Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Funny Valentine

Every January my guild holds a Secret Valentine swap. We pick a name and send them a Valentine. We reveal ourselves at the February meeting.

This is what I made for my Valentine

When we submit our names we also submit some likes and dislikes. My valentine like black-and-white's so I went right to my studio and put black-and-white fabrics to make her a big large black and white bag tote. Shortly after beginning her bag I took a workshop with Sue Pelland from I'm lucky to say that Sue is a friend and a member of my local quilt guild Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild, Mendon, MA. The workshop was on her new tool HEARTS AND MORE (TM) - once again Sue has invented a brilliant tool that allows you to make so many shapes including circles - one of my favorites! 
We made this quilt top in the workshop. While I was finishing it at home I thought it would be perfect for my Valentine so I finished it, wrapped it up and mailed it anonymously to her. A day or so later as I was cleaning up I saw the paper with her likes and dislikes and as I was throwing in the trash I noticed under dislikes she said no flowers! I was horrified I had just sent her a flower 

-filled wallhanging in reds and pinks! I quickly finished up the black-and-white bag and gave it to her the night of our meeting. She loved the wall hanging so the bag was unnecessary but it made for a funny story during the reveal.
It's a large tote - a laptop would fit easily

there are 10 pockets

I received the most gorgeous pincushion and table topper from my SV. She also included some wonderful notions and chocolates. Thank you again, Secret Valentine :-)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The end of 2014

I've been doing more knitting, I made this infinity scarf for Paige for Christmas, she loved it and wore it to a family Christmas party :)

I'm making a sweater for myself, I love the yarn and am learning a lot on my own. I haven't been to my class in over a month. Here is a link to the pattern Knitting Pure & Simple Neck Down Swing Coat

I had the perfect amount of orders for Christmas. This is a quilt commissioned by a friend for her parents. This is their home, designed by her sister. They are downsizing - this will be a nice reminder of their family home. here is a link to order one for yourself Your Home in Fiber

Our oldest daughter, Morgan, moved home after graduating from Northeastern University, she is a RN at Massachusetts General Hospital. We love having her home! This is a photo of her on her celebrating her 23rd birthday at Alacante in Mendon, MA. 

and here are Kevin and I at the same birthday dinner celebrating his 50th! I am extremely lucky to be married to this guy!

and here are Griffin, Jillian and Paige on Christmas (Morgan had to work). 

I couldn't write this post with acknowledging the death of my creative nephew Max Miller 4/24/91-11/18/2014. He was killed in a tragic accident in NH due to black ice. He was a cool, smart, opinionated, funny young man. The photo below is Max creating one of his amazing sculptures. 

I've got several quilts planned for 2015 - setting a goal to spend more time in the studio! 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

My first sweater

I finished my first sweater! I've been taking a knitting class on Friday mornings at the Franklin Mill in Franklin, MA. 

I found this variegated wool easy to work with and it's washed beautifully.

It's first outing was to Boston to the parents and family weekend with my daughter Jill and her boyfriend Jack at Northeastern University. We had a great day taking a tour of Fenway Park, dinner at the Beehive and a comedy show after.

I also finished the second mitten! Just to refresh your memories I made a mitten and then I made a second mitten and it was much bigger. So I made a third mitten and I finally have a pair:)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Embellished Round Robin

I'm participating an embellished Round Robin with 4 other quilters from my quilt guild. I used a photograph taken on Cape Cod.

I painted the sky and water fabrics in a Mickey Lawler workshop.

I did machine appliqué using Mistyfuse and machine quilting with a very thin batting.

I quickly sketched it using oil pastels.

This is the original photo I had to blue-up the sky and water a bit.

Below are the embellishments I'm sending along and fabrics are used in the quilt.

It'll be about a year before I see it again. I'll post a picture when I get it back.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Enjoying spring and all it has to offer

I made myself a dress! I bought the pattern and fabric at the Franklin Mill. I'm working on three others, a tunic, a solid black linen and a knee length in a Jane Sassaman fabric.

I love the drawstring waist and the chance to use several different fabrics.

My garden just before nightfall.

From that garden, I cut everything just before the rain.

I recently went to an artist talk on Doris Daniels Cox, a local artist from Mendon. She was an expert at portraiture. The lecture was done by fellow Framingham State Alum Kathleen Schofield on behalf of our historical society. There were dozens her paintings on display. Below are a couple of my favorites.

Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Big happenings

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary visiting Jillian in London! She's attending University of London - Queen Mary for the spring semester. She's travels all over and will be home in a few weeks.

Here we are having high tea at our hotel, the Corinthia-it was awesome:)
Here we are on the London Eye - great views of the beautiful architecture in the city.

We weren't able to take Morgan because she was finishing her last few weeks of college. She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor of science in nursing. She finished a five year program in 4 with honors! She's had several top hospitals interested in interviewing her, very proud of her. 
She's a big Harry Potte fan

The commencement took place at the TD Garden - truly amazing!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Boston Skyline #5 Rowes Wharf

I've been making more Boston skyline quilts 

Rowes Wharf 

Love that dirty water :) actually Boston harbor is much cleaner -always beautiful.

The pieces are tiny! 

Mistyfuse and the new big and fat Goddess sheet make it possible and easy. I lay down my Goddess Sheet, cut my Mistyfuse slightly smaller then the GS, lay my fabrics on top of the Mistyfuse right side up - slightly overlapping, put second GS and press, I cut them apart with scissors or my rotary cutter.  So easy. 

These are the fabrics I make the buildings out of. Each quilt had approximately 25 different fabrics.

It's for sale in my Etsy Shop.  I think would make a great graduation or birthday gift - everybody loves Boston!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Slice House Quilt made for a friend

A group of us made another slice house quilt for a dear, dear friend who moved away. Our friend Susan was the best and we were so sad to see her go. 
 Made by Joyce Gilmore, Sue Pelland Suzanne Thibeault, Kathy Sperino, Sharon Morris and myself

We surprised her with the quilt at our Guild Getaway! She is the kindest and it felt good to do something special for her. 

Her friend Suzanne added the weeping cherry tree that had been special to Susan - a gift planted to honor her Mom. 

There are terrific 3D elements on the quilt; french knots, fussy cut leaves and threadplay shrubs are a few examples. 

We added a fun border that tied the quilt together. 

Awesome details added by everyone, check out the shadows and windows. 

Kathy Sperino did an amazing job on the quilting, it added great texture and helped blend the blocks. 

This is the photo we used for inspiration. She had beautiful gardens all over the property, we tried to add a bit of that to the quilt.