Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A visit from a future quilter...

I enjoy the visits to my home from my grandchildren, specifically to my sewing room.  My nine year old granddaughter spends time collecting miscellaneous finds to create her own little sewing center, usually on the top of a dresser that sits inside the small walk-in closet.  She uses scraps of fabric, pin cushions, small finished projects, spools of thread, and battery operated tea lites to set up her own little sewing world.  I can't help but giggle a bit, when, after she's returned home, I walk into my sewing room and see the evidence of her being there.  Often times I don't change anything, knowing the next time she visits she'll enjoy changing her display with new found treasures.  Sophie, you make me smile!

 After expressing a desire to sit at my trusty Janome and put her little foot to the pedal, Sophie spent a Sunday afternoon in April doing just that.  We picked out pre-cut squares from a charm pack, and laid them out in rows to make a simple table topper.  She listen intently as I went over the mechanisms of the machine.  She caught on quickly, and patiently lined up her fabric edge to the quarter inch guide, lowered the foot, pressed the needle down button, and applied pressure to the foot pedal.  She was hooked!   I will admit to doing most of the pinning of the fabric rows...  after all, one lesson at a time.  I think the experience of sitting at the machine first convinced her that this is a hobby she has an interest in pursuing!   Here's to more Sunday afternoons in my sewing room with Sophie!



Sunday, July 29, 2012

Quilting with favorite colors...

Do you find yourself drawn to certain colors and color palettes when you are planning your quilt projects?  I'd be surprised if someone answered "no" to that question!   My favorite color has always been blue... a mix of blue hues makes me smile!  Over the years I have had to let go of the strong attraction of everything blue, and learn to mix colors, textures, and use a complimentary and/or contrasting color to add interest to finished projects.  It helps that I have a friend who encourages me to experiment outside my comfort zone of everything blue!  My friend had been quilting for many years before she pushed me to put needle, thread, and fabric together in the art of quilting.  Looking at her collection of finished projects back then, and drooling over the ones that she had yet to finish, it was evident that she had mastered the talent of mixing fabric colors, hues, and textures together in extra-ordinary fashion.  And all of her quilting friends are the luckier for it.  Thanks Nor!



As I was saying, blue is my favorite color...


It's everywhere in my home...






Thursday, July 26, 2012

Something new for someone old...

Hello!  My first entry!  I'm exploring the world of blogging with some hesitation... I'm not so sure I want to be an open book... maybe just a chapter or two.  I'm not so sure that I have much to share that others will find interesting!  And I'm not so sure I can devote the time that this adventure will require.  So, with baby steps, I begin.

My intent is to share stories and pictures of my quilting experiences.  I am a member of two small, closely knit, local quilt clubs.  The girls of BOWTIES meet on the first Monday evening of the month.  The group started with several ladies and their daughters, but for some members life became busier,  family commitments grew, and the daily focus turned to the kids after school activities, new job commitments, or a transfer of one's family to North Carolina.  There are seven of us now... a nice intimate number.  And somehow, even with that intimacy, we still find ourselves stretching our ears to make sure we don't miss anything during our get togethers, as we chat about quilting projects, fabric stashing, rotary cutters, recipes, kids, grandkids, etc. etc. etc!  I elect to protect the identity of the members... for now!

The other quilt club has been together since September 2004.  From the 23rd to the 28th of that month, eight ladies from Iowa spent time together at Northwoods Resort in northern Minnesota.  Three of the eight were related... two sisters, and a sister-in-law.  The three of them have connections to the resort.   They had no idea then what they were getting themselves into... the Northwoods Retreat has become an annual excursion since those very eventful days in 2004!  (ahhh yes... The Letterman, Swanson's Bait and Tackle, The Cottage Cafe in Pine River, and OnStar... all fond memories of September 2004!)  Another avid quilter joined us by the end of that year, and we called ourselves THE CALENDAR GIRLS, not because of the movie by the same name, but because of our monthly meetings.  In 2006 we added three more members, and changed our group name to THREADS, mostly to avoid any confusion with the movie with the same title.  A wise decision.  We have said good-bye to some members within the last year or two, and hello to a few new souls that bravely show up at our meetings and/or the Northwoods retreat.  Simply said, we are a unique group of ladies!

A few photos from our 2011 retreat...

 We enjoyed great weather...
 We enjoyed great closeness...
We enjoyed fine dining...


More to come in days ahead...