Monday, October 7, 2013

Tavern House and leisure time

It has been a long time since I had this much leisure time.  So before the day gets busy I want to share some WIPs.

Tavern House by Maggie Bonanomi.  Every since I first noticed Maggie's work in Need'l Love books I have loved her designs.   I enjoyed taking several classes with her at The Buggy Barn.   This BOM is through Primitive Gatherings,  I love there color choices and of course their wool is always beautiful.  I am using a primitive stitch for most of it and adding a few embroidery embelishments that I learned with Sue Spargo this summer.

My newest WIP is a fun flower quilt with wools on homespuns and bushed cottons.  I am pulling wools from my stash, which is an adventure and tons of fun finding wools I have forgotten I owned!  I have found that you can spend more than a pretty penny on wools and not really have just the right thing, but making do is satisfying.  I brought these blocks along with me on our trip and they are pretty quick to stitch up.  One night I looked at my block and realized part of the flower was crooked.   Soooo a little unsewing and the next day I payed closer attention to details.  :)

This is a Christmas quilt by Heart in Hand, it is a BOM through The Buggy Barn.  Wools on textured cottons, Diamond Textiles.
I prefer putting wools on a heavier cotton since working with these fabrics,  I also love the their texture.  The angels eyes are going to be a challenge for me, she needs a more finished look,  details always give me a challenge.   

Thanks for coming by and seeing what I am up too, blogging has been a wonderful experience.  Meeting people with so much creativeness has been a blessing to me.

Fall blessings from Nebraska!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fall Blessings

I may be the only one who sees this post since I have been so abscent.   I have been working on some fun quilts and keeping busy working.  
Since my last post I did get to go to my first quilt market in Portland.  It was wonderful and overwhelming.  I would love to go again next spring.

My friend Cathy, of Wild Hare Fibers, took Michelle and I along and we had lots of fun with her at market.  I'm not sure if she thinks that was such a good idea now.   We talked her into a BOM, that has been a good success for her and we nodded with each purchase she made.  If she didn't buy it we would be so hard to shop for a quilt shop at market.  It is so easy to get caught up in all the creativity.  It is a smorgasbord of color, texture and pattern.

Cathy, Michelle and I at the Primitive Gathering booth having our picture taken by Lisa.  I just love everything in their booth, especially this Tree quilt.  

The Barn Chicks...Pam and Janet.  They are soooo nice and I always have the best time at their Quilt Show in August.

When I get away and do anything the number one item on my list is SLEEP.  I have been having a hard time with fatigue.  I have been doing something about it since late summer and I am hoping to get some answers.  I also have joined a gym, I have been going for three weeks and finally don't feel like I am going to die at the end of my class.  I love it and I Love all the wonderful people that attend my class.  This was one of my New Year only took me nine months to get it done and I am so glad I did.

In August I went to the Buggy Barn Quilt Show and took a class with Sue Spargo with mom and my sister.  It was wonderful.  I feel so blessed to share my love of quilting with them.  
Here they are with there new baskets from the Folk Art Sale.  
This quilt is one that I am working on with a group of friends.  I have several blocks prepped and will get them stitched up on our trip.
This is mom at Sue Spargo class,  I think we will take another class with Sue, it was wonderful.

This week DH and I are going to German Wirehair Nationals in Lincoln Nebraska.  We have packed the horse trailer with everything but the kitchen sink, including horses and 4 dogs.  We are really ready for a fun road trip and visiting with friends from the East Coast to the West Coast.  Our son and family are coming on Sunday to visit before the field trials start.  I am looking forward to the boys getting on Pilgrim, our Tennessee Walker, and going for a ride.

We are traveling with a storm at our back so it is our goal to get through Wyoming by Thursday evening.  The weather man is talking about several inches of snow.  Can you believe it, darn, I am so not ready for winter.

Now that I have figured out how to post from my ipad I will enjoy keeping in touch on my blog.  I am pretty slow at figuring this stuff out  but finally I have done it....

Happy Fall.....the colors are beautiful!
Until next time.....Carrie