Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year! May 2009 bring you happiness, joy, love and prosperity!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Izzy's Blocks


The first set of fabric covered foam blocks were made for Granddaughter Ursula in time for our Thanksgiving trip to Little Rock, AR. This set was made for Granddaughter Isabelle (aka Izzy) and mailed off Friday to Fayetteville, NC. My Aunt Pat came up with the idea and cut up dozens of squares--I stitched them together with foam block inserts. They are kid friendly and, even when thrown, won't cause damage. Thanks, Aunt Pat, for this great idea!
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Martha's Asian Quilt





I had so much fun playing with this one. Martha wanted something different in each round and her wish was my command! DH Daryl used a free pattern (wish I could remember from where...) and did his talented thing to create templates for the four corners and center piece. I used gold on the top throughout and black in the bobbin for the outer most border; however, the other borders gave me a bit of trouble with the black bobbin thread coming through to the top, so I switched to gold in the bobbin. That adjustment gave the added bonus of a bit of bling--besides, you can hardly see the stitching on the top.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

Post Feast Entertainment

Little Miss Ursula can be easily she is with her dad, playing with a dinner napkin after our Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving in Little Rock

DH Daryl and I drove to Little Rock, AR, for Thanksgiving with DD Heather, SIL John, and DGD Ursula. We had a great visit with an incredible dinner made by Heather with assistance from her dad.

We also got out on Friday and drove around the city as it was our first visit. It's a lovely area with lots of huge trees, the Arkansas River, beautiful homes and the President Clinton Library. We stopped by the Old Mill which was a replica of a Civil War era mill made for the movie, Gone With the Wind.

My Aunt Pat came up with the idea of making cloth covered foam blocks for our two granddaughters, Isabelle and Ursula. She cut out dozens of fabric squares for me and I sewed them together, inserting the foam blocks and hand sewing them closed. Ursula got her set at Thanksgiving and Isabelle will receive hers for Christmas. They turned out great and as you can see by the clip below, Ursula (and John) loved them!

I've been busy...

It's been an interesting time for me and hubby. In the middle of October, I had my gall bladder removed--poor thing had lots of stones in it and wasn't functioning properly. It's wonderful to be free of that cranky organ!

Not too long after that, my MIL Darlene made the decision to retire at the end of the year from her full-time job in San Diego and move to New Mexico to live with us. She has always been into sewing and creating, then became a quilter in the last couple of years, and so we will have lots to keep us busy and involved.

I've also become very busy with lots of new quilting customers. I'm up to my earlobes in quilts to finish before Christmas and have another half dozen due after Christmas. No complaints from me! Earlier in the year, I was bemoaning how slow business had gotten--that has since turned around and picked up speed. Yea!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Phoebe's Quilt

Phoebe made this quilt for her daughter and I had the privilege of quilting it for her. I love the design of this quilt--simple and clean lines, with a great canvass for some fun quilting. Phoebe loved it!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


I'm doing the Snoopy Dance! This afternoon, I found out that my client (see July 28th entry below) entered her quilt into the New Mexico State Fair and she/we won a 1st place ribbon for "wall hanging" and Best of Show for "wall hanging". She's already given me her applique/embroidery quilt that she wants quilted "heirloom" style; she's hoping to pick up another ribbon at next year's fair. Thank goodness I have plenty of time to get it done! :-)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

LQS Special

My LQS was celebrating their 30th year with a surprise signature quilt for the owners that I volunteered to quilt. As with most quilts created by a large group of people, and especially with lots of bias edges, the quilt had extra fullness throughout. I worked at distributing the fullness without creating tucks and, thankfully, was successful. The background fabric was quilted with Sew Fine thread in top and bobbin in a color that blended. A clear monofilament thread was used when quilting in all the colored areas to ensure that the signature blocks remained a focus (rather than the quilting).
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Movin' On Up!

Here's Ursula doin' the "standing up" thang!

Kisses for Ursula

Cozmo and Saba--especially Saba--just love Ursula!

Ursula, just playin' around

John, Heather and Ursula stopped by on their way to Little Rock, AR and their new home. Saturday morning (9/6), Ursula was having a great time...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Taylor's Quilt

In early July, Granddaughter Taylor created the center of this scrap quilt to take home. Taylor did a great job, but we ran out of time, and it was left for me to finish for her. I added the two outer borders and machine quilted it with a simple heart echo design, then added a label. Taylor and I always have fun with our sewing!
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Rear view


This is a close-up of the back of the BOM showing one of the spyrographs used.
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Block of the Month - Finished!





Last year, the Over the Mountain Quilt Guild's program chair, Kathy K, initiated a block of the month (BOM) that was both fun and challenging. I opted to go to the dark side :-) and used a black background with bright batiks for all the blocks and patterns. I added sashing and a funky border and decided to use my Gammill Workstation to try out spyrographs in alternate blocks. The rest of the blocks, sashing and border are all freehand. Whew! I have no idea what I'll do with this as it doesn't "go" with my home decor. Ah, decisions, decisions...
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hummer Filling Stations

No, not the gas guzzling car, the nectar guzzling hummingbirds! They are hard at work after the latest round of new fledglings to fill up, bulk up, for their journey south. The Rufus will leave as early as Labor Day Weekend, the others follow over the next 30-45 days.

At Home Olympics



As you can see, Cozmo and BFF Murphy are participating in the stylized version of pose imitation. The judges' score is a combined 8.7. Yea, team USA!
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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Having Fun with Cozmo

Vivi and Izzy are having fun playing with Cozmo.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Spreading Green




DIL Viviana and GD Isabelle were here for a week and, sadly for us, left this morning. I was busy with projects and made a purple bag for Vivi (I know, it looks blue, but it really is purple) with an embroidered "F" for Fuller. I also embroidered her tank top with "Moe's Gal" for a little surprise when Morgan meets his girls at the airport this afternoon. The green has to do with making 28 cloth napkins from my stash to send home with Vivi and Izzy to reduce their dependence on paper products.
What a great year...we've had all the grandkids here for a visit in the last four months. Life is good!!
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Embroidered quilt





This quilt from a customer of mine had extra fabric throughout the top (as shown in the first photo) that needed to be worked in without pleating or tucks. A fun challenge :-). She wanted the machine embroidery to be showcased and didn't care how it was quilted; I'm pleased with the final result.
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Felted Finale

Here's hoping that the photos show the bag to its best advantage...dark colors are difficult to photograph. I am pleased with how the bag turned out after felting.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Just for Fun

Taylor asked for a wallhanging with her initial "T" and her favorite character, Tinkerbell. Then she wanted a special gift for a good friend's upcoming birthday, another wallhanging featuring the Power Puff Girls with the initial "A".
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Christmas in July




Granddaughter Taylor attended the Over the Mountain July Guild Meeting where she worked on creating a patchwork Christmas stocking for herself. Afterwards, I made Grandson Zachary his own Christmas stocking. He didn't stay in one place very long (as one should expect from a six year old), so here you see him at the Albuquerque Natural History Museum.
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