Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jenn and Jon engagement photos

Jenn and Jon had some engagement photos take at the Sleeping Bear Dunes here in northern Michigan. She brought along a quilt that she made for their house. It's one of my favorites. This is one that she designed, pieced and quilted all herself!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Helping out a small town quilt shop


Hi Everyone... Today I just want to help out a local business, a small town quilt store, by having people go to the site below and voting for HEARTS to HOLLY QUILT SHOP. They are hoping to get a grant to improve thier business. With so many small quilt shops closing up, we need to help out the ones that are still holding on. This would mean SO MUCH to them. Thanks in advance!

From Sue, the owner:

Thanks to a program sponsored by Chase and LivingSocial called Mission: Small Business, your support could translate into a $250,000 grant. But we need at least 250 votes to qualify.

We just started our campaign today because we just heard about this amazing opportunity and we need to reach 250 votes by THIS Saturday, June 30th to qualify. I know this doesn't give you much notice or time but we are asking for your help to reach our goal!

Here is HOW:

go to and click "Support"

Find our business, Hearts To Holly Quilt and Gift Shop, LLC in the local listings and vote for us! If you have trouble finding us, just search state of Michigan - City of Charlevoix and look for us.

Please ask your friends to vote too.

You must have a facebook account to vote as that is the only way to login. If you are not on facebook...Join us!

Thank you all for being loyal customers. We value your business and thank you for all your support for the last 4 years. This grant would directly benefit you and our community, by helping us expand our horizons!

Don't delay...Vote Today! Deadline is Saturday!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Charlie likes his quilt!

Remember Charlies quilt... the quilt for my daughter's cat? Well here's a picture of him enjoying his new gift. Lisa spread it out on her bed and he jumped right up and made himself comfortable on it. You're welcome, Charlie!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Worked on my FARMERS WIFE quilt blocks

Flock #34

Broken Dishes #11

Flower Pot #37

Friendship #39

Hill and Valley #46

Northern Lights #61

Old Windmill #62

Puss in the Corner #71
These are some of the blocks I finished up this week. I am now more than halfway done with these... 60 blocks completed so now it's time to switch fabrics. These will be for the 30's twin quilt. Next I'm going to do either Civil War or Flower Sugar... still deciding.....

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Working in the yard a little today

Today I was stitching on two projects... a little bit on my Farmer's Wife blocks... finishing up some that I started in class last night. Then I worked on Amish with a Twist. 
Needing a little break after dinner, I went out to the garden to see how everything is doing and to do a bit of watering. The peonies by the garden are blooming and they're just beautiful. These are HUGE... about the size of a dinner plate! This bush did okay last year but seems to have tripled this year.
Inside the garden I spotted RED strawberries. I didn't expect them to be red yet but quite a few were and YUM!! Al and I munched on some right then and there... brought about a quart in for tonights snack... maybe strawberries on biscuits?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lisa's new picnic quilt

Daughter Lisa and I had a stitching weekend recently when she came up from downstate to get a VERY short vacation in. She visited with us and did some work on her UFOs.

She finished up this scrappy Picnic Quilt that she had started quite a while ago. Aren't the colors wonderful?!

We took pictures of it out by the barn and in the front yard... and then I just had to give it a trial run :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's SO DARN HOT today!

Today is HOT HOT HOT! I check the temps online and it says its only 86 but that's in town where it's always a bit cooler. Out here in the country, away from the lake breezes, it's so darn HOT! Has to 90 at least.
I did a bit of sewing downstairs (it's so nice and cool down there)... worked on my Amish with a Twist sample. It's getting there.... slowly. All twelve blocks are done and now I'm adding the triangles that trim each block and turn them on point. Six are finished. Here's pics of the ones that are done:

 Now to head back down and finish up the rest.

Friday, June 8, 2012

A quilt for Charlie

Charles Eames Cat is my furry grandcat, owned by daughter Lisa. This will be Charlies first quilt.

You might remember my Orange Slices quilt.. a braid quilt done with Moda's Central Park. When I cut the braids to square off for the strips, I had lots of leftover pieces. Those became the squares that are sitting on the yellow floating "shelves" of this quilt. This is my go at MODERN quilting. It was also a way to use up a little from the scrap box.
Lisa was up north here for a couple of days and we spent quite a bit of time quilting. She finished up a picnic quilt and I finished up quilting this. Check off another UFO from the list :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A very sad week....

A few days ago a wonderful lady, quilter and friend, lost her battle with cancer. Gerda was a long time friend of the quilters that frequented Block Central and The Quilt And Needle forums. Many of us never met Gerda in person but she became one of our good friends through the internet. If there was something out in cyber space that we were looking for, we just had to ask Gerda to search and she'd find it. This earned her the nickname, Marian the Librarian.

Many times she would email me when she would come across a new way to make a Pickle Dish quilt (one of my favorites) or if she found a really pretty version of one. She also would email veggie recipes, knowing that my daughters are vegans. One time I sent her a pattern that I had made. I didn't know how to turn it into a PDF, but she did, and sent me back the PDF version. She really was a wiz with the computer. In her last email to me she talked about the impending birth of her grandson, telling me he was expected at the end of April, and how excited she was. I'm so happy she got to see him before she passed.

When I first started chatting on Block Central, my first forum, Gerda was one of the many wonderful ladies I got to know. Seems like she was in almost every fabric and block swap even though postage was getting out of hand for her. I won one of the first "Favorite Block Swaps". It was Americana... done in red, white/cream, and blue. She signed her block on the back, like always, in the seam.

I put the quilt together and started quilting it, in 2009. It has been sitting on my shelf since that time, waiting to be finished. I took it down yesterday to find the block that she made me for that swap. It was in the area that wasn't quilted yet, so I took out the safety pins and looked for her signature on the seam.

I took a picture of the seam, then put the quilt back together and wrote her name on the front where I would be able to see it. I plan to finish this quilt up now. It's one that I will always treasure along with all the friends I've made online.

We are all going to miss you Gerda.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Angie's Graduation Quilt

 The graduation quilt for my neice, Angela, is finished and delivered. She texted the other day to say it arrived so now I can post  pictures of it. I used all purple and aqua fabrics with solid white sashing. The pattern is out of the magazine Quilts and More, spring 2012 issue. If you want a fun and easy quilt, this is it. I love how modern it is.
Well, that's another job done so I'm off to the sewing room to finish up my next project. I'm on month 4 (out of 5) of the Amish with a Twist BOM. This is going to be a sample at Hearts to Holly and so far, I'm really liking this pattern. It has you work on the border pieces as you do the 12 sampler blocks. That will make the whole thing move along much faster... when I'm done with the 12 blocks, I'll be mostly done piecing the border. Nice! It's a well written pattern, also.... nice for a beginner that wants to slowly progress to something a little more difficult. I'll post some pics of the blocks when I get a chance.

Finishing the baby's I-Spy quilt

I made the 64 block, stitched the rows together then finished the top but Jenn and I decided to make the quilt a bit bigger. It's 48&q...