Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Confession and a Quilt Show.

    I know I've told you before that I'm "technology challenged". Do you remember me recently complaining that all my photos taken in this new house with caramel colored walls making the photos turn out dark and have a golden look? Guess's NOT my new house or the fault of the paint colors I chose. It is ME and my poor photography skills. I noticed a tiny icon on my camera that looked like a camera. I turned the knob to that and took a picture. ****OMG, it was not dark or golden! That setting makes it auto adjust the exposure. Problem solved and didn't I feel like a moron! I don't know why that knob had ever gotten changed. By accident I'm sure, since I'm not one to experiment with different settings on anything electronic or technical. Boy, am I a happy camper again. I can take pictures I'm not embarrassed to share! So here goes.

  This is a quilt I made in 2001 (?) after buying the pattern at the Chicago Quilt Expo. Sorry, I couldn't find the pattern to give credit to the designer here. I hung this on the wall in the guest bedroom and took my first "miracle" picture to test the camera in the proper setting. See! NO GOLDEN GLOW!!!

  In my last post, I showed the scrumptious poison green wool pincushion that Ann Sweet sent me. I mentioned that she makes "Country Mouse" pincushions to sell. I ordered one from her and even though she was cleaning up from a flood due to broken pipes, she made and sent one to me within a week. She is amazing. My "Miss Mouse" as I have named her is sooo customized to suit me, it's unbelievable. I  adore her. She proudly declares a sign for my pattern business....

  A closeup shows other details that remind me of the header on my blog...

  On her left she has a mini of quilt of my pattern, Eulalie's Doll Quilt, scissors, thread, bolts of fabric, and a cup of tea on her shoulder. (I'm a huge tea drinker!)

  On her right side she has an assortment of Civil War books which I avidly read.

And look under her chin! That's a tiny cut out of a picture of me at one of my presentations!
  I took Miss Mouse to Breakfast Club at Inspirations Quilt Shop last Saturday and she was a hit. She was passed from table to table and thoroughly examined. Why, some ladies even looked under her skirt! I told Ann, if I'd known that would happen, I'd have given her panties. After all that attention Miss Mouse expects special treatment. I'm hoping she soon settles into the everyday quiet life here though. :)

  This past month, Inspirations has featured the quilts of Ashley Myers, the young quilting friend I've mentioned before. She is very talented and prolific. These are only a few of her quilts. She admitted that she's made approximately 40 quilts. She said the darker colored ones all are predominately sewn from the scraps I've given her!

  That's 6 quilts I could have made from my scraps!!! I'm so happy to give them to someone who creates such beautiful quilts. I should mention that all her quilts are for sale. Here are the ones she made without my scraps.

  Isn't her work impressive? She's not quite 26 yrs.old and to have created such beauty already. Just think what she can do in a lifetime!

  It's below zero out and I'm in for the night. I have an evening of sewing ahead of me. Yippee! I'm still sewing those paper-pieced Court House Step blocks and I still haven't found  the big stack of the ones I sewed before moving. Grrrrr. Someday, when I least expect it, I'll open a box or tote looking for something totally different, and there they'll be... I hope it's someday soon!

Keep stitching!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Long Winter's Break! ...and a Giveaway!

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the new year. We had a wonderful Christmas in our new home. It was fun to unpack all my decorations and find their new spots in a different house. We were at the old house for 16 Christmases. I hope we're here for that many and more. Randy took vacation from December 23 - Jan 1st. With him home, I didn't sew or quilt during that time, except for New Year's Day when I cut Civil War charms all day while he went on a bike ride (yes, he's crazy) and then while he watched football games the rest of the day.

   Mt. Pleasant cancelled school yesterday because of the bitter cold weather. It was good for me as my back went out on me in the shower Sunday morning and I spent all day in bed in terrible pain. Luckily my chiropractor was open yesterday and worked on me in the morning. He ordered bed rest or very limited activity. I wasn't supposed to work today, so my Christmas vacation has been extended. Unfortunately, I still can't sit at my Bernina without pain, so no sewing today either. I started a pot of chili simmering and thought I'd try posting. I can type a little, then have to stand or walk around awhile to rest my back. This will probably be short!

  I had the loveliest surprise Thursday afternoon. The doorbell rang and it was the UPS driver with a package for me. I've confessed before that I'm in love with the UPS driver. It doesn't matter which one it is, I love them all when they bring me a package. :) This one was a mystery as I hadn't ordered anything.  All I could make out of the return address was Crossville, TN. My other love...the state of Tennessee. I opened it at once and was amazed to see a beautiful wool pincushion complete with beadwork decoration and an accompanying pattern for making another one. You won't believe it, but it was made in poison green wool! As you know, poison green is my favorite Civil War color. It was made and sent to me by Ann Sweet, a nice lady who had ordered a kit, pattern, and charm pack from me the week before. Her name suits her. She is indeed a sweet lady. I've never received a "Thank You" gift from a customer before. She enclosed her business card, so I was able to call her to thank her for her thoughtfulness. She said she didn't know of my obsession with poison green, it was a coincidence that she used that color. She's a new Follower and hasn't read all my past posts yet. We had a lovely chat (loved her accent!) and I feel like I have a new friend in Tennessee. She makes "Country Mice" pincushions in wool and sells them at an antique shop. I can't wait to see one of them. If they are as well-made as this one, I know they must be fabulous. Thank you Ann!

   Here's my beauty...

   It looked so good in my bedroom, I couldn't take it down to my studio. It is right at home in there with the two poison green wall quilts.
    A closer look...

    Here are some pictures of the Civil War charms I cut on New Year's Day. Confederate Generals...

Union Generals...

 And lots of miscellaneous Civil War images...

  I put 56 different charms in a bag and sell them for $20. It takes 56 charms to make my Civil War Images quilt, so that's why I package them that way. A lot of quilters buy them to use in other Civil War quilts too. They add that extra "punch" in any block.

  The tile man finally made it back to my house to tile around the fireplace on December 20th, just in time for Christmas. I love it. I couldn't get a closeup without my reflection in the glass! :o

     I think my back is trying to tell me to quit yakking. I'd better listen to it if I want to go to work tomorrow. OK, "want" might be the wrong word. Hee hee.

   Keep stitching!