Memorial Day 2011

How I spent Memorial Day



Elizabeth Lake, Michigan… 90 degrees of bliss with the family.  Son Sean, Granddaughter Samantha at the helm, Granddog Niko perched on the seat of the pontoon boat.

Yes We Can, Jane Is Shown

Last week I had the opportunity to show off the “Yes We Can, Jane” quilt to the Evening Star Quilters in Davison, Michigan.  This quilt was started via a Yahoo Group of quilters from all over the world after President Obama was elected, and will be given to him whenever he leaves office.  It will be hand quilted by then.  The quilt is a mixture of traditional blocks and blocks which were designed by the maker to represent something important in the Obama presidency.


Thanks to Anna Palmer for taking the picture!



Automobile Industry


Nobel Peace Prize, 2009





A friend at work took my picture this week, as the last one I had on our work intranet was pretty old. 

If you’ve been following my progress with weight loss, I’m proud to say I am now at –96 pounds… and feeling SO great!!!


I think I look a little happy here, don’t you?

Family Quilts

I visited with my Georgia family last week and managed to see a few quilts. 
This baby quilt was made by my Aunt Joyce Hamby.  It is all hand sewn and quilted.  Georgia 2011 012
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This quilt is one of the last quilts made by my Grandma Shook.  She took calendar towels she had collected through the years and sewed them together to make this twin size quilt.  It is hand quilted.  I wish I had been able to take a photo of the entire quilt, but there wasn’t room to do that.

Aunt Phyllis also showed me a double wedding ring quilt that Grandma had made for her and Uncle Guy when they got married.  I wish I had taken a picture of it!
Since I’m sharing family quilts, this is one of my favorites, called “Porcelain” made by my mother, Betty Covert.  It is entirely sewn by hand with lots of embroidery and applique.   DSC01799
Here is a close-up so you can see the detail. Mom was legally blind when she made this quilt.  It’s hard to believe mom’s been gone for four years now.
I miss you, mom!

A quick getaway

It had been over ten years since the Woodworker and I had a vacation, so we finally took one last week.  It was just five days, but it was heavenly!  Here are some pictures of our visit to Northern Georgia.

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Yes, that’s me in the picture (cropped jeans).

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I’ll share more this weekend, including some family quilts.

OK, You May Have a Sneak Peak

Make that two. 



That’s all you get. 

Hopefully this weekend I can get it quilted. 

It will be 20 x 24 inches, as per the instructions. It will be on exhibit in Flint late summer, and will then be in a traveling exhibit for a year.

I wish we had smellevision. 

Remember this name…

Lisa Burmann.


This is a name I know you’ll be seeing in the months and years ahead.  Lisa started quilting in 1987, learning by watching her grandmother quilt as she watched the Detroit Tigers ballgames.

She eventually took a beginning quilting community education class in Romeo, Michigan from a woman who was a hand quilter.  “We made our blocks by machine, and she encouraged us to hand quilt them.  I still have all those blocks, and I’m still trying to get that quilt done!  It was a Dutchman’s Puzzle pattern – luckily it didn’t dissuade me from quilting!  What a hard block to have a beginner learn!!!”

Lisa purchased a longarm machine in September, 2009 and took classes from Accomplish Quilting and Karen McTavish within the first few months ofr ownership. With help from longarm quilter Sandy Kipp and friends who entrusted her with their quilt tops, Lisa began her journey into longarm quilting.  Quilt designer Patsy Thompson recently asked Lisa to quilt a top for her, and the results are absolutely splendid!  Click on the photos to enlarge and see the fabulous details.  This is a beautiful pattern, and the quilting is executed so perfectly to set it off and echo the feather motif.



When Lisa isn’t quilting, she’s busy with her two sons, ages 6 and 16, and helping her husband with what she calls her “old money-pit farmhouse.” The house was moved to its current location from the town of Almont and we figure it’s about 150 years old.  The house and land hadn’t been maintained for over 20 years and there’s a lot to do!” 

Lisa said she’s “a workshop junkie and loves books and magazines.”  One of these days in the not too distant future, I’m sure you’ll see Lisa’s name in lots of books and magazines.  Mark my words!