Sunday, July 22, 2012

Berries and Bluebirds

Here is yet another block of the month that we started at the barn!  Gloria is making this one, Berries and Bluebirds, and it's looking great!  All the blocks are cut so you can get it all at once if you choose so you can stitch out of order like I do!  click here to see the whole quilt, by one of our favorite Australian designers, Gail Pan.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ahh, Summer!

After a long, cold and wet spring that stretched into summer, the weather has finally warmed up and started acting like summer!  And I do love those hot sunny days and long summer nights!  I just  finished another block of "Cabin in the Pines".  I'm not working in numerical order, which I suppose is no surprise, but I wanted to make this one-it's just so darn cute!  I planted the great big 8 foot sunflowers all along the side of my chicken coop and can hardly wait for them to get big and bloom, but wait, that would mean summer was almost over and here it's really only just started so I guess I can wait a while- quite awhile- longer!  For now, I'll just enjoy this block instead!  ttfn

Monday, July 16, 2012

Outside the box....

It's always fun to see one of our "crazies" made up in different fabrics...Here, our shipper, Jan, has used our "Rambling Rose" pattern from "Crazy for Applique" (seen in the background), and left off the applique for a quick baby quilt.  She and MaryEllen had been discussing that it was the perfect size for a baby quilt and it's pretty darn cute, too!  Way to go, Jan, for thinking outside the box and seeing past the applique (she is one  who considers applique, if not the four letter "A" word, but a word she'd rather not have in her vocabulary!)

And see what our gal Kathy has been up to.....Here she is with her (not surprisingly brighter) version of our "Quilter's Village".  How fun is that?

And here is her "Spring Fever" quilt.  She's been a busy bee, but that, too, is not surprising!  

And here's a clever idea sent in from one of our customers, Jane Davis.  She made this cute "Crazy Cats" wallhanging for her office.....notice how one of the cats is facing a different direction from the other two and from how it's shown in our pattern?  How'd she do that, you ask?  Jane shared, that because she was working with batiks that don't have a right or wrong side, she essentially flipped everything wrong side up and stitched the block together "wrong" side up to get a cat facing the other direction!  Clever girl!  Now that's thinking outside the box! Thanks everyone for sharing!  We are all such visual people and it's fun to see things made up in different colors or with a new twist!  Hope this gets the rest of you thinking outside your box, or at least outside your usual colorway!  Have fun!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Diane shared this "Star Bright" quilt with us which will be a “Quilt of Valor” for her son and will be presented to him soon.  Diane shares: "He was badly wounded in the war in Iraq. He took a direct hit from a rocket propelled grenade which blew off his lower left leg.  Even with this injury he went on to become a police officer.   We know we were lucky to get him back and are thankful for every day we have with him."    Thank you Diane for sharing, and thank you to your son and all of the men and women who have and are serving and sacrificing for us, our freedoms, and our country.  Let's all take the time and make the effort today to personally thank our service men and women.   May God bless each of us.  Happy Birthday America!