Monday, October 13, 2008

Blissfest Nielson Auction

If you are a wife, or a mom, or a sister, or a daughter....I encourage you to go over to this site, Blissfest Nielson Auction and watch the video and/or read about Stephanie and Christian Nielson. Stephanie has been a popular blogger for a long time at the NieNieDialogues. She and her husband Christian are parents to four small children. In August, Stephanie and Christian were in an airplane crash, which has left them both severely burned. Stephanie is still in a medically induced coma as the doctors continue to treat her wounds. Please go read about them, look at all the goodies being offered for auction to benefit their family...and especially look at the "Leaf Sampler Quilt" that I donated....and BID on it!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Star BOTM, Block 5

 Another pretty block!  If you aren't following along with Judy Laquidara's Star BOTM quilt, it's not too late to jump in and catch up.  She gives really good directions and diagrams.  She posts directions for a new block every two weeks.  It's fun to see all the different color choices made by the various quilters who are participating.  Fun stuff - really!!!  This is Block 5, and also a picture of the first 5 blocks together.

Monday, October 6, 2008


I wonder what it is about scrap quilts that speak to me so strongly?  Maybe it's the old-fashioned idea of using the fabric on hand, maybe it's the way all those random fabrics blend together beautifully, maybe it's just that it appeals to my thrifty side...I'm not sure of the reason, but I definitely would rather make a scrappy quilt than any other kind!  I have been working on  this quilt for about two weeks now.  It is part of the Stash Pot Pie Series, and it's called Tennessee Waltz.  The directions called for slightly smaller blocks (2" pieces for the 4 patch blocks); I used 2 1/2 inch pieces for my 4 patch blocks...mainly because I already had a bunch of them made!  This quilt is really big (85" x 109") so I won't be putting any additional borders on it.  I love the way that every seam in this quilt is straight, but it gives the optical illusion of curves...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pumpkin Love

Ever since I was a little girl - I have loved pumpkins! I love anything pumpkin flavored (although pumpkin pie absolutely rules), I love the color of pumpkins, I love the smell of pumpkins, I even love the feel of a pumpkin, smooth and cool to the touch. Driving home from work this week, I see the first of the "Pumpkin Patches" along the side of the road, ready for the kids to come and pick the perfect pumpkin for carving. With both my kids grown, I really do miss pumpkin carving! Maybe I will just have to carve my own pumpkin this year...

So, in honor of Pumpkin Season, I thought I'd post pictures of my pumpkin quilts!