Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quilt Show

About a month ago I had the privilege of entering some of my quilts in a show in Caledonia, MO.  Caledonia is where I grew up.  We happened to have planned a trip to Missouri to work on cleaning out my husband's folks' house (not a fun or happy job).  My sister had told me about the upcoming quilt show and I planned to go.  A couple of days before we left she informed me that it was not too late to enter quilts and encouraged me to do so.

SO.......I entered 3 quilts plus one of our mom's (in the vintage quilt category).  My sister also entered her first quilt.  All three of us in a show!  How exciting!  This would have thrilled our mom!

Caledonia is a tiny town and I DO mean tiny!  Less than 150 people.  A couple of ladies put the show together in a couple of months.  Proceeds were to go to help with repairs to the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Missisisppi and it happens to be in Caledonia.  The local bank donated a $300 cash award for the Best of Show which would be voted on by the attendees.

And guess what?!?!?  I WON!!!!  I won Best of Show plus blue ribbons on the three quilts.  Sister won a third place ribbon on hers!

Aren't the ribbons lovely?

Here is Greta with her quilt.

And mine:

My neice, Lora Beth, me  and my sister Greta.

This is Greta and her friends from work plus her daughter.  They're all learning to quilt.  Later that afternoon, I showed them how to put a binding on and then we had a little class on quilt labeling.  We had so much fun!

And here's my mom's quilt.  Here's the story:  when Mom was 4 she would go to the church quilting bee with her mom and grandma.  She was the only kid there so the ladies taught her to hand piece.  She made the blocks and on her 5th birthday (which was also her grandma's birthday) the ladies put the blocks together and quilted it.  That was on March 9, 1938.

The show was well attended and I think everyone had a great time!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Round Robin

The last rounds have been added to the quilt top my stitch group is doing for a veteran's home.  Six of us worked on it. It's done now and ready to be quilted.  I think it turned out very well!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Calista had a birthday

My oldest baby had a birthday this week.  I've been wanting to make this pin cushion for a while and since she likes sheep (she spins her own yarn from sheep's wool) I thought this would be a good present.

He has a bit of a long face which reminds me of a joke......
A horse walks into a bar.  The bartender says "why the long face?"   Hahahahahahaha!

Anyway, Calista did not have a long face when I gave it to her.  She loved it!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wacky birds

Anyone ever heard of a "Blue Footed Booby"?
Apparently it is a bird that lives in the Galápagos Islands. Here's my version......

 He's one of many birds appliquéd on my quilt, "The Three W's.....Wonky Vases, Wacky Birds, and wild Flowers"
Stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Round Robin

Here's the next round on the Round Robin my stitch group is making.  My friend Leslie added the gold skinny border and the last blue border with the word "Liberty".  I'm liking it!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kansas City and Hamilton! MO

This past week I got to take a little trip to Kansas City, MO to deliver quilts to friends.

(Is it ok to have feet on the SIDE of square quilts?)

The quilts were made for the daughters of my dear friend Dee who passed away last November.  The family was our first friends when we moved to Houston back in 1988 and we've remained close all these years.  I thought Texas themed quilts would be appropriate to remind the girls of their mom and our former home in Texas.

Both girls live in Kansas City now.  Here they are with their quilts,

While there, my dear husband suggested we go on to Hamilton! MO, home of Missoiri Star Quilt Company.  

I might have fed my craving for fabric.  Just a little.

Then, we visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City.  My grandfather fought in the trenches in France and the museum really brought that to the forefront of my thinking.  Freedom is not free!  Grandpa never talked about it but now I think I understand why he was so quiet. The museum is well worth the trip.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Springtime in OK

Even though most people think that Okalhoma is a wild place with dust blowing everywhere and a tornado at least every other day, it truly is a beautiful place to live.  At least it is here in the Northeastern part of the state known as "Green Country".  This spring has been especially green because we're getting "normal" rainfall after three or four years of very low rainfall.  In fact, last week we got 7 inches of rain!  That's more than we've had all summer long in some recent years.

Peonies that I dug up from my mom's yard several years ago.

Creeping Phlox and a very cute little Easter Bunny!

The double peonies which just finished blooming.  The smell is heavenly!

Irises in my mom's front yard in MO.  My niece was sweet and sent me this picture for Mother's Day.  I have starts of these flowers but mine didn't bloom much this year.

One of my mom's violets.  This is the first time it has bloomed since she passed away in 2009.

By now you've probably guessed that my favorite flowers are the pink/purple ones.  Strange, because my favorite color is red.

Well, it's raining again.  Hopefully, there will be no tornadoes.  I've never seen one and I don't want to start now!