Thursday, January 21, 2016

A post at last!!!

I have to admit that I have NOT been in the mood to blog for the last few months.   I think that I may have overdone it during our travels and simply got a bit tired of writing them.

But, since we are in a new year, let’s try to catch up!!!

The last “quilty” post that I had was about my “Crea-8-tives” group that met back in November and showed the results of one of our challenges.   Well there were actually two projects due at that meeting, the second one being a gift for our yearly exchange.

This year we had all agreed to make a fabric book for each other and many of us struggled to come up with our ideas initially.   I did my usual trick and started out with too many ideas and just couldn’t set my mind on one in particular.  

Then, I had the opportunity to spend a day shop-sitting at my local quilt store and was able to spend some time thinking about what I wanted to do.  I enjoyed looking at the  book called “Sweet Tweets”…..

As I looked at it I started thinking about the little bird quilts that I had made for my mantel a few years ago……


…..and I was off!!!

I decided to steal the name of the book and a couple of the patterns, but challenged myself to actually draw all of the designs myself rather than tracing them or enlarging them with my copier.   This may not seem like much of a challenge, but it was a good one for me.

Once I got started making the book pages, I had SOOO much fun picking out the fabrics and doing the simple applique and thread work.

Here are the pages of my book…..


As I was making the pages, I kept reminding myself that I would need extra room on the left hand side of the page for the binnding.   But when I laid them out on my wall, I realized that half of the pages needed extra room on the RIGHT hand side…..sigh!!!

As usual, the results from the group were so much fun……

Denise made a book with quotes and things to remember, with topics ranging from Family to Football……


Ruhanna’s book featured all of the Neal Faamily Favorite Christmas recipes……


Cleo had us in stitches with her quilter’s license plates…..


Linda gave us the Sisterhood of Quilting……


Faye brought a bit of Christmas cheer…..


And, Brenda made a lovely book of quilter’s wisdom which is now happily residing in my studio!!!


Brenda and I have a “thing”going where I always get the gift that she made…..I LOVE it!!!!


Although it was two months ago, it was a wonderul night and lots of fun with special friends!!!!

OK… blog post down….maybe I can get a roll going!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

An ode to 2015!!!!


I normally write a year end post, but simply didn’t get around to it this year, so instead here is my Ode to the last year…..


Oh 2015, where did you go? 

You flew by so fast with lots of to and fro


In March was the quilt show….way too much fun.  

Spending time with quilters, each and every one.


Tax season flew past with very little trouble

But then came the Nepal earthquake and burst our bubble.


Hours were spent changing visas and flights,

But before we knew it, we were flying planes like kites.


To Colombia first and meeting fun new friends

Then home for 3 weeks before another ascend


Four weeks in India…. Bangalore, Trivandrum and Pune

Then finally to Nepal….hip hip hooray!!

Trekking in the Himalayas….mark it off the bucket list

But where’s the next adventure….you get the gist.


Home again in October and start the mad dash

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in a flash


Time spent with friends, family and kids

Any time for quilting….heaven forbid.


Only three finished projects to show for the year

But there isn’t much time to shed even a tear


Now 2016 has come in with a flair

With fun and trips and more things to share


I plan to be blogging as the year passes on

I hope you will join me and travel along!!!





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