Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Greetings

This a a great day for remembering those who fought to protect our freedom.  Gary and I made a trip to the cemetery to put flowers on his parent' graves. It was beautiful there with hundreds of colorful flowers bouquets covering the grounds. Many of the markers had flags flying. It really had an impact.
On Saturday, we watched Porter and Payden.  Porter suggested we make something for Memorial Day so I found an old piece of wood and Gary cut it into three pieces. With some sand paper, paint, masking tape and a star stencil, we produced these wooden star plaques. I hung one outside and Gary asked "Is that the Puerto Rican flag? I then had to explain to him about "representational" art! (He wasn't impressed.)
I made a couple of these stars and stripes pillows to get ready for the season.
This was from a previous post I think, but it goes along with the theme. I found this old sheet music cover and matted it with ticking and framed it with an old frame I found at Goodwill. I sold it at the "Olive Kat".  Thanks for visiting my blog. Today marks the beginning of summer to me. I like having new seasons and new beginnings to look forward to. I would love to hear your ideas, input and comments. Thank you!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Calico Flags Are Flying

Today begins the Spring 2012 Bloggers Quilt Festival and I am attempting to join in. The link is  This quilt pattern appealed to me for a number of reasons. First of all, I love Americana. I also love vintage looking calicos and I always prefer white backgrounds on my quilts for some reason.
The color combinations were also perfect for my living room where I hang seasonal quilts all year round. This quilt will cover Memorial Day, 4th of July and probably August as well!
The pattern also makes a cute pillow!

Monday, May 14, 2012

In The Mood For Cherries

I can't resist a cherry motif on just about anything. They are so persistently cheerful! I do find myself with quite a stash of cherry fabric!
I added a border after appliqueing these dish towels. It's so quick and easy and gives me handwork to do in front of the TV.
I just finished this apron. I'm actually making two: one lined with a small cherry fabric and one lined with red and white dots. These I will probably sell at the "Olive Kat" or on Etsy.
I had fun with this applique, trying to match it to the design on the fabric.

May Sisters'n'Stitches

Hiding behind this Beautiful Americana quilt is Pat K. She is HAND Quilting it!! We were small in numbers this month but we had a great time, laughing and stitching and eating!  Our hostess, Mari made us some enchiladas that were out of this world. For dessert, she served flan that was the best I've ever tasted.

We imposed on Margy to display her "still in progress" Cathedral Window quilt. It is so amazing. We all agreed that using each color in a diamond pattern really enhances the quilt.
These are our three measly ornaments. We will add them to next months group for exchanging.
Candy's hexagon quilt is coming along. It's now reached table runner size! Lorali also worked on hers between bites. Seriously, the food was Soooo good, we were all munching happily.  We missed the rest of you but knew you were having fun at the beach or other places. Next month we will meet at Candy's for our summer send off.