Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas is over and the NEW YEAR is coming ...

This tree skirt was made
for my sister, Ande.
The diameter is 60".
Each section has the quilting of Kanji words: hope,trust, faith,loyalty,gratitude,love,peace and truth. I wrote one word on each of the sections and quilted them. The piece is reversible.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Table Runner

Christmas gifts galore this year, all handmade. Hope the families enjoy the gifts of heritage that they will be receiving. All sewing has been done to fulfill my creative side, however, each gift was especially made-designed-and material chosen just for the person the gift was intended.

May all of you have a peaceful and successful holiday season. Those of you who are traveling, Please take all precautions and care in getting back to your homes.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Early Christmas

Well I mailed the christmas package to my daughter, April, two weeks ago. I wanted to make sure the kids gifts were 'under the tree' for christmas. I did not hear back that the package had arrived, so I asked. Lo and Behold those two NOSEY TEENAGERS opened the package and then proceeded to UNWRAP the gifts.... So now Christmas presents have been received I can now show the 'Black, White and Red Allover' twin sized quilt made for Tyler Welch. I used a choice expression when I was told that they had opened the gift early, but I won't share it here.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Adam and Marisa

Here is the happy duo. Adam was at my house last night with Marisa, I caught them in a sweet moment. Adam is the youngest of my 6 children. He recently graduated from UofA with a degree in Linguistic's. He returned to Washington after graduation. He will be going to work in Chile in January 2009. Marisa and Adam met while he was still here in Tucson, last summer. Their friendship has grown and they are a wonderful couple. I am happy to see him smile and laugh and enjoy this part of his life. While they were here they put the lights on the Christmas tree. I was glad that I didn't have to do it this year.
By the way Adam has a birthday on Monday. Dec 8, 1977 was his birthdate. I still remember holding his warm, chubby body in my arms. I am so proud of the MAN you have become Adam. I love you.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Whether they knew it or not, the grandchildren were performing a part of the past traditions of my christmas with my own children. In the '80's' I made and sold Christmas Gingerbread houses and with the help of my own children we made them look marvelous and smell wonderful. This year my daughter, Paula- and her three girls assisted in the tradition of Christmas Gingerbread house building... here is a photo of her, Paula, and the girls, Jordan, Tori and Morgan... in the last 3 yrs I have enjoyed the building of the gingerbread houses with other family members....Aaron and Sonya's family and Cindy's girls.... Also in 2006 Amelia Jacquelyn Lougy was born, I was able to be with the Lougy's during this wonderful that time we also did a 'house' for the kids while waiting for MISS AMELIA to arrive... I know her Mother was worn out but the rest of us had a good time...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Baby Quilt

I have a friend who had her first baby in October. During the summer I started this quilt to give to little "Alex Poag" upon his birth. I had foot surgery in August, so it was the perfect thing to do while unable to use my sewing machine.

The quilt is from a printed design panel entitled Noah's Ark. I had a friend with an embroidery machine and she was able to print out Alex's name for me, and I took that piece and placed it inside the flag that used to bear the title Noah, replaced now with Alex-making it personalized. Pearl Cotton embroidery thread was used to do the hand quilting. I hope that Alex stays warm and cozy when nestled in it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pillowcases anyone?

I have made many items this year. From Huge Quilts to small ones.. then placemats, pillowcases, potholders, decorative wall hangings, christmas items, and I am going to make some coasters (which are so needed to protect the end tables). So anyone interested in helping me build a true business website I would welcome the help and interest.
I have sold some of my items this year, and would love to share my fabric art with others.
Here is a sample of the pillowcases.... You cannot see the fine detail work done in the stitching, but I used decorative stitches that are time consuming on each of the pillowcases.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Alexis Lougy's Quilt

‘A Bouquet for Alexis’

