Bloggers Quilt Festival

by Karen on October 24, 2014

in quilts

It is that time of the year again – whenever the quilt market takes place twice a year for the people in the “business” – Amy’s Creative Side holds a festival of quilts where you vote for the one you like in each category.  I decided to enter my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses in the Hand Quilting Category it is 86 x 89 inches.  Voting starts later and we will all remind you when that starts so we might win a prize!

This quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted by me using Linda Franz’s Inklingo method of ironing fabric to freezer paper and running it through your printer to create your templates directly onto fabric.  It took 300 hours to hand piece this quilt and 140 hours to hand quilt it.  I’ve been very pleased with the colors and the pattern – I love this quilt!  I didn’t quite have the quilt flat enough when I took the photo but the lower corner is straight!  I used Linda’s book to make the quilt but I designed the border myself – I just wanted something a little different than the original.  This quilt is not English Paper Piecing – it is hand pieced using a running stitch with an occasional back stitch to make the seams strong.


Some close ups of the blocks:



The border


Quilting – I used Quilters Dream 100% cotton batting, washed and dried the quilt to give it that antique crinkly look that I love.


The back:  I used King Tut variegated thread which I love.



Today was one of those days – a little of this and that and still I’m tired! And I didn’t even exercise – I need to get back to the fitness center soon

I got both of the plants potted and I’m pretty sure from what I found on line and what the majority said is that the plant I brought home is a scheffleraTim is an expert and I will take his word for it although like he says he doesn’t see them stems ect.  The other plant I brought home with me was a rather limp Christmas Cactus.  I repotted it and found very little in the line of roots – I think this plant has been neglected Smile I will baby it, I put it in a fresh pot with fresh soil now too see what it will do.  The leaves which you might not be able to see in the photo are really thin and not plump at all.


The last of the zinnia’s and a couple roses


Little more work on the hexies for Diamonds are Forever and I worked more on them last night while watching tv.  I have used up almost all of my white hexies so I need to get some more ready.


Love Entwined back on the design wall while I give it some thought.  I’m not sure what flowers I want to put in those vases or how many.  All of  the little hearts are appliqued in place.  I am linking up to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict today


The patchwork in the photo above possibly is ready to quilt –  it is baby size right now once I quilt it and wash it it will be a little smaller – right now it is 48 x 48 –I don’t think I will make it bigger.  I also have the quilt on the end of the frame to machine quilt as well.  The patchwork will be machine quilted straight lines as well – I think my hand quilting for now will stick with one quilt on the big frame and everything else will be done with straight lines – I just do not care for free motion.

It is kind of hard to see this paint chip in the actual color but it is what I am thinking for the walls in the kitchen – it is called Apple Peel – I’m just not sure yet if I want to go that dark – the lighter one actually has a tint of the red in it – not really pink but so light of a tint that it looks white I guess it is called Ballet Slippers – it would be for the ceiling.  I’ve always had light color walls in this house for the rooms that are painted and I wonder if I will like it a year from now – I do not like to paint so I want to make sure it is what I want before I get it.  I have it taped to the wall right now so I can keep walking by looking at it – I think I need to go back to the store and get 5 more of the same and tape them all together so I can see it bigger LOL.


Flash sale for Halloween so here it is – still good through midnight Friday –

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First of all can anyone name this plant?  I got it from the plants & flowers that people gave at the funeral and I haven’t the slightest idea of the name or how to care for it – take a look and if you know let me know please.


Somewhere along the way I have forgotten to post some of the blocks I worked on for Dear Jane “Insanity Revisited” probably I had done some when I came home a couple times to try to chill out in the last 10 days and forgot about them – I also worked on it last night for longer than I probably should but it felt good to do it – so I did.





I completely lost track of the email that I got from Craftsy promoting a sale for Halloween so here it is – still good through midnight Friday –

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Love Entwined

by Karen on October 22, 2014

in Love Entwined - Esther's BOM, quilts

I am not quite back to my normal schedule of early morning posts – well be soon.  I thought I would share the progress on Love Entwined which also came to the hospice sitting room with me to work on now and then in between sitting beside mom.  I had glue basted the hearts next to the vases a day or so before we got the call about mom so it was ready to go with me.

I might add some embroidery here and there so these areas might not be finished still and of course the flowers to add to the vases.  I am linking to Esther’s WOW today and she shows her completed center!


The hearts in three of the corners are appliqued in place and I am worked on the fourth side for a little while today.




