Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Quilt Guild and Lasagna, Part 2!

Just a quick update--I got to my guild meeting in plenty of time to slide the lasagna into the oven to stay warm, and then I started to say hello to everyone---especially Anne, one of the ladies I was doing refreshments with. I asked if I could help her bring in her other stuff, but she didn't have any--you should have seen her face when I asked about the salad and bread!  But it was okay, I told her as I comforted her, anyone could forget...not a big deal.  Then Mary came in carrying a tray of food, plastic plates, and I offered to help her bring her stuff in--she didn't need any help either because she was just helping the two ladies who had the meal last night.  You see, I was a little early with my lasagna....we are signed up for April.  I just love quilters though---it's hard to phase them.  We just put out the lasagna beside the sandwiches and chips and ate until we couldn't hold any more.  Another plus?  I didn't have to cook dinner tonight--and neither did a bunch of the guild ladies who took some lasagna home with them!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Quilt Guild Day! Birthday! and Lasagna too!

The fourth Monday of each month is my favorite day of the month--with the possible exception of payday.  It's the day that the Happy Quilters of Laurens County have their monthly meeting, and I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of this group.  The women are so welcoming and kind, and when I moved here a couple of years ago, I felt at home right away.  Well, you can tell from our name, can't you?    We aren't a fancy guild, I suppose--we don't have a waiting list for members, as I've heard some guilds do.  We have some very fine quilters, but probably the folks at Houston or Paducah don't need to lose too much sleep (although we are all getting better and better with each quilt!).  We meet, we talk and laugh and pray and show our quilts to each other.  Then we pray again.  And then we eat.  And then we have a program and get to talk about quilts some more.  Nothing much to get excited about, I suppose---unless you are a quilter.

Tonight, I don't have a quilt to show.  I've sort of missed my self-imposed deadline on the Double Irish Chain.  But I expect I'll be forgiven--I'm bringing lasagna--lots and lots of lasagna.  You should see my kitchen!  It's a disaster!  But I took a break from cleaning up to come say hello.  If you're in the neighborhood, you should come join us--I promise we'll have enough!

Just for pretty--I enjoyed the amaryllis I was given for Christmas so much that Benjamin ordered a couple of more for me--this one is called Appleblossom.  It had five blooms at once and is about to bloom again!  Can't wait to see what the other one looks like!

Another reason this particular fourth Monday is special---it's my son's birthday today.  He is such a blessing from God, just as he has been since the day he was born, twenty-four years ago today!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dude....That Is Totally Wicked!

So--I have been dipping into a book my dear one gave me for Christmas this year--A Treasury of Mennonite Quilts by Rachel & Kenneth Pellman.  It's all pictures and some background information, no patterns. It is truly inspirational--I've been thinking about starting a Lone Star quilt and there are some breathtaking ones in this book.  My favorite--at least for the next five minutes or so--has a steel grey background with the star points in solids.  I'm surprised by how well the grey works, and it would be so much easier to quilt than black.  A couple of years ago, I made an Amish-style Diamond In A Square with a black background, black thread, and even back batting inside it.  My eyes are well over forty (it's not polite to ask about the rest of me, thank you very much), and it was hard! Pictures?  Okay---there you go.

Anyway---I was describing the quilts in the book to someone in an email and got to the "The quilts are,,,,,," and I got stuck.  Cool?  Awesome?  Ba-a--a--d?  Totally wicked?  Well, obviously, the last two are just totally inappropriate for Mennonite quilts....oh, no!  There I go again with the "totally" stuff.  You know, I don't even really have to tell anyone I have two young adult kids/ children/offspring---my vocabulary gives me away!  After a while, I came up with beautiful, inspirational, and a few others.  I'm having my revenge on my kids, though--Ben is hooked on Creedence Clearwater Revival--I mean, like, totally. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Still Hand Quilting? Absolutely!

I heard a lady on a quilting podcast the other day refer to people who are "still hand quilting," and I got tickled.  We've had indoor plumbing for nigh on to 30 years, but Ethel and Herb down the road are still using the old outhouse.....Sometimes I envy my friends who produce so many quilts, but I also feel a little sorry for them since they are missing the best part of quilting.  I love rocking the needle through the layers of the quilt sandwich, drawing the thread through, and watching the design grow under my hands.  I'm working on a scrappy Double Irish Chain right now, much more slowly than I would like, but it's going to be beautiful.  My piecing is far from perfect, and I don't get 20 stitches to the inch, but it's still going to be beautiful.  I love this one because there are scraps from just about every quilt I've ever made, from clothes I sewed for myself and my kids.  There are scraps from a Quilt Til You Drop all night quilting I went to when I lived in Alaska, where we exchanged 2 1/2 inch strips we called "worms" then, and there are lots of other scraps I've exchanged with others through the years.  Even the white muslin is scrappy--I used leftovers from other projects--I tried to use all the same kind of muslin, but there are variations in it.  Within my hoop yesterday, there was a teapot, a snowman, an airplane, two dogs, an apple, a pear, a basket of spools, and assorted flowers, spots, and other splashes of color.  As I hand quilt, slowly I'll admit, I have been reliving so many good memories--just because I'm taking my time.

Friday, February 17, 2012

What'll I Say?

When I started thinking about setting up a blog, the intimidating part was the technical stuff--how to do it, where, and how do people get all those cute buttons to show up on their pages anyway (still working on that one).  It never occurred to me that, having done all that, I would find the hard part to be committing words to paper--or screen.  I always have words.  I love reading other blogs and commenting on the posts, even though I know that it's unlikely that anyone will ever see my thoughts--the act of putting the words out there is so powerful and satisfying that it's worthwhile even if no one ever sees them.  I guess I've answered my own question--writing this first post is significant to me because this time it's mine, just mine, unfiltered. 

My son (and tech support) tells me that this first post should give some idea of what my blog is going to be about.....as if that is an easy task!  Here goes--.......no, wait.....Here goes.....oh, gosh.....I'll be writing about quilting, cooking, husband, quilting, almost grown/almost gone kids, life after home schooling, being a SAHM after the kids leave home,  being the adult daughter of an aging parent.....and quilting.  Whew!  Want to see a picture of my most recent quilt?