Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday Morning Sunshine

The sun is shining and all is right with the world!
Don't ya just love bright, sun shiny days?
My day lilies are in full bloom. Such a happy flower.

I love to photograph quilts outside in the morning sun.
The light really shows off the quilting details.
This is a customer quilt I finished yesterday.
It is called Oak Leaves & Reel by Moda, I believe.
Doesn't it look like applique?
And all those 1/2 square triangles in the border.
Well, it's a pre-printed panel! Yes, really.
How fast would that be to finish!
The meandering in the background really makes the applique "pop".
Beautiful colors. Wouldn't this be a gorgeous fall quilt?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Quilt in the making.....

Hi, it's been a busy week. Working on customer quilts and trying to get a little piecing done for myself. Here's a picture of the quilt I've started for my new granddaughter due this Fall.

It's called "Coventry" from the book Comfort & Joy by Brenda Riddle.

I love this book and wish I could piece every quilt in it!

But, there's just not enough hours in the day.

Floral stars on a pink & white background.

The stars are from a Robyn Pandolph fabric line a million years ago.

Do you need a good laugh? Well, sit down.
I'm going to show you my feet!
And the most comfortable shoes in the world.
So they look a little funny.

We stopped at the Outlet Mall on our way home Sunday and they have a Crocs store. I love Crocs! Hot pink & orange so summery. People will be able to see me coming from a mile away!

I'm meeting up with Polly from Counting Your Blessings tomorrow. A real live blog friend.

Off to enjoy the nice weather and rock awhile with hubby.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Butterfly favorite
The muslin center of this quilt is vintage. The black lines are embroidered feather stitches.
I added the reproduction prints, pink fabric and black rick rack.
This vintage muslin quilt is a beauty.
Notice all the different shades of muslin in the background?
I washed it after quilting to get that wrinkled look.

Red Rick Rack Butterflies
Made by me from all new reproduction prints.
Notice the quilted butterflies in the background?

This is a vintage beauty. That orange just pops.

All new reproductions fabrics. Made by me.

I found the vintage butterfly blocks at an antique shop.
I set them with a small green print.
Love the traditional Baptist Fan border.

We are off to Tomah to visit the grand kids this weekend.
Hubby is golfing with "the boys" and I'm "catching up" with a dear friend.
Lunch and a little antiquing.....what more could a girl want?
Maybe I'll find another butterfly top to quilt!

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


WELCOME FRIENDS from "The House in the Roses"

Show Me Your Garden Tour!


Come on in.

I hung a quilt on the railing......

Cuz I knew you were coming!

"Come sit on my porch with me
My drinks are cold & my friendship's free"

Have a seat. Rock a spell.

Fresh pink lemonade. Icy cold.

My favorite pink butterfly quilt..... in case you get chilly.

Railing planter filled with pink & purple petunias and snowflakes.
Sorry they're not blooming.
All my flowers took a beating with the tornado winds
and flooding rain we had last week.

This is the extend of my garden.
My cora belles are a beautiful purple hue.
Last week "Iris" was in bloom.
I wish she'd stay all summer!

Butterfly Quilts are my favorite.

A summer x-stitched pillow made years ago.

An old pump I found at an antique sale.

My old chair holds a geranium.
It did have blooms before the storms.
The wind chime is made from an old plate and blue glass.
Very vintage.
I love the mama bird feeding her babies.

Tea cup bird feeder. So easy to make.

My cup broke so I put a feeder ( bought at Michael's) on this one.
Just as cute, don't ya think?

The stone reads "It takes a long time to grow an old friend".

Thanks to both Cielo, from The House in the Roses and

Tracey, A Cottage Industry, for hosting garden tours this week.

It was so much fun peeking over the fence and seeing

all the different garden spots.

Summer is officially here!

Hope you'll come back soon,

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Garden Tour 2008

The sun is shinning (finally)
and I've been snapping photos all morning!
I'm getting ready for
Tracey's Summer Garden Tour.

Here's a sneak peek at what I've been up to.

Come on! Show us your green thumb.
I personally don't have one but I'm not letting that stop ME!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Retreat Projects

Here are pictures of the projects I worked on during our retreat.
I still have borders to put on and backings to find.
But at least I make some head way!
I'm still rethinking the UFO thing.
The first 2 photos are a customer's quilt. Hard to see the quilting.
I used a variegated thread. It really makes the quilt "pop".
Looks very contemporary.

"French Roses" done in black & brights. What fun to quilt!!
Raw Edge Applique

Baby Colors Yellow Brick Road
I am going to put a minkee fabric on the back.

This checkerboard piece is for a class.
We are going to cut it up and sew in back into pin wheels.
I'll definitely take pictures of the after.

Box of Chocolates
the focus fabric is pink foil with pieces of candy.

Green Bay Packer fabric in the Warm Wishes pattern.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Catch Up Time

I just want to take a minute to thank Polly from "Counting Your Blessings" for posting a link to It gives you all the information you need to redesign your blog. Step by step, hold your hand, kind of directions. Pretty nice huh? I love the pink & brown combo. And the free banner images from are so cute. I want to use them all! I feel so smart when I figure this computer stuff out. It's like one of Oprah's "light bulb" moments. I just won't tell you how much time it took. LOL.

I went on a quilt retreat this past weekend. A fun time was had by all. We had some great singng going on. The 7 of us (one gal was to young to know the words) belted out oldies from the 1950's & 60's. When was the last time you sang "Last Kiss" or "Going to the Chapel"? Believe me, we sounded just like the Supremes on some of the classics. Didn't we Rikki?

No photos. No camera. Can you believe I left it at home? Silly me. I will take pictures tomorrow of the projects I worked on. I did learn one BIG lesson (another O moment) all those UFO's from the early 1900's........I don't want to finish them. I want new/current fabrics and patterns. Just like the big girls have. I am feeling guilty for having a ton of UFO's. How many do you have? We won't even go into stash.......

The rain just isn't going to stop anytime soon. There is a "water issue" in our basement. Of course, it's in the finished studio area. We have sucked up the water and have fans and a de-humidifier going. Didn't we ask the last owners about any basement problems? And they said there were none....hmmmm.

I am busy working/quilting this week. Have some Las Vegas ladies waiting for a package from me. Wait to you see this funky raw edge applique I'm quilting on. Sooooo cute. Customer used black and brights. What a fun combination!

More later.