Before we had left to be at mom’s side we had just torn up the flooring tiles in the kitchen/old dining area – all the adhesive is still down there – when we cross it – it really sounds like you are stuck on Velcro!!  squish squish  — oh well keep walking and pull your feet up as you walk – hey might be good exercise right – only problem is if you stand in one place too long your shoes almost stick to the floor and you pull your foot out LOL – well it really isn’t that bad – I think we are getting used to it!!   work will continue work on it soon!!  I still hope we have it all done for Thanksgiving!!  At least it is a narrow area.  I am still trying to determine paint choices for the walls.  I haven’t yet decided.


I think I will sit down this evening to work on Dear Jane “Insanity Revisited” I will show progress in the morning and get back to my regular schedule – I am a creature of habit Smile


Back Home

by Karen on October 21, 2014

in quilts

I’m back home and plan to get back to blogging.  Thank you all so much for all of the very nice comments – I had meant to thank you all personally – but you blow me away – too many!!  I tried to start to do a few and then I thought no I’ll just do a general thank you to all.  One sister and brother stopping by tomorrow on their way home driving to Maryland and then I will get back to my normal dull routine of quilting, reading, baking and cooking LOL – I have missed it believe me!! 

The funeral was this morning which was tough getting through of course then we all went to my brother Larry’s house – he has a huge deck and back yard – family friends had set up tables and lunch was waiting for us when we all got back- then the sadness turned to story telling, laughter, going through mom’s old photo albums and dividing up photos – all families getting their photos back – a stack of photos of mom and dad and some of several of us that well need copies made.  Amazing in such a large family there was no fighting about distribution of items!

Mike and I got back home and unpacked – settling back in and relaxing before early to bed for me.

I wanted to share a photo of the work on my Diamonds are Forever hexies that I did while at the hospice house with mom and the family – the border is coming along nicely!!  I need to finish the outer row of white hexies then I will do the opposite side – then the top and bottom turning the curve of hexies – I hope it will look good when done!


A photo of me and my sisters – as you can see some of us changed into comfy clothes immediately!!  from the left my  sister Mary the #1 child – then me #3 child – Lisa #12 the baby – and Vicki #2.  And yes I tower over my sisters – I take after my dad’s mom and sisters in height and build.


Didn’t manage to get one of all of us together or all my brothers some had already left by time we started to think about it.

Back to quilting by tomorrow evening I bet!!


Another Update

by Karen on October 18, 2014

in family

I have had so many nice comments and emails about my mother and her stroke that I wanted to update you all that she died this morning and is not suffering anymore.  We placed  her in a hospice house on Wednesday and she died this morning around noon – she never woke up from her stroke on Monday and just stayed asleep the whole time.  All of my siblings, one of my daughters and almost all of my nieces and nephews and quite a few great ones also were able to spend time with her before she slipped away from us.  I can’t say enough good things about the Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville Arkansas – they not only take care of the patient but they take care of the family as well even when it is as large of a one as we have.  She had 12 children – 4 girls and 8 boys – 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grand children and 1 great-great-grandchild – she also had 2 son in laws and 6 daughter in laws that she counted as her own children and they all loved her too.  She lost two of her sons over the years and a daughter in law also.  (I think I have all the numbers right).

Mom was 89 – would have been 90 in December.  Here she is back on her wedding day.

My mom and dad together – Dad died on October 16, 1993 and Mom on October 18, 2014 – we kind of thought for sure that subconsciously she would slip away on the anniversary of dads death just because she wanted to but she hung on for two more days until all of her children were able to be at her bedside and then within hours she was gone.

this photo is one that my daughter Melanie took of her Granny about 5 years or so ago.

I came home for a couple days of rest and then a couple days away for the funeral and packing up of her assisted living apartment with my brothers and sisters and the sons and daughters in law- we will work on this together – I will be back to blogging soon.  I had hand work with me with so much sitting and chatting and waiting and made progress on my hexies I will show progress when I get through the next week.

I’m doing alright – Mom lived a full life and truthfully I have been expecting this for a long time – sadness of course – depression no – she suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis for years and had been in a lot of pain – it was hard to see her in such pain.  She had gotten very frail in her last 15 years being wheelchair confined for the last 12 years or so and using two canes before that – she was ready to go and we had to let her.  I guess I am a realist – you face life, live it while you can and then you leave memories built up over those years for those who loved you.  It is just the way life is.