Monday, May 23, 2016

NOTHING LIKE A QUILTING RETREAT

There is nothing like a five-day retreat up in the mountains to get a whole heap of stuff done and just plain ol' regroup.  

Unfortunately, I cannot show everything.  Some are gifts; but, they will be given out soon and then. . . .

I continued to sew for the guild's quilt show boutique.

More Lanyards

Click-It Bags 
(opps, I snuck in Nancy's for the picture)

Ity-Bity Bags

And, I did make something for myself.
A small Cross-Body Bag.

But, best of all, is the wonderful group of women at the retreat. Just one fabulous moment after another.  They say laughter is the best medicine.  We must have cured ourselves of all our illnesses.


Quilting Retreat Buddies

Until next time

Quilt happy,


Marilyn

Monday, May 9, 2016

MORE BOUTIQUE STUFF

The Orange Grove Quilters Guild quilt show is quickly creeping up on us. We had a Boutique Sew-In Day last week and managed to add more to the growing pile. 

Then Robin and I had Sew-Together day on Thursday where we continued to make more things for the boutique.

Just a peek at what you will see July 29th and 30th, 2016 at the Garden Grove Elks Club.

Card case key rings

Aprons

Table Runners

And, members keep sending in more and more. I think we are going to have a great boutique.

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, May 8, 2016

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

It's Mother's Day today. My mother passed earlier this year and today is a bit unsettled for me. My cousin sent me this picture of my mom probably taken back in the late 70s. I think it is a fun picture. Don't you just love the glasses?



I miss you Mom.

How do you like my new German Shepard? I've named him Gunter. My daughter sent him to me because I told her I had been thinking a lot about German Shepards lately.

I think she decided this was a safer way for me to deal with a large-breed dog. I must say, I agree.  I think he is very handsome.

I love my gorgeous Mother's Day flowers. 

Thank you Janet & Robert! What a delightful Spring bouquet.

I hope you have a great week and  

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, April 25, 2016

BOUTIQUE ITEMS. . . .

I've been working on some small projects to donate to my quilt guild's boutique. The  boutique is for the Orange Grove Quilters Guild's quilt show on July 29th and 30th, 2016.  I love small projects. Probably because you get almost an instant reward. So in between quilts, I am generally working on projects this these:
Lanyards

Boo Boo Bags

Chicken pincushions; tiny bag; & lip balm holder

I also made a couple more aprons for granddaughters.



Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, April 18, 2016

A CHALLENGE

I think most of Southern California has had the creeping crud; but that has finally passed now. My birthday block quilt is on hold for another week at least. I did get a few things done, however.

Back in October, I think it was then, a member of my friendship group offered up a challenge. She presented it in a very fun way. She had been traveling and picked up some quilty items as she visited quilt shops throughout the middle part of the United States. She has a wonderful husband who turns the car toward quilt shops for her. Yay Jim!  In with the gifts was the same fat quarter for everyone. The challenge (if we chose to accept) was to create "anything" using the fat quarter and the color of the ribbon on the bag. It was due at our retreat we have the first week in April. I took  a class from Joe Cunningham and used his technique for this pillow. Then I added some big-stitch quilting for some added texture.



Pretty cute don't you think? Thanks Pat, it was a heap of fun! Here are those of us who chose to accept the challenge.

It might be hard to see; but, the are a couple of bags, a pair of pajama bottoms, an apron, a whole quilt, and mug rugs. Pam made mug rugs for each and every one of us. Terri made a table runner; but, was unable to come at the last minute. 

One of the things I accomplished at the retreat is an apron for my granddaughter.  She requested one since she is now living and working in Salt Lake City. She and her roommate are doing some cooking for themselves. Here is her apron. I think she likes it!



Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, March 28, 2016

UFO UPDATE

Not a lot of sewing going on around here.  I've been a bit under the weather. 

However,  I did get a little bit done on my #3 UFO. 


I have plans for the pathways and empty spaces.  Also, I picked up a dark brown to go into the boarder in some way.  Still playing.

And, just to make you smile, 

daffodils!

Hope you have a good week and
Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, March 14, 2016

UFO 3

Number 3 has been selected for the UFO challenge due at our May guild meeting.  My number 3 UFO on the list is a birthday block swap from my Talking Threads friendship group. Each of us selected a theme we wanted and at our birthday month meeting we were showered with birthday quilt blocks.


I selected "What's In My Garden" for my July birthday. The block could be any size and any style.  Aren't they all wonderful? What a talented group of women!  Next week I'll post my progress.  I have some ideas.

Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, February 22, 2016

A FINISH -- WOOHOO!

It's finished, right through the label.  And, it's ready in time for the March meeting when it is due.  I quilted it using a simple straight-line quilting technique. There is a lot already going on with this quilt. Besides, I think the colors keeps it modern. I used the Faux Piping binding method to give it just another pop of color. 


The way the UFO challenge works is you decide on which five UFOs you would most like to complete throughout the year, listing them by number. Then, a number gets drawn every other month.  At the March meeting, they will draw which one will be due in May.  I have plenty to work on until them.

Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, February 15, 2016

I'M QUILTING


Yes I am. This quilt is on my guild's UFO challenge list.  And, it is due at the March meeting. 


I think I can finish in time. 

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, February 8, 2016

REMEMBERING


I'm going to apologize upfront in that I'm about to get personal for this post. I have taken a break from blogging because the recent past has been a bit bumpy.

I lost my brother to complications from cancer surgery on December 14, 2015.  He was 73. I found these pictures from a recipe book I had put together a few years back, maybe 10 or 12 years back actually. I know they are hard to see. The picture on the left of the page is my brother as a teenager with our cousin. And, the one on the right is him as a grandpa.


He had really gone through a lot during the past year and he went into the surgery with a very positive and hopeful attitude. He was in ICU for nearly two weeks before he passed.

Then on January 11th, my mom passed. She was 96 and had Alzheimer her last few years; although, she always knew me. And I was so grateful for that. 


The above picture was taken in the 80s.



 Mom and I maybe 2002 or so.

I went to Florida and spent some time with my daughter and her family.  It was wonderful and very uplifting for me.  I came back feeling a lot better.  Then this week my friendship group  (the Wednesday Wackos) presented me with this beautiful quilt as hugs from them and my mom.  Mom's favorite color was pink and I have been sleeping under it ever since. They are just the best peeps ever!
I feel their hugs and love.

I am back to sewing and will have things to share soon.

Hope you have a good week and






Quilt happy,

Marilyn