Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring Quilting Day in Plainfield

Saturday was a gorgeous day for traveling south to Plainfield for a QBee (Quilting Buddy) day with Miss Carol from Sweet Peas and Possum, and of course, Barbie.  I was excited because Jen, a friend from my swimming group, came along with me to try her hand at quilting for the very first time.  I loved having company for the drive down and back. Jen is already an artist, but has never tried quilting and Carol's studio is the best place to learn to quilt.
Jen - eager new quilting student

Start with a pile of rainbow material.

All new quilters start with reading the directions and figuring them out.  Or Miss Carol figures them out while you admire your new material.  

Collaboration is very important in quilting.  

Miss Carol taught Jen how to measure, cut and lay out the block - Beautiful!!  Jen wanted to start with stars.  She is so brave!

Pinning and sewing the block together came next - lots of concentration!

Time for show and tell.  Jen did a fabulous job making her first block and Miss Carol is very proud of her new student.  Jen might be "hooked" on quilting now!

Other projects from QBee Day:

Barb's Snowball, 9-patch quilt laid out on the floor ready to sew the blocks together

My snowball - 9 patch up on the wall
The day flew by, as usual, especially when you are sewing and creating with good QBee friends.  

 Friends are the splash of color in every quilt.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kent Free Library Book Club

It seems that many quilters are also readers, so I thought it would be appropriate and fun to blog about some of the books that I have recently read.

I decided to join a book club sponsored by our local library, Kent Free Library.  The group meets once a month and we have tea or coffee while discussing our latest book.  So far, I've totally enjoyed being in the group and reading the books that were chosen.  I started in February with Liar Temptress, Soldier Spy written by Karen Abbott.  It was an amazing book and well researched!  I learned so much about the Civil War that I had never realized and also discovered the many rolls women played during that period in history.  I highly recommend it!

Our next selection was The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Everyone in our club liked this historical fiction selection.  Again, I learned about some interesting facts from our American history. If you have never heard about orphan trains, be sure to check out this book.   This is a good story!  

The book we are reading this month is Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel.  I saw the movie, which I enjoyed, but am looking forward to reading the book this month.  I'll let you know what I think about this book in May after out next meeting.

Happy spring reading to all my quilting friends and remember you can always listen to a book on CD or on your Kindle while you are quilting. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Back from Florida

Barbie and I flew south for a few days and had a wonderful time in the sunshine.  It was not our usual quilt tour, instead it was a get-away to visit a good friend, Jan, who lives in Cape Coral, Florida.   I want to share a couple of adventures that we enjoyed.

Sanibel Island

On Saturday, we drove out to Sanibel Island which is about a half hour from Jan's house.  For more information about the island, CLICK HERE.  The day was full of sunshine but a little cool by Florida standards, only 70 degrees.  For the winter weary from Ohio, it was perfect.  How fun to get my toes in the sand and walk through the waves on Bowmans Beach.  The island is famous for sea shell hunting.  

What a gorgeous day!



After Bowmans Beach, we went to visit CROW which stands for "Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife."  -  "For more than four decades, CROW has provided compassionate care to animals at all stages of illness and injury. Whether providing for an orphaned baby rabbit or rehabilitating an injured raccoon and releasing it back into the wild, our staff and volunteers are making a difference and our 4,800-square-foot wildlife hospital is where it all takes place."  
CLICK HERE for more information about CROW.  They are helping nature whenever possible and it's a worthy cause for sure!  We enjoyed visiting their center and learning more about the program.

A big thanks to our friend Jan who took time to drive us all around and explore the island.  What would we do without friends?
"I cannot even imagine where I would be today if it were not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.  Let's face it, Friends make life a lot more fun." 
~ Charles R. Swindoll

Monday, March 23, 2015

Celebrating Quilting Day

"The Late Wisconsin Spring" by John Koethe

"Snow melts into the earth and a gentle breeze   
Loosens the damp gum wrappers, the stale leaves   
Left over from autumn, and the dead brown grass.   
The sky shakes itself out. And the invisible birds   
Winter put away somewhere return, the air relaxes,   
People start to circulate again in twos and threes.

Finally!  The weather opened up its closed fist and we were able to drive south on Saturday - National Quilters Day - for a QBee quilting day with Miss Carol of Sweet Peas and Possum.  Michelle, Earlene, Barbie and I joined Miss Carol in her snowball Nine-patch "9 Snows in a Row" class.  We started out with show and tell and below is Barbies "Floral Tumbler Quilt." The lively colors make you dream of spring!  What a fun Grape border!

Below:  Earlene's very first snowball block!  She is getting hooked on quilting.

Hey!  Where did all the quilters go?  I think there was a karaoke party in the back room.  Our guard dog, Gus, is keeping an eye on the fabric.  You can see the sample class quilt on the board behind the tables.

Michelle had a plan for her colors.  It is looking good!

Mama Barb's snowball blocks

First sign of spring

 Mama Barb's scrap box!  How fun!

Earlene's 9-patch.  Check out her corners!  Miss Carol is the best teacher ever!

We continued quilting at home where Toria completed her first small project.  A little string mug rug.  She did a great job sewing and quilting it.

Happy Spring Quilting!

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's in the Bag and and on the Wall

The weather in Ohio continues to be colder than average, this morning 10 below zero in Kent, but I heard 20 below zero and more in other outlying areas.  Big sigh!  Can't wait for spring!
Meanwhile . . .

Fabric Grocery Bags

This week our Streetsboro Quilt Guild met early on Tuesday night to work on grocery bags for the church pantry.  It's an easy pattern and such a good idea for a better, more sturdy way to carry those paper bags full of food.  The paper bag fits right inside the cloth bag.  You can click on the pattern to make it larger.

The pattern is basic and you can use any fabric that you have on hand.  Here is a finished bag:

With all the ladies sewing, we were able to finish about 20 bags.  We need more and want to have them finished by Easter.

On the Wall

If you look back at my blog in August of2012, I was at a retreat at the Rural Thimble in Charm, Ohio.
During that retreat, I started a tumbler quilt.  You can see it hanging over the railing in the picture if you look closely.  It wasn't very big.  I found that UFO during my sewing room clean out and decided that it is going to be a "table topper."  And that's that!  Here it is on the wall:  Post Script:  That plan has now changed. 

Stay warm and think spring!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Six More Weeks of Quilting

The sun was shining today so I went outside, saw my shadow and headed back down the basement for six more weeks of winter quilting.

I have not been quilting so much, but I've been sorting and organizing material.  It warmed me right up to iron all that material.  New storage bins inspire me, so I bought some color coded bins and filled them with that specific color or something close. How satisfying to see the material folded and put in a bin where I could find it more again easily.    

I discovered that I don't have much red or white material.  I then counted and found that I have almost 100 fat quarters, including the Christmas fat quarters.  I have to say that I have neglected my stash collection far too long and now I am getting ready for my six more weeks of quilting.

I even started reading the bias edges as I ironed.  
I forgot that I bought this panel.  I love the covered bridges.

This was a piece left over from a quilt for my granddaughter.  Sorting material takes you down memory lane.

This bias edge kind of describes how I am feeling right now.  Trying to get through the rest of the winter on a "Wing and a Prayer."  

Not done yet!