Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy Easter!

Well, Happy Spring to everyone.  I hope you're enjoying nice weather where you're at.  Here in Central Illinois, it wants to be nice but it also wants to rain.  Our weather can never make up it's mind.  Not that I'd notice, we're smack in the middle of prom season and I don't see the light of day much right now.  Although I did do some planting the other weekend.  Yep, I went outside AND I got my hands dirty.  I know, I know, it's been a few years.  Don't tell Rich, but I enjoyed it.  A little.

Most of my time home is spent inside with my projects, as God intended.  This is going to be the bouquet for my anniversary party.  I'm making ribbon rose bouquets for me and the girls.  I'm pretty happy with the way it's turning out.  What you see here is 3 rolls of satin ribbon.  I thought that would be plenty for mine.  HAHAHA, no.  I have SO MANY more roses to make!  Good thing I have until December.  I can only make so many in 1 sitting because I always manage to burn the crap out of my fingers with the glue gun.
 I made another block for the Hungarian Quilt.  It doesn't show but I have done all the stitching as well on the 3 blocks I have so far.  I decided to match the thread with the piece.  There was too many decisions to make otherwise. Sorry about more crappy photos.  I swear they look great in the view finder but terrible once I've cropped them.
 This next project has a time frame.  I'm trying to get it done before the June quilt show.  We're having a Quilt of Valor presentation during the show and I'd like to have this done for that.  I had a bunch of brown flying geese left over from my FIL's Christmas present and some tiny 9 patches left over from a civil war quilt I made years ago.  I was able to mash them together for the fillers on this quilt.  It's not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with it.  I've got a gold fabric for the inner border and a blue and gold star fabric for the outer.  I hope it looks as good in reality as it does in my imagination. Then, to quilt it and get it bound.
 I've been limiting myself on how much hand work I do because my Carpel Tunnel gets really bad this time of year with all the extra typing but I FINALLY finished my Art Neuveau quilt!!!!!  Okay, so finished might be over stating it but the blocks are all done.  This first block is the carnation.  I was a litttle frustrated with this one.  I wish I'd switched the violet as the main color and the pink as the secondary but once I decided that, I was too far in.  Then all those points!  Oi!  It was a killer!
 I love the Fleur De Lis.  Large, round pieces go together pretty easily.
 And for the finale, I did the Peach Blossom!
 Now, to put it all together.  I think I've decided on a green piping and then just solid black borders with some cool quilting.  I'm excited!
Now, time for bed.  Tomorrow will be another long day!  Happy Easter!


  1. WOW! Love your Nouveau quilt!!! With the green piping it's going to be spectacular. Can't wait to see it hanging in our 2019 Quilt Show!

  2. Wow - your bouquet is amazing! All those roses are amazing - and done with much ow's with the glue gun too. Those things are a menance (be sure to keep a bowl of ice water beside you to stop the burning). The Valour quilt is looking wonderful too. And then we come to the AN quilt and I must admit I'm totally in like with it! It almost (!!) makes me want to make a sane quilt just like it!!

  3. I'm impressed by everything you've been able to accomplish in spite of the long work hours! Your Art Nouveau quilt is absolutely incredible - I can't wait to see it finished. So beautiful!!!