Sunday, January 8, 2017

First Block Done

I did manage to work on Piper's quilt one night and got the first block done.

This is the main block in the quilt.  Piper says she loves it.

It was -25 yesterday morning not accounting  for wind chill. Brrrrrr...hasn't  been that cold here for a while.

We have a ton of snow also.


This is looking off the deck to our back yard.  There is quite a bit less snow in the back yard because it is more sheltered there.

I plan on working  on the Dinasour quilt today, but I do have this obstacle....

Next Saturday is quilt day with the girls, so if I don't get far there is always next weekend!

Happy sewing, or relaxing, whatever  you decide to do today....

Always,

Gentrie

Monday, January 2, 2017

Post Holiday Relief Syndrome

So the holidays are over and it's back to the grind.  The tree is down and gone.  The holiday decorations are packed up and waiting for the next year.  It seems like there is an empty hole where the tree was, and a deep sigh resonates throughout.

Piper likes to help her Dad bake.  She is mixing the apples for an apple pie here.

Here she is with her Dad and the pies.  We also made a cinnamon sugar roll with the left over dough.


So here is a finished picture of Grandma Bonnie's quilt.  She loves it.  Fit nicely on her bed.

Here is a sneak peek of the next quilt on the machine.

Piper's quilt for her big girl bed.  She picked all of the fabrics.  The only 3 year old I know who knows more Dinasour names than the volunteers at the Dinasour  museum.  She actually corrected one of them when she used the wrong name.

So here is to destressing  and jumping back into the humdrum of every day life.  Our company party is this Saturday and next weekend is a sewing day with the girls.

Just keeps snowing here.  Will have to post a picture  of my buried yard.  I will have to get up early to dig out....

Always,

Gentrie


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A year gone by....new goals

Merry Christmas and Happy New year!!  So I am seeing it has almost been a year since I last posted.  This is what happens when life gets crazy.  A lot has happened this last year, a lot of milestones, some heart break.  This year I plan to change my focus.  I have a plan, a plan that may take years to unfold, but the wheel starts moving now.

First things first.....(sound of trumpets)......I have a new Grand baby!!!



Nora was born at the end of June, just 2 days after my birthday.  She's a doll.  Naturally we HAD to see her so we took a week in July to go visit and spend some time with the kids and the grands.  It was awesome, wish they were closer to us!

Oh.....and her quilt.....





I machine bound this front and back.  Turned out cute.  Her name is embroidered at the top there.

Here are some projects I did manage to finish this last year (you will notice my quilt for my bed is NOT one of them......again.....).

Hailey's quilt got completed.  She loves it....



I bound it in black since the front and back do not match, but it is what she wanted.  It is cuter in person.

The Grandma Bonnie was due for a quilt.  I actually do not have a completed picture of this quilt (shame on me) just the quilt top.



She loved it.  Fits the bed in the Extended Care perfectly and adds a homey touch to her room.  She got it for Christmas.

I had also bound some misc quilts I had hanging around for at least the last 6 years.  Two of them were Christmas wall hangings that I hung on Grandma Bonnie's and Grandma Nola's doors in the Extended Care.  Added some nice homey cheer.

I have no good pictures of them so maybe next time.

That is the extent of my quilty accomplishments.  Not much, but a lot considering the events of the year.

Hope you all are having a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Be safe out there.  We just had a major blizzard blow through, buried in snow.

Always,

Gentrie


P.S.  My toddler fried my laptop this fall by dumping pop on it.  So another reason it has been a while....sending love.....

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Quilt Retreat

Hello!  I have been having to travel out of town everyday for work lately, so really everything else just suffers. 

The weekend of February 19th I was so excited to get a last minute spot on a quilt retreat.  It had been a while since I had gone on one, and my husband and I BOTH agreed I needed it!  

So I did get Hailey's quilt completed:




It turned out great.  I need to get it in to the quilters now so she can enjoy some snuggle time with it before summer gets here.


I also through together this wall hanging for valentines day.  I will either hand quilt this one or do some basic machine quilting on it on my machine.  It was fun and easy to put together once all the cutting was done.

I have been meaning to make a valentines day wall hanging for years and finally go it done!




This picture did not turn out so good due to poor lighting in the area where the design wall was.  This is a quilt for our bed!  I have been quilting for about 18 or 19 years now (wow) and am FINALLY getting around to making a quilt for MY bed!  I know, right?!?!?

This is half of the center section.  Our bed is a California King, so I have a ways to go, but YAY!

The quilt retreat was at a monastery run by sisters.  It was huge and nice.  Very simple and they cooked for us.  Very simple homemade meals with homemade bread and such.  It was awesome!  


Look at this amazing, huge, rosary that hung on the hallway wall outside my room.  It is beautiful.  Some of the beads were worn like someone actually used it at one time.

Well, next weekend is the Saturday sew day for March.  I'm excited to keep working on MY quilt.  Hopefully I'll get some better pictures.  Those flying geese blocks take a little time.

Keep Sewing!

Gentrie

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Finish........and In the Hoop Now (or again)

At about 2am this morning I finished sewing the binding down on my grand daughter's quilt.  Whoop!  Whoop!  

Now I cannot find my fabric pens to date it.  Crap....

I hand quilted this one.  If I had PLANNED on doing that I would have used wool batting, especially since it has Minkee on the back.  Wool batting is like Butta'....

Linking up with Friday Finishes on Confessions of a Fabric Addict....

I have decided this year I am going to focus on UFO's.  Not that I won't do an occasional wall hanging or table runner, but my main focus will be on cleaning things out and finishing them up. 

So.......next in the hoop, OR back in the hoop I should say, is is this gorgeous Laurel Birch quilt I did quite a few years ago.  It was "in the hoop" before Lynlee's but then I had to take it out to get her's done.

I have been dying to get this one hung up on my wall in my bedroom.

I'm a lot farther on it than I thought I was.  Good for me!  So here we go, the beginning of a year of finishes.

Here we go people!!

Always, 


Gentrie