As I walked out into my kitchen this morning I glanced over at these two quilts resting on my dining room table. The bright sunshine bouncing across their surfaces is what caught my eye. One of them is for my grandson Mr. B and the other I was commissioned to make for a relative’s granddaughter. I’ll post more about them once I have finished their bindings.
I’ve been busily wrapping up the longarm quilting on three different quilts, these two were among them, adding bindings and brainstorming about what to pack for my retreat at the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center. The dust hasn’t even begun to settle from the flurry of activity. The constant commotion has my mind racing with all that needs to be accomplished as well as what projects to pack for my adventure.
You know, of course I will pack enough UFO’s (unfinished objects) to keep me busy for years to come. I would rather take along a plethora of options than hit a road block because of missing fabrics, appropriate threads, or what ever other item I forgot to pack. If I find myself at a stopping point on the first quilt I tackle, there will be plenty more to choose from.
Of course a roadblock of any kind could always open up the option of heading out on an adventure to explore the fabric stores in the surrounding area. This retreat is a total free-for-all. No organized classroom time involved. It’s just a bunch of ladies gathering together to get away, rest, relax and sew uninterrupted to our heart’s content. Some of us will put our noses to the grind-stone to accomplish as much as possible while others just veg.
Definitely coming along on my sewing marathon will be the UFO’s I inherited from my mother.
I’ve made it my mission to finish them before she’s no longer with us. She turned 85 last fall so I feel a sense of urgency. I’ve given each quilt my own personal designation as far as priority. The first one to be tackled will be this one.
Well I think I better get back to my planning. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes for a productive day in your creative journey!
This little guy lives in the bottom of my dish towel drawer. He’s stitched to a homemade, linen bag that my oldest daughter Jenny gave me a long time ago. The bag is meant to hold a loaf of bread.
There was an era when Jenny had the time to make bread. Those days are few and far between. She is wrapped up in the task of home-schooling her three children. Anything she touches, whether it be bread-making, home-schooling as well as her talent for sewing is done with excellence. I’m very proud of what she has accomplished and the wonderful person that she is.
While putting away a stack of clean dish towels recently I saw this little guy looking up at me and it spurred me on to jokingly send her a text message. This is what I said:
This little guy lives in my dish towel drawer. Every time I pull open that drawer I see him. Perhaps sometime he will once again wrap himself around a warm loaf of homemade bread. Hint, Hint!
LOL, I’ll keep that in mind.
You know, it never hurts to ask! The worst she could say is “No.” On the other hand, a maybe is way better that no. I’ll keep hoping she can sneak in the time to make a fresh, steaming, hot loaf of yummy homemade bread. Until then, every time I open that drawer and see the little orange birdie he will help to keep the dream alive.
Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Anticipation, we all have it! It’s that feeling we get in the pit of our stomach or the core of our heart. Whether it be for good news or bad it effects each one of us differently.
On this day before Thanksgiving I have a great deal of anticipation. I’m making my lists of things to do. I’m thinking about the menu and the seating arrangement. I am planning the entertainment. I’m washing the dishes that get used only on holidays.
Yet in all that hustle and bustle the anticipation of the arrival of my children and grandchildren is what makes these preparations all worth it. Their presence, in my home, is what’s most important. Just being together is what makes this special day meaningful.
I am filled with joyful Anticipation!
After months and months of work I’m happy to report that a quilt for Miss M. has also been finished. I’ve been busily applying finishing touches to as many of my own projects as possible. As is usually the case my things are set aside to make way for customer quilts. Miss M’s was one of those.
Delivery of this quilt took place on the same day and in the same fashion as Miss L’s. Miss M was of course over-the-top excited to receive her very own Nana quilt. After making the delivery her mother shared that she could be seen walking around the house with the quilt draped around her.
How special to have had the opportunity to make a quilt for her. I just know she will be thrilled with it for years to come.
Please enjoy the following photos
Miss M’s Quilt
The Back of Miss M’s Quilt
Flowers for Miss M
Sweet Dreams Miss M
Two weeks ago today my newest grandson was born. Our family has established a tradition of orchestrating a schedule to provide meals to the family for the first two weeks at home. I am a very enthusiastic participant for several reasons. First of all it gives me extra time to spend with our newest family member. I just love being able to cuddle with the tiny little person. Of course the added bonus is being with my daughters and their other children. All of them add so much joy to my life.
