Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a Blessed Christmas and a wonder New Year. My husband and I are leaving for Florida Saturday to spend the holidays with our family. The following are some holiday quilts my friends and I made.

Two years ago I made my oldest grandson a large beautiful Christmas quilt but never got to the little ones. One of the twins took over his quilt so I thought I'd better make them a quick one this year and make them a large one in a few years. I saw this flannel snowman panel at the quilt shop and bought three, the fabric is just beautiful. The "triplets" love snowmen and they watch Frosty the snowman all the time. I added two boarders, a flannel back and quilted around all the snowmen. It turned out so cozy.

Close up.

Laura made this cute flannel Grinch quilt with her daughters flannel pj's she was done wearing. Great recycling.

Mary made this cute wall hanging, you can interchange photos in the tulips.

I made my niece, who lives in sunny Florida this quilt for Christmas. I put tons and tons of "daisy" quilting on it (I don't think it shows in the picture) and she requested satin binding.

I found this fabric and made some (13) quilted table mats for Christmas presents for friends. With trying to "go green" I think this is a good reminder.

I made then in two color ways.
I'll see you Jan. 6th or 7th.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Genealogy calendar

I showed my friend Nancy my "family tree" quilts blocks I've been working on, she asked me to speak to our local genealogy society in Jan. and show them how I'm recording my family history. Seeing as I only have 5 blocks done Nancy suggested I make a family calendar and for Christmas she had 4 printed, 2 for me and 2 for my kids. The hard part was to come up with enough family pictures for 12 pages, one picture for each month. The following are some of the pages.

This picture is for the month of January. This is my newest block with the original picture of the windmill in Poland on the top left corner and my great-grandmothers picture and the family grave site in Poland. (Deb, do you see the haystack fabric from our hand dyed wool, there's still enough left for your bear)

For Feb. I used a crazy quilt piece I made years ago with family wedding pictures I transferred to silk fabric, my mom and dad, my mom's parents and my husband and I. The picture in the frame is my dad's parents.

For the months I didn't have a quilt block for I used family pictures. This is John's dads side of the family. Someday, I'll have his childhood home finished.

By Oct. I was running out of ideas so I did Halloween. The picture on the upper right is me as Little Red Riding Hood. This month I also added some of my children's and grandchildren's pictures.

I also did one month with my dad in his Navy uniform. On the bottom of all the pictures in the calendar I wrote all of the family information.

I'm still working on my mom's childhood home, I like this picture of my grandpa standing by the front door of this home. This is my mom and her 5 sisters, the other with their mother.
The calendar shows both my and my husband's sides of the family so my kids can learn a little more of their family history.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Quilt guild Christmas party

Last night was our quilt guild Christmas party, the table decorations were so cute, the chairman's made quilted snowmen table mats with different snow people figurines on each table, at the end of the party different members won them (not me).

Another one.

Mary, one of our chairman was given this quilt made by the board as a thank you as she steps down.

I don't know this ladies name but she showed a series of pictures of pears her mother painted. Her sister and her split the pictures up and each made quilt blocks representing the different pear pictures. Then sewed the blocks together.

This is a picture of the finished quilt. Some are appliqued, painted, embellished etc. I wish I was closer to get better pictures.

Jamie made this table runner, the snowflake fabric is a batik, it is so striking.

This is the same batik in another color way she made. She hasn't quilted it yet.

Jamie's son is married to a girl from Japan. Jamie made this quilt as a gift to his mother-in-law. This is reproduction Japanese yukata cloth, used in rural Japan for casual comfy clothing.

  • Deb Hardman
  • Allie Aller
  • Jenny Bowker Cairo