Thymes Square Quilt

Thymes Square Quilt

Thymes Square Quilt

Thymes Square Quilt Detail
Thymes Square Quilt Detail

Here is my most recent project- the Thymes Square Quilt made from a kit that was given to me by a sweet, dear friend of mine– Thank YOU!!!! It is my first quilt using many Kaffe Fassett fabrics – and hopefully not my last! I used Ricky Tims’ technique for the piped border from his DVD Grand Finale, which I borrowed from the same sweet, dear friend ūüôā

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Charity quilts

Charity Quilts for 2008

Charity Quilts for 2008

Every year our church takes a load of Christmas presents to a¬†church in Tiajuana, Mexico. I enjoy packing up several of these, hoping to make the Christmas celebration a little more special for some of the children there. Last year, I got the idea to include some of the quilts I had made that hadn’t found a home yet. This year, I was more purposeful in making the quilts.

Blue and Peach Hourglass Quilt

Blue and Peach Hourglass Quilt

 

Baby Animal Zoo Quilt

Baby Animal Zoo Quilt

Blue and Yellow Rail Fence

Blue and Yellow Rail Fence

I enjoy the process of creating quilts, yet I don’t necessarily have a need for them, so being able to make them for these children works out well for me. I can try out new techniques, get loads of practice on skills, and still have a finished product that is useful for someone.


Peace, Hope, and Prosperity Quilt

Peace, Hope, and Prosperity Quilt

Details of Charity Quilts

Detail of Blue and Yellow Rail Fence

Detail of Blue and Yellow Rail Fence

Here are a few close-ups of the quilting I did on some of the charity quilts:

Detail of Blue and Yellow Rail Fence Quilt

Detail of Blue and Yellow Rail Fence Quilt

Detail of Blue and Peach Hourglass Quilt

Detail of Blue and Peach Hourglass Quilt

Detail 2 of Blue and Peach Hourglass Quilt

Detail 2 of Blue and Peach Hourglass Quilt

Christmas Tree- Oh, Christmas Tree

Every year on Thanksgiving evening, I bring out the Christmas tree and decorate it until it’s done. ¬†I have a “set” look that I usually try to go for and to ensure this, I put a second tree in the family room that the kids can decorate with all of their more juvenile ornaments. Perhaps it’s due to my desire to create as many things by hand this year as gifts, but this year our Christmas tree is only dressed in things made by hand as well (less the pretty glowing tree top angel I found at Hallmark). ¬†I hope this will start a new tradition in our home that will be carried over year after year. ¬†Since this is our first year, the tree is a little bare but I love it just the same. ¬†

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The kids worked hard (with a lot of¬†¬†little help from mom) on stringing garland. ¬†I tried to start with traditional popcorn and cranberries but it sure didn’t look so good after a day or so so we switched to a combination of beads and pompoms. ¬†We even used nontraditional colors this year and the funny thing is…. I LOVE IT. ¬†I may even stick some presents under the tree wrapped in hot pink paper!

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Don’t you just love the palm trees visible from the window?!?!? ¬†Gotta love Christmas in Southern California.

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A few years ago, the kids and I really got into setting up a Christmas town in the space where our firewood goes. ¬†This year, my baby boy¬†big boy put most of it together on its own (with a little help from his buddy). ¬†Had he not at least got things set up, it probably would have stayed packed up in the garage. ¬†I’ve been too busy sewing to focus on anything that would detract from my time away from the machine. ¬†Anyway, after a few minor adjustments, the town now lives! ¬†Thank you, sweet boy.

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From our home to yours, Merry Christmas to all!!  I hope your homes are filled with much joy during this season.

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kathryn (k)

The quilt that I made in a day….

Since my last post was about a project that took forever….. I thought I would post about today’s project that I finished in a day….
A couple of weeks ago my husband made an off-hand comment that one of his co-workers is expecting. Now everyone who knows me knows that I love to make baby blankets, so I responded that I would make her a blanket and I made a mental note to myself to start on her blanket after the holidays. Then last night, my husband tells me that the Baby Shower is today and asks me if I have finished the blanket! Yikes! Drop everything! I am going to my sewing room!
Luckily I have a large fabric stash, because there was no time to go shopping. From start to finish- 17 hours and that includes some sleep, not much, but some…..

Baby Blanket for Max

Baby Blanket for Max


Now all I have left to do is wrap it and give it…. and take a nap ūüôā
Phew!

The best way to get eggs…

At least that’s what the kids always say. ¬†We’re blessed to have neighbors who do a fine job of raising livestock. ¬†The kids and I will visit just because they are lovely people but the fact that there is always something to see makes the visit ranking up there in terms of great things to do! ¬†My DS has this “thing” for chickens. ¬†He has for years. ¬†There is something very enjoyable for him about capturing them and then stroking them like a kitty. ¬†I particularly love the “capturing stance” that precedes the actual catch!

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And then, of course, the look of success!

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Little sister has always struggled to catch one on her own……

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But I guess she, too, has grown and is now capable!

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I also love to see our neighbors’ horses. ¬†I’ve never aspired to own or ride one but I do find them to be majestic creatures. ¬†This is 34-year-old Rubio, which is quite old for a horse. ¬†He is retired from working for the Border Patrol and now spends his days being loved on by my dear friends. ¬†Such a beauty…..

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Now, what do I do with these eggs???? ¬†Fortunately, I love to bake and use them in cooked dishes. ¬†Virtually no one in my family eats eggs for the sake of eating them so it’s a good thing that they’re so versatile!¬†

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