Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tulip Table Runner

That 'insanity' quilt is progressing far too slowly. I just got a new computer, with Vista, and am climbing the learning curve as I install software and try to figure out how to turn off all the unwanted stuff that Vista loads up at the start.

In the meantime, I love my table runner, so want to share it. Our oak table sits in a north facing room, but with this runner and the glow of oak, the room looks sunny and inviting. I made the runner for a class that I taught. As always, the class variations due to fabric choices were super. I also made a pink one as a sample, then the yellow one in class.

My nephew and family live in San Diego and were one of the first to get out (left early Tuesday morning). We live in Canada, but our prayers are certainly including the people in southern California whose lives have been affected by these fires.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I've been tagged...

I've just discovered that I've been tagged by Wanda. The rules are:
1. Follow the link to your tagger and copy/post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Facts about me:
  1. At 7, I had a childhood illness and my parents were told I would not see my 16th birthday.
  2. At 17, I'd broken and trained two American Saddlebred horses, and wrote and sold my first article--about horses, of course.
  3. At 27, I had two children and made myself and my little girl matching dresses.
  4. At 37, I was married twice and had three children and a husband whose job took us all over the place.
  5. At 47, we moved near a Bible college so I took 4 years in 2 1/2 and got a degree, the oldest person in my classes. Such fun!
  6. At 57, we designed and built our current home. I'd moved 28 times and am staying put!
  7. I'm not 67 yet, but by then hope to have my UFO quilt shelf empty! Ha!
I am tagging:

Monday, October 15, 2007

Kaylee's Garden

After not posting for two weeks, it is time to at least share a finished project. This one is a quilt I made on commission. We had three ladies in our church give birth all in the same month, all girls. I made three quilts for the joint shower.

After a few months, one of these three moved away and we lost touch. A few years later, she called me. She now had another little girl, but her first one liked her quilt so much that sharing it with her new sister was out of the question. Would I make another one for the second daughter?

Of course! I selected the fabrics because they seemed to suit the fair-haired redhead that I was making it for, and would accept payment for only the fabric. Some commissions are just too much fun to be commercial about them.

The quilt is called "The Sun Always Shines in Kaylee's Garden."

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Inspiration out the Window

I've been busy with a writer's conference (am on the executive), but sneaking a few minutes to keep at my "Insanity Quilt" so soon you will see the finished product.

However, the past few days at my computer, I've had the north window of my studio open and an enjoying the glow off of the trees in our neighbors' back yards. From this photo, it is difficult to judge the size, but my window is 7' wide by 5' high and the view of these trees fills most of it. it is like having a sky of gold shining in the window!

The poplars are just poplars, but this year they are luminous, far more golden
and glowing than my photo. Is there fabric with such a light in it?

The other shot is looking down at the orange bushes next door. I'm not sure I'd
make a quilt using this color, but it certainly is eye candy. What inspires me the most are the textures... stripes, the fir needles, bushes, polka dot lawn, and the stone mulch. Now that might be a good combination.

I hope the neighbors are enjoying my yard as much as I'm enjoying theirs!