Friday, July 24, 2009

giving quilts away for good causes

Below is a gift I made for a friend who was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She has an amazing attitude. She knows she will come out of this a stronger person. I am inspired by her. I thought she could use this to take to her treatments to bring whatever she may want while she is there.

One of the highlights this summer was going to Albany to see family ~ which was just wonderful. We went to celebrate my aunt Sister Mary Glavin's 50th Jubilee. We loved seeing all of our family and hope we get to see them again soon! Below is the quilt I made for her. It is a signature quilt and I had everyone at the celebration sign the wings with a purple pen. She loved it and I love her. She has been a very important part of my life. The quilt was made for her and for my guilds annual challenge meeting - this year the theme was butterflies.

Below is my donation to the Priority Quilt to help the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. I used all the scraps from my Blue Willow quilt seen below in a few other postings. I was bummed to get the letter saying it didn't get into Houston but I will enter it in a few other shows.

Below is a detail shot of my guilds - Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild - latest raffle quilt. It is a queen size and machine quilted by Kathy Sperino . She did an exquisite job on it.

Here is a shot of the whole quilt. The guild members made the blocks and did the hand applique. Gina Brooks is the chair and I know Shirley Bangma, Donna Hopkins, Sharon Morris, Coral Barry and Susan Arena helped. Bravo ladies. If you want to buy some tickets 6 for $5 or 1 for $1 email me at

My nephew Stephan and his wife Stephanie had their baby in late June, her name is Natalie and she is precious.

Monday, July 06, 2009

piano and purses

Paige had her Piano Recital in the middle of June and it was amazing...She can play so beautifully, I just can't begin to understand how she reads the music and plays the notes. Bravo Paige!
Below is a new Murphy Bag I made you can see it for sale at my etsy shop. It was fun to pull the fabrics for this and the quilting is that teardrop shape I like so much.
This is the quilt the kids in Paige's class made for the teacher. They each made one of the stars in a fabric that was hand dyed. The center is a panel from keepsake. They study the Solar System in fourth grade so she will be able to display this in her classroom as a learning tool. I quilted it on my new Bernina quilting frame. I finally had a chance to treat it with a flame retardant. We had so much rain I never had a long enough period to spray it and let it dry.
These are three bags I made recently, I sold the two on the top of the photo. I love them both and was happy to sell them both to friends:)