Today is one of my self designated days to provide a meal to the family. Even though the weather outside is predicted to be sweltering I’ve decided to prepare a meal filled with comfort foods. The wonders of air conditioning are what will make it all possible.
Of the items on the menu are Chicken Parisienne (a family favorite) and a recipe from Betty Crocker called Angel Toffee Dessert. To round off the meal I will add a vegetable as well as some type of fruit. I realize that this may not be a menu that would be added to the list of healthy options but I don’t care. It’s my last scheduled meal train visit and I’m going to make it a comfort food extravaganza.
Here are the latest photos to be added to my family photo album.
My daughter Ms Katie and Mr. B
Mr. B’s sister Miss A
Time for me to get organized and set this meal in motion.
Thanks for being a part of my day! I look forward to your next visit.
The power of suggestion, whether through spoken word or a photograph, can be very strong. How we react to that experience is up to us.
As the name of my business might suggest, I am a quilter. Photographs and examples of my work are displayed throughout my blog, my home and the homes of my family and my customers.
To those that have a heart for items made by hand exposure to the richness of their quality often leads to a craving for one of their very own.
Sometime ago a close sister-in-law expressed her admiration for my work. While sharing her words of encouragement she asked if I would be interested in making a quilt for her granddaughter.
Quite some time passed before the request went from just an idea to the choosing of a pattern and fabric. After exchanging countless emails the selections were finally made.
The pattern chosen is the Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs and these are the fabrics
Now all I have to do is get started.
Thanks for sharing your time!
Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
I’m very happy to report that Miss L’s quilt has finally come to completion. Many, many hours, loads of stitches and lots of love went into the quilts creation. If you are curious about the journey it took from start to finish you may read about it here, here and here.
With the quilt finally finished it was time to decide when and how she would receive it. I tossed around various options; then ultimately decided to give it to her before setting out for my Creating Free-Form Quilts retreat.
Plans were made with her mother to meet at a park. The “aledged” purpose was to enlist the assistance of my grandchildren to photograph what they thought were quilts meant for other people.
When I arrived at the park they were actively playing on the playground equipment. Once they discovered I was there they came running over to greet me.
The quilts were safely packed inside plastic bags secured with a fabric bow. Each quilt was carefully removed from its bag and stretched out on a bed sheet that had been placed on the grass. The sheet would protect the quilts from getting dirty.
My grandchildren, at this point, still had no idea they were the lucky recipients. As I snapped photo after photo I turned over one of the corners revealing a quilt label. The expression on their faces, as reality began to sink in, was priceless.
Of course each one of them was very excited to receive a quilt. There was one child that overwhelmingly expressed her satisfaction, and that was Miss L. I know this because her mother shared with me the comment she made as they drove away. Miss L said,
I always hoped that Nana would make me a quilt. She makes such nice quilts. :o)
How special to hear those sweet words!
Pictured below are photos of Miss L’s quilt along with a pillow that I made from leftover fabric.
Miss L’s Quilt
Swirls on Miss L’s Quilt
Paisley’s on Miss L’s Quilt
A Flower for Miss L
Last Fall we learned that we would once again be grandparents. We were overjoyed at the prospect of adding another grandchild to our family. Since I had made quilts for my other grandchildren it only seemed natural to plan and create a quilt for this child as well.
I chose the same pattern that I used for the other quilts, Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs. The fabrics were a joint venture by my daughter and myself. This is what we selected.
My intention was to complete the project before the new grand-baby arrived. I did after all have, give or take, eight months to meet my goal. Unfortunately, as the saying goes
the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry
and go awry mine did. On July 6th our newest bundle of joy came into this world. While I am absolutely overjoyed that Mr. B has joined our family I am sad to report that his quilt hasn’t even been started. I’m certain though that the absence of a completed quilt from Nana has not even crossed his mind. He won’t even be able to acknowledge that one does or does not exist for quite some time.
Looks like I better get rolling!
Please give a warm welcome to my newest grandson Mr. B
How nice to finally be able to say that Mr. J’s quilt is finished! The journey began back in the summer of 2015. Who knew it would take so long? Links to the journey can be found here Part One, Part Two, Part Three
Here’s the final reveal:
After adding the last stitch to the binding and label I made it my mission to use up the remaining scraps and fabric by making a pillow. The fiberfill insert I had purchased several years ago. Rather than leave it sitting on my shelf I decided to let it determine the size of the final product.
From the scraps I was able to create a pillow cover using an envelope pattern. Here’s the final product.