Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
While in Atlanta my daughter and I visited this quilt shop called Red Hen. I loved the red barn look of the outside, plus this great quilt was cut and glued on a board and sealed so that the weather wouldn't damage it. Great idea! It created a very exciting visual entry into the shop!
This is my darling daughter Jennie that I went to visit in Atlanta. She loves the brights, and when I come to visit she suddenly gets inspired to make a quilt! So we worked on this design a bit before I came home.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The artist must have her studio, and Karen has created quite the artist's habitat in her home. Every where you go you see evidence of her unlimited skills. Sometimes it is represented in the form of workspace and materials.
And sometimes in whimsical displays. I just love this doll!
Cats rule at Karen's house, and lord it over you from high above her neatly arranged stash. Rembrandt went into hiding when I showed up, but sweet old Ginger was not intimidated.
Can you even imagine visiting someone who allows you to investigate their closets? Well, I guess if my closets were this clean and organized I wouldn't mind. Hopefully I will become inspired!
And the design wall! I have seen little previews of these things on Karen's blog, but I so enjoyed seeing the real thing! Hmmm--what is she up to now?
Karen comes across as a rather private person on her blog. She is non-assuming and modest in her self appraisal. That is where I come in. She needs to be exposed for what she really is! She is absolutely amazing!
This little creation of hers is one example of her skill as a designer. I love this! The pattern is available on her website www.folkartchildren.com along with several others that you will love!
Wasn't that fun?!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Second stop was Sweet Home Quilt Shop in Conyers, GA. This shop occupies a darling house that is on the historical register. As you can see, there are lovely quilts hanging on porch railings and swings, etc. It is so welcoming!
Yup, here we are, enchanted by this old beauty on the porch. I am referring to the quilt of course.
Inside we met these two nice ladies! We took an action shot of Pam on the left, and shop owner Melisa on the right cutting fabric. Karen and I felt right at home at Sweet Home! Then we found out that Melissa reads our blogs! She was especially familiar with Karen and asked her about Rembrandt! Isn't that funny! Melisa has a blog also. Check it out!
As we left this charming shop we noticed these irresistible stone steps just begging to be photographed. This was the perfect photo op for our purchases.
We spent the evening at Karen's house wading through her many vintage quilts and current projects. I met Rembrandt when I first entered, but then she went into hiding for the rest of the evening. More of that in a future post!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I was browsing through my photo albums today while looking for something to blog about. I opened the folder of blue quilts and sighed. Aren't they lovely? I love all kinds of quilts, but there is something about a blue and white quilt. Very soothing, or something!
I have been saving photos of blue quilts in a folder on my computer. Some are my own and a couple were lifted off blogs. Lyn from Bluebird Quilts made the one in the upper left, and Karen from Log Cabin Quilter made the one in the upper right. Aren't they wonderful? I hope they don't mind me showing them.
Recently I showed a photo of Granddaughter Becky wrapped up in the quilt pictured below. Someone asked if I had a pattern for this, and I don't. I never created one. But here is a photo of the whole quilt before it was quilted, and
below is a shot of a couple of the blocks. I went a little crazy using LOTS of scraps of blue in all shades and lots of backgrounds.
Tomorrow I head for Atlanta to spend a week with my daughter and also devote some time stalking Karen from Sew Primitive. She knows I am coming and she cannot avoid me! Ha! We will be collaborating on a book called Folkart Children Patchalot. What do you think? (OK, I am kidding, but still...)
I will be mostly off the computer, so don't forget me while I am gone for a week.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
"So, Ole --- I see you got a sign up that says, 'Boat For Sale'. But you don't own a boat, Ole. All you got is your old John Deere tractor and your combine."
"Yup, and they're boat for sale."
Monday, June 08, 2009
1. Katherine by Anya Seton http://www.curledup.com/katherin.htm
2. Except for me and Thee by Jessamyn West
3. From Sea to Shining Sea by James Alexander Thom
4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
5. These is My Words by Nancy Turner
6. Exodus by Leon Uris
7. Roots by Alex Haley
8. Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
9. Quentins and all Maeve Binchey
10. Evergreen by Belva Plain
11. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
12. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
13. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
14. The Good Earth by
I think I should also do a book list of more current reads that I have enjoyed with some of my new favorite authors. I will try and do that in the near future!
Join the fun and add your list to your blog! Let me know if you do so I can see what books you like!
Sunday, June 07, 2009
So here is what I did: I printed out the names of those of you who were kind enough to put "The Patch" on your blog. I cut the names into strips and shuffled them and laid them in a row with the blank sides up. Then I had Granddaughter Becky choose two numbers, and those numbers belong to Karen at Dogs N Quilts, and Julie Q at Julie K Quilts. I will e-mail you for mailing instructions! Congratulations ladies! And thanks for placing the Quilt Pox Patch on your blog! I am still hopeful that more of you will do so, and if you let me know I will have another drawing in the future.