Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall and yarn bombing

This sculpture by Tom Otterness appeared in the Wichita paper last week after being 'yarn bombed'.  I really like the sculpture unclothed, but with all the little ankle warmers it is too cute!

It feels like fall now in Kansas; the days are still warm but the nights cool down comfortably.  I'm sure the farmers see these as a pest, but they sure are pretty along the roads.

Thank you to all my blog friends for your condolences .  Every comment meant a lot to me - thank you so much!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

He's gone

I lost my sweetie.

Peter Hutchison
May 12, 1938 - September 17, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thank you Madame President

In Prairie Quilt Guild, my guild in Wichita, traditionally the past president is in charge of making a quilt for the outgoing president with the help of the rest of the Board.  It was my job this year to come up with a quilt for Gail.  Because she loves old quilts and studies their history, I chose to make an antique-style signature quilt. 

The Board members made the star signature blocks and I did the rest.  Most of the fabric comes from Barbara Brackman's Lately Arrived from London fabric line.  The center medallion I found at Reproduction Fabrics.
I wanted the look of trapunto without the hassle of cut - away trupunto or the heft of two batts.  So I cheated and just cut strips of wool batting which I then glued with Elmer's purple school glue stick to the back of the quilt in the borders where I wanted the feathers to stand out.   I quilted heavily around the feathers and since I only used wool batting, it doesn't feel stiff.  Some times cheating pays off!
I was not able to be at the meeting yesterday when she received the quilt - I hope she likes it!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


This is Trudy's quilt, the very last of my customer quilts, and she has been patiently waiting for me to finish it.  Trudy does gorgeous needleturn applique, but was inspired by Susan Carlson's book Serendipity Quilts to make this raw edge applique quilt.  I think she did a fabulous job!  One of the best parts of this quilt is it's name - Frankly Scarlet.

To continue with the animal theme, this is Ollie.  He wants so badly to adopt me!  He showed up about a month ago and I just hate to take him to the Humane Society - he obviously was somebody's cat.  I don't know if he was dumped or is lost but he is the friendliest cat.  To me, anyway.  He scares my cats away and won't let them in the house which is why I need to find a home for him. He has tried to make friends with them but they won't have any of it.  Any takers?

Just look at that face!  He loves quilts too.