A Few More Blocks, A Few More Sniffles

So it’s official. I have/had what my doctor calls the “creeping crud.” Cold, chills, aches, drippy nose, cough, you name it, I’ve got it. That allowed me some down time Sunday and Monday to get some sewing done while watching some trashy T.V. shows. I love hand sewing, and these little blocks were all completed by hand.

Once I get into hand sewing, whether it is piecing or applique, I tend to pick up speed and am able to accomplish just as much as if I had machine pieced or appliqued. I find it so relaxing… but some of these little tiny pieces are so small they are hard to hang onto!

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Cats and Cathedrals

This furry rascal likes to be near me wherever I am. Last night she wedged herself between the wall and the back of my laptop. A very narrow space, but toasty where she can watch mom. She gets upset if I’m away very long, and last night after dinner, I made my way to the basement to sew the little triangle block, below. Dean was on the treadmill down there, and we don’t let Stormie in the basement when the treadmill is going, so she was by herself upstairs, being VERY lonely. By the time I returned to the upstairs, she was fit to be tied.
The block here is LS-10, Megan’s Cathedral. Not enough contrast in the colors, but the focus fabric is one I remember fondly. It is from a shirt I made for myself probably 25 years ago. The block is paper pieced, but at the very bottom there are two triangles on the edge that I appliqued (rather than inset).
I did a little wandering around on the Web this morning, and visited Joe Cunningham’s website. I love Joe’s work. It has an eye-catching appeal, and the man is a FANTASTIC quilter. Check it out! It wouldn’t be fair to mention Joe without mentioning my friend and former neighbor, Mary Schafer. What a wonderful lady she was!!! She is now in the Quilter’s Hall of Fame, and you can read about here here.
OK Gwen, let’s include your website, too. I wish you’d get online up there on Beaver Island! If you want a great quilt retreat, head up to Northern Michigan with Gwen for a fall retreat.
More later… work is calling.

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Consider the Lilies

I found this quilt on WebShots, and thought it was absolutely gorgeous… it is by Frances Murphy, Brewster, MA 2nd place, appliqued bed quilts in the Vermont Quilt Festival, 2005. Wow! This photo is too tiny to do it justice. To see it in its larger size, please go to this page. Loving the quilt, I looked on the Internet for more of her work, hoping to find a blog. Sadly, I learned that Frances passed away in October of 2005. Another of her quilts can be seen at the link above.

The picture to the right is the top left corner “kite” of my DJ quilt. The original by Jane Stickle was pieced, but I chose to applique mine. The white lines have been put on the photo so you can kind of see the actual shape of the block. I allowed a lot extra on the edges… just incase!

I had another little block I was going to post this morning, but last night when I pressed it I also took my best scissor and trimmed the seam allowances to their scant 1/4 inch width. Well, everything was looking GREAT… until that last slice went OOPS and sliced a little chunk from one of the side patches. So, until I replace that piece, it won’t get posted. Don’t you hate it when things like that happen?

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Change Can Be Good

While I was getting ready for work today, the news was on the bedroom TV with talk about Michigan’s Primary Election being today. This election brings a change to the voting process, and you have to declare which party you are voting for. And, because Michigan screwed up, the Democrats won’t have any delegates at the national convention. ARGH. Michigan seems to be going further and further into the toilet.

Change. Not just something in your pocket, but something you face on a regular basis. Sometimes it can be good, sometimes bad. It’s all in the way you look at it, I suppose.

The photo here shows you the change we made to color on our walls. Dean painted the dining room and kitchen wall last summer from boring beige to this cinnamon-orange color. I didn’t think I’d like it, but I LOVE it! We also have a dark green bedroom and a very dark plum color in our smaller bathroom. We totally surprised our kids, who were shocked that we joined the world of color.
I’ll post some quilty photos tonight, but for now, it’s off to vote! I’m lucky… my voting place is my own church, Flushing United Methodist Church.

