Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Finishes

I managed to completely finish one of the UFOs (Unfinished objects) that I committed to on Carrie's challenge at

I showed you 3 that I was going to try to finish here:

I completely finished the crazy blocks and the quilt has been delivered to Hearts and Hands ( a part of my quilt guild. We make quilts for kids who need them.)

The English paper pieced top is finished and has been delivered to Donna T. to quilt.

The owl paper pieced top is also finished and Theresa C. has it to quilt. I forgot to take a picture of it.

So really....I finished one but the other two are well on their way to being done.

Now for my big news of the day. I received a letter from The American Quilters' Society today. My quilt that is currently on display at the National Quilt Museum has been juried in to the AQS Show in Paducah. The show is April 25-27 and there will be 30,000 people at this show. Road trip!!!! I'm so excited.....again!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

More Fabric from Hancock's of Paducah

I LIKE some of Kaffe Fasset's fabrics, but I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! almost all of Phillip Jacob's fabrics. So...I bought a few of those I don't already have. There aren't too many I don't have. Since my memory is not that great I ended up buying one I already have but I only have a fat quarter of it so I'm glad I got more.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hancock's of Paducah

I mentioned that Leslie and I visited Hancock's of Paducah when we were there last week (one visit is NOT enough so that's why we went MORE THAN ONE TIME!)

I found this bird fabric on the home decorator's clearance table and fell in love with it. It's enough to make new valances for my kitchen. Some of the solids were on clearance, too and lately I just love solids. I'm envisioning a striped table runner and placemats to match.What do you think?

I'll post more eye candy from my shopping tomorrow.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

More pictures from Paducah

National Quilt Museum

I've had the most wonderful two days! My husband took me to Paducah, Kentucky so we could see my quilt hanging in the National Quilt Museum. We took my BFF Leslie and her husband with us. We celebrated Valentine's Day on the road. It took us about 9 hours to get there but that included a stop at a little quilt shop in Birch Tree, Missouri.

On Friday Leslie and I spent a couple of hours at Hancock's of Paducah while the guys did other things. It's so overwhelming! There is SOOOO MUCH fabric there that the brain can't take it all in! We may have gone back a second time--while the guys did other things..

After lunch in historic downtown Paducah on the Ohio River we made our way over to the museum. I had emailed ahead to let them know we were coming but I was taken aback by the reception I had. I was treated like a celebrity! The CEO of the museum came out of his office and I was escorted in to see my quilt with the12 others of the "Quilts of the South Central US". Several of the employees and volunteers of the museum were there. We were allowed to take pictures and then the museum's photographer took pictures which she promptly posted on their Facebook page. We toured the museum with the guide who gave us lots of info on many of the quilts. It was wonderful experience that I will never forget.

Then, today my sister and her husband came down from Missouri and we girls went through the museum again. I was so happy to get to share this experience with Greta. I became an official "Friend of the Museum" and gave a donation in memory of my mom. Her name will go on the wall. It's only fitting that her name should be there since she's the one who taught me to sew. I can hardly wait to go back in the future to see it.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

First February Finish are the pictures for the last post.

First February Finish

It's been a weird weekend.  Yesterday morning I had a really bad chest pain.  I've had a few of these in the past few weeks so I decided it was time to call my doctor.  He advised me to go to the ER.  So since I was no longer in pain I drove myself to the ER--just about 3 miles.  Some tests were done and the doctor there thought it would be a good idea for me to stay overnight.  I had more tests, more blood drawn and 24 hours later I was home.  All the tests were negative and I still have no idea why I'm having occasional chest pains.

After spending 24 hours in a hospital bed, I decided I needed to do something in my sewing room.  I finished this little donation quilt (45 x 54).  I used a new quilter this week and she happens to live in my neighborhood.  Theresa C. did a great job quilting it and I put the binding on this afternoon.
It's the first of my UFO finishes for February.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Catherine's Quilt

A couple of days ago I posted the quilts that I finished in January and I told you I'd be back with a better picture and the story of the large quilt.

In the second picture are friends Catherine (on the right) and her sister Julia. I've known both these girls their entire lives. I made the quilt for Catherine who is 17. She will have surgery in a distant major city in just a few weeks to remove a brain tumor. The quilt is for her comfort as she is going through this ordeal. I'm asking my blog friends to please pray for her and her family in the coming weeks. They are really good friends of ours--more like part of our family. I helped with a quilt when Catherine's parents got married, helped with Catherine's baby quilt and made quilts for each of her 3 siblings. We love them very much! Your prayers are appreciated!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

UFO's for February

I finished the 3 UFO's for January but its another month and I must move one.

My three entries for Carrie's challenge this month are:

1. Owl quilt--I started this one probably 2years ago. I really don't want to finish it......but I must! Then I'll feel better. It's English paper pieced. I need to make three more blocks which are cut out and ready to go. Won't take long.

2. Another English paper piecing project of shapes other than hexagons. This quilt top started out well. Then I figured out that I was using the wrong pentagon shape and the finished pieces were not fitting together like the pattern indicated. Not being one to rip out and start all over, I found another way to put them together.

3. Crazy blocks. These have been hanging around for about a year. I decided I should put them together and make another quilt to be donated through my quilt guild.

Wish me luck. See you at the end of this short month with (hopefully) the finishes!

.....editing note:  pictures not in the same order as projects listed.  Still haven't figured THAT out!