Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Excellent Japanese Crazy Quilt

I discovered this Excellent Japanese CQ in Quilt Japan March 2005 Issue. I have been looking at Quilt Japan and Patchwork Quilt Tsushin magazine for many years. This one was recommended to me by a friend Hideko. I absolutely LOVE these magazines. The minute I saw this CQ I fell in love with it and I knew I had to try and make one similar to it. Unfortunately, I have never made a CQ soooo I reckon it will be a huge challenge but this does not damper my enthusiam to try. I hope to received advise from Veteran Crazy Quilting Friends and I will probably make a smaller verison of it. Hideko told me it was made from cottons, silks, and polysters fabrics. I wonder if there is a Crazy Quilt Pattern out there similar to this design. If anyone has any advise on construction or suggested patterns, I would greatly appreciate knowing about them. The Rose is the theme in this quilt and "The Rose" is my very favorite flower.. I have been collecting all different kinds of hand dyed threads, laces, ribbons, beads, buttons, for many months in anticiaption of making my very first CQ. I have also collected some rose fabrics too. I feel very excited about making this first Crazy Quilt now that I have found a CQ design I absolutely love. I have a slide show below that shows some close up pictures of this glorious quilt.

Also I also have to mention that in Patchwork Quilt Tsushin October 2000 Issue it has numerous page story about Anne of Green Gable and the quilts associated with Anne of PEI.. I love anything that is Anne of Green Gable. VBG They also show a wonderful Crazy Quilt which is on the cover of the Magazine. The one feature about this magazine is that they always high light a special place around the world which is always great to see. In Issue December 2005 they take you to Christmas in Denmark, Sweden and Findland. The picutures of the quilts, homes, crafts, and the people are absolutely wonderful.. I do not read Japanese but the pictures say a million words.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

September Blooms

These lovely Hibiscus was blooming last week in my garden. Their blooms are sooooo gorgeous to look at this time of year when the rest of your garden is looking sad. The other pic is of a Sedum another beautiful flower that blooms in the Autumn.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Comfort Doll Program

Yesterday at work I received a call from Polly Diehl, donation coordinator from the Woman In Transition Center in Holland Michigan, telling me that the article she sent into the Holland Sentinel was pulished in todays paper. She told me she sent in Pat Winter's note that she includes with each dozen of dolls but they only included the above picture and text below it. It says, Judy Grant, left, of the Bradford Co. and Polly Diehl, of the Center for Woman in Transition, are pictured with "Comfort Dolls". The six inch dolls are given to women who need love and support in their lives. For information about the world-wide Comfort Doll Program, contact Patricia Winter at Pat's blog has much information about this program. Pat, I hope you received many messages from this article in the paper inquiring about The Comfort Doll Program.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Christmas Wool Felted Scene

Last Year I decided to do a Wool Felted Christmas theme wall hanging. I did the wool felting on 100% wool fabric. I hand and machine wool felted this scene. It is small approx. 12 inches by 9 inches. I also used silk ribbon for the Christmas Trees and Ponsettia and used lots of metallic white embroidery threadsfor the sparkling stars. I also added some beads for good measure. vbg I can not simple just wool felt anything. It has to be embellished alot.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Lovely Autumn Day Trip

This weekend My DH took me on a day trip to attend a "Art In The Park" show and while I was there I discovered a lovely Needlearts Shop called JT Stitchery in Rockford. To my delight I found all kinds of lovely threads "On Sale". OH, how I love sales. The WildFlower by Caron, Kreinik Silk Mori (85 cents) , and Soie Coristale Silk from Italy was all only $1.30 each more than 1/2 off the regular price. vbg I took all the Wildflower threads from the little basket because they were all pastel colors I am going to use when I start my first CQ. A new thread I have not seen before was called "Snow" by Caron. Lovely colors I plan to use on the Spirit Dolls I plan to make soon. We also found a bead shop which I could not resist visiting. I found some lovely "Candy Striped Beads" in Red and Green which I have not seen anywhere so I bought some of them where I could also use them on my Spirit Dolls. Sooo a lovely day out spending time with my DH. More pics are below of the lovely park where the Art In The Park show took place.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

My GD Chloe, GS Ethan, Son Shane

I just received these wonderful pics of My GD Chloe. Can you believe that great smile!!! The other pics is of my youngest son Shane hiking with his Daughter Chloe. The last pic is of my GS Ethan and Chloe playing in Ethan's Sand Box. It certainly makes a Grand Mother happy to look at such precious pictures of her grandchildren. Thanks Jenny for sending them to me. I loved them all.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Lyn's My Sis Unique Wool Felted PC

This is the Post Card Lyn made for me. It is wool felted and reflects Lyn favorite swimming spot when when she was a kid living in Victoria Australia. I think Lyn did a wonderful artist creation with this post card in wool. I have it framed so I can see the front and the back.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Laubach Quilting Bee In Germany

I have many fond memories of my time living in Germany. This story is one of them. I lived in Ettingshausen a small village about 14 miles from where I worked. I lived on the second floor of a doctor's home and Evelyn his wife told me about a quilt show in a nearby village called Laubach. I attended this show and there I meet the above wonderful ladies. The Laubach Quilting Bee. It was the first quilt show that the Laubach Quilting Bee ladies had organized. It was wonderful and before I left that day I was invited to join their lovely group which met twice a month. It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship with several of the ladies. This picture was of them celebrating Christmas at Nicole's home was sent to me as a gift. I have this picture hanging in my sewing room and I look at it everyday. Nicole has the Pink sweater on, (who just had a baby, Congratulation Nicole I wish your family well) Inge sitting on the couch with the fur collar sweater who I chat with often on the internet and Renate with the green striped sweater is another lovely lady who has also kept in contact with me. Sigrid standing on the far left lived only two blocks from me. Sigrid and her lovely family was very supportive to me and even fed me when I locked myself out of my house. LOL I think about the Laubach Quilting Bee often and I truly miss the wonderful times I shared with them all.

Swirling Snow Wool Felted Post Card

This was last years Wool Felted Post Card I made. I cut out a paper snowflake and then embroidery around it with Metallic silver thread. I also hand quilted the post card with the a different Metallic thread. I also added some beads which you really can not see. This post card was hand needle felted.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Wool Felted Easter Wall Hangings

The first picture is a Wool Felted walling hanging with a Gum Tree that was made for me by my Sis Lyn. I believe this was her first project with wool felting. The bottom one is the Easter Wool Felted Wall Hanging I made for Lyn. I really treasure mine and I have it hanging in my sewing room all year around to admire.

Wool Felted Pineapple

Last Christmas I made this Wool Felted Pineapple for my Dear Sister Lyn in Victoria Australia. I also used beads and metallic threads to highlight this project. It made my Dear Sis smile alot because while she was visiting with me in 2000 she discovered that Pineapples means "Welcome" and insteadly she fell in love with the Pineapple and its meaning. vbg

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Wool Lady In Germany

During my time of living in Germany, I attended many Easter Markets. At this Easter Market I met the Wool Lady. She gave me my first lesson in Wool Needle Felting. I was hooked and even brought home some lovely wool that was hand dyed from roots of vegtables and flowers by the Wool Lady. This was my beginning into wool felting in April of 2003. When I came home in Nov. 2004 my DH bought me an Embellisher which I have been playing with since. I will post some pics of my wool project later this week.
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