Another month of 2017 gone

I am having trouble believing that it has been a whole month since I last posted and unfortunately, the Roman Tile quilt that I talked about last time is still exactly where it was!!!   There has, however, been some quilting going on….or at least piecing.

The first project was for a University of Georgia display about the Women’s Temperance movement.  One of our guild members is working with the project and offered to provide several small quilts highlighting some of the quilt blocks that were used in the movement.   I offered to make the “T” blocks and had a fun time piecing these in traditional blue and white….IMG_3656

Next, my friend Sylvia is getting started in the quilt business in a big way and is in the process of developing new patterns.   She is a scientist by training and those interests often shine thru in her wonderful quilts.   She asked several people if they would be willing to test some patterns and I got….TWISTERS……

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I had a great time playing with fabrics and particularly like the middle one!!

The best tip that Sylvia gave in her instructions was to start the curved piecing with the top fabric being 1/4 inch from the top….IMG_3663

I had always lined the edges up at the top but this seemed to help with the piecing.

I believe that Sylvia will be a force in future quilting and am very excited to see how things are happening for her.  She recently filmed a sequence on “Fresh Quilting” which is a PBS show about modern quilting and was also awarded the “Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship”.  Check out her website for more…..http://flyingparrotquilts.com/

In other news….. 

Our church plant had rented a storefront that desperately needed some spiffing up.  One of our members is a woodworker and built a wonderful wall as a centerpiece to the worship area.   As he worked it reminded me so much of the quilting process.   He first laid out all of his boards….by the way these are mostly old pallets……

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He then picked a few boards  and started “piecing”….IMG_1364We didn’t get to stay for the rest of the creative process but were excited to walk in the next morning and see this fantastic addition to our worship space…..IMG_3650

I particularly like the few bits of teal and purple…..

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Finally, several months back Michael and I decided that we needed to get our wood floors re-sanded and finished, and while they were here, we would get all of the downstairs carpet pulled up and replaced with more hardwood.  So, 10 days ago the movers came and moved all of our downstairs furniture out into the garage and we began our minimalist existence….IMG_3773

The floors have now been installed but we found out today that they cant get back here for another 3 weeks to do the sanding and varnishing!!

And to make matters even worse, Irma has swooped in this week and we spent about 22 hours without electricity.  So at the time of writing this,  I am sitting in an empty room, in the dark and using my computer until the battery dies!!

Two other updates that I just thought of…..

The Quilt of Valor that I made was presented a couple of weeks ago and I was excited to see photos of the gentleman who it was awarded to….20800128_10210261834167406_9097293379766997598_n

Finally, we had dinner with Baby Bo’s parents last Thursday and it was great fun to see his quilt being used to keep this sweet boy warm…..

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Ok….I guess that mostly catches us up.

Until next time….keep on quilting!!

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A bit of this and a bit of that!!!

 

Every so often I take a photo and think that I will blog about it one day.   Then, invariably I put it into a folder and promptly forget about it.  So today I will try to catch you up……

Back in the Autumn we had tons of rain and this is what our bird feeder looked like……

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The birds were NOT happy!!!

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When we were in India, we purchased a set of steel dinnerware and, in the back on my mind, I wondered when we would use it.   Well, my sweet husband had the brilliant idea that we could use it when we make Indian food which means that it gets used about once a week……

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And, I use the term “make” very loosely as we purchase various Indian sauces from a market in Atlanta and just add our own chicken to it.   It has always been yummy but is so much nicer eating it on stainless steel dishes!!!

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Back in December, I had a little bit of time to be in my studio but didn’t really have a project ready to go so I decided to cut my scraps into useable pieces.   There is nothing nicer than seeing stacks of strips and blocks ready to go at a moment’s notice……

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And finally, my daughter Jenny sent me this photo of her dog (Marley) wrapped up in a quilt that I made.   The other person in the discussion is one of my daughter’s oldest and best friends who also has a dog and a quilt……

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These interchange made my day!!!!!

 

OKAY….now I am caught up on my miscellany!!!!

It’s Fall Festival Time

Before I begin this post I would remind you that I was raised in the heart of Texas, where there is not ever a true Autumn.  The leaves on the trees simply turn brown and drop to the ground.

With that as my background, I was totally unprepared for the beauty of an Autumn season in Georgia.  Many years ago (1992 to be exact), my youngest was starting to school and I decided that it was time to get fit, so I started walking every day.  I was totally enamored as I walked, watching the leaves do their dance from green to orange to brown and then twirl and swirl their way to the ground.  As a matter of fact, this quilt was designed during many of these walks…..P4211084 (2)

But, I have strayed from the purpose of this post…..  one of the best things about Autumn in Georgia are the many Festivals that exist.  You can travel thru a maze made of corn, pick Pumpkins right out of the patch and many other wonders.  But, our favorite event is the Oconee County Fall Festival.DSC07049

Michael and I love walking past the 200+ booths and shopping for fun things, big and small.  You can….

……buy “art” for your yard……DSC07050

….buy every sort of Jam or Pickle……DSC07055

…..get your face painted (this little girl was standing SO still)……DSC07056

…..pick up some locally made pottery…….

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……take home a- basket……

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…..have fun with a balloon character…….

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…..and even buy a chance to win your very own John Deere…..

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For the children there were…..

…..train rides…..

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….pony rides…..DSC07047

……a corn box to play in (picture a sand box but filled with dried corn kernels)……DSC07048

BUT, one of our favorite things about the Festival is the FOOD!!!   You can get fried Oreos, fried Pickles,  Kettle Popcorn, Kebabs, Hamburgers, Lemonade, and many other Southern specialties. 

My favorite is…..drum roll…….DSC07064

……a Funnel Cake.    I eat one per year because they can’t be good for you!!!  The dough batter is dropped by strings into hot oil and fried until crisp.  The better ones are then covered in powdered sugar, as was I after I finished eating!!  The wind was blowing some and there was a puffy trail of sugar following me as I walked.  And, yes, I ate all of it……

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Michael chose a Pulled Pork Sandwich which was served with a slice of cheese and a messy amount of BBQ sauce…..

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We finished our morning with a walk around the Oconee Farmer’s Market and visiting a few antique stores along the Main Street of Watkinsville.  Here was the best shot of the day…..Michael and his special friend……

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You would only find this on Main Street of a small town and I am happy to say that it is OUR small town and OUR Fall Festival.

Hope you are enjoying your Autumn season (or Spring Season depending on which side of the world you are on)!!!!