Tuesday, December 18, 2018

It’s Back And It Is Better!

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After looking at this piece I realized the width of the original border was too narrow. At the time I added the previous border I intended to add more sections. It told me it was done and didn’t want anymore rows.
After studying it I realized if it was done it needed a wider final border so I replaced the narrower one with this one.

I still may trim about 1/2 inch all around after I quilt it.
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I hope you can see the improvement the wider border made.

Monday, December 10, 2018

What Changed With This Quilt?

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I took this picture today.
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I took this picture yesterday.
I asked on Facebook if anyone could see anything wrong with this. No one did. Seeing both of them who can find it?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Medallion Wall Quilt

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I loved this orphan block so I decided to use it for this wall quilt.
There is some fullness in the piece but it WILL quilt out!

You may recognize that the block is similar to those in the vertical quilt top I just finished.
They all were class demonstration samples from at least 20 years ago.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Vertical Sampler Quilt Top

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I took a break from working on this but it was never far from my mind. I am very pleased with this top.
It used a great variety of fabrics, both in the blocks and in the composition.
There are traditional quilting fabrics, batiks, sophisticated prints, prints with gold embellishment, woven stripes and hand dyed fabrics.
If you look closely you will see some of the fabrics are fussy cut, particularly in the blocks.
You probably will have to scroll up and down to see the entire top.
I do have an idea of how I will quilt this. It will be a fun one to quilt creatively.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

I Finished This And It Is Gorgeous

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This is a picture of part of the mobius shawl I just finished knitting as a present for a friend. I can post it as she is not on Facebook.
I love creating this type of knitting with all the different textures and a color scheme to suit the recipient.

Now I have to decide what will be the next project as I need a knitting project to keep stress at bay!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Spectacular Sunset

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This photo can not do justice to the spectacular sunset last night.
I happened to glance out the window and this is what I saw. I grabbed by phone so I could share it with you.
Paradise for sure!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Favorite Florida Christmas Trees

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These are not typical Christmas tree colors. Yet they are perfect colors for the great room decor.
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I enjoyed acquiring the glass ornaments for my flamingo tree and also enjoy seeing it decorated. You DO know I collect tasteful flamingos!

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These three magenta trees that added the holiday spirit to the master bedroom now reside in my middle son’s pool house.
Over the years I have decorated so many trees. I have not documented each and everyone with photos.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

As November Winds Down, Christmas Is On My Mind

I gave the majority of my Christmas decorations to my middle child recently. He had already started using them to decorate when the family was there for Thanksgiving.
But I still have the minority of them and even that is a lot.
I found some things I love and have done a little decorating.
I don’t do the amount of decorating I once did as I am not in just one place for the holidays.
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My Santas come out every year, but never in the same place twice.
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He’s sitting on my copper wash boiler this year.
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I enjoy seeing the chandeliers decorated.
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My newly redecorated breakfast area looks like Christmas all year round!
Putting things up is fun….taking them down after the holidays is what I don’t enjoy!
I have a few other things I’ve put out. It’s possible there could be more.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving 2018 Out Takes

Some of the members of my Florida family really enjoy having their picture taken. I'm not so sure Madeline enjoyed the ride as much as her big brother did at the same age.
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Not every grandparent has a Merry Go Round on their dining room table for their grandbabies!
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Tucker is the only GUY I know who LOVES to have his picture taken and his beautiful sister is enjoying the photo shoot!

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Drew arrived late but there was still food for him.

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 Greatlookingfamily….and there’s that guy who loves to have his picture taken again! He’ll never see these as he hardly uses the internet!

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He’s photobombing another picture.
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Ryder is learning a few tricks from that uncle.
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Andrew was having fun peeking at me through the doorway and then hiding and reappearing.
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Lauren admitted Tucker is her favorite son and Ali is her favorite daughter…shhh, it’s a secret!
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Tina didn’t want Andy to wear this shirt AGAIN! So he did!!!!
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But he did change after dinner.
AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
THE END

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sharing Our Florida Family Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for my wonderful Florida family that has grown in the years I have spent the holiday with them.
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I call this the “grown ups” table.Left to right Sally, Larry, Chris and our hostess and host, Tina and Andy are on the right. We all sure appreciate their willingness to provide a welcoming place for all the holidays and occasions.
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Andy’s family: Ben, Megan, Sarah and Drew enjoying time together after dinner.

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Lauren’s family: Trevor, Tucker, Ali, Lauren and Sean.
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Megan, Ben and Andrew -Madeleine was either napping or with someone else who loves her.

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Andy with his favorite teenager: Kendall
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Andy and Ted: Brotherly love!

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Tina with Madeleine.
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Laney holding the newest family member Madeleine who is 1 1/2 months old.
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Remember you saw him first here. Some day when you see him as a top country music star, remember the name: Ryder Roberts!
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It was a long tiring chocolate day for Andrew and Clifford!
THE END

Friday, November 23, 2018

Breakfast Area Redo

I bought “new to me” chairs and a table.
You won’t see the table in these pictures as I am using it elsewhere.
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I had the chair seats recovered with fabric I already had as the fabric on the chairs did not fit in my decor. All the things you see in this picture were things I already had.
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This shows off the new upholstery on one of the chairs. They are much more comfortable that the antique straight chairs I had been using. I am continuing to use the antique table as it is one of my prized possessions partially because of the story about how we acquired it and also because of it's unique base.

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I created the table setting with things I already had. I switched my kitchen and dining room dishes. Everything you see in this table setting was already somewhere in this house.
I really enjoy using what I have and finding new ways to put things together.
I am going to enjoy using this area and inviting friends to eat and relax in this new area!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Through The Years

This was the first year the men spent Thanksgiving in my studio. Must have been around 20 years ago.

Thanksgiving at Karen and Jerry’s….beautiful table setting.

Family Thanksgiving at my brother Bill’s and SIL Mary’s at their historic house on the lake.

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My FL family celebrating Thanksgiving one last time at the lake house.

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Thanksgiving with my friend Kay at her family’s ranch.

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Thanksgiving at my neighbors Ken and Bettys.

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Thanksgiving at Cody’s Road House with my FL family. No matter how old they are, boys will be boys!

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One of many Thanksgivings with my FL family. This was last year at the safe house.

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Another one from last year: Lauren with grands Ryder and Laney. I’ve known Lauren since she was  a baby!

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One final picture from last Thanksgiving showing the last time I’ll be bringing the gravy boats as Andy now has his own special one. Tina must have had a say in what Andy wore! (inside joke)

Thanks to the age of digital cameras and cell phones for these memories.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Before And After

I noticed there was a mistake in one of the blocks for this quilt once I had the blocks put together.
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This is the block when I found the error. It is quite obvious when you just see the block.
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Here is the block after I spent just 10 minutes fixing it. It was worth it to me, Had I not fixed it I would have noticed it every time I looked at it.
And my grand Drew would have noticed it immediately!