures of my latest quilt.  I am keeping this one.  Wooooot.  I put it on my guest bed in the front bedroom.  Watana did the longarm quilting.  Click here to a link to her blog. I think she knocked it out of the park on this one.    I started this quilt when I first came to Mississippi permanently.  I finished the center, but was nervous about putting a pieced border on, so I packed it away and there it sat.  Well I started a reorganization project this summer and found this and project and decided that it was time to over come that and put it together.  So now it is done.  So I named the quilt Joyfully finished.  The pattern came from the book Country Threads by Mary Tendall and Connie Tesene.  Click here to link to amazon to purchase it.

check out the quilting!

On the corner Watana did a different pattern.

I even like how the light comes through the back.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

AAQI quilts update

Hey all

Our quilts are on the web page...well not the pictures, but the names and numbers.  They are in the link,    waiting to be assigned.  Once photos are up I will make a MQA challenge page.  Here is a link here. Our numbers are in the range of 12,470's though the 12,490's.  Woot.

Photo credit:"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" quilt exhibit. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Surgery ... Oh, no!!

Hey all,

had surgery on my right thumb....and I am right handed.  I can type pretty well, but I am supposed to keep it elevated.  So I am typing one handed..  It is difficult to write.  So far not needing the pain pills.  I am sure it will be better when I can take the badge off.  I feel a nap coming on  ...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Craftsy Block of the Month

Hey all,

Finally got the pictures of the last blocks of the months uploaded to the computer!!   Woot!!

There are really only two blocks, but the had one that the geese flew clockwise.  And another one that to the geese flying counter clockwise.  You were supposed to pick one to make but I decided to make both.

There was another block that was more of a star design.

You can go to craftsy to see this and other courses.  And Amy Gibson revealed her quilt on her blog.  click here to read it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

AAQI part II

Hey all,

I am super excited that I have finished my AAQI quilt for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, that Judy challenged us to do.  I am going to wait to register it with them till just before the MQA Fall gathering.  That way I can show it at the MQA meeting Oct 20 in Cleveland, MS.  I made this in honor of my Uncle, Arnold T. Hammond.  Arnold played tennis a couple of times a week, and tennis is one of my passions.  So I chatted with his daughter in law, Carol Hammond, last Sunday and brainstormed on ideas and she suggested something tennis related.  So without further ado my quilt.  I made most of it last night during Bonnie Hunter's quilt cam time...I am really enjoying that, makes it like sewing with friends... I know she doesn't know me, but I feel like I know her as I have been reading her blog about a year and now with quilt cam, I don't know but it is like hanging out with a good friend,

8.5 inches x 11 inches
Then in a mixed up moment, when signing the back, I realized I signed on the top corner and when the quilt is aligned correctly, that makes my signature upside down and on the top....totally wrong, but somewhat appropriate for a Alzheimer's quilt...so here is what the back looks like...

and a close up of the mess up!!

Hope it will help raise lots of money for this wonderful cause.