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Monday, April 7, 2014

School Mascot Quilt

I am working on a quilt for my son's school.  The mascot is a scorpion and the colors are copper and silver.  This quilt will be used as one of the end of the year award prizes for students.  I think it is coming out very well!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Black and Tan

I started this quilt for my husband many years ago.  It is made from Bonnie Hunter's Mountain Majesty Pattern.  I was never very fond of it so it sat as a finished top for years.  I finally pulled it out to practice my free motion skills.
Hard to see but I am very happy with the background of very small flames.
And, these are feathers.  I used my flexible curve to make sure all the spines were the same.  It looks okay from the front but I really don't like the black thread on the brown backing.
This is a peek at a quilt my mom made.  I LOVE the "Crimson Rose" quilting pattern on it!

This Black and Tan quilt may be my only finish for March, we will see...and it still needs a label.
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Those poodles are up to something...

Head over to www.threepoodlesquilting.blogspot.com to see more. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014


It was a misty morning for my run.  My sweatshirt was damp at the end of my run even though there were no real drops of rain.  I had a great run!  Ran the second mile without stopping for walking at all.  I ran a total of almost 4 miles and felt really good, even added a little sprint at the end.  However, within an hour, my "running headache" had set in.  Does anyone else get this?  No matter how much I eat and drink, I almost always get a headache after running.  It didn't go away until, hours later, when I had taken Excedrin and relaxed in a hot bath.
The run takes place down by the river every Saturday.  This morning we were accompanied by some geese overhead and on the ground, they made lots of wonderful noise. 
So, even though I haven't been counting points for the past 3 weeks, I lost 2.5 pounds.  Guess the running is paying off.  I really need to try to squeeze it in more than 2 times per week though!
I am at the point of needing new clothes for sure.  I had already bought a few things a few weeks ago and now those things are too big so I am really going to need to get some new items.  Glad warm weather is coming so I can grab some shorts and Capris and not worry about some of the other things for now. 

I have way too many projects in the works right now, all with quickly approaching deadlines!  I have to get busy.  The busier I get, the busier the kids seem to get too which doesn't work out well.
I seriously have to organize this office tomorrow and get a lot of long-arming done!  Not crazy about the idea of losing an hour when I do not have one to spare. 
Can't believe my Lobos lost to San Diego State tonight!  They were so close!
Happy March! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jacquie Gering

Ok, so, I am really not much of a modern quilter even though I DO teach a class on free piecing...
But, I had the pleasure of spending all day Sunday and most of the day on Monday in the presence of an amazing and inspirational woman and quilter, Jacquie Gering of Tall Grass Prairie Studio!
This is one of Jacquie's most famous quilts, Not Lost in the Woods
Jacquie has a lovely, generous and fun personality!  I hope you have the pleasure of taking one of her classes some day!
This was definitely one of my favorites of Jacquie's quilts!
Here is my quilt from the first day of class...

 I went straight to the shop on the way home to buy some more of that steel grey.  I planned on making my quilt with the green, black, white and 2 greys, mostly using the light grey as my background.  you can see how that changed with Jacquie's influence.  I think I am going to love this quilt!  My husband told me I should take that blue fabric and it is a good thing he did. 
I have another one from the next day that I am done with the top and working on a backing.  No pictures yet.  I will show it at a later date. 

Gotta go, I am pretty sure I hear a poodle digging into my scrap basket...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dresden Plate finished!

I have completed the binding on the antique quilt I was working on and it went to its owner yesterday!  He is a dear friend of mine and I was so happy that he really loved the quilting!  He is so excited to have the quilt at home now.
I am not sure you can see it but we chose a solid light blue for the binding.  It matched the antique fabrics beautifully!
He brought me a lovely double (or is it triple?) Irish chain, set in a great red solid, to work on next. We still have to choose a backing and binding for it before I can get started.
I am so very much in awe of being able to work on these lovely quilts!

On other fronts, I did not loose or gain any weight this week.  I knew I wasn't eating like I should and I only got to go running once.  I am afraid this week will be much the same since I am headed out of town to a quilt show for the weekend-no running, lots of restaurant food-not a good combo.  But, I will be doing lots of quilting.  I have about 4 donation quilts lined up to quilt while I demonstrate the quilt machine. 

As far as cleaning, I did get the kitchen cleaned up quite nicely yesterday-even got down on all fours to scrub the floor.  But, the rest of the house is very much its usual disastrously messy self!

This morning I have been teaching a beginning quilting class to a delightful new friend who is brand new to quilting!  We are both having so much fun!

Hope everyone is having a lovely week!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Good Read

I just finished this book last night.  Actually, it was about 1am or so.  I couldn't sleep so out came the nook.  I really enjoyed it!  I may have to give some of her other books a try.

On the audio book front, I am on the 5th book in the Gamache series by Louise Penney, The Brutal Telling.  I love the reader!  I have been listening to him for so long now that it seems he is my very own personal story teller! 

 Any one else have a great book to suggest?


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