Friday, October 29, 2010

Turkey Carving

After my rotary cutting mishap, I managed to keep quilting (the next day) and finished my turkey quilt. I'm calling it Turkey Carving in honor of the sacrifice I gave to make it. It went together quickly and I even managed to find the border fabric on the sale rack at my local quilt store Quilt Expressions.
The only thing I added to my pattern by Country Threads, was the wattle on the turkey face. My girls thought it looked too much like a chicken and needed it and I agreed. It's always good to have daughters in the house to add second, third and fourth opinions (whether I ask for them or not :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Turkey trouble

I'll spare the details of my injury while working on my turkey, it wasn't a pretty site, but I now will use much more caution and even slow down while using a rotary cutter.

In fact this may convince me more into getting an Accuquilt for Christmas.

Please be safe :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beautiful Batik block

These are 2 blocks for my flickr group, Beautiful Batik. I'll send it out in the mail tomorrow. It's a very simple block but I think the quilt will be stunning when all the blocks get put together.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

All Because 2 People Fell in Love

I made this wall hanging for my parents. They'll be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary next year. My mom suffers from severe memory loss which has been progressing slowly for the past 10 years.

She doesn't remember any of her 12 children (all of us were adopted), so I thought I'd make this wall hanging with all the kids' names and their children's names underneath so at least the names were there for her. I'm already behind on 4 more grandchildren.

The older I get, the more I realize how incredible my parents were and are. They made parenting seem fairly effortless, but oh, do I know better now. Their love and their concern for all of us came from their strong love and bond for each other. Their
prayers for all of us must have worn down their knees because we sure needed a lot of praying for.

Family values are disintegrating all around us and it makes me even more vigilant in my own efforts as a mom to help my children know who they are, how important they are in this world, where they can turn for peace and how much they are loved. It's a foundation in life that every child should have and deserves. Thank you mom and dad for giving me that knowledge.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Good to go

I've decided this top is done. I had some ideas of changing a few things here and there, but I'm ready to move on and I need to just call it "good to go". It was fun doing the mosaic tile look in the center, I'll probably use that technique again on another quilt. From here I'll pick out a fabric for the back and then I'm off to my friend, Tracey's house, to quilt it. She just bought a new longarm quilting machine and I'm anxious to see how I do with it. I'm pretty sure I'll get addicted and will need to hang out at Tracey's house more often than she may want me. But she says she really wants to see her machine being used rather than just sitting there (her husband feels the same way :)