Thursday, September 17, 2009

(Hands by Nikki Gioanni) A friend sent this to me today. I found it very poignant to what we do, so I thought I'd share a portion of it with you.

"Quilts are the way are lives are lived....We survive on patches and scraps....
the leftovers from a materially richer culture....the throwaways from those with emotional options....
We do the far more difficult job of taking that which nobody wants and not only loving it....
not only seeing what its worth, but making it lovable....and intrinsically worthwhile."

How true. Is that not the way we raise our families and live our lives teaching and sharing with others!
This is a photo of a comfort quilt made by the Quilting Sisters, our computer quilting group. It was for Marv, who lost her husband right before we finished it. But she can wrap herself in it and feel the love of all our hands as we comfort her.
Be at peace my friend.

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Tactic

I need to use what I have. I have restricted my purchases (and it hasn't been easy!) to just what I need to complete what I have. I am working hard on that thought. I really need to do it. I have an auction coming up next month for a local guild where I KNOW I will buy stuff. It is, after all, for a good cause, right???? Of course.......

I recently finished up a 30's/Aunt Grace lotto block group that I won two years ago. AND I pieced together leftover batting and found a piece of material I scored for $2 a yard about 3 years ago for the borders and the back! Talk about a found quilt!

And I used fabric from the LAST auction to complete a challenge for another guild. This one is all blues for a monochromatic quilt. I fell in love with a panel of blue Santa pictures. They really didn't fit the center of the star block, but I made them fit! And I used the blues I got at another auction for a steal! So that is a cheap quilt.

Then at a recent retreat I completed a mystery quilt from 2 years ago. This was a Planet Patchwork Mystery and it is wonderful. I don't know why I quit on it. But now it is a top waiting for the quilting session next.

Doing the finishing on my UFOs gives me lots of oportunites to practice my quilting skills. I do not own a long arm, although I do lust for one. I use my Viking 930 to quilt. It has a wide throat and really does a wonderful job. It is ok, I really don't need a long arm, but it sure would be nice.

I will post pictures of my completion and found material quilts soon. Right now, i am off to dinner at the local Brewhouse with friends!