16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
- My son Sean (right)
- My son Loren (left)
- Book #1: America’s Pictorial Quilts, published by American Quilter’s Society
- Book #2: Comtemporary Quilts From Traditional Design, published by E.P. Dutton
- Specialist degree in Educational Leadership Ed.S. from Eastern Michigan University
A big thank you to all my readers for reading and supporting this quilting blog. I love writing and sharing about quilts, and appreciate you being there to follow what has been going on in my world.
As a special thank you, I’m hosting a giveaway of my second book “Contemporary Quilts From Traditional Designs. I don’t like blogs that make you jump through hoops to win something, so just leave a comment and say hello, and you’ll be included in the drawing on February 1st. It doesn’t matter where you live, as long as you’re on our planet. Passing the word along to your friends would be appreciated as well, but I’m not going to hire the blog police to make sure you do.
Thanks, also, to Annemart for her great article on me. I’m blushing…
So leave a comment, then go quilt something. By hand, please.
The last time we partied on New Year’s Eve was when my son Sean and his wife were married. It was the best party we ever had on that festive night, and we really enjoyed ourselves. My parents were also married on New Year’s Eve, though I was not there. My son Loren’s wife was born on December 31st, so for our family, we have many reasons to celebrate.
So in honor of the occasion, my husband and I were asleep in bed by 10 PM Michigan time. I figure the new year will get here whether I stay up late or not, so I opted for then not. And the Woodworker can snore on the couch or bed, so he was good with it. Happy New Year!
Santa was very good to me this year, as always. Santa knew about my list, of course, which I posted on Celebrate Hand Quilting. He supplied me with my favorite fabrics from the Moda Etchings line…
I love my new iPhone and downloaded the Robert Kaufman quilting app.
Santa slipped me some mad money, and I bought the book Reasons for Quilts by Edyta Sitar. Love, love love this book!
As long as I’m mentioning quilt books, to go along with the Occupy movements and the BUY AMERICAN philosophy (for those of you reading this who are from U.S.A.), please, whenever possible, purchase quilt books directly from the author. Quilt writers put SO much time and effort into their books, and their royalty payments really don’t compensate for their hard work (writing, designing, making patterns, creating directions, etc.). When you buy directly from the author, you’re compensating them more for their work which will keep them writing more. It’s like the philosophy behind supporting your local quilt shop (LQS). So if you want Edyta’s book (which I think you will), please go here to get it: http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/Shop/shopindex.htm .
Santa remembered how much I love owls and brought me this adorable coffee mug that I just love! If you click on the mug it will take you to a place where you can get one for yourself from the artist Jennifer Falter.
Loren and Margaret also remembered that I love owls and gave me these shakers:
Today is my last day off work with The Woodworker. We have nothing planned… it’s a “relax and do what you want” kind of day. I think I’ll try a little sewing. I have a mug rug to make!
Happy New Year!
I’m on the home stretch! The tan border will have one row of spools all around it, followed by a more narrow matching tan border. Then it will be done! Only about 40 more individual spools to sew…
Once the borders are in place, the FUN part begins! I’d like to applique words on the inner tan border in a turquoise fabric. Not sure about that yet… I need to see how the quilt looks first.
Are you a reader? I’ve been voraciously reading since I got my Kindle in early February. I find I’m being drawn to good writing and the use of words that have been selected by the author. I find myself sitting and chewing on phrases that are crafted with such perfection… the mark of a great writer. I just finished reading “Fields of Gold” by Marie Bostwick. What a great book!
Other books by Marie Bostwick (ones I have read are in bold print):
A Thread So Thin
A Thread of Truth
A Single Thread
On Wings of the Morning
Comfort and Joy
I haven’t kept you very up to date on the goings-on lately, but I’ve been busy. One thing that has kept me VERY engaged is my treadmill and Kindle. Yes, I finally got a Kindle, and I LOVE IT! It’s perfect for reading while walking on my treadmill. I’m up to an hour of walking now, and time flies so much faster when I read. I ‘ve been reading the Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chiaverini, just finishing “The Lost Quilter”, which was wonderful. It made me wish I had had better history classes when I was in school (or paid better attention). Now I’m reading a book by Nicholas Sparks called “Safe Haven.”
Another thing that has kept me occupied in the evenings is working on my Spool or Klosjes quilt. I’m doing all the piecing by hand, which I love doing. It gives me something to do with my hands while I watch/listen to the TV.
This is going to be a wall hanging, and I think I’m going to add one more row to the bottom and side, then a solid border and one more row of blocks all around. I think. The quilt is made up entirely of scraps I have on hand from all my years of quilting. If you don’t recognize some of the fabrics, you’re probably too young. Many of them are from the 1930’s. and no, I’m not that old! Shame on you for thinking that! They are from my Aunt Jean’s stash.
I’m toying with the idea of putting words on the solid border, but don’t know yet how that will look. Time will tell. Not sure how I’ll quilt it, either.
Do you have any ideas?
I’ve noticed a trend on quilt blogs lately that has me wiggling in my seat thinking, “NO, please don’t do that!” I should explain.
My push to complete projects seems to ebb and flow. I go gang-busters for weeks, then come to a crashing halt. It’s like I can only work so hard for so long, then my brain and creative juices need time to heal. I’m in one of those “healing phases” now. My hands feel like stitching, my mind wants to relax and read.
I started reading the book “Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski this past weekend, and It has sucked me in like a vaccuum. The book is on Oprah’s list; but that’s not why I am reading it. My father gave it to me after picking it up in a sale at the Flushing Senior Center in town. It wasn’t his cup of tea… he’s more of a history buff.
Have you read the book? Did you like it?
I will be quilting more… hang tight. Right now, I’m reading. Shhhhhhh.
I have more quilting books than any one person should own. I admit it. I haven’t bought myself a new book in a long time. Well, I take that back. I bought Ricky Tim’s Convergence Qult book last winter. But before that, years had gone by without me buying a quilt book. YEARS! That is unreal. Most of my books were purchased in the 70’s and 80’s. OK, I’m old but not THAT old.
Here is my answer. Please share yours in the comments below. You can write about it there, OR you can post a link to your blog and share it on your blog. If you link to your blog, could you please mention my blog question and link to it? (A little SEO there, for those of you techies.)
This book, “The Collector’s Dictionary of QUILT NAMES AND PATTERNS” by Yvonne M. Khin is my “quilting bible.” It has 2,400 quilt block patterns. That’s what the cover claims. Actually, they are drawings of blocks, not actual patterns that you can follow to make your own. If you want to make a block, you have to use your own skills to draft it yourself based upon what you see. Some of you might cringe when you think about that, but it is a skill that a good quilter should learn.
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