I am trying to make my way through the families. With not only quilts but other sewn and handmade items. Some of them I will not show until Christmas is over. Others, I have already given to the receiver.
This quilt was presented to Alexis Lougy in October 2008. I tried to complete it by August but was not able to do so.
The description is as follows:
This quilt is made from 100% cotton fabrics.
Pieced together using the ‘Martha Washington Star’ block pattern which completed each of the 12” blocks.
The free motion machine quilting is an original design.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bill's Quilt

He said to me, last year... when do I get my quilt? So I set out to do one for him. It was a 8 month project-very detailed and difficult piecing pattern. I chose a pattern called 'Card Trick' that I found in a sampler quilt pattern book.The top of thebquilt is made of Batik fabrics- it is pieced with quarter square triangles; and the backing is 100% cotton domestic fabric. The backing is not pieced it is a full piece of material. The batting is 'Warm & Natural' cotton.

Instead of attempting to quilt this enormous King size quilt I had my local quilt shop owner-Nina Keck- do the longarm machine quilting.

The result is beautiful and I am thrilled that I learned this process. I also am going to enter it into the Quilt Show that will be in March 2009.

You can post comments to this if you choose.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bright Poppies Placemats

This is a set of 4 placemats. I love the brightly colored poppies and machine quilted around each of the individual poppies of the patterned fabric.

Monday, October 20, 2008

For Amelia

I made another for quilt this Spring. It was for Amelia Jacquelyn Lougy, my youngest Granddaughter. She is 18mo old now. Funny thing, not really, is that the quilt was brought downstairs from her room to 'show off' and somehow the dog thought it was meant for him to CHEW it seemed to be destroyed. I took it home and repaired it the best I could.
The pictures shown are the original quilt. To repair it I had to completly cut the border off and just add new binding-no border now. I also had to repair a small tooth ridden section on the back of the quilt.
Perhaps when she is older, Amelia will appreciate the work put into a quilt... I love her anyway....
The quilt is 100% cotton fabrics for the front. The back is Pink cloud print flannel. I did machine quilting of umbrellas and flowers to each individual block in an original design. Each of the blocks are finished with a varigated lace that was applied over the seams.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The second quilt of 2008

Went to my Grandson Rielly. He wanted a room with "race car" colors et I went to my favorite quilt/fabric store and picked out 14 different fabrics to make a pieced quilt for him. It was indeed a Crazy quilt and so was named "crazy wheels". The backing is the reason for the name 'wheels'. However, i lovingly pieced 13 different pieces and sizes of fabric for each block of the crazy wheels and in between each of the pieced blocks is a solid fabric of red/white.
I was able to totally machine quilt it at home, using my very wonderful Bernina sewing machine, and did a random pattern all over the piece. It turned out wonderfully and I am happy with the results, as I hope Rielly was.
Here is a photo of the labor of love....From Gramma Jackie

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Family Wall Quilt

Don't know where it went but will repost the Family wall.

OK mistake seen

Well last night when I posted the Family Wall....I failed to turn the last photo to a vertical position. I turned the camera when I took it and never even thought about the positioning.
Now the next adventure in this 'blogging thing' is to figure out how to fix errors.
Some day I will have this whole thing mastered.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Don't really know what I am doing

Well, I am getting started. Brave Soul am I. I have daughters and sons that are using blog sites, so I decided to start one myself.
Now if you can give me any hints as to how to really make this worth the effort, I would appreciate the information and the help.

I plan to use the site to share my quiltmaking; cardmaking; and other crafts that I am involved in doing.

I will also use the site to share family updates-including my little dog "GiGi" who really does seem to run the life of this family.

Living in Arizona is the best of all places to live. We have over 350 days of sunshine- rarely to do we get snow- and most of the time that we get rain, it is so brief we tend to forget that we get it at all.

I love Lighthouses. They seem to be so interesting and have such great history. Each is a beacon to the world and offer great spiritual reflections. I am amazed with each of them.

I look forward to having this site be a journaling-so to speak. And I look forward to learning more about how it works.