Wednesday, August 31, 2016

We've been enjoying......




.....the fresh baked bread.  It makes the absolutely best toast.  With plenty of butter and just a bit of freezer jam, it's a delicacy fit for Kings and Queens.  :-)


Yum....of first loaf of bread.  Our dear son-in-law, Chad came and cooked a tri tip this evening for dinner.  Abbie teaches on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, so we are always very happen when he comes for dinner.  And then it's even better when he also does the cooking.  Today he sensed he cook really be helpful by cooking.  And by the way, we finished off the bread.


More beautiful quilts to share  Isn't this sweet and charming?


Wayside Strawberries.  The machine quilting is lovely.




What a dynamic piece of art!


Paradox.  This quilt came all the way from Germany.


"To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to much wiser than I am..."


Funky Garden on Red.



Mimi's View.  And what a lovely view it is!



Tea Time.  I love the stripe in the alternate block.



Circles Around.


"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done.  One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live." -Dalai Lama

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Baking.......



.....my first loaf of bread from my new sour dough start.  So exciting!  I just love the thought that this wonderful dough came about without buying yeast from the grocery store.  People that have gluten intolerance are able to eat this bread without side effects.  I don't believe I have problems with gluten......I just seem to have a problem with loving bread.  I will take a photo when I pull it out of the oven to share with you tomorrow.

This will be a short blogging week, because Bruce and I are flying to Ohio on Thursday to see our son and his little family.  We are very pleased to be making this trip.

Many have asked about how to purchase the book.  Simply google quiltmania.com and place your order there.  It arrives in 48 - 72 hours. 
Now for a few more quilts from the quilt show.


Morning Star.  The quilting on this is incredible.


Here is a close up of the border detail.


Golden Journals.  A lovely variety of quilt patterns with a great setting format.



This one's for you.  I've seen this quilt in several different shows, and I still love it!


Once again, lovely quilting.




For some reason I do not have any information to share on this gorgeous quilt.





I must have been so stunned by these two quilts that I forgot to take pictures of the information.  I find this quilt to be very charming.


Cache of Carats.  This one is a home run for sure!


Take a look at this machine quilting.


It really is a small world.  I had a lovely exchange with a quilter from Belgium today.  Her name is Carene Remmery.  She has a blog, Naaldendraadschoten.blogspot.com
On her blog was this quote was embroidered onto cloth.  "What day is it?  It's today, my most favorite day!"  I loved this.

"Treasure this day and treasure yourself.  Truly, neither will ever happen again."  - Ray Bradbury

Monday, August 29, 2016

My Quilting Legacy....




The book which Quilt Mania published of my designs arrived to me in the mail this week end.  I must say it is quite a thrill seeing my designs so beautifully presented in the very lovely book.  When I read the dedication, I realized I needed to include many other names......all of you who read my blog and have sent me such kind and inspiring comments, you have helped to create this beautiful book.  It is by your kindness that I have been inspired to create and design.  I'm sending out a gigantic thank you to all of you! :-)


There are little quotes throughout the book.....I will share a few.  Quilts connect the past with the present and the future.  Thus our quilting helps in creating our legacy.


Even the inside covers are lovely! Every quilter has a masterpiece within.  May angels watch over thee.


Kindness matters.  This design is found in Garden Whimsy which is included in the book.  Quilting is sharing of yourself with others.


The back cover....and another design from Garden Whimsy...In everything give thanks.  What I make with my hands, I give with my heart.


And....the new pillow I made this past week...Be Ye Thankful.  The label on the back reads, "Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more - a grateful heart."  - George Herbert
Friendship is sewn and measured by kindness.



Friday, August 26, 2016

Creating a starter.....




I didn't mean to leave you hanging about the sour dough starter.  To create your own starter, you can add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water to a container that is not air tight.  In other words the starter needs air to work, but not a wide open container.  Just lie a lid over the container without sealing it.  Then to the flour and water add a bunch of grapes.....not a great big bunch, but just a branch off a bunch.  Hope this is making sense.  After approximately a week or so, remove the grapes and begin the feeding process.  Each time 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water.  The start needs to be refrigerated.  If anyone is interested, I can share the other recipes using the sour dough starter.


The Winning Quilt.


A team concept and effort to achieve their winning quilt!




It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  A cheerful and happy quilt.



Jane.  The skirt on the dress was hanging loose from the quilt.




Botanicals and Philosophy


The colors in this quilt are just lovely!



Loony Birds and Wacky Fleur's


I love Nancy's attitude...."the quilt was far from perfect, but I love it anyway, mistakes and all."  Only she knows the mistakes, the rest of us love it for it's charm.  Perfection is often over rated......enjoying the process is more important!


Back To The Garden.


Vibrant Colors.



Millefiore's Quilt Along.


Isn't it stunning!


"Nothing is ever lost by courtesy.  It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing and conveys much." -Erastus Winman