Monday, June 23, 2014


My family has been a part of my quilting hobby turned part-time business with passion for many years now.  They have endured hearing me chatter on and on about a project; they have been the recipients of some of my best work and some of my "learning curve" work; and they have even offered me suggestions for patterns to try for quilts.

My older grandson, Preston, became a senior in high school this year.  His ambition is to become a vet, so he started talking about college choices.  He decided Auburn University, with its reputation for having an outstanding Veterinary Medicine program would be his choice.

Of course, I began thinking about THE QUILT to celebrate his high school graduation and to send him off for his college career.  I had been talking about "the modern movement" in quilting that I see emerging.  Preston and I had been looking at a couple of the "modern" books I was reviewing.  He said, "Gram, I want you to make me a modern quilt." 

That launched the idea of a school quilt using the school colors in the style of the modern aesthetic.

First, I found the pattern in "Skip the Borders" by Jaybird Quilts that I wanted to use. 

I chose three shades of orange to use for the Courthouse Square and Half Log Cabin blocks.  The center square is Kona Flame, followed by Kona Carrot and the outer log is Kona Mango.  This gradation forces the design to stand out.
The other fabric I chose was a Marine Blue from Kona.
I loved it when it was completed.  The no-borders and the use of the Kona solids in the innovative layout of the "traditional" blocks made this a "Modern Quilt".

My college-bound grandson loves it!!!  What more can I ask for???
He said, "I love it!  I will use it all the time!"

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


This month got kicked off with my trip to Birmingham to have a week long play date with my younger grandson.  Of course, he is 11 years old and I am not babysitting.  We are just playing together this week.

The first thing he told me when I arrived was that he got an ENO for making straight As on his report card this year.  I must admit that, at first, I did not know what he was talking about!  Then he invited me to come watch him set it up and then to get in and enjoy it with him.  We spent over an hour looking up through the tree canopy and watching clouds and talking.  Wowee!!! How much fun!

I have to admit this does look like a canoe we are in.  It is the most comfortable hammock I have ever been in!

Of course we had early morning swim team practice every

We came back to Chattanooga to enjoy a fun Staycation Day in Chatty with Papa.

We spent the day enjoying Point Park on Lookout Mountain.

Then we helped Papa sell at the Dixie Highway Yard Sale on Saturday.

Nick went home on Sunday and today was his first swim meet.  I am so sorry we missed being there.  He will be coming back soon.

Nick with his friends, Maria and Elizabeth Rae.

So this is the start of my summer vacation!!!