Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pinwheels A-plenty!

I finished a little lap quilt that I love!   For the pinwheels, I used a charm pack from the American Jane collection of "Happy Campers." The backing and binding are also American Jane, but from the "wee play" collection.  I really love the retro-feel that these fabrics provide.  I quilted it on my Bernina using the ubiquitous stipple pattern that I love so much.  :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quilts for Kids quilt

For any quilter (or anyone familiar with a sewing maching , for that matter) that may be interested in participating in something wonderful, let me introduce you to: Quilts for Kids!

It is a wonderful program that provides quilts to children in need during their stay in hospitals around the country.  These quilts are theirs to keep and provide comfort during a stressful time in their young lives. 

Quilts for Kids will send you fabric that is mostly pre-cut and requires minimal prep.  You need only follow the directions provided and you are finished!  The trickiest part is machine-stitching the binding, but it was fun to try something new.   
It warms my heart to be part of such an organization/movement.  Please look into it and donate some of your time, materials, and money (for postage, batting, and binding) and help out some sweet child. 

(Behind the quilt, you'll find my youngest Gabriela.  For her, rainboots are more than an accessory, they are an attitude.  Just sayin'.)
When you finish, you just send it back with the informational materials (so that they may use them again.)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Road to California Quilt Show

Wow!   How's that for a summary of the quilts that I saw?   There were so many unbelievably spectacular quilts on display.  I had such a great time with Linda and Carrie.  I wish I had taken more photos, but to be honest, the camera was the last thing on my mind.  I was just overwhelmed at the talent!
Take a look at a small sampling of quilts that caught my eye for one reason or another. 
Be sure to click it to enlarge so that you can see details!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Old Primrose Inn Quilt for Sonia

I finally finished the quilt that I made for René's mom, Sonia.  For Christmas, I asked her to choose some fabric that I could use to make a quilt they could have.  She chose Old Primrose Inn by Moda Fabrics.  It wasn't a favorite of mine, but I really like the way that it turned out.  I decided to piece the fabric together in a rail fence fashion and actually went together pretty quickly.  I used free motion quilting to create a stipple pattern.  I also appliqued a flower at the bottom right to cover a small hole where I got a little crazy with the seam ripper.  (oops!)   

Monday, January 11, 2010

Belated good-bye

Well, the Colonel has put away his ornaments.

The Christmas cards have all been filed away.

Traffic has returned to normal in Bethlehem.

Christmas 2009 is nothing but a memory. (A really, really nice one, by the way!)

A shot that I took of our tree attempting the bokeh effect. :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy birthday, Elvis!


It makes me sad to think of how much he (we) missed.

Happy birthday, Elvis!

Friday, January 1, 2010

hey there, 2010!

We had the best New Year's Eve over at my dearest friend Karol's house. This is the same backyard where René and I were married, so it is a favorite spot of ours. <3
Tom pulled out all of the stops and had sparklers and fireworks for the kids. Big fun! The only thing missing was Jake. He spent the night with his dad. :(

On New Year's Day, we went down to our favorite beach to enjoy the first sunset of 2010. Beautiful!