Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wee Folk

Sally Mavor's work just blows me away. I could look at it all the live long day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

CQJP Update - May Block

I'm still plugging away on the CQJP for May. It's not finished but I've made some progress in the past few days.

I found a use for the little piece of rick rack I bought in Savannah - part of a small package of "vintage" scraps of ribbon and other goodies. 

This is my favorite. I like how it turned out.

This block is my mother's - this photo was taken when she was in her early twenties, I believe. I haven't decided what else to do here - probably use some narrow ribbon and beads as I have on other photos.

It's slow go with hand embroidery. Now I think I should have made smaller blocks!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

One More Post

Here's the little Basset Hound wall hanging I made for the Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia auction which was held last week. It sold for $175.00. This is from a design by Sharon Malec at Malec Designs.

Happy Long Weekend

Tomorrow my daughter & I are joining my brothers and sister in law for brunch. Daughter #2 is going to the Renaissance Festival with her boyfriend. DH is working. My brother called last night to warn me that he had nearly stepped on a copperhead on his front walkway. This is the second one he's encountered there. I think I know why: he needs to cut back the foundation plantings, which provides them a secluded, shady area, apparently the kind of environment they like. 

Just looking at the picture gives me the willies.

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative - June Auction

I'm excited that one of my quilts  is up for auction this month.

 I had some silk fabric sent to me from quilters in Japan. When the Olympics were in Atlanta, Georgia quilters made and donated quilts for the athletic team and the Olympic committee chairperson for each country. My quilt was one that was chosen - it went to Nauru (I'd never heard of it either).  We also made miniature quilts for the Japanese teams in the Winter Olympics. Afterwards, a group of Japanese quilters sent each of us who had donated a quilt a package of lovely silk fabric. That's how long I had this fabric. the wide lace is from a vintage lace collar I found at an antique shop the the crocheted lace is from one of my old linens. The centerpiece of course is Debra's lovely embroidery. I worked on this partly as practice for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project and Take A Stitch Tuesday challenges.

Added: The auction begins June 1st!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

April CQ Block

Well, I'm about 2 weeks behind and still not finished. I need another picture of my aunt Gladys but can't find one I like. That's why I'm leaving a couple of empty spaces on this block:
There's a tiny little space in the upper left hand corner that needs to be dealt with. 

Sometimes it's hard for me to know when to stop. I think I have some nice details in this one. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

With Heart and Hands: Praying for a Miracle

With Heart and Hands: Praying for a Miracle

A Miracle is Needed

Please keep Michele Bilyeu's sister-in-law in your prayers. She is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Read her story at the link.

Michele is a tireless quilter for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, and now she need our support.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

TAST and CQJP catch-up

This is Aunt Gladys's block.
It was at her house that the sisters met on Wednesdays to quilt. I started attending these meetings after my first daughter was born until I went back to work full time.
I love this picture of Gladys. I think she was about 16 years old. Just love the little plaid dress & scarf.

I added some pink to the blue flower on the linen. The trim is from one of the old linens. It's a commercially made lace but it's probably from the 1950s.  The embroidered flower is another one of Debra's contributions. I did a French knot on each point to straighten out the trim to its full effect. Then I did a fly stitch in between. Some of those buttons I got at an antique shop in Savannah last week. 

A little more detail. I love the way those tiny white beads look on the seam treatment. Wonder what I should do on the other side? 

Here's something interesting I spotted in Savannah. This window had a crocheted circular window treatment.  Pretty neat.

If you'd like to peruse the photos from our trip, you can find them here.

I can back to quite a but of turmoil but things have settled down a bit, and I refused to let it ruin my time off although I'm having an especially hard time getting back into the groove. Only two more days to go, however. 

Added: Here is a shot of the cute things I found at the antique shop in Savannah. All of this was about $10.00.  There are some really interesting old buttons in there.

Hey, girl...'s Paul Ryan.