Thursday, October 1, 2015

Throw Back Thursday–Gone But Never Forgotten

We never forget the places we spent time as a child.

Both my grade school and church were razed a long time ago….


Although this photo was taken in 1944 I didn’t attend school here until later.

I went to school there from the 4th through the 8th grade. The school had 6 rooms at the time so some rooms had more than one grade taught by the same teacher.

The school was torn down to make way for a Sears store as the city moved out into the county. It has taken years to find a picture of our school and I thank a friend for sharing it.


This was the little white country church we attended. It was almost across the highway from our school.

I can remember it like it was yesterday. The wooden pews where we sat for church and then broke into groups for our Sunday school classes, the bell in the tower, the balcony and the light above the altar that never went out.

When this was torn down to make way for a business the church built a new building that people call “The Flying Saucer Church” as that is what it resembles.

It is a shame there was no way to preserve this building as it was so classic and historical.

Progress is not always good.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Autumn In Hill Country


I’m back with a new finished quilt.

You saw this one earlier in progress.

Hope you are starting to see some of these colors in your surroundings.

This is the 431st quilt I have finished.

I have not been sharing each and everyone as I have been VERY busy finishing quilts.

It’s a good feeling to make progress, even though there is  more to do soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ice Dyed Tapestry–Yet Another Finish


This is a recent finish. I am keeping busy finishing these pieces I created in the last year.

Each one is unique. Finishing them is very time consuming but I will get them all finished.

Because I have been so busy finishing these and other pieces I have not been blogging as often as usual.

It’s all about priorities and deadlines!

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Treasure Hunt For Cooper

My youngest grandson admired something I had made for someone else.

He really loved it and “commissioned” me to make one for him……although he didn’t know he had commissioned one.

He told me his favorite colors and I used them to create this TREASURE!


Each clue was in a green envelope Here he found the first clue hidden by one of his favorite things here…..the COW!

Some of the pictures are not too clear as some areas where the clues were were not well lit.


Next he was directed to the area where we keep the board games, etc.


Then he was directed to the Watermelon basket where I keep treasures to pick when he visits. This time he found a green envelope with the next clue.


Time to find his favorite Sprecher’s Root Beer with another green envelope.


Then into the living room where his envelope was hiding under the pillow that had beads on it.


The bedroom where he would sleep if he stayed overnight!


The final clue was on Grandma Kay’s favorite sewing machine!


The final clue directed him to my oldest sewing machine. That one was the hardest as I don’t think he even knew about my treadle machine.

I had to give his some clues: SINGER and Red and White.

He got the bag and took it downstairs to open it in front of Dad!


He’s starting to open it and is very interested.


It’s pretty obvious how much he loved it. It never left his hands until he put it in the bag to go home.


This is a view of the entire throw. I love creating these and making the colors flow throughout the entire piece.

This one was so much fun I finished it in record time.
It’s a great way to use up small amounts of yarn, orphan balls and of course I have to find colors within my collection to blend everything together.

Years ago when I finished arranging my yarn by color in my post office sorting desk his dad walked in and said “And when are you going to start knitting Mom?”

Well I have been knitting and even have some empty space in my cabinets.

I have a feeling that when the weather changes the next one will be for me!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Another Ice Tapestry Is Finished


This is larger than the two I shared yesterday and it took a lot more time to get it perfect.

I’m thrilled with how well it worked.

Stay tuned as I share more as I finish them.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ice Dyed Tapestries–First Finishes

I am working very intensely finishing the pieces I have dyed recently.

Each one takes a long time to finish as these need to be perfect.


This was the first finish and I am pleased with it. It makes me think of Monet’s Garden.


This was my first successful attempt creating a blue and brown piece. Even though I may start with the dyes I think will produce a specific coloration that isn’t always the case.

So much of what happens is serendipitous.

Yet I do have to know how to use colors as I choose what I attempt to create.

I can’t say there have been any real failures, although some are more exciting than others.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Chasing Rainbows 3–The Entire Quilt


I am so pleased with the way the colors flowed in this piece. Each one I make has called for a different way to use color to enhance the underlying fabric.


The backing I chose turned out to be a great choice picking up so many of the colors from the front of the quilt and adding a touch of fun.