Friday, October 7, 2016

A Summer full of Friends, Family, Fun times and great Memories.....

A Summer full of Friends, Family, Fun times and great Memories.....

Wow! I have had a full summer.  2016 has been the year for family fun times... In May I went down to Georgia for 2 weeks to visit with my Daughters Nancy and Beth.  Beth had a week off and flew down to GA to check out the Pharmacy Schools in the area. I enjoyed visiting with Nan, Thomas & Zuri. Elizabeth and Zuri drove into Atlanta for a day of fun in the museums while Nan and I relaxed at home.  I was glad I was able to drive down to Nan's for Elizabeth's visit.  On the drive down I was able to stop by local Quilt Shop "The Stitchery" in Rome Ga. Below is some of the Goodies I picked up there. 

I spent the month of June visiting with Nan, Thomas & Zuri and was there for both my Son Earl's visit for a week in Early June and my Son Paul's visit at the end of the month.  I was able to spend some quality time with my granddaughter Zuri.  She and I went to the Quilt Museum there in Carrolton to see their exhibits and She and I drove to Rome GA so I could participate in the Row by Row 2016 experience. 

My Row by Row Goodies I picked up in late June
At "The Stitchery" In Rome GA
I had brought my sewing machine down with me and I was able to stitch up the RxR block while I was visiting and also worked on some other projects while I was there. I am almost done with this Block, Just have to layer and quilt it.  I plan on making it into a wall hanging.
Row X Row Block from "The Stitchery" in Rome GA 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My French Broad Quilting Guild here in East Tennessee is making a Row by Row Quilt Too.

My Quilting Guild "The French Broads" are making our own Row Quilt This Year.  I've been having fun creating the blocks.  I got a slow start and am only finished a few blocks for each row.  I have been making 4 - 6 blocks for each row but have not joined my rows together yet.  I'm looking forward to making more rows.

Flower Basket Blocks

Heart Blocks

Thread Blocks 

My "Splendid Sampler" Blocks

Recently I've been Following "The Splendid Sampler" FB group that is making a 100 Block  Mystery Quilt "The Splendid Sampler".  Co-authored by Pat Sloan and Jane Shallala.  They release new blocks every Thursday and Sunday.. can't wait to see what today's Block will be.  Each block is created by a different artist using different techniques.  How fun!

 Having joined the group a little late I have only completed 2 blocks # 41 & # 44.  I did download all the previous blocks so I can work on them at my leisure.  

My "Sew South" & "Stitching in the Garden Blocks" Completed

Block # 44 "Stitching in the Garden" is an Embroidery and Applique Block.  I used my pigma pens to draw the block with a combination of raw edge applique and Embroidery.  I keep this block by my favorite chair just in case I want to add a bit more to it...  

Block # 41 "Sew South" is my 1st attempt to do Hexi's.. I did enjoy this block and think  did a good job of it.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

RxR block from "The Stitchery" is finished

Row by Row 2016 
Home Grown & Sewn
The Stitchery - Rome Ga

My 1st Block is pieced together - from the Stitchery in Rome Ga.  I enjoyed working on this kit but the Star blocks at each end did not have enough of the proper size hst for the red star points so each block has one point cut from
the border print. the kit pieces came with fusible web backing Applique pieces and I did a blanket stitch n red around the Plate.
I placed several hearts over the States I have lived in. New York is my home State, Then I moved to Minnesota in 1986, Wisconsin in 2008 and Tennessee in 2014. I still need to finish doing an applique stitch around the US and quilting it after I decide if I will make a wall hanging or make it into a quilt.

2016 Row by Row Experience - my 2nd shop.

Yesterday I visited - Mom & Megg Quilt Shop in Dandridge TN.  my 1st "Row by Row 2016" quilt shop here in Tennessee. I't been oppressively hot & humid these past 2 weeks so yesterday I finally broke loose from the comfort of my air conditioned home to venture out.  I had breakfast at Perkins with my Dandridge knitPickers group and afterwards I decided to stop at the new quilt shop in town, "Mom & Megg" to see their block for the 2016 Row by Row.

2016 Row x Row pattern 
My Goodies
I love their pattern "Home in Dandridge TN", how cute, they even have the teabag  tag with their name on it. I chatted for quite a while with Glenda I purchased the kit along with some other goodies.  I enjoyed chatting and looking around the shop. 

 They had a nice display of 30's fabrics and feed sack reproductions plus a book of applique blocks depicting children of the area dressed using feedsack material.  Check them out on FaceBook

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Row by Row 2016 has begun!

This Runner was made for display by the Staff at the Stitchery

Row by Row 2016 has begun! Oh My!  It seems like I've been waiting for this a long time.  I visited my 1st Row x Row shop yesterday #1 - The Stitchery in Rome Ga.  I've been looking forward to driving up the Stitchery in Rome Ga from my daughter's home since I arrived for a visit early June.  My grand daughter Zuri accompanied me which made the visit so much fun.  Their wall displays of this years Row by Row panel was fabulous.  I liked the way they featured their panel in a wall hanging.  They also had a runner sewn for the event...Darn! no pattern was available for that.  Zuri and I got to place pins in their quilted US map, hers for Georgia and mine for Tennessee.  The staff were pleasant and made our visit enjoyable.    

Row by Row visitors map.. 

I got my free pattern and bought a RxR Kit to make that includes the 2016 license plate "HOME GROWN & SEWN". I also purchased a 2nd 2016 license plate to send to my friend Cheryl in Canada.  I picked up some fat 1/4's and triangular 3rds along with a 1/2 yard of green fabric to use in a project i'm working on.   I enjoyed looking at thier lovely fabric displays and I enjoyed the Row x Row wall hanging that featured thier 2016 Row by Row panel.   

I had just visited here in May and took home a cute panel of Sewing ladies to make a sewing machine cover with along with last years license plate "I'M 1/4 INCH CRZY" which I just love and other material, some patterns and a gift baggie of a square of fabric and candy left over from the GA shop hop that I had missed.