Tuesday, November 26, 2013

36th Wedding Anniversary and WIP – Sailboat III

Life …

Amy and Ashton took …

… Paul and me to Longhorn Steak House for our 36th wedding anniversary.

… as a Quilter

I started my third Sailboat quilt by sending my fabric through the printer and printing it in color. Then I ironed it to heat set the ink. I didn’t have any Bubble Jet Heat Set, so I just washed it anyway, and the blue faded away into the water. So now my challenge is to put color back into the piece using fabric and thread.

Here I’ve added some fabric and I think I’m ready now to add more color with thread.

Congratulations to the winner,  #43, of my 4 yards of fabric in my giveaway. Siouxzq64 said “I like Tweet the little goldfinch looks just like the ones which hop around my lilacs during the summer.”
Creations by Nina-Marie

Monday, November 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I just received my quilt “Pharaoh’s Tombs” back from The National Quilt Museum. It had been traveling with them for 2 years. Now I’ve pinned it to my design wall to enjoy it again for a while. You can read more about how this quilt came to be by clicking HERE.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tina, Guests, and Sailing II Art Quilt

Life …
I took care of Tina one day this week. Her favorite puzzle piece was the motorcycle.

Building towers with my thread kept her occupied for a while.

Paul’s niece, Melissa & Scott and Kaylie from Michigan came to visit her family over the holidays.

We invited our family and a few from her family for supper. Her grandma Louise, her momma Miriam, her SIL Laura and …

… their spouses who had no problem not posing for a picture.

Georgi stayed for a ‘sleep over’ party.

Paul got a 10 point buck this evening.

… as a Quilter

There is still time to leave a comment for your chance to win my 4 yards of 100% cotton quilting fabric here.

I have decided now to make a series of Sailboat art quilts. So I took this picture, which is a little different from the other one …
Sailboat 4c

… and made it into another small art quilt, Sailboat II. It measures 7”X10”.


The back is finished with “fast finished triangles” and is ready for mounting.

Sailboat and Sailboat II

So now … I’m getting ideas for a third “Sailboat.”
November Finishes

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Give Away–4 Yards of Fabric

Welcome to

Giving Thanks – Quilters’ Blog Hop Party
Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I thought it would be fun to give away an assortment of fabric somewhat similar to what I’m planning to use for Teryn Ray’s quilt. The total amount is 4 yards. That’s right, 4 yards of fabric of different size pieces.

To be in the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment telling which one of my quilts in the tab “2013 Quilts” you like the best, and if you care to, let me know why.

For an extra chance in the drawing become a follower in some way or follow by e-mail and come back and let me know how. If you are already a follower let me know that as well and how you follow in your second comment.

This giveaway will be open until Nov. 26, 2013 at 5 p.m. PST and to US addresses only. Then we’ll choose a winner with Mr. Random Generator.

Visit other blogs that are participating in the “Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways” by clicking the image below.
Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sunrise, Girls Club, and Thanksgiving

Life …
Paul woke me up early this morning to see the beautiful sunrise.


This evening I gave the Bible lesson at Girls Club. First they sang ...

... and memorized scripture, and then I had the lesson on Thanksgiving.  Afterward they made turkeys during craft time.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mrs. Miller, Design Wall, and Sailboat Quilt

Life …
This afternoon we enjoyed a visit with our neighbor ladies, Mrs. Miller and her daughter Ann. We enjoyed catching up on their lives and hearing about their family. They kept bringing out out the snacks, ‘Bit O Honey,’ ‘Milky Ways,’ ‘Snickers,’ chips, Coke, and water. And then before we left they gave us big yardage of 3 pieces of fabric. Talk about true Southern Hospitality, that was it!

… as a Quilter
I was uninspired by the blocks I have had on my design wall for the last couple weeks and decided to put them away and pull out something different to look at for a while. Check out other design walls at Patchwork Times.

I made a new small piece of fiber art this week called

Inspiration came from a picture Amy took a couple weeks ago of Gabriel with his newly acquired sailboat on Joel’s fishpond.
Sailboat 6


Getting ready to sew on the binding.

The back.
Copy of IMG_9635

Size: 7” X 10”
Content: cotton fabric and an assortment of cotton and polyester threads
Techniques: fused, machine stitched, hand stitched binding on back
Fast Finished Triangles – ready to hang
$45.00 SOLD

Check out my current post for a chance to win 4 yards of fabric.

Show & Tell Tuesday

My Quilt InfatuationI Quilt @ Pretty Bobbins
Creations by Nina-Marie
November Finishes

Saturday, November 16, 2013

60th Anniversary and Teryn’s Quilt

Life …
We celebrated Paul’s folk’s 60th anniversary with a Sunday dinner lunch.

Our hosts Galen & Jeanie with Lanell & Rhoda.

Mark & Miriam and Yours Truly & Paul

Jed & Vicki, Jerrill & Josie, and Daddy & Mom

We missed all the siblings & their spouses from afar.

Mom and Daddy told us about the skunk that came in through their dryer vent and couldn’t get out. Mom turned the dryer on and soon they smelled singed hair.

The skunk ate a hole in the vent and crawled out into the house. Daddy said if you catch them by their tail they can’t spray. So Mom and Daddy carefully ran him into a small bathroom to catch it.

Daddy caught him by the tail, took him to the outside door that Mom had opened for him, and flung that skunk far out into the night.

… as a Quilter
I’m trying to decide on a quilt for our 7th grandchild, Teryn Ray. I want to use the puppy dog fabric as a jumping off point.

The pattern is an improvisational one from “Quilting Modern” by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson.

I’m thinking of using the light fine print or the solid light brown for the gray background and then put the puppies in the rectangle boxes.
I need to think on this a while.
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