Monday, July 15, 2013


I am working on a little project for a talk I am giving this fall.  I chose some really bright colors.

Some log cabin style blocks followed:

They are a quilt as you go project:

I used a Serpentine stitch that my friend, Pam, mentioned to me at our guild meeting on Saturday.  I discovered that I had this stitch on my Bernina and it was so easy to do it.  Love how it looks.

I will post completed project pictures later when I show the trunk show for the talk I am giving.



Saturday, July 13, 2013


Our local quilt shop is closing soon and our Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild has been meeting there since we organized.  It is time for us to look for a new meeting location.

Our leader thought it would be nice if we did a little Thank You Scrapbook for the owner and her staff to show our appreciation and to give them a little remembrance of us.

The leader handed off a tote bag to me with some pics, double-stick tape, and an empty journal book and said "Here you go".  So off I went.

I woke in the middle of the night and had an idea of how to put this together.  This morning I headed to the Studio and stayed there all day producing this little jewel!

After I removed the cellophane wrapping on the cover I discovered some discoloration so I simply used my trusty medium of choice - FABRIC- and set to covering the spots.

I have never been much of a scrapbooker, but I thought to myself that if I took the photos I was given and started searching my stash for fabric I could make some frames and the pictures would be more interesting.  The plan is to pass the journal around and have the members write personal notes to the owner and her staff about our time spent at this shop.  That meant I needed to leave extra negative space for the notes.

On the first page I put the general thank you note from the guild on our guild note card.

Next comes a picture of Janet explaining the Madrona Road Challenge sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics.  Sharon won the extra blocks from the Madrona Road drawing.

Another challenge that was issued by one of our members, Pam, was the logo block challenge.  We were given packets of fabrics in the logo color palette and asked to make alternate blocks to use in the header on our blog.

I included one of our Information Post Cards that Pam designed for us to use to promote membership.

Several members participated in the Online Modern Quilt Guild Challenge sponsored by AQS and designed by Weeks Ringle.

This is Janet's version using a white background.

Joan did hers using Black background fabric.
Another member did hers using a grey background.
Our programs this year have come from "Quilting Modern" a book written by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.  Members have volunteered to present the technique each month.
We held an open house to promote our guild.
Some of our greeters.
And some of our guests.
Gayle presents a lottery block challenge each month.

We have great Show and Tell.




Vista dating a quilt by the fabrics used.
Debra and Brenda sharing a friendship moment!
What a fun "job" I had today putting this together and reminiscing about our years in Modern Quilt Guild here in Chattanooga.
Our guild will continue and we will be finding a new meeting location soon.






Monday, July 8, 2013


There is nothing I enjoy more than time spent with my grandsons.  And now that they are getting older, I get to spend time with many of their friends, too.  This has been a super weekend for Papa and me.  The boys came up for a visit and brought a friend with them.

The plans were to go to Lake Winnepesaukah in the evening to enjoy the amusement park rides.  However, we have been in monsoon rainy season here and it has rained constantly for the last week.  So plans were changed.

Our first stop was at CiCi's Pizza for a loud, but enjoyable, meal of carbs, carbs, and sugar.  This is a favorite place for the boys to eat, and now we know that Leah, Preston's girlfriend, loves it too!  They have to drive about an hour to get to a CiCi's from their town and we are less than fifteen minutes away from our location.  So, needless to say, it was a great choice!

On the way home from dinner we stopped and picked up fishing worms.  The kids went to the dock and fished for a couple of hours.   Of course they were standing under an umbrella the whole time because the rain never let up.  Preston caught one fish; Leah, his girlfriend, caught three fish (Yay for the women!); and Nick just watched and held the umbrella.  Preston later caught one of the snapping turtles which proved to be a little bit of a challenge to get him off the line.

We all gathered in the den to watch home movies eating popcorn and drinking lemonade.  This was so much fun.  We were watching Christmas videos of the now almost seventeen-year-old and laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes.  Our younger grandson is ten and, of course, he did not remember any of those homes they lived in or any of those early Christmases.  He just enjoyed laughing at his brother doing funny stuff.  The problem is that we have to get our footage of Nick, the ten-year-old's movies switched over to DVD and we have not done that yet.  Sorry, Nick, we are running behind schedule.

On Saturday we headed to the Tennessee Aquarium for some indoor fun where all the water is in containers.  However, we still had to trek around and about and it required us to wear these lovely ponchos.

We did board the Electric Shuttle to get around as much as possible.
We had such fun viewing all the exhibits.  I took lots of fun shots inside the Aquarium.

I love the silhouettes here.  It makes Leah look like a mermaid.

We had so much fun just laughing and enjoying each other. 

Of course, we had to have lunch.  I guess when you are with teenagers, pizza and hamburgers are the food fare.  They chose Mellow Mushroom for lunch and guess what we ate??

It was so sad to see them leave.  Their visit was just too short.  I don't get to see them as much as I would like, but we make every second count when they can come here.  Thanks for a great weekend, guys!!!

Maybe the next post will have a quilt in it.  LOL



Sunday, July 7, 2013


I like to work in bold colors, even strong solid colors, when I make a quilt.  On occasion, though, it becomes necessary to work in a palette different to my personal taste.  That is what happened when I made this quilt as a birthday gift for my friend, Sandy!

The soft pinks, greens, blues and yellows are from Moda's line by Three Sisters.  It is very soft with minimal contrast so I added the stronger solid pink for a bit of punch. 

After the quilting, this diagonal stripe fabric gets lost a little bit.

I am really pleased with how it turned out.

The birthday girl loved it!  That's what counts the most!!