Friday, December 21, 2012

Snow days! What's a Girl Gonna Do?!

   Well, this blizzard certainly wasn't expected! We were going to school a full day Friday; then off for Christmas vacation... at least that's the way it was on our schedule. Mother Nature had other plans. We had a blizzard on school...SNOW DAY! Today everyone is digging school...SNOW DAY! Well, of course, I did what any respectable quilter would do with unexpected free time. I quilted!  I also did laundry, made homemade chicken noodle soup, painted the family room, and cleaned a closet.

  I drafted a new pattern for a pieced tree block...

 Here are two more little quilts I made this week, ready to be quilted. I've already made and given two other away.

Here is a little quilt I made for Connie, the friend who cuts my hair...

The MPCSD librarians had a Christmas party last week. Here is Val holding her little quilt I made for the gift exchange...

    I have 2 Christmas quilts I made for my son and daughter years ago that I decorate with every year. The first is "Izzy's Snowmen" ( a 9-Patch and Snowball variation) made in memory of Elizabeth in 1993. I was working on the blocks and still collecting snowmen fabrics before she passed away, so she never got to see the finished quilt. She had a huge collection of snowmen, one of them is engraved on her headstone along with her likeness.

  The quilting...
The border...

Isaah's quilt, "A Tennessee Christmas" ( Tennessee Waltz pattern) was made in 1991 when he was 8 years old. It's sewn from assorted Christmas fabrics. He had a twin bed back then, so it's smaller than Izzy's. He still enjoys it now that he's 6' 4" and it doesn't cover him as well!
 The quilting...
The border...

   I'm putting up the family room Christmas tree this afternoon. Isaah is coming home tonight and if it's not up, he'll give me heck! Three trees upstairs won't be enough to appease "Mr. Tradition", you see. I'd better get moving. Keep stitching and Merry Christmas to you all!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Time Again!

   It's been a busy time in the Wright house lately. I've drawn and redrawn house plans, met with the builders, and seen & approved their professional version of my drawings. The best news is Randy has agreed to these plans and now we only have to sell our house to get started! Despite all the new house frenzy, I still have to get ready for Christmas too. I've been sewing/quilting Christmas gifts in spare moments. Here is the latest one before being quilted...

    It's a quilt I created about 18 years ago for a gift for my Mom. I borrowed it last week so I could make new ones. I didn't write the directions for this back then. It was before I had started my business, Orphans of War. The original was pieced from Christmas fabrics. All my Christmas fabrics are in storage now for the move! The new ones are being made in red and green Civil War prints.  I love the look.

   I'm not putting up my Christmas Village at home this year, because of showing the house. My son is unhappy with me for that. He loves tradition and I traditionally have a village every year! I think he'll forgive me. :0 I promised that next year I'd "go all out" with it in the new house. I did put up the village in the media center the Sunday after Thanksgiving so it would be there for the high school kids to see Monday morning.

   They love the tradition too! It's set in the 1950's complete with muscle cars, a woody station wagon, a black n white police car, a John Deere tractor, Yellow Taxi, and a red Ford pickup

   Then last weekend I went to Mom's and set up her village, an 1800's display like mine.

    Randy and Isaah put up her new 7 1/2' skinny tree that my sister bought for her while I "built" houses. I took pictures of her tree skirt I had made for her back in 1991. I made 2 for myself, but a few years ago, mice chewed  holes in mine and I had to discard them. I want to make new ones using hers as a pattern.

                            I made them from my imagination and inspiration from Jan Patek books.

  The timer is going off for my lasagne. I better stop and set the table for Randy. He'll be home anytime now and hungry! I hope you're all getting ready for your own Christmas and enjoy time with your families during this blessed time.  Keep stitching!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

What a Find!

   During show 'n' Tell at the November Breakfast Club at Inspirations quilt shop, look what a member shared. She got this c1850's quilt at a thrift store in the Iowa City area for $45!!! It is a real beauty with wonderful fabrics in very good condition. Of course, I had to have a close look and get some pictures. I tried my best to buy it from her, but she wants to hang on to it for awhile. Who can blame her?!

   OMG! Can you believe it? Isn't it gorgeous? The aqua fabric is an ombre print, oh, so beautiful. I get first chance at it if she decides to sell it. It would be a nice addition to my Civil War disply, don't you agree?

