Monday, November 30, 2015

A Mystery Quilt -- Allietare

I'm ready again to join in the fun of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. This year her inspiration came from her trip to Italy. She is calling the quilt Allietare which means "to gladden, to rejoice, to become cheerful."
Winter Mystery 2015 - Allietare!

I have chosen these fabrics that closely resemble her colors; although my reds and golds are more bright.

I tried to keep my neutrals with a creamy background although some are lighter than others. 

And my blacks are mostly prints that have golds, greens and other colors in them.

I have finished the clue for this week; 294 of these half square triangle units all done. We won't get our next clue until Friday. I have no idea what this quilt is going to look like other than it will be scrappy.

A few years ago I did Bonnie's mystery quilt called Orca Bay. It's still needing the borders on it.

To see what others are doing in this mystery you can click on the link below. I think it is fun to see different color combinations that others are using.

Part 1 Link up Party

Patchwork Times

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sunrise Beauty, Picnic, Fixing the Pond, Grabers

Life ...
The beauty of the morning sky continues to enthrall me.

What does it matter if the landscaping grass becomes flattened and my best sofa pillow becomes soiled? Ashton, Georgi, and Talya had fun making their own little nests.

Paul pulled dirt and mud from the pond...

... and will pack it down along the banks to try and stop the leaking.

He was glad for a sandwich and Mt. Dew for a break.

At their suggestions and pleas, I fixed a picnic lunch for us.

A portion of Paul's family gathered at the school for a Thanksgiving lunch and fellowship.
Paul, Lois, Josie, Mark,
Rhoda, Mom & Daddy, Jeanie

Mom and Daddy with 20 of the 43 cousins that were present.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Activities

We invited in quite a few folks for our Thanksgiving Day lunch. Some of our guests were:

Paul's folks

Silvan & Kimberly from Virginia

Russ & Loretta and family

Amy & Ashton

Craig, Angie, Tina, & Josiah

It was warm enough for outdoor games so Ashton, Kirby, and Stacy made roads and hauled mulch.

Back inside, Georgi looks at the pictures and makes up her stories and "reads" out loud to Tina and Talya.

The young and young at heart nibbled on the gingerbread house.

I took these four silly grands on a 4-wheeler ride to take sunset pictures.

And then Craig decided it's time to make taffy.

What does it matter if the kitchen floor gets sticky? Pulling it is part of the fun

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bridal Shower and Hand Stitched Binding

Life ...
I attended a bridal Tupperware shower for Sheri Shirk this evening put on by her cousins and friends.

... as a Quilter
I love stitching the binding to the back of Teryn's quilt. It makes wonderful handwork.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Projects -- Daisies, Sailboat V, and Teryn's Quilt

I'm still working on my "Daisies" from the workshop that I took with Susan Cleveland.

Sailboat V is now complete.

This piece developed from a picture I had taken of my nephew, Scott. I tweaked it on the computer to make a sketch and then printed it on fabric. Using black, I thread painted the sketch and then quilted it.

Sailboat V -- $50 SOLD
8.5" X 11.0 "


I have finally finisihed quilting this crib size quilt for our grandson, Teryn. Now ... on to binding it.

Check the linky party at "Off the Wall Friday."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Talya, Tina, and Susan Cleveland Workshop

Life ...

Talya and Tina came for a visit ...
 ... and to spend the night.

 ... as a Quilter

Our Possum Town Quilters enjoyed a class with Susan Cleveland.

She showed us some of her beautiful quilts and

and shared tips and techniques with us.

There was a lot of variety in the quilts we made.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Magnolia's Annual Guest Day Sewing

Each year in November our Magnolia Mennonite Sewing Circle has a special Guest Day Sewing.

I'm guessing we had a record breaker this year with around 70 adults and 50 children in attendance. 
 Some tied quilts while ...
 ... others wrapped Christmas Bundles for the Olive Branch Mission in Cherry Creek, SD.
Most of the children played outside but a few found their way to the coloring table. 
 This top was started at last years Guest Day Sewing and now it's being tied.
Quilting on a baby quilt. 
The ladies at this table made young girls dresses for Shining Light Children's Home in Mexico. 
The sun was setting when I arrived home.

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