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2010 Quilts

Here's pictures of the quilts and/or projects I finished in 2010.  I know these are all the quilts, but I'm not sure if I got all the little crafty things I finished on here.  Sometimes I foget to take pictures.  Or they were part of a bigger quilt like the pieces I did for the Loose Threads ribbon quilts.  I only finished 13 of the 25 quilts on my resolution list for 2010.  However, one of the quilts on the list has 12 different mini quilts and there are 2 of those finished.  Then I have the top of one other finished and I hope to get that quilted or at least started this weekend.  Tomorrow I work on the new years resolution list!

When you see them all together you can really see I don't have a particular style of quilting.  I'm game to try anything and any color.
Tomorrow comes the "NEW LIST OF RESOLUTION QUILTS".  Today it's all about putting Christmas decor away.  Which I'm stalling because I dread going back and forth to the storage shed to get t…

2010 Ornament Exchange and other gifts

Every year my family exchanges home-made ornaments for Christmas.  It's so fun each year to see what we all come up with.    Here are the ornaments I made this year for everyone. Of course I also make them for my nephews and niece (except I didn't get a picture of my nieces ornament yet.)  I did all mine with counted cross-stitch except for the Santa - my embroidery machine did that. 

And this is what I received in return.  I'm showing the ornament my husband gave me this year.  He actually has been giving me these collectible ornaments for the last 6 years. 
You can click on the pictures to get a closer look and use your browsers back button to return to this page.

And other crafty items received and made are here.
The buffalo watercolor was done my mother-in-law for my husband.  It was from a picture he took on his big adventure earlier this year.  She has always been artistic but usually with oil paints and at 82 decided she wanted to try something new and started taking…

Some gifts received (and sneaking in one I'm giving)

Okay maybe I'm not sneaking it in because I'm going to start the blog with it.  My step-daughter asked me to make her husband and my grandson matching hooded towels because her hubby Chad just thinks they are so cool.  She even found a blog with directions on how to make them.  (Thanks  So I made these.  I know Kelly checks my blog occassionally but I don't think Chad does so it's safe to share this.

Chad's is made with a bath sheet and Jack's is made with a regular sized towel.  I hope they'll like them.

Now being part of  two very talented friendship groups, I have been getting some wonderful gifts.  Here are just a few of the handmade items.  This is just a tip of the iceburg of the wonderful gifts I've received - not all of them.

Anna Koelewyn belongs to both the groups I'm in and for one she made us these cute magnetic pin holders.  They are just clay saucers she's painted and glued stron…

The Great Reveal

The Material Girls Friendship Group met today for our Christmas party and the big reveal.  In spring we exchanged signature blocks and we had until today to make a quilt with them.  We were missing 4 of our group for various reasons and they were all missed.  I hope to see their quilts soon though. Since this is my blog - my quilt is first. Mine is a wall hanging that will hang above our bed in the Cambria house.   I'm showing the pictures of the blocks when we got them and the finished products.
These neutrals were Adena Joseph's.  She not only made this quilt with neutrals, she made us each ATC cards and she made herself a tote bag to carry her quilt around.  She plans on doing an applique around the border when she finds the time. 

Anna wanted orange and pink - love how she added the turquoise.  Gives the blocks a whole new look.  

Carol Chadwick wanted oriental fans and she twisted them in her setting which gives it a very untraditional fan setting, which I love.


Postcards and Puppies

We had a nice quiet Thanksgiving with just my in-laws, got my house decorated for the holidays, and started working on some Christmas gifts (which of course I can't show).  I can show these postcards for the guild show and tell.  Sorry about the photo - taken with cell phone - don't know why it's sideways.  Anyway I quilted with metallic thread on velvet and used crystals to decorate.  I'll try to take better photos with real camera.

So on to the puppy part, my husband told me this morning he was going to the local flea market to go look for a bike (he plays with them, puts engines on them, etc.) but instead of coming home with a bike he came home with this little girl.

