Thursday, April 24, 2014

JUST RANDOM RAMBLINGS


I have a room waaay out back, behind my garage.  I used to use it for quilting.  But, I moved back inside for quilting some years ago.  And, little by little I just used the room for storage.  Oy!  It is a scary place now.  So dusty, I need to just get rid of most of it.  Obviously, I haven't missed anything.  That being  said I recently went out there in search of something and found more UFOs.  I'm sure there are even more out there in various stages.

I found this Blue and Yellow Star Swap from 2003, fortunately in a container.

And, these 42 courthouse steps, also in a covered container. They need to be made into something, maybe even two somethings.

This Log Cabin was a swap my friendship group put together years ago.  We all put in light and dark strips and traded these strips.  This was long before the precuts were around. It is special since there is a bit of each of us in this quilt top.  But, oh my, this was not in a container and was dusty,  I didn't know if I could salvage it.  So, I put it in the washer as it.  Oh yes I did.  Ran it on delicate and dried it outside in the air.  It turned out pretty good. I MUST quilt it next. 

I did finish (or nearly finish) the patriotic banner I have been making.  Just need to bind it and the binding it made.  This is replacing a banner that had been overused and got ruined by the weather. 

I hope you are enjoying your week.

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, April 20, 2014

SUNDAY SNAPS


This week's prompts:

MORE PLEASE - Need I say more (pun intended)?


DIRTY  - Even the dirt is dirty here where my volunteer tomato is growing.


I'M READING THIS - Menu.  Very good lunch BTW.


MY VICE - I thought about red wine, or coffee, or chocolate.  But, then I decided there are health benefits to those.  So, I went with fabric.  I have lots and lots of fabric and yet I still buy more for my stash.


SOMETHING I LEARNED - To let sleeping dogs lie.


GOOD - Morning world!


MONEY - I often wished our money was more colorful like in other countries.  Must be the quilter in me.


Have a great week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Thursday, April 17, 2014

HADLEY'S QUILT


Hello out there.  I have been so long quilting things I cannot show you.  But, today I can show you my newest finish because the gift has been mailed and received.

 


I made this for my first great granddaughter-to-be.  Rachel's due date was April 15th,  and, still no baby Hadley.  Hurry up Hadley, we are all anxious to meet you!

I hope you are enjoying your week.

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, April 13, 2014


This week's prompts:

TASTE OF SPRING - I love my artichokes.


WHERE I'D RATHER BE  - Sitting down to my Janome and sewing.


HOBBY - No surprises here.


DARK - One of my favorite restaurants.


MY FAVE PART OF THE DAY - My first cup of coffee with the Press. 


THREE OF A KIND - Out to dinner before guild with a couple of girl friends.  The local sports bar had a burger special this past Thursday, $2.49 for a cheeseburger and $1.99 for a regular burger.  And they were delicious!


ON MY LEFT - Just where Trudy wants to be whenever she can.


Have a great week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Friday, April 11, 2014

QUILT GUILDS


I belong to three guilds:  Orange Grove Quilters Guild, in Garden Grove, California, Quilters by the Sea, in Long Beach, California, and Flying Needles Quilt Guild in Niceville, Florida.  This week I was able to attend both the one in Garden Grove and Long Beach.

Annie Smith was the guest lecturer at Orange Grove Quilters Guild.  You can find out more about this dynamic quilter and her wonderful use of color here.

 
Anelie Belden was Quilters by the Sea guest lecturer.  You may know her from her wonderful book Thoroughly Modern Dresden.  Visit her website here if you want to learn more about her wonderful approach to quilting.

 

I love the quilting community and all it provides, including knowledge, activities, and most important wonderful friends who get you!  If you haven't joined your local guild, look into it.  You may find it a very gratifying experience.

I hope you are enjoying your week.

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SUNDAY SNAPS


This week's prompts:

FAST - In and Out, my kind of fast food.


FAUX  - So much of our food is fake.



PURPLE - A purple sewing-machine tote.


IN MY HAND - We made cute travel mugs at our sewing retreat.


SHAPES - All kinds of shapes in this UFO or WIP.


GOOD TOGETHER - What can I say about strawberries, chocolate, and a glass of red.



NOT MINE - I quilted this quilt; but, it's not mine.


Have a great week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SUNDAY SNAPS


This week's prompts:

I'M LOVING - Spending quality time with my granddaughter.  I feel honored that she chose to spend her Spring break with me. 



ONE OF A KIND  - It is supposed to be good luck to rub the nose of the seal at the foot of the Seal Beach Pier.  Why not?


SOFT - My Gracie is very soft and cuddly and warm.


I AM HERE - Surfing and nursing a cold. Boo!


SOMETHING I MADE - I made this little pin cushion by hand piecing and quilting.


NOSTALGIA - This is my late husband and I.  One of our kids captured this moment.  I would love to have that moment with him again.


STICKY - My favorite breakfast has sticky honey in it.


Enjoy your week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SPRING BREAK

My granddaughter, Annette, decided to spend her Spring break here.  I feel honored that she wanted to spend this time with me.  What fun we had together playing in Southern California.






She's back home in Idaho now.  What a great kid!

Quilt happy,
Marilyn

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SUNDAY SNAPS


This week's prompts:

BEAUTIFULLY ORDINARY - This little guy is spending a lot of time in my yard.  Maybe they have built a nest here, because every time I walk outside, he/she stops by to watch me.


TODAY'S WEATHER  - Not too bad I'd say.


FIVE YEARS AGO - I brought Trudy home.


CROPPED - This was cropped to get a better view of the moon without distracting wires.


LETTER - Yup, just a letter.


FULL - A vase full of Spring.


MORNING - Breakfast:  is it for a busy morning or a lazy morning? 


Enjoy your week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'M QUILTING


Here is another quilt-in-progress.  And, another one I cannot quite yet reveal.  But, I am getting it quilted. 

 


It will even be finished in time (I'm pretty sure).

I'm taking a break from it tomorrow and going to the Glendale Quilt Show.  Maybe I'll see you there.

I hope you

Quilt happy,

Marilyn