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Friday, February 19, 2010

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

I admit that I really enjoy the process of having a vision for a group a fabrics that I just love and have to have, and then when the quilt is finished feeling very rewarded by how the finished project honors my vision.
The quilt that I just finished was the project that I worked on at retreat, but  left the background piece for the center medallion behind.:( so had to stop and finish this week at home. The reward was worth staying with it because this quilt looks just as I envisioned it would.   Eurika!!
The inspiration was just a photo. I was required to sharpen up my math skills and fiqure out how to make it all fit together. It seemed that it would be easy because it was just strips and the center is a large dresden plate.  I designed the center on EQ, which I have a love/hate relatonship with. I am pleased that it all fit together and I was encouraged that I still had the skills needed to design from just a picture. And I like the way the fabrics make it all come together. Now I need to think about how to quilt it.
I'm sure I will come up with something worthy of my time and effort.
I guess it needs a name...not sure what that would be. I can never think of clever titles for my quilts.
Any suggestions?
Thanks for visiting and stay tuned I'm starting a stunning quilt using Kaffe Fassett fabrics to be auctioned to benefit my granddaughters' school. I will keep you posted on its progress.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Great friends, good food and time to sew..priceless!

Well, I have had the most splendid weekend with my small quilt group. We meet every month usually, but once a year we have a long weekend retreat. We all bring projects to work on, shop at local quilt shops, eat. sleep..a little and sew, sew and sew. This year we finished more projects than usual. Several baby quilts were completed..including quilted and bound..really finished!! I managed to get the project I brought very close to completed, but found I left one very important part behind and had to shift to another project. Fortunately I did pack more than one!We had so much fun, we laughed, played, teased, cheered and praised. I would not trade time with these ladies for anything. Time together always renews and I'm  better for having known them.
Now life returns to its usual pace and struggles and frustrations but I for one, know that I can handle it all just a little better, now.
And can you believe the orange beauty pictured above..what a was inspired by another that was made to raffle for MS and we all LOVED it so much, we all now desire to make one!!! 
 I wish my picture taking was better, I would like to blame the camera but I'm sure it is me...just keep in mind that these quilts are better in "person".
Thanks to  the "Chicks" for a great time. Cluck know who you are :).
Till next time...find something to be thankful for and OH Yeah...
Happy Valentines Day!   Cheers