Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life and Fiesta Fireworks Quilt

Life …
I was glad for the farm boys to come down to the house and pluck up some ornamental purple plum trees that needed replacing.

Mr. Busy Bee man is to come out now and trim back the shrubs, replant, and add mulch.

The chute where the hogs are loaded onto the trucks. Do you see a rainbow around the sun?

The grain bin with the lagoon.

Irrigation system. Why is it so hard not to take too many sunset pictures? And there's that rainbow again. Is it my camera or was there really a rainbow there?

… as a Quilter
I’d love to do another art quilt of these silos with the barn. This is on the farm just south of us where Paul grew up.

I just disqualified myself from the CELEBRATION Challenge at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge,TN. You see, the rules stated that the perimeter of the quilt could not exceed 160.” Well, after quilting it I cropped it back to as big as I thought looked good, bound it, and added a sleeve. It measured 170.” Then I read the rules again and ran out of time. Aaarg!
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I’m still toying with the thought of cropping off 2” from each side and 1” from the top so the fireworks don’t look incomplete. What do you think? And then the binding maybe should be all black instead of using the leftover scraps. Maybe I can enter it into a different show if I read and remember the fine print.

Fiesta Fireworks
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See what other quilters are doing at these links.
Needle and Thread Thursday
 Creations by Nina-Marie 
Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Heatwole Sewing Retreat and Grands

My brother Oren Jr.’s wife Cheryl is making a string quilt that reminds me of a July picnic!

Mother worked faithfully hand piecing her hexies into “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.”

My “Fiesta Fireworks” is ready for some quilting. Ashton came along back with Paul to pick me up and take me home.

Mother, daughter, and baby!

Two and a half dozen grand's!!!!


Sunday, February 09, 2014

Heatwole Sewing Retreat … continued

This is the cabin we have been occupying all this past week. Can you see Polly waving from the balcony? And there is a huge hornets nest on the left side of the picture.

Coleen and I decided to get out and take a walk for exercise and to see the country. I’m hoping we can attend the little church for services.


There were a couple nice cabins, a small pool, and this little waterfalls at the end of the cul de sac.


Paul’s sister Dorcas wanted help with a “Dick, Jane, and Sally” quilt. Now that I got it all pieced, she plans to hand quilt it and put it up for auction.

I started a new project, “Fiesta Fireworks.” This was the beginning stages and I already discarded the red border for a plain black background.

My niece Jolene and her daughter Afton joined us for a couple days.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt

I finished the Celtic Solstice mystery quilt top that I have been working on for the last while. When Dustin and Gina got married I had wanted to make them a wedding quilt. That was over a year ago and I’m just now getting “a round tuit!” I chose to make it with lavenders and purples, some of Gina’s favorite colors.

My sister Polly and I with our finished quilt tops.
Creations by Nina-Marie

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Heatwole Sewing / Quilt Retreat

We are in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee near Pigeon Forge for this annual event.
Snow and ice were on the steep drive to our cabin.

A nostalgic moment.
Barbara made this quilt from Father’s pants. Mother said he never wore jeans.

Not everyone brought sewing projects to work on.


Amy finished piecing her Star Spin quilt from a pattern designed by our sister Barbara.

A story???

Ashton took me on a steep walk all the way around the cabin.

So, where is everyone?

… Oh, there they are!

Some of the cousins from the next generation are sewing right along with us.




Polly finished piecing her Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice.

Emily and her “Disappearing 9-Patch.”

Cheryl is having fun making a “string” quilt.
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