   Here is a picture of my latest news on our house building adventure...
   Our lot is officially ours now! We closed on it November 20th. That lovely slope will allow for the large egress windows in my quilt studio. We have house plans to approve this week. We are going to start showing our house to sell this week too.

   I want to thank all of you who entered my giveaway and shared such wonderful tips and ideas for my studio. I am going to incorporate all of them that I can! Thanks! Congratulations to Kathy from Missouri who won and I hope she got the package alright.

   I have more pictures to share, but it's already past my bedtime on a school night. I'll try to post again tomorrow evening. Till then, Keep Stitching!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How About a Giveaway?

   I'm a little late in offering this giveaway. I planned to do it when I reached 200 Followers. I'm 13 past that point now. Better late than never, right? Here's what you'll get: a charm pack of the new "Chateau Rouge" by Moda, one of my own "Civil War Images" charm packs, and your choice of one pattern from my new line, "Love & Valor Quilts."

 To enter, be a Follower or become one now, and since we're planning to build a new house, leave a comment giving me your favorite part of your quilt room or studio or what would be in your dream studio if you don't have one now. I'm gathering ideas to utilize in mine. It will be 20' x 30' so I'll  have room to utilize a lot of good ideas. Since my last post, we did buy our lot, so we're one step closer. I'll set the deadline for Saturday at 9 PM when I'll have Randy choose a random number for a winner. Good luck and send me your best ideas!

  Here are some quilts I've made this past month. The first two are doll quilts, each 16 1/2" x 20". They are hand-quilted and bound. The 4-patches are made of 1" squares. I've pieced a third one in another color scheme, but don't have a photo of it to share.

This unquilted top is another doll quilt made of 2" squares and 2" half-square triangles. It's 22 1/2" x 25 1/2". The fabrics were leftovers from the next quilt I'm showing below.

 This Medallion quilt top was so much fun to create. The inspiration came from the center block which was a 1880 vintage silk screen fabric square I bought from Mountain Lodge Antiques at the Des Moines Quilt Expo earlier this month. (See my last post for more goodies from that vendor.) I pulled all the repros from my stash based on the subdued colors in that "lady" block. She was a little pricey, so I thought she deserved to be center stage in her own quilt. I stopped at 58" x 60" for a throw to be used in our new house, probably for TV watching in the family room. This was definitely not my usual colors of choice and a little challenging to not throw in some zingers!

  I don't know why the beige border looks wobbly in this closeup, but it's nice and straight. I think it was the way my son was holding it for me to take the picture. 

   It's past my bedtime for a school night. Gotta go! Don't forget to enter. I'm looking forward to your studio ideas! Keep stitchin'.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rumors of my Death are Greatly Exagerated!

  No, I haven't died or dropped off the face of the earth. Once again, life has gotten very busy. Something had to give and it was posting. Sorry! I've heard complaints from those who have been checking my blog for a new post and I'll try to catch up.

  Let's see, what's new...I went to the Des Moines Quilt Show and took pictures of my favorite quilts. Here is where the action is...

  My favorite booth at the show was Mountain Lodge Antiques, owner Cindy Adams, from Littleton, Colorado. We met in Maine last year and she recognized me at the show! I'd buy her whole booth if I had the money, lol.

 Her antique quilts are to die for...

Guess who has a antique doll quilt on layaway! The Strippy, of course. It's absolutely yummidy!

  I attended a presentation by Laurie Aaron Hird, author of The Farmer's Wife Sampler book,at Inspirations in Hills, Iowa, on Oct.11th. What fun! Laurie is very entertaining.

Inspirations shop owner, Nancy Lackender, introducing Laurie, seen on the right. 

 Laurie signing her books for the attendees...
The original Farmer's Wife quilt...

  Randy and I are planning to build a new house. I've been painting and stripping wallpaper, etc. to get ours ready to sell. We've been visiting model homes trying to decide what we want...

I really liked this kitchen...

  This den was sooo cozy...
 Another nice kitchen...
  We are still shopping for a lot, so we won't be building anytime soon. That gives me plenty of time to plan my quilt studio. Hee hee hee.

   So you can see, I've been busy burning the candles at both ends. Tonight, I actually took a break from it all and sat in front of the TV hand-quilting. Aaah, it felt good! Thanks for checking in on me. I'll try to post again soon. I have more pictures to share. Until then, keep stitchin'.