A little of this, a little of that

Karen Ann Buckley has a beautiful post on her blog that includes photographs from her trip to Charlevoix, Michigan.  She even has a photo taken on the channel of the condo my parents used to own.  I love the Charlevoix area… and all of northern Michigan.  If it weren’t for the tons of snow in the winter, you could easily persuade me to move up there.  Thanks for the pictures, Karen!  DSC03585

Would you believe I have never taken a quilt class before?  Oh, I’ve taught lots of classes, but never TAKEN one.  I had an opportunity to take a class with quilt portrait specialist Aniko Feher on Monday, and I loved it!    She taught us the basic methods of shading, positioning, shading with watercolor pencils and so much more.  I learned a lot and brought my little sample class projecthome to finish it.  I’m going to do a second portrait using my mother’s photo, and I’m excited about that.  Thanks for the class, Aniko!

Don’t forget about the giveaway at Michigan Quilts! 

The drawing in July 4th, so you have a few weeks left to enter.

Michigan Quilt Bloggers: Liz Burt

Michigan I love Mackinac Island! It’s a quaint place in Michigan that we rarely visit, but that I adore. As a former teacher, I always thought it would be fascinating to teach on the island. I was thrilled when I discovered Liz through her blog and learned that she is both a teacher and quilter!


quiltstackHi, I’m Liz and I am guest blogging today. I’m nobody special really: I’m almost 40 (insert audible gasp here), a quilter, the mother of two, a school teacher, and I’m one of the 500 people who live year-round on Mackinac Island. Cars are illegal on the island so we do everything by horse, by bike and by snowmobile. If you’re curious about my little island life, grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and read all about it here.

I said that I’m a quilter, but I haven’t quilted much lately. I discovered, as many quilters do, that not much quilting gets done once children come in to the picture. My children are now three and five, and this is the first quilt I’ve completed since they were born.

yellow brick rd1I love this quilt; it’s just so sunny and warm. My friend Maggie made one years ago with the same colors and I just loved it. She has always been my quilting inspiration because she is so prolific. (Just check out her blog and you’ll see.) I borrowed her pattern before my son was born and started collecting fat quarters. I had it all pieced and ready for the boarder when I got pregnant. (Which was wonderful news since it took us two years to conceive.) Now, here we are, six years after I started it and my Yellow Brick Road quilt is finally finished.

yellowbrickrdquiltingUsually I quilt my own quilts on my trusty Bernina, but let’s face it, I wanted this one done. So I sent it to Marsha, a wonderful machine quilter in Fowlerville, Michigan. Marsha is amazing. She’s talented, willing to help you through the quilting design process, and her rates are very reasonable. I’m just so happy with this quilt; it hasn’t left the bed since I finished sewing the binding. Now I’ve just got to find the time to finish the other quilt top that has been languishing since I became a mom. All it needs are the borders and a little of Marsha’s time and then I can enjoy that one too. Hopefully it won’t take me another six years to get it done!

Michigan Quilt Resources

In an attempt to provide a centralized location of “quilty stuff” in the State of Michigan, I spent the evening putting together a new quilters’ resource:

Michigan Quilt Resources

If you are a quilter, instructor, longarm quilter, quilt guild or show sponsor located in the State of Michigan, please drop by the site at http://miquiltresources.blogspot.com and take a peek around. The more information we can gather, the more useful the site will be.

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Living in Michigan

It’s cold this morning. VERY cold. Like 19 degrees F cold. Brrrrr. The two cold bluebirds in the picture did not like the weather here last Thanksgiving. Hope they have flown south for this Thanksgiving! We have had snow already!

That’s Michigan. Where are YOU from? Is it cold there? Darilyn lives in Hawaii, and yesterday on her blog she posted that “We’re melting a little. It’s right around 85F and 50% humidity.”

I’ll take some of that heat. You can keep your humidity, though!

Ever wonder what it’s like in Michigan? Here’s a little joke thing that’s traveling the Internet. Funny, but far too true.

You Know You’re From Michigan When…

  • You define summer as three months of bad sledding.
  • You think Alkaline batteries were named for a Tiger outfielder.
  • You can identify an Ohio accent.
  • Your idea of a seven-course meal is a six pack and a bucket of smelt.
  • Owning a Japanese car is a hanging offense in your hometown.
  • You know how to play (and pronounce) Euchre.
  • The Big Mac is something that you drive across.
  • You believe that “down south” means Toledo.
  • You bake with soda and drink pop.
  • You drive 75 on the highway and you pass on the right.
  • Your Little League baseball game was snowed out.
  • You learned how to drive a boat before you learned how to ride a bike.
  • You know how to pronounce “Mackinac”. (Clue to non-Michiganders: The “nac” is pronounced “naw”
  • The word “thumb” has a geographical rather than ananatomical s ignificance.
  • You have experienced frostbite and sunburn in the sameweek.
  • You expect Vernor’s when you order ginger ale.
  • You know that Kalamazoo not only exists, but that it isn’t far from Hell.
  • Your favorite holidays are Christmas, Thanksgiving,the opening of deer season and Devil’s Night.
  • Your snowmobile, lawn mower and fishing boat all have big block Chevy engines.
  • At least one person in your family disowns you for the week of the Michigan/Michigan State football game.
  • You know what a millage is.
  • Traveling coast to coast means driving from Port Huron to Muskegon.
  • Half the change in your pocket is Canadian, eh.
  • You show people where you grew up by pointing to a spot on your left hand.
  • You know what a “Yooper” is.
  • You know what a “Troll” is.
  • Your car rusts out before you need the brakes done.
  • Half the people you know say they are from Detroit… yet you don’t personally know anyone who actually lives in Detroit.
  • “Up North” means north of Clare.
  • You know what a pastie is.
  • You occasionally cheer “Go Lions- and take the Tigers with you.”
  • Snow tires come standard on all your cars.
  • At least 25% of your relatives work for the auto industry.
  • You don’t understand what the big deal about Chicago is.
  • Octopus and hockey go together as naturally as hotdogs and baseball.
  • You know more about chill factors and lake effect than you’d EVER like to know!
  • You measure distance in time rather than miles.
  • Your snowblower has more miles on it than your car.
  • Shoveling the driveway constitutes a great upper body workout.
  • When giving directions, you refer to “A Michigan Left.”
  • You know when it has rained because of the smell of worms.
  • You never watch the Weather Channel – you can just assume they’re wrong .
  • The snowmen you make in your front yard actually freeze. Solid.
  • The snow freezes so hard that you can actually walk across it and not break it or leave any marks.
  • All your shoes are called “tennis shoes”, even though no one here plays tennis anyway.
  • Your major school field trip includes camping and cross-country skiing.
  • Half your friends have a perfect sledding hill right in their own backyard.
  • You laugh when people call 50 degrees F cold.
  • The idea of a Christmas without snow is just sacreligious.

Now… if you don’t get these then, well, you’re not really from Michigan.

What’s it like where you are?