Friday, August 4, 2017

Finishes

Finally have my "peacock quilt" to the flimsie stage! Turned out much better than I thought! I had the fabric "hoarded" for years because I wanted to find the perfect pattern to show off the fabric! I was very disappointed with the results at the time, and put it away after the majority was done....so sad....THEN...I ordered the matching gold to frame it, and cut a BIG border full of flowers and peacocks....and Much Better:









- Also got a request from hubby to make his gigantic head a knit cap, so:






And Amanda received to cap I made for her boyfriend...he is deployed so she is modeling it:






And timed myself making this next block..."WILD AND GOOSEY" from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville:



15 minutes...not too bad...except that I need 480 blocks for a decent sized Quilt of Valor....hmm...but I LOVE PAPER PIECING,so this may just be a slow going quilt (one I gift to a veteran family member).
Also made one more block towards my "ANNIVERSARY QUILT"



Block 26 ....only 8 more to go....then the appliquéd border!
I will definitely be entering this quilt into the OC fair! At least that's the goal...we will see how the hand appliqué goes!

And for some crazy reason, I had a hankering to make socks! Seemed like a good airplane project, and we will be traveling to Virginia to spoil Kali next week, so I am prepared! Pics to follow!

Leaving you with another PERFECT finish:




GRAMMIE JO

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Monday, July 31, 2017

My Granddaughter Kali

Kali made her debut today and we are over the moon with joy!

She arrived at 4:07pm (Virginia time). She weighed in at 8 lbs 2oz and is 21 inches tall!
























-this is a gift that was dropped off on my porch from my bff Susan:








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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hard to blog

I am so upset over my blog posts eve since the last "update". The pictures come out SO small and the words even smaller! But this was the way that I took inventory every year buy making a book from my posts to remember the quilts, knitting and crafts that I made and gave away! I must be a shallow person, because ever since the change my quilting mojo has plummeted---I enjoyed posting my love of quilting, and linking it to other Quilter's blogs! I also enjoy the comments from family, friends and other quilters.

Oh well, these are the latest things I've made:
A hat for....you guessed it "Kali"



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Also a "Star Wars Rogue One" quilt for a birthday present for my friend at work:









And 2 "Sparkle and Shine" bags for two little girls I know:







I also knit a super cute beanie for my daughter, but forgot to photo! Not much more work on the scarf for bff, but plan on finishing for our Pennsylvania trip in October----joined a "friendship knit-along" to qualify for prizes.

And what my family's been up to:
Hubby's gone fishing:


My baby (not), Amanda is loving being stationed in Japan





And Darkel is home from deployment after 180 days!



NOW WE ARE JUST WAITING FOR KALI TO BE BORN!!!
We are all super excited!



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Run, Susan, Run!


My bff, who is incidentally 63 this year, runs half marathons (yes, 13 miles)...is so awesome...and so beautiful...so I make her a QUILT...out of her tshirts from these marathons...and she thanks me... me sedentary me....lol...


















- and then I get a post from a cancer fighter with the quilt I made for her:







And I am so happy that she loves the quilt, and it comforts her, but so sorry for what she is going through!

Both my bff and I agree that we do not always appreciate where we are in life and all the things and people we are blessed with.......but God has a plan...we both agree on that!

JoEllen

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Moving Right Along

My eldest is due July 28, baby is cooking:



- My baby, Amanda is settled in Sasebo, Japan! She seems to like it there and is making new friends!






We had to graduations! One of our nieces from High School and one from 8th grade:









Was finally able to give my brother, Rick the quilt I made him for his 50th bday!







And had Father's Day brunch with my dad!


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Knitting

Very excited about how this scarf is coming along? I am enjoying every stitch! It's hard to see here, but the lace pattern is actually a heart!



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Rick's 50th Quilt

My brother is super talented in music (his hobby)! He plays the guitar and drums,and probably other instruments I am not aware of!
This is the fabric I picked for him:



























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I am so excited with this quilt, and cannot wait to gift it to him:



Hope to surprise him at his favorite Chinese restaurant named "Chins" soon!