Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What a fun week!

Wow! What a week. We had Quilt Fest here in Utah and I took a lot of classes that really worked my brain. I decided to take some piecing classes and they were a real challenge. It did learn a lot, including an increased appreciation of the women who piece all those beautiful quilt tops that I quilt.

I did enter the two quilts that I had in the fair and won a judges award on Taylor's Quilt. It was a real thrill and totally unexpected! Amber was super excited as she was actually at the quilt show and was the first one to see that we had a ribbon. What a fun day!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Who's Studio???

I just finished a quilt that I have been looking forward to doing for some time. Last year I designed some quilt blocks to donate to the state quilt quild for the Breast Cancer Foundation. At the first of the year they called and asked if I would like to design a quilt with these blocks in it to donate to be raffled this year to raise funds for the same foundation. I said sure, and then wondered where my mind was. I have never done anything like that before and didn't really know where to start.
When in doubt - SHOUT! So I called my daughter Amber. She has a knack for changing quilt patterns around until they suit her, so I figured that was only one step away from designing a whole quilt. Right? Anyway, she accepted the challenge and the first thing you know we were out shopping for material to complete the project.By that time I had quilts to do for others, so I put off getting my charity quilt started until the co-ordinator called the last of August and asked if I had it finished yet. I didn't have the heart to tell her that it wasn't even started yet, so just asked when she needed it and assured her it would be ready in time.Well, at that point things kicked into high gear and as soon as I was finished with canning the peaches, I sat down to quilt in earnest.Thank goodness for e-mail. Over the next couple of weeks the e-mail and the phone kept Amber and I connected several times a day discussing various aspects of the quilt and finishing the details, etc. All in all we had a lot of fun doing it and both of us were pleased with the results!
It always makes you feel so good when a project comes together. I hope someone wins it who really loves it. My husband just laughed at me when I said I was going to buy tickets for it. He thinks its really something to make the quilt and then buy it back. Oh, well! The really funny thing is - I think Amber is going to buy some tickets too! It would be so fun to see it hanging in my quilt studio (or hers).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My, How Time Flies!

Boy! Does time fly! I have been so busy that I forgot to post and when I remembered, I didn't have time. The customer I did the double wedding ring quilt for had two sons getting married within two weeks of each other. (And I think I have been busy). Consequently I had another wedding quilt to do right behind the other one.

Things really began to get out of control when a friend brought us his extra tomatoes and peppers and I knew that making salsa couldn't be put off any longer.

Such beautiful tomatoes and peppers just had to make beautiful and delicious salsa!


And then my husband bought a solar oven that he was anxious to try and so today I made bread in it. It was kind of fun, and so delicious that I won't even tell you how many slices I ate! I will say that it is a good thing that I had to keep running out to the back yard to see how it was doing. Hummmm, maybe I'll put in a casserole for supper.

All that and I did get the second quilt finished. Thank goodness it didn't take quite as long as the first one. It turned out nice and my son-in-law really liked it. Her choice of colors was beautiful!

Well, back to the kitchen! Lots to do this time of year!