TOO OFTEN WE UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A TOUCH, A SMILE, A KIND WORD, A LISTENING EAR, AN HONEST COMPLIMENT, OR THE SMALLEST ACT OF CARING, ALL OF WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO TURN A LIFE AROUND
LEO F. BUSCAGLIA

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Four Seasons Quilt Swap...

Vintage Blossoms is the little quilt that I made especially for Julia W. at Scrap Happy Quilter. I've noticed some excellent quilts being swapped this spring. Very nice! A big thank you to Margaret for organizing this wonderful quilt exchange. It's been fun! Hope you enjoy your mini-quilt Julia.

Friday, April 25, 2008

A Little Bit of Hawaii...


Kay and Fred are busy celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii, but they took time to choose an orchid from Orchid Alley in Kapaa, Kauai and had it shipped to me, their favorite quilter! This is very special. I LOVE flowers and I have never had an Orchid of my very own. Thanks! Fred and Kay, enjoy Hawaii!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Little Farmin' A Little Quiltin'...

Tracey sent several of her fabulous farm and quilt photos! I love love love these! She has made several of her photographs into greeting and post cards. Check them out at Oz Country Quilting Mum, where Tracey shares family, farm and all things quilty. Thanks Tracey!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Bit of Spring Arrives...


Here is Anne's fabulous work. She has perfect points and hand stitchery that had to have taken hours and hours to cover this sweet spring quilt. Anne is a very talented quilter and I am delighted to have received one of her quilts. I seem to have the best of good fortune when it comes to being on the receiving end of the Four Seasons Quilt Swap. Thank you Anne, for sending this beauty "across the pond" to me here in Minnesota.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

House and Garden...

Hello everyone! Before I head off to that happy place we all know and love, Quilt Camp, I thought I would share my #1 UFO that I really want to see finished ASAP.

Here are some blocks waiting to be added to my Thimbleberries House and Garden (2007 Big Club) Quilt. It needs to spend the summer on my bed, not on the UFO shelf! I'd have to dig the rest of the blocks out of storage, but I am just too busy with a couple of other quilty things to do that right now, but I will show more soon. Really, I will! This will be my first ever quilt that will live on my bed and I can't wait to see it there. Soon! You know how it is...



PS: I have another new and fun surprise to share with you later...after Quilt Camp weekend. Starts Thursday morning and continues until I drop or Sunday, whichever comes first!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Note from Quilter Wendy...

Kim, Congratulations on a job well done!
Readers, I was able to see this quilt in progress and finished.
The results are fantastic. Kim did a super job!

Wendy

Kay's Quilt - Done and Delivered...

What was perhaps one of the oldest UFOs of all time is complete. I am happy to say that the hand quilting and washing makes the quilt look old, as it should. It looks a bit wonky in this photo, but really it is nice and straight and lays perfectly smooth! I am pleased to hear from Kay that she is very pleased with the results. I have never finished a quilt top for another quilter, so this was a bit of a nail-biter for me. The answer to your questions regarding how many hours I have into the assembly of the top, hand quilting and binding...I stopped counting after two hundred hours. Kay made the blocks and she did fine work, her hand appliqué blocks are beautifully done, appliqué is a challenge for experienced quilt makers and often end up as UFOs, Kay finished each block, then needed assistance with sashing, a border and all that's involved in turning blocks into a flimsy, then a flimsy into a quilt. Just took her a little while to stumble across a quilter who would eventually offer help.

Signature label tells the story, saves the history for years to come.

I used Synthrapol and Shout Color Catcher sheets to draw out and catch stray dye. It removed a bit of dye that had already bleed and dried before I finished quilting. See the two color catcher sheets in the photo? I would say that the combination worked very well, wouldn't you? The quilt did not fade, not noticeably anyway. I knew the fabric was going to bleed, and bleed a lot, so I consulted with the pro.'s, Mary and Deb to find a way to deal with this major concern. They both recommended the Synthrapol with a hot water wash. Scary, huh? Well, the quilt didn't shrivel up to nothing, it came out exactly as I wanted it to. I am pleased. Kay and Fred are pleased. A happy ending to a nice story about a pretty quilt. Cheers!