Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

It has definitely been a year since I have posted.  A lot of happenings in 2012.  My daughter graduated from college!  My son finished his freshman year of high school and is currently a sophomore--almost half way through his sophomore year at that!  I have been quilting, and yes finishing some quilts!  I have also started some new quilts!  I have not followed too many blogs, but was totally inspired by a blogger friend to pick back up!  If you don't follow Pokeydotquilting, you have to check out her message this year--I love it! 

While I know I do not have the time to blog everyday, and would only be kidding my friends and myself if I said I would; I will try to blog as often as possible.  I have to get used to and learn some of the changes in blogger that have taken place over the course of 2012.

I thank every friend who has stuck with me, and I hope we have a wonderful journey together this year.  I will be adding to this post in the next few days--I do have some pictures! 

Take care and happy quilting!  Barb

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Total Eclipse Part Two and a Special Treat!

As promised, more from our class with Jackie and the ladies in the class! Such great combinations--it really is hard to choose a favorite, let's take a look at Sharon's blocks:
Look how smart and creative Sharon is, she made small crazy patch blocks out of the scraps!
I better show my blocks; some people are asking where they are, like my teacher--I think she is trying to see if I really am working--I am, I am:
See, I got a lot more done! Now I have to show you Maria's block and the special treat that Maria brought in to share with us:
First her blocks:
This is the Christmas Tree Skirt that Maria brought in to share with us--isn't this the most beautiful tree skirt you have ever seen? That is Maria beaming on the right--gorgeous, just gorgeous. She told us that she completed this tree skirt in 6 days at a retreat and it was her first Judy Niemeyer! Wow!!!
Well, that is the up date from this class; one more to go in a couple of weeks! If you ever have a chance to take a class from Jackie, jump on it--you will learn so much and accomplish even the most difficult quilts with ease! Happy quilting!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Total Eclipse Class Continued

We had our second of three classes on the Judy Niemeyer quilt, Total Eclipse. It was another excellent class! Jackie once again gave perfect instructions with plenty of demonstration so that we were able to come home and complete what we needed to do. I want to show you some progress made by the other nine ladies--they will all be fantastic quilts; and very different!
Joan's block complete with Units H and KM together--love those colors!

Sally with her block and more--love this fabric too; one of the backgrounds is called " chocolate", it proves you just can't go wrong with chocolate!
Barbara (not me) had her quilt planned and colored on Week 1--great progress today too!:
Kathy with her green fabrics--so much my colors! She loved mine and I loved hers, we joked about trading when we were done!
Love her background fabrics:
Some single pictures of her blocks:
Love these vibrant fabrics that Rita used:
I so love everyone's blocks and they are all such wonderful ladies--I am so happy to have been able to meet everyone of them! I have found out that there are three bloggers in the group--other than Jackie, so much fun!I have so much more to show you from Saturday!

I will post now and this is a to be continued.....

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Ghastlies -- Delayed by Snow!

Well, I am so happy to finally post my Ghastlies creations! I so loved participating in this event--thank you Madame Samm for all of your organization and hard work; I know that it was no easy feat! The first item is a hot cup sleeve! Love the orange:
There is nothing better than having a hot cup of coffee, latte, or hot chocolate with the Ghastlie cat! Love the cat!
Next: To take your lunch to work (Deli Lunch Tote):
With plenty of pockets for your utensils, napkin, etc! Love this pattern:
The only problem has been everyone wants one now!
Last but not least, one of my favorite quilt patterns (The Big EZ)--makes up a wonderful double/queen size quilt in no time! I love all the Ghastlie fabric, so I incorporated several pieces of various The Ghastlie fabrics into this one:
I am not all that pleased with the photographs--will have to do some more during the day light hours--but would that be Ghastlie?
One last picture with the lunch tote and cup together:
Now the Ghastlie quilt can fly off to the longarm quilter and the remainder of the fabric can tuck away until later when the urge rises up by the full crisp Fall moon to create some more Ghastlie treasures!
Thank you all for stopping by! Happy quilting!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back up and Running!

