Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's a Beautiful Day!

It's a warm, sunny day and I'm hoping spring is in the air! Thank you to Linda for introducing me to the quilting blog community. Linda does beautiful quilting and needlework. I appreciate the warm welcome from so many of you and lovely comments to my postings. I enjoy reading your blogs so very much. I get inspiration from your creativity and look forward to sharing ideas and projects with you.

I have finished the blocks for the Road to Oklahoma Shop Hop quilt. I really like the blocks but I'm not sure about the setting. I bought the fabric and instructions for the setting from one of my favorite quilt shops, the Patchwork Place, in Norman, Oklahoma. This is a photo of the finished quilt per the instructions.

I like the center baskets and flying geese but I'm thinking another color combination might make the center more appealing...maybe each of the baskets in a primary color? I'm also going to change the solid color of the borders. I like the green but may use blue in place of the lavendar. I'm just not sure why but something about this finishing doesn't work for me and I would like to change it. The scrappy border is really cute and I plan to make that. Any comments or suggestions about color or border placement would be appreciated. Thanks for visiting and reading. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Another Project!

I took a break from the quilt world to knit. This was a great project to work on while we watch Sooner basketball. I made a set of fingerless gloves and a hat for each of my daughters. The red hat to match was finished after I took the picture. Now back to my shop hop blocks!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a day of love and caring and quilts are a way of showing love to others. One of my treasures is a collection of old quilts made by my great grandmothers, grandmother, grandmother-in-law, and mother-in-law. For Christmas my sweetheart gave me a quilt chest so these quilts could be seen and enjoyed. One of these quilts (the fourth from the bottom) has quite a history. When my great-grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1935, my great-grandmother presented each of her grown children with a handmade quilt. I treasure that quilt and the love that is represents! I love the picture taken of these great-grandparents and their children and families (including my mother as a little girl) at that anniversary celebration.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Lots of Blocks

For the past two years, my daughter and I have taken part in the Road to Oklahoma Quilt Shop Hop in June. We had so much fun! We visited many quilt shops and bought materials for the featured quilt for that year. Recently I have been working on the 2006 Quilt Shop Hop quilt called Meadowbrook. I especially love it because it's made with reproduction fabrics and Kansas City Star patterns from the 1930s. I have three blocks to finish and then the center basket motif. Here's what I've accomplished so far.

First Post!

Since I have enjoyed reading so many quilting blogs, I decided to join the conversation and share my love of quilting and other needlecrafts as well as thoughts of country life.