Archive for June 17, 2012

The Sunbathers and T-Shirts

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The girls just love to sunbath and hang out. I guess you could call this a real hen party. Enjoying the day, clucking about this and that, a little to eat, a little to drink, and good friends to spend time around.

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So, while the girls enjoyed the sun, I was working on a darling T-Shirt quilt.

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It is always important to stabilize the blocks.

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Selection of the logos is also important. Seems that there are always more T-Shirts than there is room for in the quilt.

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Placement of blocks and auditioning sashing is also great fun as I begin to see the quilt take shape.

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Cardewyn couldn’t be bothered with the girls or me. She felt it was a day of rest. Keep quilting. Sue

Reminders of Martha and More Quilts

This is one of my most favorite quilts.  In fact, I liked it so much, I made two of them.  It reminds me that just like the sun, I need to have love stream through and shine on my days.  Love changes the landscape of our coming days and I need to have that sun shining as my daughter prepares to start off on her new adventure to San Francisco.

I am excited to have her so happy, but I like having her close so I can see her without having to make plans for a trip.  Traveling is fun and I enjoy it, but I like to be able to drive down the street and have her there.  Guess I need to buck up, remove bricks from the wall and let that sun shine.  I suppose I will be looking at this quilt alot to help me remember that sun/love shining on my daughter’s face.

This quilt is an original design of applique hearts and piecing.  It is another of my favorite quilts.  I is called “Bless Your Heart”.  It brought up so many memories as I was looking through my pictures again.

Pictures.  Pictures!  Remember those pictures I spoke about earlier this week?  The ones on my computer?  Well I am still sorting and organizing and probably will for the rest of my life. 

It reminds of Martha.  Martha of the magazine Martha.  A couple of years ago, her magazine had an article on tips about how easy it is to take your old pictures and scan them so you have a digital file you can share with family members.  Well, if that didn’t sound great!  I picked up the magazine and was so excited to learn how easy it was going to be to get my pictures scanned and shared with my family.  She was going to give me the tips to easily get my project completed.

Her article discussed the expensive cameras she uses, the studio she had specificly built that included several scanners, several flat screen TVs to view the pictures and scans, and the special desks for her staff to work at in the studio.  She discussed that she was so excited about hiring five college students for the summer to scan and organize her pictures.  That, my friends is what I need.  Not the cameras, TVs scanners, nor studio, but five college students. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, just like the name of this quilt, “Coffee Break Always Helps”, I think I will take a coffee break and try and tackle the pictures and let a little sun shine through as I think about my dear daughter.

Let love change the landscape of your coming days and let quilting put memories in your finished pieces.  That way you can look at your completed quilts and have those memories intact.   sue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing A Quilt or Two

I am sorry that today’s post is so late.  I thought I would share a couple of quilts with you today.  However, when I went to my pictures, I got caught up in organizing and labeling the pictures on my computer.  I think that times past were easier before all the technology of this digital age.

I would take pictures on my camera and the film would sit in the camera for a while (actually, quite a while).  I was frugal and it cost a lot to develop pictures.  I was not good at the photography part, so many times you could not tell what the picture happened to be. Some times, I would have the film developed into slides and only print the good pictures.  I did not have a slide projector so it was hard to see what was a good picture worthy of printing.  It was just easier to leave the film in the camera and not take many pictures. 

The negatives went into the envelope that came with the pictures, the slides went into a box and the pictures went into another box, waiting to go into an album.  Of course, I did not write dates, nor who was in the photo, so sometimes (most of the time) I had no idea about a lot of the photos.  Many are still in a box, waiting.  I keep hoping to get them organized and scanned since the digital age is easier and we can now scan those old photos and have them on the computer.

Today’s age of digital IS supposed to be easier.  NOT!  I take a ton of photos with my old digital camera, my not as old but still old digital camera, and now with my phone as well.  I am good at downloading the pictures on my computer, which is great.  Sometimes, I download the same set of pictures two, three, four, and even five times.  Then I find I keep seeing the same photos over and over again in the “My Pictures” section of my computer.  They are all waiting to be put in folders, labeled and the info tagged as to location and people in the photo.  Just like my old system of the photos sitting in the boxes, they are photos sitting on the computer.  I just happen to have hundreds of them, as well as many, many duplicates of the hundreds of photos.  Not having to develop the film just allows me to have hundreds of each event, second by second, minute by minute.  (Just how many pictures do I need of the cat sleeping on the end of the bed?)  I must think that if I take many pictures, I will improve in my photography skills.  I think I need a class…..

Anyway, sorry that I have such a long excuse for the few pictures today, but I just could not choose which quilts to share today after spending soooooo much time trying to straighten out the mess on my computer.  Hope you enjoy them and I will try and share more with you in the coming days.

 

 

 

 

Maybe, I will even get better at taking the pictures and learn how to use the photo editing program I have.  I am not holding my breath on this one.    sue

 

Betty Boop Rides Today

Today is once again filled with the list of things to do, so I quilt. I decided that Betty and I should spend time rather than even looking at that dreaded list.

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I guess it started when I took a couple of cake plates (in case you did not know it, I am a collector of cake plates) out to put away in my studio. There she was with all her darling outfits. I just felt that she and I needed a bit of quiet time so I put on the audio book I was listening to and she and I spent time with the motorcycles.

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She just always has the right outfit for the occasion.

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I do think the pantograph of the motorcycles is just so perfect for this quilt, particularly when she has the perfect outfit for it.

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Guess I am done sharing Betty with you today. I need to quilt, quilt, and quilt. Hopefully, that list of things to do will surface under the stack of papers waiting for me as well. sue

Back to the Blog

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What a cheery quilt in the frame this week. Betty Boop will always bring a smile. She just has so much fun and is always wearing great outfits.
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I thought this darling motorcycle pantograph would be just perfect for this darling quilt.
I apologize for not writing for the last few weeks. May is always an outside, yard work, month. After spending a huge amount of time cleaning up the bags and bags of whirlybirds (seed pods) from the silver maple tree, planting the garden, planting the flower pots, and getting the drip system up and working, I am far behind on projects.

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I did spend the month photographing, labeling, and documenting all of my quilts. Wow, I had no idea just how many had not been labeled. I am certainly going to try and stay on top of that in the future. I will be sharing those quilts with you in the coming weeks. Keep in touch and keep quilting. Sue