Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New Quilt in Progress–One Step At A Time

I hang this on my design wall and then decide what will my next step be.
Part of my vision for this is to use leftovers from the other two projects.
This is a group of some of the possibilities. I am hoping this will reduce my fabrics in this bin!
I added a deep plum strip to frame the blocks you saw yesterday.
I do have an idea what will come next and I hope it will work.
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New Quilt In Progress

I normally wait until a quilt is finished to share it.
I have decided to try something different with this one. I think many of you will be interested in following how I make this. It also may give you an idea of how to use some of your orphan blocks.
I have a lot of orphan blocks and scraps that have been begging to be made into a quilt.
This is the beginning of the quilt. I had these 7 plus a few more blocks left as demonstration samples when I taught a sampler class with these blocks. The blocks are 9 inches finished size.
I am putting them together with leftovers from another project, scraps from both projects, new fabrics and who knows what else.
I hope you’ll follow my progress as I create this unique quilt.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Where Have I Been And Why Haven’t I Been Blogging?

When I got updates from a year ago this morning on Facebook it seems I hadn’t been blogging for a long time a year ago today.

Settling in seems to take more and more time each year. It takes so much time to get everything working.

I was sure when my DirecTV was fixed I was done.

Oh, NO. When I left the grocery store yesterday I opened my car windows to cool off the car.

When I pressed the button to shut them the one on the passenger side stayed down.

This afternoon I’ll be seeing what will need to be done to resolve this.

Always something!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

How Can You Say Good Bye To A Special Friend?

55 years has gone by so fast.
We have lived close to each other in 2 different states.
My dear friend Jean Antes is moving to Colorado to live with her family while she is still vibrant.
I know they are looking forward to having her close.
EVERYONE loves Jean.
She was the first person I met when we moved back to Wisconsin 55 years ago.
We would never have found our way to this part of Florida if it weren’t for the fact that we visited them when they moved to Florida 25 years ago.
She is always a joy to be around. How many people do you know that can visit you for 2-3 weeks and when they leave you hate to see them go.
I made one last visit to see her before she leaves.
Goodbye dearest friend, I will see you in Colorado.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween From The Family!

We celebrated early. I waited until today to share the family’s pictures.
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Our honey bee is the youngest member of the family at one month old. Her Mom has the crown of flowers. Our little cowboy left his horse in the house. I thought for sure he’d be scared of his daddy but he watched him get made up so he knew who he was.Image may contain: Tina Romstad, smiling, standing and hat
What a strange trio! Senorita is the only sane one!
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Don’t eat the apple.
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Our beautiful ballerina!

The one thing I couldn’t share is an amazing light, sound and animation show my middle son did from his driveway up to his house and into the sky. It had to be seen after dark. I have NO idea how he can do things like this. It is going to be a popular place for trick or treaters.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

As The Quilt Turns-Part 4

These are the final pictures of the quilts I have laid flat on the bed.
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These photos are not meant to show the quilts in their best light…just the way I store them and a teaser as to what they look like.
The rest of the quilts are either stored under the bed on 2 trolleys we built to store them, stored elsewhere or are on display in my lower level gallery or throughout our home.
Yes, I have been rearranging and sorting quilts so they are more accessible.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through some of my work. These pieces were done over a period of time. My work changes and grows, but I hope it stands the test of time.

Friday, October 26, 2018

As The Quilt Turns-Part 3

More layers and more quilts!
This group of quilts are all from a series I designed called Historic Concepts- Contemporary Systems.
I used antique quilts for inspiration but did not copy any one specific quilt. I collected fabrics for many years and made kits for all of them. The kits were all very limited editions. I did this long before reproductions fabrics were available. They would not have the feeling of an antique quilt had a used one of the series of reproduction quilts available recently. Many antique quilts were made from scraps and leftovers.
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Layer 24
Layer 25
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Many people learned to quilt with this series of quilt kits I made. They were all very limited editions as I had a limited amount of the appropriate fabrics.
All but one of these were hand quilted.