Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My first Avante finish

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! My son lives on the West Coast so I don't get to see him very often. I got a lovely card from him and a telephone call which was wonderful.  He later called to tell us to watch for a package addressed to him but said it was really for us.  I got a note from the postman that it required a siggy so I trooped down there last Friday and picked it up. What a surprise to open it and find this inside.




For those of you who know me, you know that I was born and raised a Red Sox fan and will go to my grave as one.  It's in the blood!  Number 15 is Dustin Pedroia, my favorite player.  I remember the first time I saw him play and knew that he was going to be great.  He only stands about 5'7" tall but he has the heart of a giant and eats and sleeps baseball.  I was soo excited to get my shirt.  My son had also included one for his dad. So now we both have shirts to wear when we watch the games. Of course, the first game I wore my shirt they won, which hasn't happened much this season, so now I will have to wear it for every game so I don't jinx them!


In quilting news, I finished my first quilt with my new BFF, Ava. Since it was my first adventure with her, I stuck with what I knew - a nice allover meander.  I also stuck with a thread color which was close to the fabric color just in case I had "issues".  This actually made it harder since it was hard to see where I had been and where I should be going!!! LOL!  Once I got the tension worked out, it went soo fast. I am in love! 

This quilt will be going to the Summit, which is a rest home in our area. They have a fabulous community room and have been so gracious about offering it to our guild for our meetings. In exchange, we make quilts for their residents. 


This quilt top has a special story. I bought it wayyy back in the mid 90's at an estate sale. As it turned out, the home had been owned by a quilter and there was lots of fabric, books, and many tops.  At the time I didn't know who the quilter was but later I found out it was a woman who had run our local quilt shop, Calico, Etc. which was where I took my first quilting class.  Cynthia was a fabulous piecer and quilter. She died of cancer many years ago but I know she would be pleased to know that her quilt top finally became a quilt and will be a comfort to someone in need.



Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hey, what happened?  I was just talking about April and my retreat and how fun and productive it was going to be and all of a sudden, it's the middle of May!

Well, anyway, lots of happenings around here. But first QUILTS!!!!
This is Flower Power. It stills needs some borders but the top is done. I love how this came out. And by the way, the only way I could get DH to hold the quilts was to let him be in the pictures too.   He's a ham and just turned 60!  Looks pretty good, I think, though the hair needs to meet up with a comb.

This is a chinese coins qult.  Actually, this is number 2 made from the leftovers of #1 and if you can believe it, there is a #3!  They will be donation quilts.


That empty space behind the grinning quilt holder is now filled with my HQ Avante 18.  Ava arrived just shy of 2 weeks ago and she is now my new BFF.  She and I have already finished one quilt and it is true love.  I see many, many happy hours being spent together. 

And while I'm here, I want to wish a Happy Mom's Day to all of my quilting friends. I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow. I got a lovely Mother's Day call from my son last Sunday! I thanked him kindly and then told him it was a good practice run since he was a week early and to give me a call again this Sunday! LOL!  Better a week early, then a week late!

Til we meet again, Quilt til you Wilt!