Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Memories


These Christmas pillows were fun to make. You can see some of the same fabrics I used in the Christmas Toys Quilt I showed on yesterday’s blog.

Cooper loves pandas. I think he was 4 years old in this picture. He is inspecting the Christopher Radko panda ornament. I had to hold my breath that he didn't crush it!
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A picture of me with the grandchildren.
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This year it was Greg and Julie’s turn to wear the Christmas shirts. I made these for Jerry and myself at least 30 years ago. They still look like new. Using good fabrics when you sew is really worth it.



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Choosing A Quilt To Take Home


Cooper's job was to draw the slips of paper with the birth years on them. Imagine his surprise when he drew his year first. He knows exactly what he likes and chooses right away.
This was the year that everyone got a gift bag identified by their birth year. From that point on all drawings were linked to their birth year rather than their name.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

My Grandson Jeff

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My grandson Jeff Sorensen graduated yesterday from University of Wisconsin Parkside.
His parents both graduated from the same school.

His degree is in chemistry and math.
I am proud of you Jeff.
I don’t think I have ever posted 3 times to my blog in one day but this is great news.

My Granddaughter Jessica

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She graduated from nursing school yesterday. Congratulations Jessica.
You will help fulfill the shortage of nurses in this country and I know you will be a great one.
It is not often I make two blog posts in one day but this is something I am so happy to share.

Family Santa Claus Quilt

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For several years each member of my family has been able to pick a quilt to take home with them when we celebrate Christmas. Jeffrey got first pick one year and he did not hesitate at all choosing his quilt. I made this attic windows quilt and added each grandchild’s name to Santa’s list on the quilt.


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Santa is checking his list!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Almost Crazy Christmas Quilt

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I made this quilt with the extra blocks from the Almost Crazy Christmas vests I made. It was purchased by one of the collectors of my work. 


This one has a crazier design and was made from the irregular pieces from the edges of the vests. It is also in a private collection.
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These are two other vests I made from the pattern I designed. I had so much fun making these I made more of them than any other garment I had ever created. I made smaller versions for my granddaughters. I also sold many finished vests (as well as kits and patterns) at our boutique at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Beautiful Florida Daughter Lauren

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Look at that beautiful smile! She has been this happy since she was a baby.  You have seen her in some of my other pictures but for some reason I never took her “Portrait with the quilt” before.
We had lunch together today at our clubhouse and I had planned on a photo there which I forgot. Then she got the car packed with the huge quilt I gave her and was ready to leave and remembered so I had her come back inside to take this. I took two pictures and they both were great.
She is one of those people that makes you happy to be around. Everyone loves her.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Having Fun With My Quilts

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Making a few changes
6 point star color change to greens
I do love green
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Swirling colors

Monday, December 11, 2017

New Afghan In Progress

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This is the afghan I am currently knitting.
It is very different than my usual ones.
I am using one strand of a bulky yarn and have close to 20 colors of the yarn. I use an entire skein and then change color.
It is so soft and comforting. I wish there was some way I could share with you the feel of this yarn. You can bet I’ll be knitting a shawl or cowl with some of this yarn.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bags, Pouches and Odds

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I have been making a lot of “little things” with leftovers from projects. The reds, greens and Christmas fabric make this bag perfect for the Christmas season.
Log Cabin knitting needle holder

This was an unfinished class project for a sewing kit. I didn’t add all the inside parts and just finished it with the zipper. I use it for my collection of bamboo double pointed knitting needles in the larger sizes.image
Zipper bag from a machine needle punch experiment piece.
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This little block had a border around it. I played with it and stitched and tucked to get this odd 3 dimensional little pouch. There is a zipper on the back.
Sometimes it is fun to just use up odds and ends when one is not ready for big projects.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Our Family Knows How to Dress For The Holidays!

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These guys are well dressed.
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Who’s turn will it be to wear this shirt in 2017?
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And who will get the honor or wearing this one?
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Who is their team?
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Stephanie is sharing her L   O    N    G scarf with Blake!
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No Greg, that is for…………
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Beautiful on her.
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So those are just a few of out families “favorite” clothes!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Sparkler

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This is another new ice dyed piece that makes me think or Christmas!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Gorgeous Christmas

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Today I am sharing pictures from my oldest son and DIL’s home from Christmas past.
Part of my reason for sharing is because my middle child wasn’t there and he won’t be this year either.
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Could they be planning the shopping trip for the day after Christmas since they need more decorations?
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Even the animals think they are Santa!
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Christmas with the Green Bay Packers
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Packer Lane
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Decorating the cookies by the cookie artists.

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Front Entry way.
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Revolving tree on grand piano.
Yes, Heather goes all out decorating for Christmas. She does a very professional job. You have only seen a small part of what she does in their home.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas


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Santa is enjoying his spot where he can see the dining room chandelier in all it’s Christmas glory.
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The breakfast area is also decked out for the holidays.
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Even the kitchen was decorated.
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The coffee table sports this arrangement.
Just a few of my favorite things!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Two Quilts In One–My Masterpiece

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If you look at this quilt from the left this is what you will see.
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When you look from the right this is what you will see. The view changes and blends as you look and walk from one side to the other.
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When you are at the center this is what you see.

It was a very challenging piece to create.

I spent several YEARS trying to figure out how to assemble it so it would allow each side to stand on it’s own.
I felt like I had to climb inside the quilt to sew the sections together.
The last part had me stumped. I could not make the armatures myself fill the sections.
Off to my favorite gallery . Seebecks in Kenosha, WI….where John did a fantastic job creating them and the quilt was then ready for prime time!
NOTE: Although I shared the same quilt a few days ago I found much better photos so I am sharing it again.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

IT’S HERE! My Latest Blog Book

It arrived 4 days early!
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I make a book of all my blog posts periodically. This one details the longest period of time. It  was fun to look through and see the last 14 months.
I keep it on the coffee table so friends can look through it and see my blog in fast time!
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This view of the opened book shares some photos from my show “Ice Tapestries and Shibori Quilts” in early 2017. I enjoyed seeing all these pictures at once.
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Another view of the book opened. On the left prints from some of the stamps I carved and printed and more show photos on the right.
It is a great way to see where I have been in the very recent past. This has been a whirlwind year and this is a good reminder to me of all the parts of my life.
If you visit take time to browse through the book.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Another Secret Project Is Finished

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I have been using a purse I dearly love but I wished it was bigger. I have just spent 3 days making my own version of it. The construction journey was filled with a lot of ripping out of seams that were wrong. Then I spent the better part of almost 2 days trying to figure out how to do the bottom corners. I tried it on the purse, tried it with paper, tried it with sample fabric pieces, tried it with graph paper. When I finally figured it out I felt pretty stupid. It was so simple.
It was a major project and if you offered me $500 to make one for you I would refuse. Once is enough.

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I am sharing this close-up so you can see some of the linings. The entire purse is made from decorator fabric. The strap is a soft leather belt I no longer wore. The zippers were something I had. The cost of the purse: $0 or if you want to look at it another way: 3 full days of designing, planning, sewing, ripping and redoing, being confused and finally figuring it out.
I know I will get a lot of use from it as it is basic black with pizazz!