This ‘n That

Do you use a blog reader? This past week, I introduced my hubby to Google Reader and I think he’s coming to enjoy it. I regularly read many other quilt blogs with Google Reader, and it makes keeping up with my online quilting and blogging friends MUCH easier. Check it out!

I used to be a real estate agent… up until December of last year. I am still getting a LOT of phone calls, and I get a lot of people coming to my website CaronMosey.com looking for real estate information. SORRY! There are many great Realtors out there, and I am happy to recommend these to you:

Cheryl Moberly in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area
George Keely in the Flint, Michigan area

Cheryl took over my listings and real estate business when I left real estate, and George is my friend and a real estate broker, one heck of a great Realtor. If you need real estate information, please contact one of them.

Speaking of houses, do you like the Bungalow style of home? Then check out Bungalow Pros http://www.bungalowpros.com/ . This company is located in Madison, Wisconsin, but their website is GREAT! Not only do they have plans for building bungalows, run an interior design business, but they have a retail shop as well. I LOVE their stuff!

I sewed a little block today… A-4 of my Dear Jane quilt. I like doing a little sewing each day. It helps relax me, quiet my body and brain. I have a quilt top I need to get hand quilting on, but it isn’t sandwiched and pinned yet. Also, with the baby coming in mid-February, I don’t want to spread myself too thin. I tend to do that and get too many projects going at once. I need to get started on Samantha’s christening gown, so the hand quilting will have to wait awhile, I’m afraid.
Ready for a giggle? You may have heard the Christian song “Jesus Take the Wheel” before. It’s a pretty song. Check out this video version. It will put a smile on your face. Be sure to turn your speakers up, and be prepared to smile.
Have a great weekend!

Jud’s Trophy, B-10

I’m enjoying the “Dear Jane” process. It’s a daily reminder that as quilters, we all have options. How big, what color, what fabrics, what thread, what technique, etc. This block, B-10 called “Jud’s Trophy” shows up with two different brown fabrics on the CD, but in the book Jane’s little block just shows one brown. On my block, left, the little beige squares are muslin in Jane’s quilt, but my background fabric is that beige, so it doesn’t pop out at you as much. For some reason, I struggled with this block, and it didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped, but I’m going to leave it “as is.”
Grandson Jacob called me last night while I was sewing. They were working on dinosaurs at his preschool, and he was telling me all about it. It was SO cute! Jake will be four this May. Kim also started her last semester at college yesterday. I don’t know how she’ll do three classes AND have a baby on Feb. 15th. Go Kim, go!
I am almost at my one month anniversary for my new job. As each day goes by, I am loving it more and more. I feel so blessed to have so many great people to work with!

4.5 inches, 33 pieces

Oh my gosh, this little beauty took two nights of free time to complete! It’s only 4.5 inches square, but it has 33 little pieces in it! Since it was paper pieced, I now have to go and pick out the little pieces of paper.
As I was sewing this, I kept wondering, how did Jane, the maker of the original quilt, sew something this tiny ALL BY HAND? I don’t know that I could do it and have it look very precise.
The darker fabric is a Thimbleberries fabric that I used in my Bear’s Paw quilt.

A Quick Post

Posting quickly, then off to work! Just wanted to get these two little blocks (completed yesterday) online before I forget.
I’m trying to get Row A of my Dear Sammy Jane quilt completed, so these were “up for doin'”.
The top block is A-2, Hunter’s Moon, which I appliqued and pieced. I LOVE the dark fabric!
The second block is A-6, Florence Nightengale. It was a fast paper piece!
More tomorrow, I’m sure!

Two more, and a Pin Cushion!

I didn’t get as much sewing accomplished today as I’d hoped – things always seem to get in the way, don’t they?
The block to the left was a piece of cake. Five minutes, tops. It’s A-6, Uncle Homer.
The quickness of that little block made up for the enormous amount of time it took me to make this one. A-5, Cathie’s Campfire. I paper pieced this block, and I love how it turned out, but it took awhile!
Finally, I fiddled around and made a little pincushion. This is a horrible photo, but it gives you a quick peek at it. The next time I get my camera out, I’ll take a better photo of it and replace this one.