Here she is snuggled inside my sweatshirt.  We won't be able to keep her but my husband just couldn't leave her running around the flea market.  Looks like she was dumped there.  He walked around the whole place hoping someone would claim her.  He said he saw 2 little girls holding 2 other puppi…

I've Been Busy

See last post for how this obsession started.  They are so pretty. 

I have been having some I-tunes problems tonight and spent way too much time reloading, finding and crap.  For some reason it just said when I tried to open Itunes "Ituneslibrary.itl cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of itunes"  Of course all the googling just confused me.  Sometimes these things just get me riled up.  I got Itunes reloaded and now it's saying my iphone is not being recognized with that itunes so I'm afraid to sync my ipod. 

So I will leave this be and enjoy my 4 day weekend.  Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving.  I plan on sewing on Thursday, decorating my house for Christmas on Friday and sewing some more on Saturday and Sunday.  Since I work for a shopping center, black friday shopping at a mall is the last place I want to be.

Thanks for looking.

Christsmas Gift Idea, Art Group Quilts and of course, Jack

First off, my older sister Brenda was in town (well my parents town) so I went up north to spend some time with her.  As usual, she had a great gift idea for friends at Christmas.  Well, not all my friends, the ones who will probably get them already saw mine and oohed and aahhed and kind of hinted they would make a great Christmas gift.  So this year, they all get one.  The other friendship group is getting something else that my older sister is making for me.  Anyway, here is what she showed us this weekend.  She found a tutorial on and her and a friend perfected it and shared it with my sis-in-law, mom and I.
They aren't that hard to make and are so pretty.  She made the black one and gave it to me for my birthday and together we all made a silver one.  So today I was already at Hancocks Fabrics to buy some synthetic fabrics to make more.  Black, gold, silver and white. 

While she was here we took a little trip further north to visit my step-daughter Kelly an…

How to Improve an Already Completed Quilt (and I turned 50)

First off, I finished this quilt a few months ago for my grandson.  This picture shows it unfinished, but he got it finished before he was born. 

But there was something missing and I just couldn't put my finger on it. 

And then I got this picture and realized that it needed this to improve the quilt. 
Kelly said Jack loves his quilt.

And last Saturday I had my 50th birthday and had a party at my house.  I had a great time and was so happy so many of my family and friends could join me in celebrating this milestone.  I have a good life and am very thankful for all I have.  My youngest sister couldn't be there but she sent this box of 50 leaf items.  Since I was "leaf"ing my 40's behind.  

It was like a treasure chest full of leaf goodness.  (leaf cookies she bought and she made some too, a cookie cutter, a frame, a magnet, a necklace and earrings, chocolate bar shaped like a leave, a notebook, kitchen towels, a candle holder and candle, all individually wrapped in…

Another Scrap Therapy finsihed and I finally met my grandson

Won't be a lot of quilting going on here this week.  I'm having a big birthday party this coming weekend and I need to get busy cleaning and cooking.  But I wanted to get this Scrap Therapy project done before and I finally finished it last night.  I will probably be donating to our guilds charity quilt program.
It's made with a lot of the scraps I cut from my grandson's baby quilt.  Maybe I'll keep it and give it to him for his 1st birthday.  Speaking of my grandson, I got my husband to drive to Livermore yesterday so we could meet him.  He was not happy - 6 hours of driving for a one hour visit.  He wouldn't even hold him.  Said he was too small.  I was pretty nervous myself.  And since I was holding him the whole time, I was unable to get more pictures.

Happy Halloween everyone.  We don't have street lights so we never get any trick or treaters here so I don't get to see all those fun Halloween costumes.

Thanks for looking.

Testing Smilebox

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The quality of the photos is poor but that's my fault.  I wanted to see if this worked.  These are pictures of some of the quilts I showed during my trunk show earlier this month at our quilt guild.

Thanks for looking.

