Monday, January 09, 2006

Jon Tries Quilting !

As a surprise Christmas gift for Jon's parents, I took a quilt that I already had peiced and since the whole family was here, talked everyone into taking turn at quilting! I've had quilting machine for several years, but have not been able to get Jon to try his hand at it! Well, with all the pressure from me and the kids - here he is! From that little grin - I think he is enjoying himself!

Grandma was very touched by the sentiment that having everyone took a turn with the quilting.

Getting Caught Up.

I'm little slow finishing up Christmas presents for 2005 (or maybe just early for 2006?) My brother and his wife are very forgiving, and seemed thrilled to be getting one of my quilts. When I talked to Laurie a few days ago, she mentioned that she only had one of my grandmother's quilts. A yo-yo quilt. I'm pretty sure it would have been done in elongated flower format(grandmother flower garden layout but add another yo-yo to make diamonds). I vaguely remember seeing several of those over the years at my grandma's house or at my mom's.

Anyway, the quilt top is complete, I'm working on the backing, and hope to have the quilt loaded on the Gammill tomorrow. Still trying to decide how to quilt it. Laurie is an expert seamstress, and I'm a bit intimidated by the thought of her inspecting my work!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

I've had a website for years, and decided that it was time to take that next step and here I am! Way too easy, and hopefully very easy to maintain!

By way of introduction, I'm a quilt addict! There! I've admitted it, and now we can move on! I've been quilting since about 1978 when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter. We lived in upstate New York, and was pretty much snowed in from December until March. We had one television station (ABC). I had to do something or go nuts. I found a McCalls magazine that was all quilts (I still have it) and found Aunt Sukies Quilt. Since I didn't have any fabric stash, I went down to Zayre's (kind of like TG&Y) and found a bunch of fabric (of unknown content) for 77 cents a yard. Thought that was kind of expensive - but thought - what the hay! Bought a wide variety of colors and prints, a package of big needles, a yellow sheet (for the backing of course!) and the thickest batting I could find. I was ready to make a quilt!

I had been sewing clothes my whole life, so had no problem following the minimal instructions, and soon had a quilt top completed. I was able to get the layers together pretty well and basted them together. ( I had learned that much from listening to my grandmother). Bought a quilt hoop, and sat down to quilt. had the hardest time tryign to make those stitches, so I ended up doing a " stab and poke" method. The top of the quilt looked great - but the bottom - think\\\\\\\\\\ Each stick was a pretty good sized slash mark. Oh well, I learned a lot on that quilt. Still remember my grandmothers' laughter as I described my progress over the phone.

I'm sure it was a joke, but about a week later a box full of Double Wedding Ring pieces that were left over from my great grandmother arrived in the mail. There was a note in there that choosing a more challenging quilt would expose me to every pitfall and by the time I finished I would be an expert. ( I still have those pieces in that same box!!!)

I put in at least 40 hours a week at my 'day job' as a web developer, specializing in classic ASP and database (SQL) programming. Besides quilting and my family I also like to do family history, and am the offical keeper of the info for our family. I have another website with over 500 pages that is strictly family history for several family names, but primarily the SCARLETT, TALLMAN, MARSH, KILLEN, SEAY and MOORMANN names. More on that at another time.