Sunset - June 2, 2020

Sunset - June 2, 2020

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to quilting...

After what seems like ages, I finally have some quilting to share again...experts say when any form of a dark cloud appears over you, keep busy. Those of you who live with pets know how the heart is affected at their loss. Last week, our Monday began with sad tears and by Saturday they had melted into happier ones with the arrival of Jena from Alaska. 
Jena's Mom, Jena, Allison and Heather
We are known as Mom & Dad #2 - love it!!
She is the special young woman who we safely carried to our Dave last summer. Jena is home for two weeks and will be Maid-of-Honor in her sister's wedding on the 10th. 

Never having met her sister, I took a chance on making this tablerunner in earth tones...
 ...turns out Allison had just painted the kitchen in a similar shade of the light green accent strip...Whew - I lucked out!

As for those weekly Civil War blocks from Barbara Brackman...with everything going on, I had fallen behind about 4 weeks. Managed to catch up recently and feel back on track. 

Got thecolors misplaced - will redo this one!!

Also completed another of the BTCT applique blocks - this one much quicker and more simplified...

I needed a short break from the last couple which were more intense. Working on another easier wreath and about 1/2 way done...

Hope to share a completed quilt later this week - it is at the L.A. quilters studio right now - photo soon....

I have saved the most wonderful item for the very last...the story behind this pillow is based on a blog posting I wrote a number of months ago about how quilting is such a part of my life. Judy over at Shade Tree Quilting took one of my sentences and stitched the words onto a Redwork pillow (which just happens to be one of my most favorite embroidery forms). I was flabbergasted (isn't that a great word!!?) on opening the box to find this treasure waiting inside.

To think someone would spend the time to do this for me - I am touched beyond measure at Judy's thoughtfulness. The world of quilters is enormous and that bond we all share grows stronger every day. 

Wishing each of you a wonderful week filled with accomplishments. 


  1. Agreed. That is such a generous gift from your friend Judy. I am sure you will treasure it on many levels. I have just done the same Barbara Brackman blocks too. So we share more than the BTCT quilt in common! What a lovely post.

  2. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your works are fantastic!!! Congratulations! Your parents must be proud! Have a nice day!

  3. Glad to see you are back and quilting and Jena is home and what a wonderful gift Judy and the pillow is! Lucky you!

  4. I'm watching others make the B. Brackman blocks, that way I can stay on track! Looks like lots of good things going on, enjoy your company.

  5. It was my pleasure to create the pillow for you - what a wonderful world we live in where we can do a kindness and know that it will be so greatly appreciated. Love all your blocks and so glad Jena is visiting - kinda like hugging your David. Keep busy - Judy C in NC

  6. What a lovely gift from Judy C! Such generous people quilters are - and how wonderful to make such good friends in blogland.

    Enjoy your visit with Jenna.


  7. This was such a lovely post, Pat. Your happiness at picking up Jena, your delight in the hand-stitched pillow and your satisfaction with your own work all come together beautifully.

  8. I saw the cushion on Judy's blog - such a beautiful cushion and a beautiful gesture.

    Pomona x

  9. Oh, that pillow is such a sweet gift.
    Very nice table runner too. Love the colors and how nice that it turned out to be the perfect colors.

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