Another Finished Quilt and a Fauz Hawk!

I didn't start this one this weekend.  I started this in Pismo Beach a few weeks ago, but had to pick up more aqua fabric at Pacific International to do the applique pieces.  It's from a kit from Cherrywood Fabrics called  Endless Horizon.  Can't remember if I bought it last year at Pacific International or Road 2 California.  Oh and this is a quilt from my Resolution List!  Yea!  One more down. 
Now I have some scrap therapy blocks to finish and the guild's block of the month blocks.  I also need to make a few fiber postcards for guild.

 And because this picture made me smile, I'm going to share it with you all.  My new grandson Jack got his first sponge bath at home today and Kelly styled his hair and took a picture for me.  I love his little smile and she said that's the face he makes when he's pooping.  I still think it's adorable.
Thanks for looking.

Fall is in the House

Remember those beautiful Fall fabrics I bought at Pacific International last weekend?  Well I whipped up this table runner this week.   While I was quilting the last leaf of the piece I noticed that there is a mistake.  I would have to have undone alot of quilting to fix it and thought, I didn't notice it until this point and hope no one else will notice it either.  Fall is my favorite season and Fall colors are my favorites. 

Well hubby said dinner is ready.  Thanks for looking.

Loose Threads Meeting

On Wednesday, the Loose Threads met to show off our flour paste resists pieces.  The inspiration word this month was grafitti.  I think we all did a great job.  Each of our pieces came out so different - we used different types of paints and I suppose different thicknesses of flour paste. 
We also celebrated Janice's 59th birthday so we each made her 59 inches of  a ribbon for her.  She loves flowers and without discussing it with each other, we all made some  type of flowery piece.

I will be working on a little table runner this weekend with that glorious fall fabric I bought last week.  I'll show it when it's done. 

Thanks for looking.

Officially a Grandma

Meet Jack Richard Buck.  Is he not the cutest baby ever?!?!  He was born on 10/19/10 at 12:25 a.m. and mom and baby are doing fine.  Kelly said he has a healthy set of lungs.  I hope to meet him in real life in the next few weeks.

Pacific International Quilt Show

What a great show.  Was inspired by a lot of quilts, took lots of pictures but not sure which ones were my favorites to share here.  I went with 3 wonderful women who I just adore.  They are the nicest gals and the best travel partners.  We are all sharing a room at Road to California this January and I think all 4 of us are also taking David Taylors class. 

I pretty much stuck to my list of things I wanted to buy.  The only variant was the gorgeous fall fabrics and the civil war pattern.  Not bad.  I couldn't carry anymore anyway--fabric is heavy!
The fabric bundles and the fabric on the bottom left are from Fig Tree for the Vintage Postcards I want to make.  (see the Halloween quilt I showed at the post before this one).  I had some fabrics but after finishing 2 of the 12 I realized I need more variety and they are just adorable.  The solids go with that set too.   I only needed the aqua color of the blue/brown fabric pack but they didn't have any without the rest of the fabr…

2 more finishes from my list

Wow - I can scratch 2 more quilts from my resolution list.  The first one here is the Baltimore Album block I started at Asilimar in March.  I will eventually make more blocks but that is not on my list and I am not ready to start another hand project yet.  But this block is DONE!
The next finish is the 2nd of 12 Fresh Fig Vintage Postcard quilts.  I am using fusible/raw edge applique on these.  I think I will need to purchase more of their (Fresh Fig) fabrics to finish the rest.  Good thing they are usually at Pacific International in Santa Clara which is this weekend.

So me and 3 of my friends will be driving to Santa Clara on Saturday for the Pacific International Quilt Show.  I have a list already of things I need.  See that!  Things I NEED.  I always start off good and then get sidetracked by all the beautiful fabrics and patterns.  I plan on taking lots of pictures of the quilts too.  They always have such a wide variety and great exhibits.

This past weekend I went up north to vis…