I Played in the Barn

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I did a little work on the barn yesterday!  Still lots more to do, and I’m not happy with the door, but it’s coming along.


I thought I’d also share with you an update on my Klosjes  (spools) quilt.

There are a few genuine 1930’s fabrics in there… can you spot them?  They are from my Aunt Jean’s stash. 

Last night DH and I went to the Detroit Piston’s game.  They played the Phoenix Suns and won by one point!  Most of the game was pretty dull, but the last 10 minutes were awesome!  Why is it that whenever we go ANYWHERE and have assigned seats we get a family with loud, rude children sitting behind us?  I swear the hearing in my left ear is now half what it was before the game.  This little boy did nothing but scream in a high-pitched voice all night.  UGH!  I’m glad he had fun, but I wish his parents would have controlled him at least a little!

We’ve talked about going to the Birch Run motorcycle show today,  but right now it’s –2 degrees outside, so that decision is yet to be made.  I ‘m happy going… or sewing.  Hope your day is warmer!

Barns, Owls and Spool Quilts

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I haven’t done much blogging lately, I know.  So sorry for that!   Sometimes life takes over, or you just go through a dry spell.  I’m working on two quilts:  One I have given a working title of “Barn Owl,” and a Spools quilt.  I’ve told you that I love owls, haven’t I?  I’ve had a couple different photos lying around… one of a barn, one of barn slicean owl.  (I like old barns, too!).  So I’m combining the two and making one art quilt.  For me.  Unless somebody loves it to pieces and can convince me to sell it.  Then maybe… 

< A sneak peek of the barn… No, you can’t see the whole thing!

I’ve been putting off starting a quilt for the final year of Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational.  The theme is “Art of the Kitchen,” and I kind of know what I want to do, but not totally.  It’s due in mid July, so I have a little time.  And, the quilt is only 20 x 24 inches.  I need to get a new printer that I can use to print images on fabric.  Any suggestions?  And speaking of printing on fabric, do you buy the fabric sheets that are all ready for printing, or do you prepare your own fabric for printing with a solution like Bubble Jet Set?  Your advice is greatly appreciated!

This weekend we are going to see the Detroit Pistons and hopefully head to a motorcycle show north of here.  Perhaps we’ll find a really sweet ride that will seat two of us.  Now that I’m the “Incredible Shrinking Caron,”  I’m anxious to get moving more and enjoying more of life.  So watch out world!

Hope you have a great weekend!


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Can you see the difference?  I feel SO good… so much more energy… Down 3 sizes already.  I’m loving it!

Feathered Cheddar–Finished!

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“Feathered Cheddar” was started in mid-August of 2010 using Kona Cotton in Windsor Blue and School Bus Yellow.  The School Bus Yellow was chosen because it most accurately matches the traditional “cheddar” color utilized in quilts dating back to the Civil War.  Another traditional element is the use of a “four block” setting.

“Feathered Cheddar” was finished on January 9, 2011. 
It is entirely hand-appliqued and hand quilted, and measures 62 x 62 inches.
Here are a few random photos showing details:
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It’s difficult to capture the stitching, as different settings tend to wash everything out.1092011X 

I think my next quilt will be much more contemporary… stay tuned!