Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Latest Finish

I've been a very bad blogger.   I haven't posted in ages, but I have been working on lots of projects.

I finally finished my Barbara Brackman Civil War Celebration Quilt.   Barbara posted a new Civil War block every week for a year.   It only took me another year to put it together and get it quilted and put the binding on.    Here it is laying on my guest bed:
With some close ups of the blocks:
Each block came with a story about the Civil War.  The stories and patterns are now compiled into a book.   It was a great project to work on, just one block a week.
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Saturday, November 1, 2014


Woke up this morning to November ... and to snow!!!

 Not  enough to shovel, just enough to remind you that winter is on the way.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tidying up the Side

The side walkway of my house has been a mess since I moved in.   I could never get the lady next door, whose walkway connects, to agree to have it fixed.   She has agreed to having quotes ... hundreds of quotes, but never to actually set it in motion.

After the horrible winter last year, I wanted to get the walkway fixed so it wouldn't slope to the house.   I didn't have any water damage in the spring, but didn't want to go through another winter worrying.
Not pretty!!!
I finally got a contractor to agree to do just half.
It now looks tidy and I won't have to worry about leaks this winter (knock on wood)
Well the lady next door must have been embarassed seeing how nice my walkway looked.   She finally had her side tidied up.    The walkways aren't gorgeous, but at least we can safely walk on them and hopefully no water damage.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More Seating or a Plant Stand?

I made this little bench for the patio.  It has turned into more of a plant stand :-)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Canvas, Corks and Cocktails

I went to a "Canvas, Corks and Cocktails" event last week with 3 friends.   The premise is that even if you can't paint, by the end of the night you have a piece of original art ... a masterpiece!

I am generally creative and handy, but I cannot draw at all.    The artist put us all at ease and started demonstrating how to block in your picture, how to add background, etc and pretty soon we were comfortable weilding a brush.   Not to say that we would win any awards ... but we were all pretty happy by the end of the evening.    In progress:
Similar ... but different!

Saturday, August 30, 2014


I love Annabelle hydrangeas.   I was out driving in the country and noticed a clump, so I stopped and picked a few for the dining room table.
Great find on a drive!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Autumn Fabrics

I was out to lunch with 3 of my quilting friends and we decided to do a fabric exchange first.
We would give each other 10 - 5 inch strips.
I bagged mine in a brown bag with a vintage button sign I found on-line.
The fabrics I chose were mostly turquoise and blacks.   The other ladies all went with fall fabrics.
They were all so pretty and co-ordinated, that I've started an autumn lap quilt for the sofa.   First 3 blocks done.