Happy New Year!

Well, I am finally back up and running! Even I had to go back and look at my last post date! That October storm knocked us into November and then December before we had everything fixed. It feels so good to be back with all of my blogging friends--thank you so much for sticking by me and thank you so much for all of your comments I was just able to publish!

Quick Storm Information:

This is what we ended up with:

You can tell by the snow on our deck, grill and shed that it was one large snowstorm! Then we had no power for seven days. Follow that with no cable and when we finally got cable back only to have the modem go down! We ended up getting a new modem, which had to be sent back, and finally were up and working around Christmas. I was keeping up to date from my iPad, but couldn't post any pictures. Then the holidays were busy, top that with my daughter having all four widom teeth removed on December 22 and you can tell just how busy we have been. We did have storm damage to clean also--trees, mailbox etc. All that is behind us now! As a matter of fact, we haven't had any snow since that storm and it looks like a clear week this week too! That will be fine with me--mid January and no snow and not ba temperatures either!

On the Quilting front: I want to devote an entire post to The Ghastlies, and Quiltie swapping so they will each have their own day this week.
Today, I am going to post the pictures of my most recent class. I am doing this now because my teacher and two other bloggers have posted today, so I am going to keep with that theme!

My New Year's resolution was to learn something new each month all year long. I have always wanted to do a Judy Niemeyer pattern and actually have bought a couple. Then I looked at the directions, folded it back up and put it away. That is until Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works decided to teach a class and I knew I had to sign up! Jackie is becoming a certified Niemeyer teacher and has visited with Judy Niemeyer as her blog will tell you. Well, I was right--great class, excellent teacher! She broke down the directions, we all were able to make great strides, understand completely and come home and continue on our own successfully! Go to Jackie's blog to see all of the students' progress, here is mine:
Now mind you when I left class, I did not even have the first unit complete, but as you can see I now have eight done! Only 40 more units to complete by Saturday--we will see! Do stop over at Jackie's blog to see the rest of the units--they are all gorgeous! I will bring my camera to class next week!

It is great to be back, take care until tomorrow with warm quilt wishes...

Monday, October 31, 2011

No power

I have no power. I will post The Ghastlies when power returns :(

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nor'easter Snowstorm on October 29, 2011

I had to take a break from my quilt room, where I am finishing up some of my Ghastlie projects to take pictures of what is going on outside! The date says it all.....October 29, 2011.

Here are the beginning pictures at about 2:00 this afternoon when the storm is beginning to get up a head of steam....

Here is a picture of the lamp post at the corner of my walk and driveway:

The Rose of Sharon tree near my front steps:

Even my corgi is not impressed but she can still get out and about....

Ok, she is telling me "I have had enough exploring, I remember this stuff from last winter."

Now, it is 5:00 p.m. and this is how it looks, this is the same Rose of Sharon tree as in the first picture:

Look at the lamp post that was in the earlier photo and see the "hat" it is wearing now:

My son just measured the snow on the back porch and it is 11" -- yes, that is eleven inches of snow and it is not suppose to end until early morning!

Oh, my dog wouldn't even get off the front porch to show you how deep it is this time and give you a photo comparison to the early photo with her in it. This time she stood next to me and looked up at me as if to say, "You don't really think I am going down into that--I will only go if you do!" Uh, no way!

I think the roof tells it all--and we are not anywhere near finished! Needless to say, my husband is working--as he is a lineman for Connecticut Light and Power. The wind is picking up and there are already 67,000 outages in our state--I will see him Monday or so...
So back up to the quilt room I go and hope and pray I do not lose power! Stay warm East Coast and New England! Halloween isn't until Monday...
Keep on quilting,

Friday, October 21, 2011

Quilt Show Pictures!

While we wait for The Ghastlies Blog Hop to begin, we will enjoy some more pictures from the quilt show:

I hope you enjoyed the show!